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Marine Engineering

Course Code: AP2, AP3

Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year

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About the course

A coastal city, Plymouth offers many opportunities for anyone wishing to become a marine engineer, especially with the Apprenticeship in Marine Engineering from City College Plymouth. A career in marine engineering will see you working to build, fit, finish and maintain boats, from cargo ships to sail the oceans, to super yachts destined for the shores of Monte Carlo. Apprentice marine engineers can be trained in a variety of trades, such as electrical, mechanical, wood trades or fabrication and welding, so the career opportunities available when you qualify are hugely varied. To succeed on the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Marine Engineering, you’ll need to have good practical skills and be able to work carefully and accurately to complex drawings. As an apprentice, you’ll be drawing a wage as a paid employee of a local company, as well as gaining valuable skills and qualifications at City College Plymouth. The Advanced Apprenticeship in Marine Engineering is perfect for those who have completed the intermediate Apprenticeship and are looking to build a further knowledge base and increase their qualifications. We’ll take the skills you already have and help you further develop them as we delve into more complex aspects of marine engineering. The advanced Apprenticeship is equivalent to A Levels and upon successful completion you will benefit from greatly enhanced job prospects and the opportunity to progress to university-level study, including the marine engineering Foundation Degree at the College.

What you'll learn

The Intermediate Apprenticeship Framework will include:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma – completed at work with the help of a College assessor.
  • Level 2 Technical Diploma – completed at work with various tutors.
  • Functional Skills for maths, English and ICT level 2 – completed at College.
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) – completed at work alongside the NVQ.
  • Employement Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) – completed at work and at College.

The Advanced Apprenticeship Framework will include:

  • NVQ Level 2 in Permforming Engineering Operations, NVQ Level 3 in Marine Engineering.
  • Functional Skills: Maths and English ICT.
  • Technical Certificates: 6983 Applying Engineering Principles Level 2, 2850 Applying Engineering Principles Level 3.
  • ERR – Employee Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Personal Learning and thinking skills (PLTS) – Independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective thinking, team working, self-management and effective participation.
Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship is via an intitial assessment.


Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job. There are a mixture of online, written and practical assessments.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. All you have to do is complete and return an application form and our Work-based Learning Team will be in touch.