We have dedicated wood and composite workshops in the heart of the extensive maritime industrial area at Ponsharden Boatyard.
If you are leaving school after GCSEs we recommend you start with the Level 2 apprenticeship.
Falmouth Marine School has a long history of providing boat building courses. This is the only place in Cornwall where you will gain specialist training with access to dedicated workshops.
Whether your dreams lie in boat building or repairing, becoming part of a professional crew, or a marine surveyor these courses will get you on the right pathway.
While using the latest technical processes you will be taught in our dedicated woodworking workshops and in our specialist fibre reinforced plastics workshop. Our specialist industry experienced lecturers believe the best way to learn boat building techniques is to undertake real hands-on experience.
Live projects are an integral part of the course, students have built a prototype for a new generation of sailboat, worked on the creation of a replica Viking boat for a exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and built a Viking Prow, for a centre piece at Chelsea garden Show.
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You are working in the industry and want to become a qualified boatbuilder.
Three GCSEs at grade 3 and you must be employed within a marine related industry.
Both theoretical and practical training in all aspects of boatbuilding; practical woodworking, boatbuilding technology and composite manufacture.
To spend one day a week on campus in addition to your normal place of work.
Working in specialist wood and fibre-reinforced plastics workshops.
Boatbuilding Apprenticeship level 3.
Careers in this industry
- Maintenance repairer
- Boat painter
Jonny Mills Boatbuilding Course Manager
Jonny has been working in the marine sector for over 30 years, repairing and sailing aboard wooden square rigged vessels, which is his lifelong passion. Jonny’s expertise and experience extends to building and maintaining historic replicas for museums, fibreglass production yacht building, repairs and restoration of wooden boats.
Jonny has been in charge of a team of shipwrights, building replica boats for film and TV productions, as well as the marine coordination for the Warner Bros. film ‘Clash of the Titans’. Jonny was also the head shipwright on the construction of ‘The Hereford Bull’, a replica trow built for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
"Our students work on projects that will give them the vital industry experience, and contacts, that will enable them to establish careers in the boatbuilding sector”
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.