Falmouth Marine School has been delivering training to the boatbuilding, ship repair and shipbuilding industry since 1920, and has run full-time boatbuilding courses since the early 1970s. We have dedicated wood and composite workshops in the heart of the extensive maritime industrial area at Ponsharden Boatyard.
We offer two options for you to gain a career in the boatbuilding industry depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 3 course leads to employment on successful completion of your course. Our Level 2 course is ideal should your GCSEs not be what you expected with the option to progress to Level 3.
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. The majority of our boat building programmes and assessments are carried out in a practical way.
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 have a passion for the construction, repair and restoration of wooden and fibre-reinforced plastic boats and wish to become a qualified boatbuilder.
Four GCSEs at grade 4, including English and maths, or a relevant Level 2 qualification.
The principles of boat construction, how to produce and fit structural boat components, woodworking and fibre-reinforced plastics for marine construction, and safe and effective working in the marine industry.
A highly practical course run at Ponsharden boatyard.
The work experience blocks when you’ll be working on live project briefs for clients.
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Employment in the industry.
Careers in this industry
- Maintenance repair
- Boat painter
"The college has great industry links so we get to work on live projects. The location of the workshop is also perfect as we get to see the restoration projects from the Maritime Museum and the new builds from Rustler Yachts" George Henny, Boatbuilding student
Ben Davies Wing Manager for Ben Ainslie's America's Cup Team
Former boatbuilding student Ben Davis, secured the position of wing manager for the Land Rover BAR team thanks to his expertise in boat technology and is thrilled to be taking on the challenge of the America’s Cup, which is described as the ‘Formula One of sailing’.
“The boatbuilding course was a real stepping stone in the right
direction. The skills I learnt at Falmouth Marine School, I use on a
daily basis. As wing manager every day is a different challenge, from
travelling around the world to race venues to building different
Simon Combe Workshop Technician - Boatbuilding
Simon is a Falmouth Marine School alumni and has worked with a range of boatyards in the construction of yachts and small craft. He supervises both the wood and composite workshops at Falmouth Marine School's boatbulding training centre at Ponsharden boatyard, helping learners on a day-to-day basis with developing their practical skills, techniques and project planning. He also acts as a consultant with the College's Marine Innovation Service, assisting local businesses who wish to develop their processes and products in composite boat manufacturing.
*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.