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.
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You wish to develop foundation boatbuilding skills for a career in the industry.
Three GCSEs at grade 3.
Theoretical and practical training in all aspects of boatbuilding, covering practical woodworking, boatbuilding technology and composite manufacture.
A highly practical course with your time spent at Ponsharden boatyard.
Being involved in live projects. 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.
Our Boatbuilding Diploma Level 3.
Careers in this industry
- Maintenance repair
- Boat painter
"I love learning from experienced boatbuilders and working on live projects for businesses in the industry" Charlee Ray, Boatbuilding student
Ben Davies Wing Manager for Ben Ainslie's America's Cup TeamFormer 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 components.”
*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.