Marine Construction, Systems Engineering & Maintenance Level 3 Diploma

Sixth Form

Date (from)


Awarding body


Other - September 2017

City & Guilds


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Course introduction

This qualification is appropriate for anyone who is employed with an apprenticeship in the marine industry or as a full time qualification.

You will gain a thorough knowledge of yacht and boat construction, marine engineering or marine electrical depending on chosen pathway.

This qualification can help you develop the skills for a career in the boatbuilding industry.

Choose one pathway from:
– Diploma in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering and Maintenance (Boatbuilding)
– Diploma in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering and Maintenance (Marine Engineering)
Each pathway is comprised of mandatory and optional units. 
Optional units can be chosen from the following selection:
construction and repair of hulls and boat structures (boatbuilding / ship joinery); producing and fitting structural boat components (shipwrighting); establishing reinstatement requirements when servicing, repairing and maintaining boats (shipwrighting / vessel Services); fibre reinforced plastics technology for marine construction (boatbuilding / shipwrighting / ship joinery); installation and repair of vessel services (shipwrighting / vessel services); prepare surfaces and marine coatings (Marine coatings); apply marine coatings (marine coatings); installation and repair of marine engines (marine engineering); installation and repair of marine propulsion systems (marine engineering);Installing electrical wiring support systems on boats (marine electrical); principles of marine electrical engineering (marine electrical); marine electronic systems (marine Electrical).


Minimum entry requirements

Students should have gained a Level 2 in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering and Maintenance with at least 3 GCSEs at grades A-C. Other requirements include relevant functional skills / entry with Level 3 in either Engineering or Construction with merit.

Students must demonstrate a positive attitude to learning and developing within the marine industry. 

How will I be assessed?

You will learn in the workshop and an appropriately equipped classroom.

Each mandatory unit will be assessed by an on-line test.  For each optional unit there will be one practical and one written exam per unit / one assignment. 

Information & support

Costs: Compulsory £150 for corporate clothing, safety shoes, text book and classroom equipment.


What can I do with this qualification?

There are many progression opportunities open to a successful student.  These qualifications can help you to progress in a number of boatbuilding and maintenance roles, including: boat builder; boat fitter; joiner; painter; boat designer; boatyard manager; marine engineer.

Students who are successful may progress onto an NVQ in Team leadership or BTEC in Yacht Production Technology.

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