Exploring Maritime Skills Certificate Level 1

Subject Area Marine
Course Type 16-18, College
Qualification Level 1
Start Date September 2021
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Exploring Maritime Skills Certificate Level 1

There’s nothing quite like being out on the water. Whether you fancy yourself as a yacht skipper, a marine engineer or a boat builder, this is the course that’s going to introduce you to the marine sector and help you get there.

The Exploring Maritime Skills course is the perfect introduction to the marine sector, enabling you to identify the areas that interest you most in this dynamic industry. You’ll gain both practical experience and theoretical knowledge, as you find out the areas that interest you most in the marine sector.

You will be assessed by practical tasks, delivered both on and off water, using a range of vessels and equipment in our fantastic workshop based on the banks of the River Dart within a fully operational boatyard at the College’s South Devon Marine Academy.

Upon completion, you could progress to either of our Level 2 qualifications, to refine your skills and knowledge. At Level 2, we offer courses that focus on: boatbuilding; marinas and boatyards; and marine engineering. Don’t worry – if you’re not sure what pathway you’d like to take, our team of tutors and support staff will help you find the right course so you can get your dream job out on the water.

We are a member of British Marine and a recognised Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Centre, so you’ll also get plenty of opportunities to complete professional qualifications alongside your course. These include RYA VHF Certificate; RYA First Aid Certificate; and RYA Powerboat Level 1.

Course Details

Entry Requirements
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  • You will be required to have achieved Maths at Level 1
  • You will be required to have achieved English at Level 1
  • You will need to have achieved a minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade 3(D) or above
  • You should have a genuine interest in this subject
What will I learn?
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  • Health and safety requirements in a marine workplace

  • Careers in the maritime sector

  • Group and teamwork communication skills

  • Mooring and securing a vessel

  • Introduction to vessel navigation

  • Using and maintaining engineering tools

  • Literacy, numeracy and employability skills

Course Applications

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LocationPaignton Campus
DatesSeptember 2021

This course costs: £

If you are aged 19 and over at the start of the course, you may have options to help fund your studies with us. The funding you can receive depends on your personal circumstances, and could mean you are entitled to fully subsidised or reduced tuition fees.

This course is fully funded for 16-18 year olds (if applicable to the course).

You may also be entitled to support with travel, childcare and equipment.

To find out exactly what you could receive, contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380 123 for a free, impartial appointment, with no commitment necessary.


“My goal is to become a marine engineer, and my course has improved my career prospects as well as providing many memorable experiences. I've driven a powerboat and worked on the engine of Aspiration, the College’s 38ft yacht, amongst many others; all great experience for employment.”  Leanne Cole

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

Our inspirational Paignton Campus provides the very best learning environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

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