This Foundation Degree has been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in Naval Architecture, advanced Marine Engineering and utilises South Devon College’s unique facilities and vessels at Noss Marine Academy, based on the banks of the River Dart in Kingswear. This includes a fleet of 24 vessels, enabling you to work on a variety of craft.
The course focuses on developing a broad range of skills that are necessary for employment. You will study practical design and construction, work with composite and hi-tech materials and consider how varying materials perform under different conditions. Our strong links with local businesses also mean that you will be able to contribute to live briefs set by employers.
You will gain practical experience working with computer-aided design (CAD) programmes, working on high-end designs. You will have the opportunity to design, test, build and refine projects, as you become confident using research and development techniques to improve efficiencies and performance on live builds. This will form an excellent foundation for further study and employment, and addresses the need for relevant practical experience that local employers are demanding.
You will develop skills across all areas of the marine engineering process, from design through to material; selection and construction, before refining projects through extensive research and development. You will also be able to study Royal Yachting Association (RYA) qualifications such as the Powerboat Level 2 course. The Academy runs various other RYA qualifications, which you can attend on a full-cost basis.
Ucas Code: 610J
Award: FdSc awarded by Plymouth University
Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Institution code: S32
Upon successful completion of this Foundation Degree you may be able to progress to the final year of an associated degree at Plymouth University. Please note that there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. This course will provide you with an advanced and varied skillset that will prepare you well for employment.
One of the main reasons I applied to study at University Centre South Devon was because of the marine facilities, which are second to none; you'd really struggle to find anywhere that can match them. Working on such a variety of craft is beneficial, and helps you develop experience across a broad range of vessels. It's also been good experience studying in the engineering workshops, learning from experienced tutors on topics such as boat maintenance. The support I've received has been fantastic; I've had assistance with study skills and I've seen a significant improvement in my grades because of this. It's been a really positive experience and I'm pleased I decided to study here. I'm planning to complete a top-up year when I finish the foundation degree, before entering industry working on large vessels.Richard Smith
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