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Marine Technologies

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 South Devon 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, national and international businesses also means that you will be able to contribute to live briefs set by employers. Our partner programme provides in-course work experience, projects, mentoring and the option of paid internships. You will also be guaranteed an interview for paid summer work experience with Sailing Holidays in Greece.

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 employers are demanding.

Level 4 (Year 1 for full-time students) develops the underpinning knowledge and principles associated with the principles of Naval Architecture and Marine Propulsion systems.

Level 5 (Year 2 for full-time students) develops the foundations of high level marine engineering systems and hones the learner ability to work autonomously while handling research and design projects.

The full-time and part-time course has one start point in September.

Course details
Entry Requirements
What will I learn?

Ucas Code: 610J

Award: FdSc / HNC awarded by University of Plymouth

Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available

Institution code: S32

Year 1 Studies
Year 2 Studies
Careers & Employability

Upon successful completion of this Foundation Degree you may be able to progress to the final year of BSc (Hons) Marine and Compostes Technology at the University of Plymouth. 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.

Potential Job Roles

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

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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