This is a unique, industry-driven foundation degree designed to prepare you for employment within the marine sector. The course combines recognised practical qualifications with academic study, and equips you with a range of skills and relevant experience to excel in your chosen field.
This course is delivered at South Devon Marine Academy, our marine centre of excellence based in Kingswear on the River Dart. These facilities provide a fantastic learning environment, making the most of the local environment, where students have the opportunity to apply the skills and theory they learn on the water.
The South Devon Marine Academy has access to a comprehensive range of craft, which consists of over 20 boats. This includes powerboats, sailing dinghies and 2 38 foot yachts, the Aspiration (Sigma 38) and Endeavour (Beneteau 38).
This course is supported by a close relationship with key industry partners to prepare you for employment on successful completion of this foundation degree. 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 be assessed through a variety of methods, including practical assessment, presentations and coursework. There is a strong practical focus on this course, with the majority of study delivered at the South Devon Marine Academy. This is designed so that you can develop vocational experience in a real setting, which you will be able to transfer into employment when you graduate. You will also learn through lectures and seminars, which will encourage group communication, critical reflection, evaluation and presentation. You will also be required to study independently and undertake your own research. This will help develop your theoretical understanding, making you a confident practitioner who can adapt to the challenges that you may face during your career. During your studies you will also have the opportunity gain Royal Yachting Association (RYA)/Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) qualifications, at a subsidised cost (RYA administration and exam fees are not included). These include: Yachtmaster (offshore); Yachtmaster (coastal); National Powerboat Level 2 Certificate; Diesel Engine Maintenance Certificate; Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory; Sea Survival; Professional Practice and Responsibilities; VHF/DSC Operators Licence; and dinghy sailing qualifications.
Ucas Code: J610
Award: FdSc awarded by University of Plymouth
Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Institution code: S32
Upon successful completion of this Foundation Degree you may progress to the final year of the BSc (Hons) Coaching degree at UCSD, or the BSc (Hons) Navigation and Maritime Science degree at the University of Plymouth. Please note that there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Alternatively, you could immediately enter employment using the skills you have developed, working in yacht charter companies, coastal adventure and guiding, yacht racing, national centres (such as Plas Menai), sailing schools or skippering yachts in the UK and overseas.
"The course combines all of the areas I am interested in. The modules are a great mix of practical and theory and University Centre South Devon is the only place I could find that delivered this course. The tutors are very supportive and encouraging."Lucy Rees
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