Is this course right for me?

Would you like a career in vessel operations, either on the water or on the shore?

This programme allows you to gain important skills for the shore-based industry, including boatbuilding, yacht maintenance and marine engineering. It also introduces you to practical disciplines on the water, and sea-based training will be a key element of your learning.

The programme is hands-on, with an emphasis on gaining practical skills both in the workshop and at sea. You will also work on a range of projects, maintaining and operating vessels both in College and at sea.

As well as gaining this qualification, you will be able to achieve a long list of RYA/MCA short programmes and industry standard licences.

Entry requirements:

  • 3 GCSEs at grade D or above and 1 GCSE at grade E, including GCSE Mathematics and English or Welsh (1st Language) at grade D or E
  • or
  • Level 1 Diploma pass in a relevant subject
  • Attendance at an interview


The programme is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Practical workshop and classroom sessions
  • Project work
  • Time at sea


The programme is assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Assignments
  • Exams
  • Programme work
  • Portfolios
  • Practical assessment on the water, by trained instructors


Completion of this programme can lead to a number of options in education and employment.  You could proceed onto a number of programmes at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, including:

  • Marine Engineering Level 3

Successful students regularly secure places on fully sponsored industry training schemes (Merchant Navy Cadetships) and embark on rewarding careers as navigators and engineers on a variety different vessels such as cruise ships, tankers and sailing yachts.

Marine learners also find positions on workboats, superyachts, sailing craft/ yacht charter and also in shore-based boat building, maintenance and repair.

Additional campus/course information:

  • Rhos-on-Sea

    The £8.2 million Marine and Built Environment Centre (MBEC) at Coleg Llandrillo’s Rhos-on-Sea Campus includes a specialist marine and boat building facility with a range of full and part-time courses, to support the UK’s multi-billion pound industry.