Important Entry Requirement & Application Update

Once you've applied, you will be invited to attend a virtual information event at the beginning of 2021. At this event, you will have the opportunity to find out more about your course, meet the staff and ask any questions that you may have.

If your course requires an interview you will receive an email with details about your video call. There will be no need for you to come on site. Don't worry if you don't receive an email about an interview, not every course needs one.

Is this course right for me?

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

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

The course 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 on outside sites.

Entry requirements:

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • A relevant Level 2 qualification at Pass
  • Relevant industry experience

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.


The programme is delivered through a blend of the following:

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


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 course leads to a number of options in education and employment.

In education, you may choose to enter Higher Education to study Marine Technology at a range of institutions. You could also progress onto degree courses in a variety of other subjects, including:

  • HNC General Engineering

In employment, the course will allow you to work in the marine industry both locally, nationally and internationally. This includes roles in the commercial and leisure sectors. Previous students have found local shore-based employment, won scholarships for higher education, or found work onlarge commercial vessels, tugs, workboats, superyachts and leisure vessels.