Key Details

  • Available at
    Pwllheli, Rhos-on-Sea
  • Level
  • Study Mode
  • Programme Area
    International, Marine Technology
  • Course Length

    1-2 years

  • Course Type
    Full-Time (Further Education)
  • Bilingual

    This programme is available bilingually at the following campus(es):

    • Pwllheli

Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop/chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

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 Criteria

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.

Would you like to apply for this course?