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Shipping and Maritime Engineering Diploma - Level 3



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15 hours per week



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What does this course involve?

The Marine industry is vital to the UK economy with 95 per cent of imports being handled by sea. The south-east has a wealth of local maritime organisations operating from the Port of Dover as well as a thriving boat and marine engineering industries.

Learners will develop the variety of skills through industry visits, classroom learning and practical sessions. Learners will be encouraged to develop excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

You will be taught at East Kent College's Dover Campus in our Engineering department and at Viking Recruitment's Maritime Skills Academy. You will learn vital engineering skills and industry knowledge to progress into employment, on to university or into a Merchant Navy Cadetship.


What qualifications do I need?

4 Cs or 4s including English at level 4 and maths at level 5.


You will learn through practical sessions in our new, state-of-the-art engineering workshop and at Viking Recruitment's Maritime Skills Academy. Assessment will be through written work and some exams.

Fees & Costs

If you are 16-18yrs old at the start of the Study Programme, it will be free. There may be additional payments required for trips, visits and other materials.

For adult learners (over 19) financial support towards the costs of your Study Programme may be available. Eligible students may be able to get help with course related costs such as travel, equipment and childcare.

If you are aged 19 and over an Advanced Learning loan may be available if you are studying at Level 3 and above. Eligible students may be able to get help with course related costs such as travel, equipment and childcare.

Please contact Support Services for confirmation of all Study Programme fees quoted:

Dover Campus - 01304 244333 (or e-mail

Please note: For those claiming state working age benefit this course is classed as part-time.


This Study Programme will open up a number of opportunities in the marine engineering industries. The maritime industry can offer routes in deck and engine pathways, working with ferry and merchant navy operators, as well as progression into the marine industry.

The experiences gained in engineering will also give you the opportunity to work on sea wind farms, underwater autonmous vehicle surveys and into working with prestigious super yachts in the region's many local ports and harbours.

As a Level 3 qualification you will have the opportunity, on successful completion, to apply for higher education qualifications at universities or local colleges, as well as applying for the Merchant Navy Cadetship.

Courses Levels: 
Level 3

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