Cornwall College

Operational Yacht Science Cornwall College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Plymouth

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This programme is designed for those people who aspire to be the future superyacht crew, bosuns officers and captains of the superyacht sector. It is designed to run alongside relevant Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) awards, to give deeper knowledge and understanding of the topics, and to give you more choice and an edge for your future career choices. It is run in partnership with UKSA in Cowes, Isle of Wight, as part of their Professional Yacht Cadetship.
The cadetship requires a minimum of three years commitment to training, with phases of study on the Isle of Wight as well as periods of working onboard superyachts around the world. You will be required to make a Professional Yacht Cadetship application to UKSA, followed by a two day selection in Cowes, Isle of Wight.

On successful completion of the one year HNC, you will gain direct entry onto the second year of the programme, allowing you to gain an FdSc Operational Yacht Science qualification.

This programme does not follow the traditional academic year as it is designed around the superyacht season. It is studied in intensive blocks of time at UKSA and supported through Moodle (our virtual learning platform). There are additional costs for this programme to cover the cost of the Cadetship. You may be able to get help with this, contact us for more information. Time spent working on board yachts in between phases of study at UKSA are fully paid periods of employment. Earning on average €2,000 a month (Deckhand).

You will be assessed using a range of methods. Some are practical, although the majority of assessment consists of reports and critical analysis of the yachting environment.
Possible careers available with this qualification:

Enter the superyacht industry after phase 1 of study at UKSA in Cowes as a Deckhand. Through industry experience and continued phases of certification and training at UKSA progress to:
– Lead Deckhand
– Bosun
– Officer
– Captain
After a life at sea/shoreside roles:
– Superyacht brokerage
– Yacht management
– Yacht build project management
– Superyacht recruitment

Course details

Modules

Indicative Modules Year One: - Yacht Operations - Yacht Theory & Practice - Navigation & Meteorology - Marine Engineering - Personal & Employability Skills Development. Optional Modules: - Reflective Practice - Sail Strategy.


How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code H3K1
Institution code C78
Campus name Falmouth Marine School
Campus code F

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points From acceptable level 3 qualifications. Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered.
A level DD At least 32 points must be at A2 level when considered alongside AS levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP In an appropriate subject.
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE with at least 45 credits at level 3, Merits and Distinctions may be required for particular subjects.
Scottish Higher A minimum of 48 tariff points in total from appropriate subjects.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) A minimum of 48 tariff points in total from appropriate subjects.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP grades in an appropriate subject.

Any other qualifications will be considered upon enquiry/application. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,950 Year 1
EU £8,600 Year 1
International £9,950 Year 1
England £8,600 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,600 Year 1
Scotland £8,600 Year 1
Wales £8,600 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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Cornwall College
Tregonissey Road
St Austell
PL25 4DJ


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