Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Marinas and Boatyards

Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Marinas and Boatyards

SQA code: GJ8C 60
Ofqual code: 601/3930/4
Total Qualification Time: 590 hours
Guided Learning Hours: 376
Credit value: 59

The Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Marinas and Boatyards will provide learners with a common core of learning, with additional options to suit the different circumstances of those working in coastal or inland marinas, or in boatyards.

Learners can specialise in lifting and moving boats and yachts, mooring and berthing boats and yachts, moving loads in boatyards, and maintaining marinas and boatyard equipment.

This qualification is available through employers, colleges and training providers.

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Marinas and Boatyards is designed with a mix of learning outcomes, some relating to underpinning knowledge and others to competence.

It is aimed at those who have no prior experience of working in a boatyard or marina environment.

The primary purpose of the qualification is to confirm the learner’s occupational competence as a boatyard and marina operative. As a work-related, competence-based qualification it provides confirmation to employers and industry managers that the learner has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role.

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to progress in the industry, or to work towards another qualification.


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • preparing learners for employment
  • meeting relevant programmes of learning
  • giving learners personal growth and engagement in learning
  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • confirming knowledge, understanding and skills


This qualification offers centres flexibility and choice because of the comprehensive range of optional units.

Successful learners will be able to progress to the Intermediate Marina Manager programme offered by the British Marine Federation.

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through either on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

To achieve the whole qualification, learners need a minimum of 59 credits. They must complete 10 mandatory units (credit value 36) and five optional units (at least credit value 23) from the qualification structure.

Who is this qualification for?

The Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Marinas and Boatyards is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects, particularly those working as marina or boatyard operatives


Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre.


This qualification is a mandatory component in the Maritime Occupations Apprenticeship in England (as detailed in SASE).


Learners will be able to progress to the Intermediate Marina Manager programme offered by the British Marine Federation.

Learners can also progress to job roles such as marina operative, boatyard operative and inland marina operative, which may involve duties such as assisting with the movement of boats, preparing boats for lifting and storage, maintaining security/health and safety in the marina, providing a fuel and pump-out facility, general maintenance and customer service.

What approvals are needed?

Centres must come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

Where can you take this course

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification structure

This qualification requires the learner to complete mandatory and optional units.

Group award code: GJ8C 60
Ofqual code: 601/3930/4

The Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Marinas and Boatyards requires the achievement of 10 mandatory units (credit value 36) plus five optional units (a minimum credit value of 23).

Please refer to the qualification structure (106 KB) for more information.

Unit specifications

Unit specifications for this qualification are available on the Regulated Qualifications unit search.

How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the assessment criteria, assessment (evidence) requirements and guidance on instruments of assessment for the unit.

This qualification is assessed by completing various tasks to evidence what has been learned. This can be carried out through practical assessment, knowledge-based questioning or online assessment. The assessor can then confirm that the learner has met the requirements of the qualification and that they have the necessary underpinning knowledge and skills to progress.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the learner demonstrate that they carry out their normal work activities competently and to the industry standard and comply with current legislation and company procedures.

The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. They will demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the tasks and can complete them within the given timescales and specifications.

Learner portfolio

Assessment strategy/principle