Routes into this sector
There are various types of qualifications available:
- At 14 GCSEs in English, maths will help get you into this sector. Your school might also offer vocational qualifications such as BTECs, OCR Nationals, etc. related to this specific job sector.
- At 16 you have more options, you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeship or vocational qualifications.
- At 18 or 19 your options open further - you may wish to do a higher education/university course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications
- Skills shortages identified include engineering, and:
- Skilled trades (fishing)
- Associate Professionals (ship officers)
- Management and office administration skills including the needs of small businesses who make up the large part of marine leisure.
Becoming a Naval Architect
A Naval Architect (Yacht Designer) is a professional responsible for the design, development, construction and repair of surface and underwater vessels and operating systems. UK Naval Architects are usually members of the Royal Institute of Naval Architecture. To become a member, individuals must have undertaken an accredited course such as Naval Architecture, Marine Technology, Marine Engineering, Offshore Engineering and Ship Science.
At school or college it is helpful to study a broad range of subjects at GCSE covering both the arts and sciences. Good grades in Maths and English are essential. Applicants are also expected to have three 'A' levels, with good grades in Maths and Physics.
At university you would be most likely to follow a masters degree (MEng) course if you want to become a Chartered Engineer, or a degree (BEng) course if intending to become an Incorporated Engineer.
You would need to complete a degree in one of the routes outlined above.
Visit the National Careers Service for more information on becoming a Naval Architect.