Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to start on one of your 4 main start dates: 3 January 2017, 27 March 2017, 26 June 2017, 18 September 2017 ?

Depending on numbers we can enrol students at different times. So ask, we try to be flexible.

What GCSE’s do I need?

None. We don’t ask for previous experience or qualifications, just the willingness to learn and to work with wood.

Is it just marine jobs that students go on to?

No the skills are very much transferable. If you can build and fit out a wooden hull then you can work in curves. Timber frame house building, furniture making, bespoke joinery work

I am interested in the historic side of things is your course relevant?

Yes understanding the original skills involved, gives a great insight and basis for any conservation or restoration work. Students have gone on to work on major historic projects from Cutty Sark to the Victory others going into curatorship roles and project management.

Does IBTC Portsmouth have accommodation?

We’re not a residential college. Portsmouth is a university city with an excellent range of student accommodation. Transport links from the surrounding area is good. We’re 1hr 40min from London on a main train line.

What Will I Learn?

Click here to find out about the different techniques you will learn on the course.

If you are interested in our Boat Building courses, then get in touch today!