Results-Orientated Teaching

Ocean City College tries to ensure that our students learn for life. Our teaching gives them the knowledge they need to prepare for their future careers.

We use a variety of study methods, offering a more inclusive form of teaching, to provide students with a better chance of success. This teaching approach is particularly designed to match the students’ different learning styles.

Motor Mechanics

A mechanic works with a finely-tuned engine. On a daily basis you could be repairing vehicles that have developed a problem or have been involved in an accident. You may also be involved in regular maintenance to keep vehicles operating in peak condition.

The outlook for mechanic jobs remains strong. In fact, as vehicles become more complicated and as government standards become more stringent properly maintaining them will require professional servicing. You may find employment in several different venues, for example, local garages and national chains. There are also opportunities for mechanics wherever you find a large fleet of vehicles, for example, police agencies, taxi companies and even the armed forces.

We have a large motor vehicle workshop which is used as a realistic working environment in order to teach a range of qualifications and levels. You can be sure of great support from us throughout your course. We have excellent links with local and national employers to help you find the right job.

Marine Engineering

Marine crafts people work for shipbuilding, ship repair and conversion companies. In smaller marinas and boatyards, they work for boat-building, repair and maintenance firms; this could range from building hulls on sea-going vessels to restoring the fixtures and fittings on traditional narrowboats.

As a marine craftsperson, you would use carpentry, electrical, plumbing, welding and painting skills, as well as more traditional maritime craft skills like rigging and sailmaking. You would work with materials ranging from wood and steel plate, to glass- or fibre-reinforced plastics (GRP/FRP). On smaller marine craft, your duties could include:

  • marking out construction materials using engineering design templates
  • welding, cutting and shaping parts or sections
  • assembling boat sections and pipework
  • installing engines
  • ‘fitting out’ the vessel with furnishings, navigation and communications equipment, heating and lighting and, if appropriate, rigging.

In a dockyard or shipyard, you are more likely to work on larger ships, tankers and oil and gas platforms for offshore sites.

Cycle Mechanics

This course is a great starting point for anyone thinking of working within this sector. You will be working in a classroom and workshop environment where your duties will encompass many areas of work. The course is tailored toward the servicing and maintenance of bicycles.

The aim of this course is to offer students a flexible range of units in a specialized learning package that delivers the basics of cycle mechanics leading to a qualification.

Progression can lead to an apprenticeship scheme, employment or further training.


How much does the course cost?

Courses start from £3,000 for the year, this is funded by the school.

Does this course count towards my UCAS points?

Only the level 3 courses at this moment count towards your UCAS points.

What do I wear/Is there a uniform?

We provide polo shirts, work trousers and the necessary PPE.

How long is the course?

The course will run for 2 days a week throughout the 38 weeks of the academic year.

Can I progress through to the next level of the course?

Once you have passed the first level we will support you on the next levels.

Do I need to be at school to start a course?

Whilst it is an advantage to be in school, we can sometimes support those who are not at school.