The total course duration works out to be 9 months spread over 3 terms excluding holidays. If one includes the holidays (for e.g. Christmas - 1month, Summer holidays - 2 months, Easter holidays - 2 weeks), the duration of the course will be about 11 - 12 months depending upon which batch (January / April / September), the student is joining. The visa period that the student gets is likely to be about 14 months.
COURSE STARTING DATE:
9th January 2012 ; 16th April 2012 ; 3rd September 2012
Candidates must have a minimum 18 months sea service as a watchkeeping Deck Officer while holding STCW ‘95 Table A II/1 Certificate of Competency (Watchkeeper) or Class 3/4 certification, and hold a valid ‘Medical First Aid’ course certificate and a personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA. Candidates must also hold an STCW certificate in ‘Proficiency in Medical Care aboard Ship’ before taking their MCA Orals. If not already held, this course can be undertaken at the academy outside of the main course.
Once a Chief Mate Certificate of Competency has been achieved, candidates must return to sea to accumulate a further minimum 18 months sea service as a watchkeeping Deck Officer before taking a Master’s MCA Oral examination to gain full Master’s certification.
For booking a course, you will need to post the following documents to us at our address given at the end.
Completed Deck Course Booking Form
1 Passport Size Photograph
Photocopy of the first page of your Passport
Photocopy of all the pages of the CDC
Photocopy of your 2nd Mates COC
Medical First Aid cerificate
Demand Draft of £ 1,200 in favour of “SOUTHAMPTON SOLENT UNIVERSITY INCOME ACCOUNT”
If you face any difficulty in making the demand draft in British Pounds, please contact Mr. Pradeep Tambe from Cox & Kings, Mumbai at 098190 58853 and they will help you in making the DD in Sterling Pounds.
Warsash Maritime Academy is a part of Southampton Solent University.
Please note that the deposit payment of £ 1,200 is not refundable if you decide not to do the course. The deposit can be transferred only in your name for the same course upto 24 months of the first course starting date subject to you having informed the college in writing / by email about your decision to postpone the course. A fee of 200 GBP per transfer applies and this will be debited from your deposit paid to the college.
Students are advised to apply early as seats are allotted on a first come first served basis and get filled up about 12 months prior to the course commencement date. You need not have completed 18 months of sea service after 2nd Mates COC to book your seat but you must complete your sea service before going to join the college in UK. Admission letter will be received in about 4 weeks after receiving your documents by us in Mumbai. The admission letter will be posted by the college to our address in Mumbai and we will courier the admission letter by BLUE DART to your home address. You may post the above documents at our address given at the end of this page.
STCW SHORT COURSE DETAILS:
The following short courses need to be completed by the students from India, preferably before going to the UK:
If for some reason, the student is not able to complete the Medicare course prior to going to UK, he can come back from the UK, finish the Masters Medicare course, send the certificates to MCA UK and the MCA will post the COC to the student.
The following short courses have to be necessarily done in the UK:
APPLYING FOR A NOTICE OF ELIGIBILITY (NOE):
Students need to apply for an NOE to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), UK to be eligible to sit for the written and oral examinations in the UK. You can apply for your NOE from India prior to going to the UK or you can apply for your NOE during your stay in the UK. It is not necessary to be in possession of NOE for booking the course. However, if you have doubts that some of your sea-time may not be counted by the MCA for whatsoever reasons (for e.g. missing documents, no stamps on the CDC, company did not give sea service letter, etc.), it would be advisable to do your NOE before booking your course. The processing time for the NOE is normally 28 working days + postage time but it may extend to a few months also if the MCA is not satisfied about the authenticity of your documents. If your documents are found to be forged, all your documents will be seized and you will not be allowed to sit for exams in the UK again.
The following is the procedure to apply for a NOE:
Email to the MCA at email@example.com and request them to email the deck NOE form to you. Alternatively, please visit the MCA website www.mcga.gov.uk and download the MSF4274 NOE form.
Take a printout of the NOE form and fill up the NOE form.
Enclose your NOE application form, Passport, CDC, COC, Sea Service Letters / Masters testimonials, Medical Fitness Certificate, 2 passport size photographs and a DD of £ 201 in favour of “MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY”. Please note that all documents have to be in original except for the Passport whose notarised photocopies can be sent.
Send the documents by a good courier for e.g. DHL and check on the DHL website when the documents have been received by the MCA.
If you have not got any information from the MCA after 40 days, please send an email to the MCA mentioning your Name, Date of Birth and Courier consignment number. Ask them, what is the status of your NOE.
COST OF LIVING IN SOUTHAMPTON:
The approximate living cost is as given below but it will vary from person to person:
Accommodation rent: £ 180 – 220 / month / person or one room in a shared accommodation
Food (home cooked): £ 40 – 60 / month / person
Electricity and heating bills: £ 10 – 20 / month / person
If you are going with your wife and children, either you can take a 1 BHK which will cost 450 GBP / month approximately or you can take a 2 BHK at 600 GBP / month approximately and share it with another couple. As per the new visa rules applicable from 2011, your wife can accompany you but she cant work on a student dependant visa as the Chief Mate course is below a degree level course.
Most banks in India do not understand what is a COC course and hence you will find resistance in their giving you education loans. They will come up with objections that the course is not a degree / diploma course, they do not give loans for nautical courses, ask you to get approval from DG Shipping about the course, tell you that you are not a student as you are already working and hence they cannot give you a loan. Most students going for Chief Mates course do not require educational loans but if you require one, be prepared to face such objections. Hence, it is always advisable to apply to atleast 5 different banks for your education loan because you can never be sure that any particular bank may give you a loan. We have come across many cases where the bank has promised a student to give the loan and later backed out at the last moment. Hence, it is very important that you apply to atleast 5 different banks and hope that some bank will help you out. If you happen to know the bank manager personally, getting an education loan becomes that much easier. We can give you loan sanction letters of past students which may be of help to you in convincing the bank manager to give you a loan. The loan processing time may take anywhere between 1 week to 1 month. You can apply for an education loan only in the city where you reside for e.g. somebody staying in Delhi has to apply for his loan from Delhi only and can’t apply from Mumbai. You may also contact CREDILA for education loans. CREDILA is a non banking financial company approved by the RBI and they specialize in only giving educational loans. They have given loans to students of WARSASH MARITIME ACADEMY in the past. They would however ask you for the necessary documents like collateral, guarantors, etc. You may contact Mr. Sunil Sawant of CREDILA at the following numbers: 09987759433 / 09869165643. You may also try to take Loan Against Jewellery. This is the fastest means of getting a loan as the money is disbursed on the same day. Most banks for e.g. HDFC, ICICI, etc. give loans against jewellery.
The flight ticket fares vary from airlines to airlines and from one season to the next. A one way ticket will cost you in the range of 16,000 - 25,000 Rs/- whilst a return ticket will cost you in the range 30,000 - 45,000 Rs/- depending upon availability and airlines.
HOW TO REACH SOUTHAMPTON:
There are direct / indirect flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Calcutta, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Cohin to London. On arrival at the London Heathrow airport, you will have to go through immigration check up which may take about 1 – 2 hours depending upon the rush at the airport. Joining the London Heathrow Airport is the National Express Coach station / bus stop. You can buy the bus ticket at the bus stop and the fare is approximately £15 for a one way trip. The journey duration from London Heathrow airport to Southampton is about 75 – 90 minutes and there is a bus leaving every 45 minutes on an average. If you happen to arrive at London airport after 9 PM, it is advisable to stay back at the airport in the night and take the early morning bus to Southampton. You will find many tourists / students staying overnight at the London airport and taking the morning coach to their respective destination. You will not be charged for staying during the night at the airport but you will have to make do with a chair only or maybe sit on the floor with your luggage. On reaching Southampton bus stop, you will take a taxi to your landlord’s house or to a hotel. As the bus stop is located in the heart of the city of Southampton, your taxi fare will not be more than £5.
TRAVELLING TO WARSASH MARITIME ACADEMY FROM YOUR HOME:
The college runs a free bus service only for the students from the University campus (located about 10 minutes walking distance from your likely residence) to Warsash Maritime Academy and back, five days a week. The college bus time table will be available at the reception of the college. The bus journey would be about 35 minutes. Some students buy their own car and share the petrol expenses with other students who travel along with them. You can drive on an Indian driving license for upto 1 year in the UK.
The following are the different ways, you can get a house in Southampton.
2 weeks prior to your leaving for Southampton, we will give you telephone numbers of the landlords who rent out their houses in Southampton. You can call them and express your interest in taking their house on rent. The house can’t be finalised over the phone as an agreement will be signed between the landlord and the tenant. Moreover, the landlord must find you to be acceptable to him and you also need to see the house before you confirm the house.
Students from previous batch usually have some rooms vacant and they email us to pass on their details to the new students who will be coming. We shall pass on their details to you so that you can get in touch with them.
Some students decide to rent a Bed and Breakfast (B&B) for one day on their arrival in Southampton. They then see a few houses and decide which one to take.
On signing the contract with the landlord, you will have to pay one month’s of rent as security deposit as well as the rent in advance for that month. Please ensure that you keep a copy of your contract safely with you and insist that the rent will be paid by cheques only. Ask the landlord for a copy of rent receipt as well for your safety. Most contract’s come with a one month notice period which means that you will have to give one month’s notice before vacating or else you may lose your deposit money. At the time of returning the deposit money, the landlord may make deductions for any damage that the tenant may have done to the property. Most of the houses are usually fully furnished i.e. you will have a bed, mattress, wardrobe, study table, curtains, gas stove, washing machine, refrigerator, etc. A TV may be there but you will have to pay for the cable connection. The houses are usually 3 – 4 bedroom + hall + kitchen. The bathroom and kitchen are usually shared between the student’s whilst each student has an independent room for himself. Student’s usually do their own cooking as eating outside is very expensive in the UK. You will have to buy your own utensils as they are not provided for by the landlord.
CARRYING MONEY TO UK:
Students can carry money to the UK as currency notes, travelers cheques, demand drafts and international student debit cards. We advise the students to carry about £ 500 as cash (£ 1,000 if they are carrying their family) and the remaining by loading their international student debit cards. International student’s debit cards are provided free or cost to the students and we will provide you with one prior to your going to the UK. The advantages of students debit card are given below;
You can swipe the debit card in the college and pay the college fees. Hence, you save the money on making demand draft (i.e. approximately 700 Rs/-).
For any purchase in the UK, you can swipe your student’s debit card without any additional charges instead of having to pay in cash.
If you lose the demand draft, it is a very tedious process to get your bank to cancel the draft as you will have to file an FIR in the police station and follow up the other procedural formalities. If you lose a debit card, you simply call the bank, they will cancel the debit card and post a new card to you for a small fee.
If you fall short of money in the UK, your parents / friends in India can contact the bank and pay the bank in Indian rupees to top up the card. You can withdraw the money from your card in the UK. It saves your parents the hassle of trying to figure out how to do the telegraphic transfer from India and the charges involved in the telegraphic transfer.
If you are carrying a demand draft in your personal name for your living expenses in the UK, you will have to wait till your bank account is opened in the UK. This process may take 2 – 4 weeks and then only will you be able to deposit the demand draft. If you are carrying an international student’s debit card, you can withdraw cash from any ATM machine in the UK at any point of time. You must note that your bank will charge you for cash withdraw from the ATM using your international students debit card.
The best procedure is to load your card in India with money required for your balance tuition fee payment and £ 2,000 for your living expenses (apart from the £ 500 that you carry in cash). On joining the college, pay the college tuition fees by swiping your student’s debit card. Once, you have opened your bank account, you can withdraw the cash from your student’s debit card and put into your bank account. Your bank will issue you with a cheque book and the local bank ATM card for money withdrawal which will not charge your for ATM withdrawals.
The visa rules keep on changing very frequently. Hence, the rules in the past may not be acceptable in the future. There is a separate visa page on this website giving information on UK visa application procedures.
Kunal Anshuman, Official Representative (India) – Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK. Tel: 022 3250 6858 / 9892725375 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit: www.springdaleindia.com Address: Office No. 529, Mastermind IV, Royal Palms, Aarey Colony, Goregaon E, Mumbai – 400 065