Warsash Maritime Academy, UK.
                                   Master's Preparatory Course

Course Title:

STCW II/2 Master (MCA Oral Examination)

Duration:

4 weeks.

Course Starting Date:

1 October 2018 ; 21 Jan 2019 ; 29 April 2019 ; October 2019 (dates not confirmed yet)

Eligibility:

Candidates must have completed 36 months’ watchkeeping service while holding an OOW unlimited II/1 Certificate of
Competency. This period may be reduced to 24 months if at least 12 months of such seagoing service has been served as
Chief Mate while holding a Chief Mate unlimited II/2 Certificate of Competency.

If you hold a Chief Mates CoC from India, you may be eligible to do your Masters CoC from the UK.
It is advisable that you should apply for your Notice of Eligibility (see procedure below) with the MCA.

Admission Procedure:

For booking a course, you will need to scan and email or Whatsapp (+91 - 9892725375) the following documents to us:

  • Completed Deck Course Booking Form ; (Sample Filled Up Form for your reference)
  • Passport: 1st page and address page
  • CDC - 1st page and sea service stamp pages after your 2nd Mates CoC
  • CoC - All relevant pages including your CoC expiry date page
  • Electronic bank transfer of  £ 1,035 to reserve a seat for the course.

Demand Drafts are not being accepted by the college any more. If you face any difficulty in making the payments by
electronic bank transfer, please contact  Ms. Aishwarya from Cox & Kings, Mumbai at 7506146161 and she will help you in
making payment by electronic bank transfer to the college.

Please note that the deposit payment of £ 1,035 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 from the first course starting date subject to you having
informed the college in writing / by email about your decision to postpone the course.

Seats for the Master's course usually gets filled up 3 - 6 months in advance. Hence, students are advised to apply early as
seats are allotted on a first come first served basis. Admission letter will be received by email in about 4 weeks after you
have submitted your documents and transferred the deposit payment to the college.

Please visit the link for
Masters MCA Orals Preparatory Course.

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 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 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:        
                        
  • Download the NoE form MSF 4274
  • 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 are to 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: £ 200 – 260 / month / person
  • Food (home cooked): £ 40 – 60 / month / person
  • Electricity and heating bills: £ 10 – 20 / month / person

Accommodation, Food and Flight Tickets:

Accommodation
: College does not guarantee hostel accommodation for overseas students. Students stay in rented
apartments as it works out to be much cheaper. A typical house would have 4 - 5 rooms which would be rented out to the
students. Each room would be fully furnished i.e. the room would have a bad, mattress, wardrobe, study table, carpet, lights
and heating system. The student would pay the room rent to the landlord every month. The kitchen and the washroom
would be shared amenities. The kitchen would typically have a dining table, microwave, refrigerator and cooking system in
place. On arrival in the city of Southampton, you can directly move into the rented accommodation or alternatively stay in a
Bed & Breakfast (budget hotel) for one night, check out a few houses the next day and accordingly move into one of the
many available rented accommodations. A single room would house one student, a couple or 2 students at the maximum.
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.

A list of landlords are given below whom you can start contacting 1 - 2 weeks prior to your departure for the UK:

  • Ms. Navida Khan - 00 44 7926572624
  • Mr. Baldev Singh - 00 44 7882865130
  • Mr. Pravin Patel - 00 44 77032 45857
  • Mr. Rafiqui - 00 44 77668 25344
  • Ms Geeta Uppal - 00 44 2380331992
  • Mr Paul Singh - 00 44 7724221130
  • Mr Singh - 00 44 7828659152
  • Mr Harpal - 00 44 7888664922
  • Mr Singh - 00 44 7817787899
  • Mr Daljit Grewal - 00 44 7733105020
  • Mr Steve Athwal - 00 44 7894064139
  • Mr Yougesh Vashist - 00 44 7971079035
  • Mr Singh - 00 44 7794251243
  • Mr. Mitrajeet Rath - 00 44 78287 69000 ; mitrajeet.rath@yahoo.co.in
  • Mr Jo Bhakar - 00 44 79137 99450 ; jobhakar@hotmail.co.uk
  • Ms. Anu Mehak - 00 44 7402 489098 ; anumehak19@yahoo.com
  • Mr Iain Macdonalad - 0044 7415729935
  • Home Life Lettings - 0044-23 8058 6838 and 0044-7789938394.

Most of the landlords are Gujratis or Punjabis. The accommodations are located about 5 - 10 minutes walking distance
from Southampton Solent University.

Alternatively, you can stay for 1 day in a Bed and Breakfast Hotel (budget hotel) on arrival in Southampton and check out
houses the next day. Visit the link below for a list of such budget hotels in the vicinity of the University:
Bed and Breakfast Budget Hotels

Food: All food items that are available in India are also available in Southampton, UK for e.g. rice, wheat, dal, vegetables,
chicken, mutton, fish, fruits, etc. Students staying in a house buy their groceries together and divide the cost amongst
themselves. Eating outside at restaurants, take-away, etc. are very expensive because of the high cost of labour in UK and
hence invariably all students cook their food together at home only. Grocery shops are located at 5 - 10 minutes walking
distance from the accommodation areas.

For Tiffin Service (Indian food), you can contact Ms. Anu Mehak (Whatsapp: +44 7402 489098)

Flight tickets: You do not need to have your flight tickets whilst applying for a UK student visa. Students usually book their
flight tickets after having received their UK student visa. It is upto a student if he wishes to book a one way ticket to the UK or
a return ticket i.e. to and fro. Normally, a return ticket works out cheaper. We will introduce you to a Travel Agent who will
help you out with flight ticket bookings or you can book through online portals. A one way fare price will range from 20,000 -
30,000 INR whilst a return fare will range from 40,000 - 70,000 INR. Prices vary depending upon season and how far is your
travel date from the date of booking. You arrival airport in the UK will be London Heathrow.

You will be introduced to the other students going along with you so that you can decide whom do you want to share your
accommodation with in Southampton and accordingly book your flight tickets together. There are about 200 students going
to Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK from India every year for the various Deck and Engine post-sea CoC
courses over the 3 batches starting in January, April and September respectively.

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:

  • For any purchase in the UK, you can swipe your international 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.

Visa Rules:

The visa rules keep on changing very frequently. Hence, the rules in the past may not be acceptable in the future.
We will guide you with the visa process.

Contact Us:

Kunal Anshuman,   
Springale India
Tel: +91 - 98927 25375                                
Email:
kunal.anshuman@springdaleindia.com
Visit: www.springdaleindia.com
Address: Office No. 529, Mastermind 4, Royal Palms, Aarey Colony, Goregaon E, Mumbai – 400 065

Note: To reach our office, take autorickshaw from Goregaon (E) station. It will cost you about 70 Rs/- and the distance is 3.0
kms from station. It should take you about 20 minutes to reach our office in normal traffic conditions from the station.
Alternatively, take Bus No. 452 from Goregaon (E) station and get down at the last bus stop i.e. Mayur Nagar. The office is
about 10 minutes walk from the Mayur Nagar bus stop. If you are coming from Powai direction, it will take you about 30
minutes to reach our office by auto rickshaw and the fare will be about 150 Rs approximately.
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