2nd Mates Course (Officer of the Watch Course)  

Course Title:

Officer of the Watch (OOW) – Examination Route (earlier called as 2nd Mates course)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A minimum of 36 months of sea service on merchant ships in an acceptable deck capacity for e.g. OS, AB, Bosun,
    Deck Cadet, Junior Officer, etc. whilst holding a valid medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA, UK.
  • You should have 6 months of documented bridge watch-keeping duties in your last 12 months of sailing.

Documentary evidence of eligibility requirements would be a minimum of 36 months of sea service stamps on your CDC
(even non Indian CDC for e.g. Panama, Liberia, Bahamas, Thai, etc. are acceptable). You will also need company sea-time
letter or Masters testimonials for the 36 months of sea service. The 6 months of bridge watch-keeping certificate from the
Master (or the company) must mention that you have kept 8 hours (not 4 hours) of bridge watch-keeping duties every day as
assistant to the main watch-keeper whilst the vessel was at sea.

Format for Bridge Watch-keeping Certificate and Company Sea Service Letter are as given below:

You DO NOT need any Class XII PCM (Science) for the 2nd Mates course as eligibility is given entirely on the basis of your
sea service and not your educational qualifications. However, a good knowledge of mathematics and science would be of
help to the students in passing his examination.

Please note that Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS) and BSc Nautical Science pre-sea courses from India are not
approved by the MCA, UK. Hence, students who have done the DNS or BSc Nautical Science course also need to
complete a minimum of 36 months of sea service on merchant ships before they can give the 2nd Mates exams in
the UK.

Deck Cadets from India (DNS / HND / Belize / non DG) can however give 2nd Mates exams from Australia after
completing 18 months of sea service + 6 months with Australian TRB. After doing 2nd Mates from Australia, they
need to complete a minimum of 12 months of sea service (out of which 9 months as Deck Officers) and can come
to Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK for doing their Chief Mates course.

Course starting date and duration:

There are 3 batches in a year.

9 January 2017 ; 17 April 2017 ; September 2017 ; January 2018

The total course duration works out to be 7 months excluding holiday period like Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays.
A student joining the January or September batch can come back with his CoC in about 8 months period if he clears all his
exams in time. A student joining the April batch will come back with his CoC in about 10 months time because of the 2
months of summer holidays & 1 month of Christmas holidays within course duration which makes the duration longer.

The visa that a student will get will be for approximately 11 - 12 months.

Some key features / advantages of studying at Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK:

  • 70 years old academy and having vast experience of conducting these courses. Part of Southampton Solent
  • Indian faculty (Mr. Adesh Joshi, Mr. Kunal Anand and Mr. Munish Bharadwaj) who take many of the classes for
  • Out of a batch size of 24 students for the 2nd Mates course, majority of the students are from India.
  • Over 200+ students join Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK from India every year for the various post-sea
    competency courses.
  • Students stay in the city of Southampton whilst the college offers a free bus service for the students, 5 days a week for
    travelling to and fro from the college. Classes will shift from Warsash campus to Southampton University campus from
    September 2017 onwards.
  • Good part-time work opportunities as students stay in the city. By working part-time during course period and full time
    during holidays (easter break, summer vacation and christmas holidays), students can hope to earn 2 - 3 Lakhs Rs/-
    approximately if they join the January / September session. Students who join the April session can hope to earn
    almost 4 - 5 Lakhs because of the longer holiday duration during the April session.In most of the other maritime
    colleges in the UK, students are not allowed to work as per the new UK visa rules effective 10 August 2015. Only
    students joining the 2nd Mates course in a University are allowed to work. Those joining a college for the same course
    are not allowed to work.
  • Many ship management companies are located in Southampton. A few students have been able to get jobs with these
    companies after getting their CoC's to work on ferries, etc. However, it is not very easy to get such shipping jobs in UK.
  • Southampton is located in the south of UK. Hence, the climate is warmer compared to other areas of UK. The average
    summer temperature is 16 degree Celsius whilst the average winter temperature is 5 degree Celsius. Southampton is
    about 75 drive to London Heathrow airport. Hence, many students do get to visit their relatives / friends staying in
    London or go for sightseeing to London on weekends.
  • The area where students take up accommodation in Southampton has a large Indian population with 3 gurudwaras, 2
    mosques and 1 temple in that area.

Past Question Papers:

Navigation: Mar 2009 ; Jul 2009 ; Oct 2009 ; Dec 2009 ; Mar 2010 ; Jul 2010 ; Oct 2010 ; Dec 2010 ; Feb 2011 ; Mar 2011 ;
Jun 2011 ; Jul 2011

Stability: Nov 2008 ; Dec 2009 ; Mar 2010 ; Jul 2010 ; Feb 2011 ; Mar 2011 ; Jun 2011 ; Jul 2011

Admission Procedure:

For booking a course, you will need to post the following documents to us at our address given at the end of this page.

  • Completed Deck Course Booking Form
  • Photocopy of the first and last page of your Passport
  • Photocopy of all the pages of the CDC except the blank pages
  • Electronic bank transfer of  £ 1,200 to be made to the college.

Please note that bank drafts are not accepted any more. If you face any difficulty in making payments by electronic bank
transfer, please contact Mr. Shivpal Yadav from Cox & Kings, Mumbai at 09920708065.

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 within 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
atleast 21 days in advance of the course starting date.

Seats for the 2nd Mates course 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. You need not have completed 36 months of sea service to book your seat but
you must complete your sea service before going to join the college in UK. Admission letter will be sent to your email
address in about 4 weeks after receiving your documents by us in Mumbai. Most students book their seats 9 months in
advance i.e. before joining ship for their last sailing contract before leaving for studies to UK.

If you happen to be on board a ship, you can email / Whatsapp the scanned copies of your documents to us and the
electronic payment to the college can be done by your parents / relatives on your behalf. Hence, you can book a seat in the
college even if you happen to be on the ship at that point of time.

STCW advanced courses & GMDSS:

The following MCA, UK approved short courses need to be completed before you can be issued with a UK CoC.
These courses are however not required for applying for a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) with the MCA, UK.

  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Medical First Aid
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Craft
  • GMDSS (UK)

You can do the UK GMDSS at any of the following authorised centers:

  • Anglo Eastern (Mumbai, Andheri) -  022 2683 7007
  • St. Xaviers (Mumbai, Andheri) - 022 2446 3565
  • TS Rahman (Mumbai, Nhava Sheva) - 022 2721 2288 / 2721 2236
  • AMET (Chennai) - 044 2616 1438 / 2616 1180

If for some reason, the student is not able to complete these courses prior to going to UK, he can come back from the UK,
finish the short courses, send the certificates to MCA, UK and the MCA will post the CoC to the student in about 3 weeks time.

The following two short courses have to be necessarily done in the UK and they are:

  • NARAS (O) – also known as ROC ARPA in India
  • Efficient Deck Hand

UKVI IELTS English Language Test:

An English language test is a requirement before you can apply for the UK student visa. The UKVI IELTS test is not required
for booking a seat in the college but you will not be able to apply for a UK visa if you have not cleared this English language

You may book the UKVI IELTS test online by visiting the website given below:


Alternatively, you may visit one of the many offices given in the above website and book for the exam in person also.
This test is held in most of the major cities in India about 2 times in a month and the fees is about 18,000 Rs/- approximately.
You are likely to get a seat for the test about 2 weeks later and the results also take about 2 weeks time to come out. Hence,
you should look to sign off from the ship about 2 - 3 months before your course commencement date so that you have time
to sit for the English language test, get the results, send the results to the college and then only can you apply for the UK
student visa.

The UKVI IELTS test result has to be emailed to the college latest about 4 weeks prior to the course
commencement date failing which you will not be issued with a CAS number which is required to apply for a UK visa.

The UKVI IELTS test is of two kinds, UKVI IELTS General and UKVI IELTS Academic. Both the results are acceptable but as
UKVI IELTS General is relatively easier compared to UKVI IELTS Academic, hence you should prefer to sit for the UKVI
IELTS General exam.

The UKVI IELTS test is a paper and pencil test in which you will have to score no less than 4 in all the individual sections of
Reading, Writing, Spoken and Listening. If you do not get the required score in any one section, you will need to resit the full
exam again.

Although, coaching for the test is not a requirement, if you feel that you need coaching for the test, you may take it and the
cost normally in different cities in India is about 7,000 Rs/- for 1 month of coaching.

Please note that the normal IELTS test (not UKVI IELTS) which costs 11,100 Rs/- is not accepted for UK visas
application after 6 April 2015.

Total expenses in the UK:

Your expected total expenses in the UK inclusive of Tuition Fees, Exam Fees, NoE, Short Courses, Food & Accommodation,
Flight Tickets (to and fro), Visa Charges, etc, will work out to about 12 Lakhs approximately assuming 1 £ = 85 Rs/-.
If the value of £ goes up, your total expenses will go up as well.

The approximate living cost is as given below but it will vary from person to person:

  • Accommodation rent: £ 180 – 220 / month / person in a non-sharing room
  • Accommodation rent: £ 120140 / month / person in room shared by 2 students
  • Food (home cooked): £ 40 – 50 / month / person
  • Electricity and heating bills: £ 10 – 20 / month / person

We will give you the telephone numbers of the landlords before you leave for Southampton.

Funds to show for UK Visa:

Visa rules keep on changing pretty frequently and hence every student should be aware of what the present rules are.

Keep yourself updated with the latest UK student visa rules by visiting the website:  

Please do not go blindly by what your seniors may have told you on ship because what they say may have been true during
their trip to the UK may not necessarily hold true now.

From Nov 2015 onwards, the funds to be shown for the UK visas is as given below, including the booking deposit of 1,000
Pounds that you have paid to the college.

  • 15 Lakhs in your bank account (assuming 1 Pound = 85 INR)
  • Visa Fees = 29,000 INR approximately
  • Health Insurance = 13,500 INR appromixately
  • Seat Booking in the college = 1,200 GBP i.e. 110,000 INR approximately

Hence, the money that you need to arrange in total is close to 15 Lakhs.

This money can be shown as cash in your bank account or  as an educational loan sanction letter or part cash in account
and the balance by educational loan sanction letter. The cash in your bank account should be there for atleast 28 days
before you apply for your UK student visa. The source of cash in your account is not questioned by the UK visa authorities
but even after you have got your visa, the visa authorities may check to ensure that funds are still there after you have
received your UK student visa. If you are showing part cash and the balance by educational loan letter, the cash component
has to wait for 28 days (before you can apply for UK visa) but the educational loan letter need not be 28 days old as it can
be used with immediate effect for the visa application process.

UK Visa Application Procedure:

We will assist you with the complete visa procedures. The x2 things that the student needs to complete from his end before
his UK visa can be applied are the following:

  • Clear UKVI IELTS English language test.
  • Arrange for the requisite funds in his bank account and wait for 28 days.

90% of visa applications are processed within 3 weeks whilst in 10% cases, the visa processing time may be more than 3
weeks. The visa duration that you will get is for 11 - 12 months. The visa will normally start about 1 month before your course
commencement date and will finish about 2 months after the course completion date.

There is also a
Fast Track Visa application system wherein by paying 150 GBP extra over and above the visa fees,
students can receive their visas in 3 - 5 working days. This is helpful for students who are applying for their visas very late.
The college will allow students to join the OOW course a maximum of 2 weeks after the course commencement date.

Applying for a Notice of Eligibility (NoE):

Students need to apply for a 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, sailed on Gulf ships, 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 upto 2 - 3
months also depending upon the work load at the MCA. 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 and fill up the NOE form  by pen in CAPITAL LETTERS only.
  • Enclose your NoE application form, Passport, CDC, STCW basic courses (PST, PSSR, FPFF, EFA), Sea Service
    Letters / Masters testimonials of 36 months, 6 months of Bridge Watch-keeping Certificate, valid Medical Fitness
    Certificate in ILO 147 Format, 2 passport size photographs (size 40mm x 50m with white background) 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 photocopy of first & last page is 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 at                
    deck@mcga.gov.uk mentioning your Name, Date of Birth and Courier consignment number. Ask them, what is the
    status of your NOE.

A filled up NoE Form, Blank NoE form and NoE form filling procedures are there as file attachments on the first page of our

The NoE is not required for booking a seat in the college or for applying for a UK visa application. It will be required before
you can sit for the MCA orals or the SQA written examination.

Accommodation, Food and Flight Tickets:

Accommodation: College does not guarantee hostel accommodation for overseas students. Prior to your departure to
Southampton, UK, we will give you telephone numbers of about 10 Indian landlords who rent out their houses to overseas
students. 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 (cheap 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

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.

Flight tickets: You do not need to have your flight tickets whilst applying for a UK student visitor visa. Hence, 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.
You may book your flight tickets through a travel agent of your choice or you may book it online through the many travel

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

Educational Loans:

Banks in India are usually reluctant go sanction loans for CoC courses and the typical reasons for refusing loans are as
given below:

  • Seafarers are often not considered by banks as students and hence banks are reluctant to sanction loans to them.
  • Some bank managers do not understand what a CoC course is and hence their reluctance.
  • As CoC courses do not fall under the category of Degree / Diploma courses, hence the reluctance from banks.
  • CoC course duration is usually less than 1 year and banks are reluctant to give loans for courses less than 1 year.
  • Some banks insist on students getting a letter from DG Shipping, India stating that overseas CoC courses are
    approved. It is next to impossible for students to get such a letter from DG Shipping, India.

If you know somebody in a bank, it gets much easier to get your loan sanctioned. If not, it is always advisable to approach
atleast 5 different banks and hope that some of these banks may consider your loan application favourably. Do not chase
only 1 bank as it is possible that the bank may refuse your application and you may not have enough time left to apply for
educational loans to other banks.

We have uploaded loan sanction letters of various banks on the first page of our website
www.springdaleindia.com. It may be
of help in convincing your bank manager to sanction your loan once he sees that his bank (but a different branch) have
given loan to another student for the same course in the same college.

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.

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  £25 for a one way trip. The journey duration
from London Heathrow airport to Southampton is about 90 minutes and there is a bus leaving every 45 minutes on an
average. If you happen to arrive at London airport after 7 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, Southampton 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.

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 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 £ 1,500 and carry about £ 500 as cash with yourself. This amount
    of money should be able to cover the cost of your food and accommodation during your stay in the UK.
  • The tuition fees would have been paid by electronic bank transfer to the college already prior to your departure to UK
    and hence it need not be loaded on the students travel card.

Working in the UK - Part time / Full time:

If your course duration is less than 6 months, then you are not allowed to work part-time in the UK. For courses more than 6
months duration, students are allowed to work part-time in the UK if you are studying in a University. As 2nd Mates and Chief
Mates courses at Warsash Maritime Academy / Southampton Solent University are more than 6 months duration, hence you
would be allowed to work in the UK during your studies and this would be mentioned on the visa stamped on your Passport.

As per the present rules, you would be allowed to work 10 hours / week during your study period and full time during
vacations (Christmas, Easter ad Summer holidays). By working within the above working hour limits, a student can hope to
recover between 2 - 5 Lakhs Rs/- during his 11 - 12 months of stay in the UK. There is no compulsion for a student to work
and it is entirely upto his own discretion, however the student should not work for more than 10 hours / week during his
course study period. The minimum pay rate in the UK is about £ 7 per hour and you will not be paid less than this amount.
However, if you are working in night shifts, week-ends or during holiday season, you may expect to get paid higher also.

The following are the different kinds of jobs that students take up in Southampton during their stay in the UK:

  • Working in fast food joints like Mc Donalds, KFC, Burger King, Subway, etc., as cashier, helper, delivery boy, salad
    cutter, cleaner, etc.
  • Working in malls and departmental stores.
  • Working as security guards.
  • Working in Southampton port for loading and unloading of cars on car carriers if you know how to drive. Some
    students also do the lashing of cars on car carriers. Your Indian Driving License is valid for upto 12 months for driving
    in the UK. There is always shortage of drivers in Southampton port for loading / unloading of cars from car carriers.
    Hence, the wages go as high as 14 GBP per hour whilst in a Mc Donald, you may get only 7 GBP per hour.
  • Keeping gangway watches on cruise ships and unloading of passenger baggage during their port stay in

The following are the different ways of finding jobs during your stay in Southampton, UK:

  • Get in touch with your senior batch students and find our where they are working. As they finish their studies and
    return back to India, you can ask them to refer you to their employers for taking up the job they are leaving.
  • Local newspapers in Southampton also advertise jobs that can be taken up by students.
  • Most of the fast food joints and departmental stores stick vacancy advertisements on their glass doors so that
    prospective employees can just walk in to apply for such jobs.
  • The most common method however is to register with job placement agencies which are present all over UK. You need
    to submit your visa copy and phone number to these placement agencies. The moment they have a job opening, the
    placement agencies will get in touch with you. Address of these job placement agencies can be got by doing a Google
    search for "Job placement agencies in Southampton". There would be atleast 25 job placement agencies in
    Southampton about 1 km from the University.

Contact Us:

Kunal Anshuman,   
Springdale India
Tel: +91 - 98927 25375                                
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 station.

Please call before you plan to come to the office so that we can schedule a mutually convenient date and time.

Enquiry Form:

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