2nd Mates Course (Officer of the Watch Course)
STCW 95 II/I Officer of the Watch (OOW) – Examination Route (earlier called as 2nd Mates course)
- 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 seatime
letter or Masters testimonials for the 36 months of sea service. The 6 months of bridge watchkeeping certificate from the
Master (or the company) must mention that you have kept 8 hours (not 4 hours) of bridge watchkeeping duties every day as
assistant to the main watchkeeper whilst the vessel was at sea.
Students who have done a UK approved pre-sea training from BIMS, Thailand would be eligible for this course after 18
months of sailing subject to the issue of a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) by the MCA, UK.
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 goodknowledge 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.
Course starting date and duration:
There are 3 batches in a year.
3 September 2012 ; 7 January 2013 ; 15 April 2013 ; 2 September 2013 ; 6 January 2014
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 which makes the duration longer.
The visa that a student will get will be for approximately 12 months.
Some key features / advantages of studying at Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK:
- 70 years old college and having vast experience of conducting these courses.
- 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, about 20 students approximately are from India in each of
the batches of January, April and September.
- Over 200 students join Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK from India every year for the various post-sea
- 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.
- 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/-
during their period of stay in the UK.
- 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 1 hour 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.
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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
- 1 Passport Size Photograph
- Photocopy of the first and last page of your Passport
- Photocopy of all the pages of the CDC except the blank pages
- 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 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. A transfer charge of 200 GBP is
applicable per transfer and this will be debited from the deposit payment.
Seats for the 2nd Mates course gets filled up 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 the scanned copies of your documents to us and the Demand Draft can
be sent by your family members to our postal address. 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 short courses need to be completed by the students from India, preferably before going to the UK:
- Advanced Fire Fighting
- Medical First Aid
- Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Craft
- GMDSS (UK or India)
You can do the UK or the Indian GMDSS as both are acceptable to the MCA, UK. UK GMDSS can be done 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
IELTS English Language Test:
An English language test is a requirement before you can apply for the UK student visa. The 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 test.
You may book the 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 - 3 times in a month and the fees is about 9,200 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 IELTS test is of two kinds, IELTS General and IELTS Academic. Both the results are acceptable but as IELTS General is
relatively easier compared to IELTS Academic, hence you should prefer to sit for the IELTS General exam.
The IELTS test is a paper and pencil test in which you will have to score 4.0 or above in Reading, Writing, Listening and
Spoken sections out of a maximum score of 9. If you score less than 4.0 (for e.g. 3.5 out of 9.0) in any of the sections
mentioned above, you will have to repeat the test again and pay the fees of 9,200 Rs/-.
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 5,000 Rs/- for 1 month of coaching.
If you are facing shortage of time, there is another English language test called Pearson PTE which gives you the result in
about 3 - 5 working days and seats are available at a gap of 1 week also. You may book this test by visiting the website
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 10 Lakhs approximately.
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: £ 120 – 150 / month / person in room shared by 2 students
- Food (home cooked): £ 40 – 50 / month / person
- Electricity and heating bills: £ 10 – 20 / month / person
Funds to show for UK Visa & UK visa application procedure:
Visa rules keep on changing pretty frequently and hence every student should be aware of what the present rules are.
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.
At present, the funds to be shown for the UK visas is approximately about 12 Lakhs Rs/-. This money can be shown as cash
in your bank account, 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 can 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
We will assist you with the complete visa procedures. The only 2 things that the student needs to complete from his end
before his UK visa can be applied are the following:
- Clear 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 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.
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 property.
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
sites. Alternatively, we will ask Cox & Kings (I) travel agents to contact you and assist you with the flight booking procedures.
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 250 students going
to Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK from India every year for the various Deck and Engine post-sea CoC
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
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:
- Please visit the website www.mcga.gov.uk and on opening the website, type the form number MSF4274 in the search
box. The NOE form will open up and it will read as "APPLICATION FOR AN ORAL EXAMINATION LEADING TO THE
ISSUE OF A CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY FOR MASTERS, CHIEF MATES AND DECK OFFICERS IN THE
- Take a printout of the NOE form and fill up the NOE form.
- Enclose your NOE application form, Passport, CDC, STCW basic courses (PST, PSSR, FPFF, EFA), Sea Service
Letters / Masters testimonials, valid Medical Fitness Certificate, 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 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
firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning your Name, Date of Birth and Courier consignment number. Ask them, what is the
status of your NOE.
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.
Banks in India are usually reluctant go sanction loans for CoC courses and the typical reasons for refusing loans are as
- 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 loan sanction letters of many students who have got loans from different banks. We will email those letters to you
as 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 £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 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. As 2nd Mates and Chief Mates courses 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 and Summer holidays). By working within the above working hour limits, a student can hope to
recover between 2 - 3 Lakhs Rs/- during his 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 £ 6.50 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 whilst some students also get employed for keeping gangway
watches on cruise ships during their port stay in Southampton.
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.
Sir, please fill up the Enquiry Form given below and we shall revert back to you at the earliest:
Official Representative (India) – Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK.
Tel: 022 3250 6858 / 9892725375
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 50 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.
WARSASH MARITIME ACADEMY, SOUTHAMPTON, UK
(Southampton Solent University)