Candidates must have completed 12 months watchkeeping service as a Deck Officer while holding an OOW unlimited II/1 Certificate of Competency (CoC), and hold a valid personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA. Overseas students will also be required to clear UKVI IELTS test with a minimum score of 4 in all sections of the UKVI IELTS test.
Candidates who completed the NAEST(O) course prior to 1st January 2005 must have completed an MCA approved IMO Model 1.27 ECDIS course before undertaking the NAEST(M) course.
Once a Chief Mate CoC has been achieved, candidates must complete 36 months watch-keeping service while holding an OOW unlimited II/1 Certificate of Competency before undertaking examination for Master certification. 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 CoC.
Documentary evidence required as proof of completion of sea service is stamps on the CDC and Masters testimonials. Company sea-time letters is NOT a requirement and cannot be used in lieu of Masters testimonials.
This course enables candidates to achieve Chief Mate and Master certification by the SQA examination route. Candidates will receive tuition and assessment in HND (Nautical Science) Level 5 units, the NAEST and HELM (Management Level) courses as well as preparation for the SQA examinations in ‘Navigation’ & ‘Ship Stability’, and MCA Signals & Orals examinations.
Course starting date and duration:
There are 3 batches in a year.
9 January 2017 ; 17 April 2017 ; 11 September 2017 ; January 2018
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 45 days of summer holidays and 1 month of Christmas vacation which makes the duration longer.
The visa that a student will get will be for approximately 10 - 11 months.
Some key features / advantages of studying at Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton Solent University, UK:
70 years old college and having vast experience of conducting these courses. Part of Southampton Solent University.
Indian faculty (Mr. Adesh Joshi, Mr. Kunal Anand and Mr. Munish Bharadwaj) who take many of the classes for students.
Out of a batch size of 24 students for the Chief 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.
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 - 4 Lakhs Rs/- during their period of stay in the UK. 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. Students joining Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton Solent University can work part-time during course period and full-time during holidays as they are studying in a University and not a college. Student spouses are not allowed to work when accompanying their husbands to the UK when the student is enrolled for a below PG level course.
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. It is not easy to get such shipping jobs in the UK.
Southampton is located in the south of the 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 minutes 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.
The academic delivery at WMA is front loaded into terms one and two to provide the students with the utmost flexibility. Term three focuses on MCA Orals preparation, or if required, preparation for SQA resist. This format permits the well motivated students to complete all the elements in approximately 8 months and therefore reduce the overall cost when you take off 3 months UK living costs by returning home and returning to gainful employment earlier. This allows the Chief Mates / Masters course student at Warsash Maritime Academy to get his CoC in 3 months shorter time than any other college in the UK. The classes start running full steam from the first day onwards because you will be sitting for your SQA exams in the first quarter itself i.e. 3 months from your course commencement date.
For booking a course, you will need to post the following documents to us at our address given at the end of this page.
Photocopy of the first and last page of your Passport
Photocopy of CDC first page and sea service stamp pages after 2nd Mates CoC
All relevant pages of 2nd Mates CoC
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. The applicant needs to have informed the college 21 days prior to course commencement date by email about his decision to postpone the course.
Seats for the Chief 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 the 12 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 the 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 6 - 9 months in advance i.e. prior to 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.
The following MCA, UK approved short courses need to be completed before you can be issued with a Chief Mates CoC. These courses are however not required for applying for a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) with the MCA, UK.
Advanced Fire Fighting (AFF)
Medical First Aid (MFA)
Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Craft (PSC&RB)
It is expected that the MCA, UK approved STCW advanced courses (AFF+MFA+PSC&RB) and Masters Medicare will soon be commencing in Mumbai. It is estimated that the fees for these 3 STCW advanced courses & Masters Medicare together will be around 1.20 Lakhs approximately.
Please ensure that all of your STCW courses have been upgraded to the 2010 convention before applying for your CoC.
The NAEST (M) course now requires that prior to commencing the course in UK, students must have documentary evidence of completion of either:
a. MCA approved NARAST (O) course completed on or after 1st January 2005 b. MCA approved ECDIS course completed on or after 1st January 2005; or c. ECDIS course in compliance with IMO Model Course 1.27 and approved by an Administration whose CoC is accepted by the MCA for the issue of a CEC.
Bibby Ship Management, Mumbai (Tel: 022 - 2446 3565/66) are the only MCA, UK authorized ECDIS training centre in India. The cost of the ECDIS course is around 60,000 Rs/- at Bibby Ship Management, Mumbai.
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 test.
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 an average overall score of 4 or higher whilst no individual sectional scores can be below 4. If you do not get the required score, you will need to resit the exam.
Even if you have studied before in the UK or have appeared for the normal IELTS test earlier, you will still need to resit for the UKVI IELTS English test.
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 6,000 Rs/- for 1 month of coaching.
Please note that the normal IELTS test (not UKVI IELTS) which costs 11,200 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 13 Lakhs approximately assuming 1 Pound = 90 Rs.
The above expense does not include short courses like STCW advanced courses (AFF + MFA + PSCRB), Masters Medicare and ECDIS which will add up close to another 2 Lakhs.
If you need to get Tanker endorsement, cost will be an additional 60,000 INR per tanker course and endorsement fee.
The approximate living cost is as given below but it will vary from person to person:
Accommodation rent: £ 180 – 240 / month / person in a non-sharing room
Accommodation rent: £ 120 – 160 / 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:
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.
From Nov 2015 onwards, the funds to be shown for the UK visas is as given below:
15 Lakhs in your bank account (assuming 1 Pound = 90 INR) including deposit payment of 1,200 GBP to WMA.
Visa Fees = 29,000 INR approximately. This is additional to the 15 Lakhs to be shown in the bank account.
Health Insurance = 19,000 INR appromixately. This is additional to the 15 Lakhs to be shown in the bank account.
Seat Booking in the college = 1,200 GBP i.e. 1 Lakh INR approximately
Both visa fees and health insurance fees are to be paid online at the time of applying for your UK Tier 4 student visa.
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 2 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 of 14 Lakhs (excluding deposit of 1,200 GBP) 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 10- 11 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 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 with 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, 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:
Enclose your NoE application form, Passport, CDC, CoC, Masters testimonials of 12 months after 2nd Mates CoC, 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 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.
Please read the MCA, UK rules explaining eligibility conditions for Deck CoCs in MSN 1856
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 ; email@example.com
Mr Jo Bhakar - 00 44 79137 99450 ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Anu Mehak - 00 44 7402 489098 ; email@example.com
Mr Iain Macdonalad - 0044 7415729935
Home Life Lettings - 0044-23 8058 6838 and 0044-7789938394.
Most of the landlords are Gujaratis or Punjabis. The accommodations are located about 5 - 20 minutes walking distance from Southampton Solent University.
Alternatively, you can stay for 1 day in a Bed and Breakfast Hotel (budget hotels) 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 Budge 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.
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 like Yatra.com, Cleartrip.com, etc. 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.
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.
If you wish to apply for an educational loan, please let us know and we will ask the bank personnel to get in touch with you.
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 £ 2,500 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 - 4 Lakhs Rs/- during his 10 - 11 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 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.
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.
Please call before you plan to come to the office so that we can schedule a mutually convenient date and time.
Please fill up the Enquiry Form given below and we shall revert back to you at the earliest:
WARSASH MARITIME ACADEMY (Southampton Solent University)