Candidates must have a minimum 18 months sea service as a watchkeeping Deck Officer whilst holding STCW ‘95 Table A II/2 Certificate of Competency (Chief Mate) or Class 2 certification.
For booking a course, you will need to scan and email the following documents to us:
Completed Deck Course Booking Form
Photocopy of the first and last page of your Passport
Photocopy of the first page and sea service stamp pages after Chief Mates CoC on your CDC
Photocopy of your Chief Mates COC - all relevant pages
Electronic bank transfer of £ 995 to reserve a seat for the course.
Please note that 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 Mr Rahul Mhatre from Cox & Kings, Mumbai at 09769388473 and they will help you in making payment by electronic bank transfer to the college.
Please note that the deposit payment of £ 995 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 in about 4 weeks after you have submitted your documents and transferred the deposit payment to the college. The admission letter will be emailed to you.
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:
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: £ 180 – 220 / month / person
Food (home cooked): £ 40 – 60 / month / person
Electricity and heating bills: £ 10 – 20 / month / person
You may contact nationalised banks like SBI, Bank of Baroda, PNB, etc. or private banks like Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, etc. for educational loans.
You may also contact NBFC's also for educational loans. The two more popular ones in India are Credila and Avanse. www.credila.com www.avanse.com
You may also try to take Loan Against Jewellery. This is the fastest means of getting a loan as the money is disbursed on the same day. Most banks for e.g. HDFC, ICICI, etc. give loans against jewellery.
The flight fares vary considerably depending upon which time of the year you are flying and how early are you booking the tickets. For e.g., a one way fare from Mumbai to London will vary from 20,000 – 25,000 Rs/- whilst a return fare i.e. Mumbai – London – Mumbai will be around 50,000 - 60,000 Rs/-
As you are travelling on a short term student visa (i.e. less than 6 months), please take a to and fro return ticket. Some students in the past have been disallowed from boarding the plane as they did not have a return ticket. This is wrong and there is no such rule that a return ticket is required but it is better to avoid such troubles at the last minute.
You can get the cheapest fares by visiting the website www.skyscanner.com This website will search the cheapest fares on all online websites and present them to you so that you can take the cheapest option.
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 £23 for a one way trip. Tickets can also be bought online at www.nationalexpress.co.uk 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 9 PM, it is advisable to stay back at the airport in the night and take the early morning bus to Southampton. You will find many tourists / students staying overnight at the London airport and taking the morning coach to their respective destination. You will not be charged for staying during the night at the airport but you will have to make do with a chair only or maybe sit on the floor with your luggage. On reaching Southampton bus stop, you will take a taxi to your landlord’s house or to a hotel. As the bus stop is located in the heart of the city of Southampton, your taxi fare will not be more than £5.
Travelling to Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton from your residence:
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.
Accomodation in Southampton:
The following are the different ways, you can get a house in Southampton.
2 weeks prior to your leaving for Southampton, we will give you telephone numbers of the landlords who rent out their houses in Southampton. You can call them and express your interest in taking their house on rent. The house can’t be finalized over the phone as an agreement will be signed between the landlord and the tenant. Moreover, the landlord must find you to be acceptable to him and you also need to see the house before you confirm the house.
Students from previous batch usually have some rooms vacant and they email us to pass on their details to the new students who will be coming. We shall pass on their details to you so that you can get in touch with them.
Some students decide to rent a Bed and Breakfast (B&B) for one day on their arrival in Southampton. They then see a few houses and decide which one to take.
On signing the contract with the landlord, you will have to pay one month’s of rent as security deposit as well as the rent in advance for that month. Please ensure that you keep a copy of your contract safely with you and insist that the rent will be paid by cheques only. Ask the landlord for a copy of rent receipt as well for your safety. Most contract’s come with a one month notice period which means that you will have to give one month’s notice before vacating or else you may lose your deposit money. At the time of returning the deposit money, the landlord may make deductions for any damage that the tenant may have done to the property. Most of the houses are usually fully furnished i.e. you will have a bed, mattress, wardrobe, study table, curtains, gas stove, washing machine, refrigerator, etc. A TV may be there but you will have to pay for the cable connection. The houses are usually 3 – 4 bedroom + hall + kitchen. The bathroom and kitchen are usually shared between the student’s whilst each student has an independent room for himself. Student’s usually do their own cooking as eating outside is very expensive in the UK. You will have to buy your own utensils as they are not provided for by the landlord.
Carrying money to UK:
Students can carry money to the UK as currency notes, travelers cheques, demand drafts and international student debit cards. We advise the students to carry about £ 500 as cash (£ 1,000 if they are carrying their family) and the remaining by loading their international student debit cards. International student’s debit cards are provided free or cost to the students and we will provide you with one prior to your going to the UK. The advantages of students debit card are given below:
You can swipe the debit card in the college and pay the college fees. Hence, you save the money on making demand draft (i.e. approximately 700 Rs/-).
For any purchase in the UK, you can swipe your student’s debit card without any additional charges instead of having to pay in cash.
If you lose the demand draft, it is a very tedious process to get your bank to cancel the draft as you will have to file an FIR in the police station and follow up the other procedural formalities. If you lose a debit card, you simply call the bank, they will cancel the debit card and post a new card to you for a small fee.
If you fall short of money in the UK, your parents / friends in India can contact the bank and pay the bank in Indian rupees to top up the card. You can withdraw the money from your card in the UK. It saves your parents the hassle of trying to figure out how to do the telegraphic transfer from India and the charges involved in the telegraphic transfer.
If you are carrying a demand draft in your personal name for your living expenses in the UK, you will have to wait till your bank account is opened in the UK. This process may take 2 – 4 weeks and then only will you be able to deposit the demand draft. If you are carrying an international student’s debit card, you can withdraw cash from any ATM machine in the UK at any point of time. You must note that your bank will charge you for cash withdraw from the ATM using your international students debit card.
The visa rules keep on changing very frequently. Hence, the rules in the past may not be acceptable in the future. There is a separate page on this website giving information on UK visa application procedures.