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.
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. Students who have completed more than 36 months of sea service as a Deck Officer can complete their Chief Mates CoC from the UK and then immediately appear for Masters Orals without having to do any additional sea service after Chief Mates CoC to obtain Masters 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.
Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton Solent University has made some changes in the mode of delivery for the Chief Mates course. The course will be delivered by part distance learning followed by 6 months of classroom teaching in the UK. The distance learning element of the course has started from 6 November 2017 with the attendance element commencing in February 2018 and completing by July 2018 to have included SQA examinations and STCW short courses. The next classroom course would be in May 2018 and September/ October 2018.
The advantages in the new system over the existing system wherein the full course was delivered under the Tier 4 visa rules are as below:
Duration of stay in the UK will be reduced from 9 months to 6 months. This leads to savings in terms of food and accommodation costs in the UK upto 90,000 Rs/-. The 3 months of online learning can be completed even whilst you are onboard a ship.
No requirement of UKVI IELTS English test as students will be going on a Student Visa - Short Term, non points based system. Cost savings of 18,500 Rs/- which is the UKVI IELTS fees.
As there is no UKVI IELTS requirement, you can sign off 4 weeks prior to the UK classroom course commencement date and still join the course on time whereas if UKVI IELTS was a requirement, you had to sign off atleast 2 months in advance to book, appear and get your UKVI IELTS results.
Short term visa fees is 7,900 Rs/- for visa duration upto 6 months whilst the long term visa fees for duration greater than 6 months is 31,000 Rs/-
There is no requirement to pay Health Insurance for visas upto 6 months which leads to savings of upto 17,000 Rs/-
The money required to be shown for a 6 months visa will be about 3 Lakhs less compared to funds to be shown for long term visas.
You can get your CoC faster by completing the distance learning assignments whilst on ship and immediately apply for your UK visa after signing off. A 3 months reduced duration in getting your CoC implies 3 months of additional wages which means over 10,000 US$ of additional earnings.
We expect the total expenses i.e. tuition fees, SQA exams, NoE STCW courses (MCA approved), food, accommodation, flight ticket, visa charges, etc., to be in the range of 11 Lakhs INR.
If you need Tanker Endorsement, the cost will be an additional 60,000 Rs per tanker endorsement. If you need to do an MCA approved ECDIS course, there is an additional cost of 60,000 Rs.
Course start dates (Distance Learning)
06 Nov 2017 (MCM Feb) 19 Feb 2018 (MCM May)
Start Dates (Campus)
05 Feb 2018 (MCM Feb) 14 May 2018 (MCM May) September 2018 dates to be confirmed soon.
During your 6 months of stay in the UK, you will get a minimum of 2 attempts at the SQA exams.
Some key features / advantages of studying at Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton Solent University, UK:
70 years old maritime academy 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. Batch size to be increased to 36 soon.
Over 200+ students join Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton Solent Universiy, UK from India every year for the various post-sea Deck & Engine 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.
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.
Some maritime colleges in India have tied-up with maritime colleges in the UK for running the Chief Mates course jointly. Theyare offering 3 months course in India with 6 months course in the UK or 6 months course in India with 3 months course in the UK. This wold involve a minimum of 9 months of stay on land to complete the course. Warash Maritime Academy, Southampton is offering 3 months of guided online learning (which can be completed onboard ship) followed by 6 months of classes in the UK. Hence, the duration of stay on land to complete the course is 6 months only. The advantages offered by Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton Solent University are the following:
Students who are undertaking 6 months course in India and 3 months course in the UK will in all probability have to stay 4 - 6 months in the UK. This is because not all students will clear exams in the first 3 months in the UK which will encompass only 1 attempt of the SQA exams. Also, SQA results take 6 weeks time to come out and CoC application procedure will take another 2 - 3 weeks on an average. Hence, you end up doing 6 months course in India and likely 4 - 6 months of stay in the UK i.e.your total duration is 10 - 12 months. If you are doing 3 months course in India and 6 months course in the UK, then your total time taken to get CoC will be about 9 months. To do the 3 - 6 months course in India, you will need to stay in Mumbai along with the accompanying daily travel involved in Mumbai. In case of Warsash Maritime Academy, you can do the online learning part whilst being on board the ship or from the comfort of your home in India. You do not need travel to a different city or if based in Mumbai, you do not need to travel within Mumbai to attend the classes whilst having access to the faculty of Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton over phone and email.
Warsash Maritime Academy is offering 3 intakes in a year whilst most other colleges offering this program in India and UK jointly are only offering 2 intakes in a year.
IELTS English test is not a requirement for doing this course at Warsash Maritime Academy whereas it is required if you are doing the same course at some of the other UK colleges.
Students who are not from Mumbai will save 3 months of living and travel expenses which they will incur in Mumbai.
Students by following the 3 months online learning program can earn 3 months of salary on board ship whilst completing the online study program from the ship. If internet service is poor on the ship, you can download the study material at a convenient port and then work on it whilst onboard the ship. Students can book the course from the ship itself and start the study whilst onboard the ship itself.
If you have already signed off from the ship, you can do the online study program from your home itself rather than having to leave your family and move to a different city to do the course.
Warsash Maritime Academy under the new mode of delivery offers offers the shortest and the most cost effective route to obtaining the Chief Mates CoC from the UK for Indian seafarers.
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 along with the CoC expiry date page.
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 Ms. Aishwarya from Cox & Kings, Mumbai at 07506146161.
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 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 joining the college in the UK. Admission letter will be sent to your email address in about 3 weeks after receiving your documents by email. Most students prefer to 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)
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 offering the MCA, UK authorized ECDIS course in India. The cost of the ECDIS course is around 60,000 Rs/- at Bibby Ship Management, Mumbai.
UKVI IELTS English Language Test:
As the visa is being issued for a period of 6 months, you do not need to do any IELTS Engish language test.
Total expenses in the UK:
Your expected total expenses in the UK inclusive of Tuition Fees, Exam Fees, NoE, NAEST, HELM, MCA UK approved STCW courses, Food & Accommodation, Flight Tickets (to and fro), Visa Charges, etc, will work out to about 11 Lakhs approximately assuming 1 Pound = 90 Rs.
If you need to get Tanker endorsement, cost will be an additional 60,000 INR per tanker course and endorsement fee. If you need to do the MCA ECDIS course, there is an additional cost of 60,000 Rs.
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
The cost will be about 30,000 INR per month for food, accommodation, electric & gas bills, etc.
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 as visa rules are regularly updated.
The funds that you need to show for the visa is the Balance Tuition Fees (after paying booking deposit of 1,200 GBP) + 6,090 GBP as living expenses for 6 months in the UK. You need to show about 12 Lakhs of funds for the visa assuming 1 GBP = 90 INR after having paid the 1,200 GBP booking deposit to the college.
This money can be shown as cash or Fixed Deposits in your bank account or as an educational loan sanction letter or part cash / FD in account and the balance by educational loan sanction letter. There should not be a sudden reflection of cash in your bank account before the visa process as it could lead to a visa refusal. Any sudden reflection of cash in your bank account needs to be explained with proper documentary evidence.
UK Visa Application Procedure:
We will assist you with the complete visa procedures. The most important thing that you need to do is to arrange for the funds for the visa process with proper documentary evidence of proof of funds.
The visa processing time is normally 3 weeks i.e. 21 calendar days.
There is also a Fast Track Visa application system wherein by paying 16,000 INR 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 1 week 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 email@example.com 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 ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Jo Bhakar - 00 44 79137 99450 ; email@example.com
Ms. Anu Mehak - 00 44 7402 489098 ; firstname.lastname@example.org
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 £ 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 visa duration is 6 months or less, than you are not allowed to work part-time in the UK. Hence, you will not be allowed to work part-time in the UK as your course duration in the UK is for 6 months only.
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)