Warsash Maritime Academy, UK.
                                   Master's Preparatory Course

Course Title:

STCW II/2 Master (MCA Oral Examination)


4 weeks.

Course Starting Date:

3 Oct 2016 ; 23 Jan 2017 ; 1 May 2017


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.

Admission Procedure:

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:        
  • Download the NoE form MSF 4274
  • 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
  • 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

Educational Loans:

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.

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.

Flight Tickets:

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

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

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.

Visa Rules:

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.

Contact Us:

Kunal Anshuman,   
Springale India
Tel: +91 - 98927 25375                                
Visit: www.springdaleindia.com
Address: Office No. 529, Mastermind 4, Royal Palms, Aarey Colony, Goregaon E, Mumbai – 400 065

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