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Master Unlimited STCW REG II/2 Oral Exam Preparation Course

This course prepares candidates for the Master (Unlimited) MCA Oral examination. You will receive tuition, guided study and exam practice in preparation for the MCA Oral exam.

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    What will I study?

    The following subjects will receive particular attention during the course:
    • Seamanship
    • Shipboard Operations
    • Magnetic Compass
    • Shipmaster's Business and Law
    • MCA oral exam (arranged during final week of course)
    Presentations on other topics may be arranged where the whole group would benefit. Tutorials will be delivered as formal lectures and/or demonstrations as appropriate, supplemented by group discussion, question and answer sessions and directed study. Candidates are also encouraged to make full use of other learning resources, including the on-site library, Internet access and training software.

    Course duration is four weeks.

    Course dates:

    21 Nov to 16 Dec 2016

    13 Feb to 10 Mar 2017
    05-30 June 2017
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    What are the entry requirements?

    UK or equivalent MCA recognised Class 2/Chief Mate Unlimited Certificate of Competency and 36 months acceptable sea service since obtaining a Class 3/4 or OOW Certificate.

    If the NVQ Level 4 route was followed to Chief Mate certification, a minimum 12 months' sea service as a watchkeeping Chief Mate while holding STCW Table A II/2 Certificate of Competency (Chief Mate) or Class 2 certification.

    Candidates must hold a valid STCW certificate in 'Proficiency in Medical Care Aboard Ship', a valid MCA recognised STCW GMDSS certificate and a personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA before taking their MCA Orals. If not already held, these courses can also be undertaken at the College.
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    How much will it cost?

    UK /EU candidates: £875 + VAT per candidate

    Non EU Candidates: £1050 per candidate
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    How will I be assessed?

    MCA Oral examination subject to valid NOE.
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    How do I apply?

    To book call +44(0)1502 525025 or email
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What happens after I’ve applied?

After your application form has been returned to the College, we will send you a letter to confirm we have received your application and will also let you know of any key dates for interviews and any assessments you will be invited to. You will also be sent information about enrolment which usually happens during the summer. 

Can we have a look around Lowestoft College and meet the lecturers?

If you would like to have a look around the College and meet the teaching team, come along to one of our open events. You’ll be able to find out more about the course and see the facilities too including the workshops, salons and classes you will be using. Our main open events are in March and November but we also hold other events throughout the year – keep an eye on our website for upcoming dates and times. If you can’t make it to one of our open events, please speak to our team in student services who may be able to arrange a tour for you.    

What happens during the first weeks of college?

The first two weeks are induction weeks which will be your chance to find out more about the College and what you will be doing throughout the year. You will be given information about timetables, have a look round the workshops, classrooms or salons you will be using, as well as some of the other facilities such as the canteen, LRC and common rooms. During these weeks you will also be able to get to know other people on your course and may be able to take part in team building activities too.       

How many hours will I spend in college each week?

This will vary from course to course but is usually between 12 and 22 hours. On top of this, you will also be expected to complete extra work outside of college sessions.

Our Student Services team are available Monday - Friday to answer any queries you may have and help support you in making the right choice for your future career.

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