Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the course last?
The course duration is12 months by distance learning. It runs from October to October with exams in October and April. A six month extension is available if required allowing a maximum of 18 months.
Do I have to enrol by October to start the course?
No, the enrolment period is open for 6 months from October to March and you will have 12 months to complete the 12 modules from the point of enrolment
Do I need to attend college?
No. There are tutorials prior to the exam date which you may attend and although a great advantage, they are not compulsory.
What if my circumstances change and I need to cancel?
Only under exceptional circumstances may you defer your study programme. The Course Director will make the final decision on deferment
Do I have to pay VAT if I am a foreign student?
UK - Company or Individual VAT charged at standard rate
Member of the EU - Company/individual that can provide a VAT number, no VAT charged.
Member of the EU - Company/individual that has no VAT number, VAT charged at a standard rate.
Rest of the World - Company/individual, no VAT charged.
Am I able to pay for my course in instalments?
You are required to pay 33.34% of your course fee on registration. The rest may be paid in 2 further instalments agreed between you and Maritime Training Academy.
Is there any funding available?
Maritime Training Academy can offer a payment plan. A career development loan is offered through the department of Education & Skills for EU residents who live in the UK (see elcas) If you do not fit into this category, try your government.
What of my personal login doesn't work?
Check to make sure you have paid your next instalment. Have you changed your email address? If all else fails contact info(at) maritimetrainingacademy.com
What is the academic level of my Diploma?
The Diploma can be used to support a submission for Accredited Prior Learning (APL) when applying to a relevant University of Portsmouth degree.
I am overseas......can I take my exam here?
Yes. As long as the venue is agreeable with the course provider and they are notified 8 weeks before the exam date.
Do my assignments need to be in by certain dates?
No. As long as all modules have been handed in 6 weeks prior to your exam. We recommend that you try and study one module per month to allow you to fit this into your busy schedule.
How much time should I spend on study?
This will obviously depend on you and your circumstances. It is recommended that you complete one module each month and should take between 10-30 hours. If you have been away or are at sea, we can offer a six month extension period to complete your studies. Tutors can assist with time management issues.
What happens if I do not complete the assignments after 12-18 months?
If you require a further 6 months extension period to complete your assignments and exam then you are required to pay £250.00 extension fee. If you have allowed your coursework to lapse a further 6 months then we will require you to re-register for half your original course fees.
Is the course Internationally recognised?
The Superyacht Operations Diploma has been running for 8 years and is Internationally recognised particularly in the Mediterranean where a majority of the Superyacht industry is based.
Am I guaranteed a job on completion of the course?
No, however completing this Internationally recognised course will show your commitment and dedication to the industry and give you the edge over fellow applicants.
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