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    i dont know if this has been asked before but i shall do so anyway. regarding the college is it more strict and rigid with lectures like a high school, or more flexible like a sixthform with free periods , half days etc. or maybe university like. i know a uniform has to be worn. do you get weekends and fridays mornings off. and also what time of the day do you usually finish at the moment i finish at 2 so maybe looking for a big change haha. oh well sixth form is over soon better get ready for change
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    John,
    Things have obviously changed somewhat since I was a fresh faced gadget, but I'm led to believe things are pretty much still the same College wise.
    Basically you'll be in 9-5 Monday to Friday with proper lessons (like at School) split into a number of 'Periods' as opposed to being 'talked at' lecture style for hours as per in University.
    The courses are now so compressed that half days etc are non existent, that is unless you have a Lecturer who is a firm believer in POETS day.
    Turning up rather 'tired and emotional' on weekday mornings and things like pub lunches were de rigour when I was a cadet, indeed it was almost expected, and if we became somewhat 'waylaid', the College Staffroom had the telephone numbers of the nearest boozers etc! The idea was that you should have as good a time as you can and party etc as much as possible, yet as long as you showed face at the appointed hour the next day there'd be no problem, just like when at sea.
    I'm not sure you'd get away with that now, as I'm led to believe cadets are D&A tested whilst at college these days - how sad is that?!

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      In your first phase especially it's like going back to school; calling all the lecturers sir, being told to tuck your shirt in and do your tie up properly... it gets better after you've been to sea. We're on first name terms with most of the lecturers now. In terms of the timetable it'll be pretty full on, we do 9-4 most days with an hour for lunch. Sometimes we start at ten, and sometimes we finish at 3, sometimes it's 5. We get the odd half day or day off, but it's a lot more like school than uni really.

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        All courses require 100% attendance to pass with a 20% margin to allow for sickness and other absences.

        There are some free periods. FD has more than HND

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          Originally posted by size4riggerboots
          In your first phase especially it's like going back to school; calling all the lecturers sir, being told to tuck your shirt in and do your tie up properly... it gets better after you've been to sea. We're on first name terms with most of the lecturers now. In terms of the timetable it'll be pretty full on, we do 9-4 most days with an hour for lunch. Sometimes we start at ten, and sometimes we finish at 3, sometimes it's 5. We get the odd half day or day off, but it's a lot more like school than uni really.
          First name terms with lecturers? Crikey!
          The overwhelming majority of mine had 'Command' seatime (it was a requirement once upon a time) and were therefore addressed as 'Captain', the odd others who had never had 4 stripes were always addressed as 'Sir' - no exceptions.
          Blazers always worn, (clean) shirts ironed, ties done up and shoes polished - otherwise a letter was sent to your company!

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            well i dont mind wearing a uniform makes things easier in a morning as you know where it is haha. 9 - 4/5 is not to bad my college starts at 8 .
            yay proper lessons. at college two of my subjects think its cool to be a uni lecture type which sucks as if your writing the notes theres not much time to ask questions.
            calling people Sir will be a problem as i have not done that for 3 years
            at least i will have free periods on the FD . as lond as there not stupid like fridays at college first lesson then 4hour free then a leson then home. whats the point
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              Remember though that you'll be living on site anyway, I imagine most "free periods" are earmarked for private study.
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                yes as they are at sixth form . but you do know the local sandwhich shop or drinking establishment is private study
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                  woah the colleges in the UK are completely different to Ireland. We were expected to address all lecturers by first name from day one. You can come in whenever you like, no uniform and you dont live on campus.

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                    Mostly we address our lecturers as "sir"

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                      Originally posted by Malim Sahib
                      First name terms with lecturers? Crikey!
                      The overwhelming majority of mine had 'Command' seatime (it was a requirement once upon a time) and were therefore addressed as 'Captain', the odd others who had never had 4 stripes were always addressed as 'Sir' - no exceptions.
                      Blazers always worn, (clean) shirts ironed, ties done up and shoes polished - otherwise a letter was sent to your company!
                      Mmm, some of our lecturers don't actually even have a masters ticket...

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                        Isn't fleetwood more of a Uni than a Maritime College?

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                          Fleetwood Nautical College... The clue is in the name. But, the college is part of Blackpool and the Fylde College, and thusly associated with Liverpoll John Moores, who are the folks who issue our degrees.

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                            Ahh, I see. It's confusing because Warsash is a stand alone college, it only recieves some funding from solent uni, some cadets get sent into southampton to take advantage of accommodation. But it's Warsash that issues our qualifications

                            The whole concept of a college within a college is confusing to me

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                              College within a college within a uni.. yeah, it's weird. Our STCW certificates and stuff have Blackpool & Fylde college on them, but I don't think the college can issue degrees so LJM does that bit. I dunno, and possibly don't care... as long as I get my CoC!!!

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