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MCA announces extra exam time for dyslexic cadets in UK

12 April 2022

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has issued a new Marine Information Notice (MIN 676) that allows examination candidates with dyslexia to have extra time in exams to ensure they are not disadvantaged.

Sent to all UK colleges, training providers and companies, candidates and MCA examiners, MIN 676 updates a previous Notice from 2012 with the latest guidance from the UK Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). It ensures candidates with dyslexia are now offered a minimum of 15 minutes extra per hour. This can be extended even further on a case-by-case basis, if recommended by experts following an assessment of the candidate.

To create the updated policy, the MCA worked in partnership with the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) as well as consulting with a range of stakeholders, including students.

The MCA says that the changes are compliant with international STCW requirements. The new MIN guidance refers to all MCA written examinations that lead to the issue of Certificates of Competency (CoCs) and are administered by the Scottish Qualification Authority  and The International Association of Maritime Institutions.

Professor Carole Davis, the Agency's assistant director for modernising maritime education, said: 'The MCA is committed to promoting inclusivity and we are delighted to be taking this next step forward in ensuring our educational model offers the necessary support for candidates with dyslexia.'

  • Full details can be found in MIN 676

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