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for professionals and enthusiasts

The BHI distance learning courses (DLCs) will help you acquire new knowledge and skills and can lead to nationally accredited awards and set you on the path to becoming a professional clock or watchmaker.

These constantly updated home study courses have been tried and tested for more than half a century and have helped guide many students into the profession. But, if clocks and watches are simply your hobby or an enjoyable pastime, you can also use the courses to satisfy your own personal curiosity about timepieces.

two courses

There are two DLCs:
1. Technician Grade; and
2. Combined Intermediate and Final Grade (Clock or Watch Pathway).

A Structured Approach

Each course contains a series of self contained lessons and practical exercises. The concluding chapters include sample examination papers/test pieces and a comprehensive Examination Syllabus.

You can view and download a sample lesson here: DLC Technician Grade – Practical Clock and Watch Servicing (Lesson 1)

tutor feedback

To help reduce your costs we offer you the opportunity to purchase these courses either with or without tutor feedback.

Electing to purchase the tutor feedback option allows you to submit your answers to the end of lesson questions and your practical test pieces for assessment by one of the Institute’s DLC tutors. This option is particularly useful for students who do not have access to a personal mentor or for those working towards qualifications.


The price of each course is:

Technician Grade: £599.
Combined Intermediate and Final Grade: £449

To study the DLC you will receive lesson booklets. We have to charge you packaging and postage (p&p). If your address is in the UK we charge £12, if it is in Europe £40, Rest of World £100. Material kits for the practical test pieces are available for under £30 from www.livesteammodels.co.uk.

The cost of tutor feedback for the Technician Grade is £360 for 12 lessons. You can buy tutor feedback for the whole course for this price, or you can pay a registration fee of £40 and after that £30 for each lesson as you progress through the course. Tutor feedback for the Combined Intermediate and Final Grade is £100 (theory only). Completed lessons should be posted to Upton Hall ‘For the attention of the DLC Tutor’ or emailed to maxine@bhi.co.uk.

examinations and qualifications

Our examinations are accredited by the regulatory body, Ofqual and are held each year in May/June. You can enter the exams  Click here for more information.


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Order the DLC

Download a free sample of the DLC Technician Grade – Practical Clock and Watch Servicing (Lesson 1)

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Click on the links below to download an order form:

For questions about distance learning, please contact Maxine Bell, +44 (0)1636 817604 or email: maxine@bhi.co.uk.

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Join the bhi

Our DLCs are only offered for sale to members of the BHI. For more information about individual membership, click on the link below.

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Once you have completed the DLC you can apply to enter examinations and gain accredited qualifications.

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