Examinations 2021

BHI Examinations October 2021 –

We are beginning to confirm individual places – anyone who has not received an acknowledgement of their entry, please email maxine@bhi.co.uk. 

Subject to HMG Covid Regulations in October, the BHI is planning to hold the 2021 examinations over a two-week period w/c 18 October. The Education Team will be contacting each candidate to confirm they still plan to sit the exams they have entered. This allows us to start the process of allocating individual exam dates, venues etc.  All candidates are advised to regularly check their emails and our website (www.bhi.co.uk) for the latest situation in respect of the exams.  Please also check HMG website for Covid updates.

Exam Fees: For registered DLC holders, or those who have previously entered exams, up to and including 2019 – the price per unit will be £200.00. Students who entered 2020 exams and have already paid for units will not be asked to pay the difference. There is an additional refundable deposit for overseas entries. The price for BHI members who do not meet the above criteria will be £490.00 per unit. For participation in BHI examinations, BHI Associate Membership is a mandatory requirement.

Please continue to check your copy of the HJ and this website for more information.

Student not wishing to defer to October will automatically have their places reserved for May 2022 exams and their fees will be carried forward without increase.

Pre-exam Courses – There are a few remaining places available on pre exam workshop courses for the remainder of 2021, please check the HJ later in the year for the 2022 course diary.

Exams Timetable

We confirm the examinations for 2021 will commence Monday 18th October. Students will be contacted individually confirm your allocated exam date and times. Should the servicing tests become oversubscribed, students will be offered alternative dates.

  • Unit D1: Theory:
    Wednesday 20 October 14:00-16:30
  • Unit D3: Servicing and Correcting Faults in a Single Train Clock:
    Monday 18 October 09:00 – 18:00/Tuesday 19 October, 09:00
  • Unit D4: Servicing and Correcting Faults in a Quartz Watch:
    Monday 18 October 09:00-16:00/Tuesday 19 October 09:00-16:00/Thursday 21 October 09:00-16:00/Friday 22 October, 09:00-16:00
  • Unit D6: Drawing Clock/Watch Escapements:
    Wednesday 20 October 10:00-13:00/Coursework Tuesday 7 September to Monday 18 October 2021.
  • Unit D8: The Recoil Escapement, Design and Construction:
    Monday 25 October 09:00-18:00
  • Unit D9: Servicing and Correcting Faults in a Striking Clock Movement:
    Thursday 21 October 09:00 – 18:00 and Friday 22 October 09:00 – 18:00
  • Unit D11: Theory of Complex Clocks & their Repair, Restoration and Conservation:
    Wednesday 20 October 14:00-16:30
  • Unit D15: Servicing and Correcting Faults in a Manual Winding Watch Movement:
    Tuesday 19 October 09:00 – 17:00
  • Unit D16: Servicing and Correcting Faults in an Automatic Watch:
    Thursday 21 October 09:00– 18:00
  • Unit D18: Theory of Complex Watches & their Repair, Restoration and Conservation:
    Wednesday 20 October 14:00-16:30
  • Unit D20: Servicing and Correcting Faults in a Chronograph Movement:
    Thursday 21 October 09:00-18:00 and Friday 22 October 09:00-18:00
  • Should the servicing tests become oversubscribed, students will be offered alternative dates.

The practical test piece exams do not take place at examination centres and must be delivered to Upton Hall at the time stated below:

  • Unit D2: from Wednesday 10 November to Thursday 25 November,  13:00
    (Download the Cutting List)
  • Units D5/D12: Wednesday 3 November to Thursday 25 November, 13:00
    (Download the Cutting List)
  • Unit D6: Coursework Tuesday 7 September to Monday 18 October.
  • Portfolios, Records of Repairs to be received by 30 November.

Short Courses

All students should seriously consider attending BHI short courses relevant to the examination they intend to enter and should register their interest with the BHI Education Officer – alanburtoft@bhi.co.uk 01636 817606. It is important that students understand the level of skills and requirements to be in a better place to pass the examination. Courses available subject to demand (minimum 3 students) and any restrictions in place at the time

The following courses are recommended at Technician level:

  • Making Small Components
  • Single Train Clock (with platform escapement),
  • Service & Repair of Quartz Watches


The following courses are recommended at levels 4/5:       

  • Making a Balance Staff – D19 [NEW]
  • Making a Winding Stem – D19 [NEW]
  • Service & Repair of Cylinder & Lever Escapement Platforms – D7/D10/D13
  • Making Deadbeat Escapements – D12/D13 [NEW]
  • Making a Balance Cock and Arbor – D5
  • Making a Recoil Escapement – D8/D13 [NEW]
  • Servicing a Striking Clock/2 Train Rack Striking – D7/D9/D10
  • Servicing & Repair of Manual Winding Watches – D15/D17
  • Servicing and Correcting Faults in an Automatic Watch – D17/D16
  • Servicing and Correcting Faults in a Chronograph – D17/D20
  • Repairing Antique Clocks (1 and 2) – D13/D14
  • Wheel and Pinion Cutting & Making Fly Cutters – D10/D13
  • Polishing Bluing and Silvering – D10/D13 [NEW]


  • Engineers Small Lathe Drilling Milling Machines
  • Watchmaker’s Lathe and Graver Turning


Overseas Students

If you live overseas, you can sit some, but not all, of the units in your country of residence. The units you must sit in the UK are D9, D11, D16, D18 and D20. Special procedures must be in place for overseas examinations, for example regarding invigilation. Please see the Examination Guide for more information.

Gaining an Accredited Award

Gaining a BHI/EAL qualification will undoubtedly enhance your ability to gain employment as a clock or watchmaker.

We have been setting standards for British horologists for over 150 years and our exams are all accredited in the UK by the regulatory body Ofqual. Our awarding body, EAL, is the UK’s leading industry specialist awarding organisation. EAL is part of Semta – the Science, Engineering, Manufacturing and Technologies Alliance – which is a not-for-profit organisation responsible for engineering skills for the future of the UK’s most advanced sectors.

There are 20 individual BHI exam units that, according to the various combinations in which they can be taken, will lead to one or more of the following awards:

  • Diploma in Clock and Watch Servicing (Level 3)
  • Diploma in the Servicing and Repair of Clocks/Watches (Level 4)
  • Diploma in the Repair, Restoration and Conservation of Clocks/Watches (Level 5)

For further information please download the Examinations Guide.

You can register for one or more of the diploma levels (3, 4 or 5, see above).

There is an element of progression in the levels. You are, however, are free to pursue as many as three levels at any given moment. You do not have to complete Level 3 before you start Level 4 and/or 5. For example, if you have the required knowledge and skills, you may omit Level 3 and start with Level 4.

You are not limited in the number of exam units you can enter in any one year.

There are five different types of units, depending on the manner in which they are assessed:

  • Written paper (including Technical Drawing)
  • Servicing test
  • Making a practical test piece
  • Completing a record of repairs
  • Assembling a portfolio of work.

Special Needs

We make every effort to assist candidates with particular assessment requirements or special needs. Please send us the required supportive information at the time of application.

Help With Exam Preparation

The BHI Distance Learning Courses help prepare you for these exams. You will also find more information in our Examinations Guide. For the higher exam units, you will need a copy of the Examinations Handbook, which is included in the Combined Intermediate/Final Grade.

The BHI is here to support you with advice and opportunities for training with our short courses and DLC tutor feedback option.

Examinations 2021

If you have any questions please talk to Maxine, who will be happy to help:

Call +44 (0)1636 817604, or email:

Email Maxine

Examinations Guide

Download the Examinations Guide

Examinations Results Booklet 2019

Download the Examinations Results Booklet 2019