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Examinations 2021

Subject to HMG Covid 19 Regulations, the 2021 BHI/EAL Examinations will take place at Upton Hall during May 2021.

The BHI Education Team are planning and preparing for the May 2021 EAL/BHI Examinations at Upton Hall.

All candidates who were prevented from sitting the May 2020 Exams due to the Covid 19 Regulations will be contacted shortly to confirm they plan to attend Upton Hall to sit the 2021 Examinations.

New students who are planning to sit the 2021 examinations must apply in the usual way by completing the application forms.

Assuming the Covid Regulations permit, the BHI is planning to:-

  1. have places for all students whose BHI/EAL exams were cancelled in 2020;
  2. subject to numbers, to have places for all new candidates for the 2021 BHI/EAL examinations;
  3. we have already allocated two weeks for the May 2021 BHI/EAL examinations at Upton Hall.

The BHI is aware the situation is less than ideal and we ask all our candidates to note we may be unable to accommodate everyone.

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

Exams Timetable

We confirm the examinations for 2021 will commence Monday 10 May. We anticipate significantly increased entries and are therefore unable to provide specific exam dates at this stage. You will be contacted individually after the closing date to confirm your allocated exam date and times. Entry forms will be available to download on 1 November, closing date 15 January 2021. Prices – £200 per unit, plus registration fee at each level £45. Refundable deposits required on servicing tests.

These exams do not take place at an Exam Centre, dates as follows:

  • Unit D2: Wednesday 2 June to Thursday 17 June,  13:00
    (Download the Cutting List)
  • Units D5/D12: Wednesday 26 May to Thursday 17 June, 13:00
    (Download the Cutting List)
  • Unit D6: Coursework Tuesday 6 April to Monday 10 May.
  • Portfolios, Records of Repairs to be received by 30 June.

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 – 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:

  • 2–5 November: Single Train Clock (with platform escapement)
  • 16–20 November: Making Small Components
  • 23–27 November: 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 [NEW]
  • 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.


For registered holders who have purchased individual copies of the DLC relevant to the exams they are sitting or who have previously entered exams up to and including 2019, the price per unit will be £200 per module, plus refundable deposits for relevant servicing units. (2020 Prices)

For the 2020 examinations, BHI members who do not meet the above criteria and have not purchased their individual copy of DLC relevant to the exams they have entered from the BHI will be charged £490 per module. (2020 Prices)

Of course, if you have purchased a DLC and it is registered in your name, then this will not affect you. The cost of each module will remain at £200.00. (2020 Prices)

Why have we made these changes?
The DLC is a highly technical document and a substantial personal investment, as those who have made purchases over the years will know. You would therefore be very frustrated if you paid the current rate for your copy of the the Technician or Intermediate & Final Grade course, only to find out that another student has entered BHI exams having perhaps purchased a DLC second hand, or indeed received a photocopied version, or perhaps be sharing. This is our way of protecting our DLC students, who have invested in their own future.

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

Enter the Exams 2021 (UK)

Download Entry Form (UK)

Enter the Exams 2021 (Overseas)

Download Entry Form (Overseas)

Examinations Guide

Download the Examinations Guide

Examinations Results Booklet 2019

Download the Examinations Results Booklet 2019