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for beginners and professionals

Whether you are an absolute beginner, a professional clock repairer, an experienced watchmaker, a seasoned trader or an avid collector, the BHI can help you get started and develop your knowledge and skills and which can lead to nationally accredited awards.

You can choose two different types of learning – practical short courses or home study courses which lead to qualifications.

professional tutors, workshops and tools

Our short courses take place in Upton Hall in workshops with professional tools, machines and equipment. It is also the home of an unrivalled collection of historical and modern timepieces, a dedicated library and valuable archives. You can book overnight accommodation in Upton Hall and have breakfast and lunch in the Clock House Café. Distance learning students too can benefit from these courses and facilities; they are ideal to practise your skills. Whether you choose a short course or distance learning, you always benefit from the knowledge and experience of the BHI tutors. You work directly with an expert in the field and get personal attention as well as useful tips.

distance learning courses leading to accredited qualifications – The Technician Grade (Level 3) and the Combined Intermediate/Final Grade (Levels 4/5)

Our home study courses provide an excellent source of reference material for the enthusiast and professional alike. The courses teach to best practice and our professional tutors assess work to examination standard.

The first course, the Technician Grade is an introduction to horology.  There are 12 lessons, each conclude with a set of questions and a small practical exercise. Topics include a brief history of timekeeping, servicing clocks and watches, timing machines, water protection, clock escapements, basic electrical theory, workshop equipment, small hand tools, lathes, soldering in practice.

The Combined Intermediate/Final Grade is a specialist course in clock or watch repair, restoration and conservation.

Both courses prepare for nationally accredited examinations.

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Help with funding

the george daniels’ educational trust

As a result of a significant bequest from the late George Daniels, pioneer independent watchmaker and inventor, a new initiative to benefit the British clock and watch industry has been established.

A trust fund has been set up to encourage and financially assist apprentices and students who are training to become professional clock and watchmakers with grants and bursaries. 

By actively supporting those who are beginning a career in horology in the UK, the trust fund will help to ensure that future generations can engage well trained, competent professionals to maintain their clocks and watches.  Further information is available:

The George Daniels Educational Trust is an Isle of Man registered charity (Number 1096). 

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