The British School of Watchmaking currently offers two courses,  the WOSTEP 1800 Hour Programme and the WOSTEP 3000 Hour Programme. Both courses are full time and taught Monday to Friday, lasting one and two years respectively.

Both courses are Internationally recognised and provide a gateway to employment within the watch industry. Further details of both the 1800 Hour and 3000 Hour courses are given below.

As a private school, our courses do not attract government student grants/loans or funding. Assistance in the form of grants or sponsorship may however be available from other sources. Should you have any questions regarding courses, application or funding options, please contact us via the contact page.

The WOSTEP 1800 Hour Program

This course is centered on preparing the students to provide routine service for standard type products (mechanical and electronic) through component exchange in supervised roles. Graduates are able to service and encase various standard type contemporary products.

The delivery strategy is based both on theoretical and practical elements.

  • Courses taking place annually (e.g. 2018, 2019, 2020 etc.).
  • Internationally recognised by the watch industry.
  • Recognised by the Convention Patronale (CP) as being equivalent to the Swiss CFC 3 years watch repair educational program.
  • 1800 Hours, full time programme. The course will be taught over one year, Monday to Friday 8am to 5 pm (40 hours per week).
  • Courses begin January with applications closing 1st July each year.
  • Graduates can be expected to be competent in:
    1. Encasing
    2. Movement exchange
    3. Servicing (quartz, manual, automatic and basic chronograph movements)
    4. Quality control
  • Repairs are made by fault identification and replacement of components (rather than repair/manufacture of components). Graduates are ideally suited to working with standard calibres where spare parts are easily accessible.
  • 3 Intermediate examinations.
  • Final examination which includes:
    1. Theory
    2. Service of cased quartz watch
    3. Service of cased automatic watch
    4. Service of cased automatic chronograph watch
  • Pass mark is 60% for all examinations.
  • Course fees £9,000, additionally students must purchase a complete tool kit priced at £2,110*. Total cost of this course is £11,110.

*Toolkit cost may vary due to exchange rates and contents changes

The WOSTEP 3000 Hour Program

This course is centered upon preparing the students for employment as watch repairers in autonomous roles. Graduates are able to service, adjust (repair) and encase various products (both mechanical and electronic) available on the contempory market. Watch repairers understand and apply various theoretical knowledge to repair situations where they may not have encountered a certain calibre or type of repair previously. Watch repairers are able to evaluate,  adjust or manufacture certain components where necessary in order to resolve repairs.

The delivery strategy is based both on theoretical and practical elements.

  • Courses taking place every two years (e.g. 2018, 2020, 2022 etc.).
  • Internationally recognised by the watch industry.
  • Recognised by the Convention Patronale (CP) as being equivalent to the Swiss CFC 4 years watch repair educational program.
  • 3000 Hours, full time programme. The course is taught over two academic years, Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm (37.5 hours per week).
  • Courses begin September with applications closing 1st March (2018, 2020, 2022 etc.).
  • Graduates can be expected to be competent in:
  1. Encasing
  2. Movement exchange
  3. Servicing (quartz, manual, automatic and chronograph movements)
  4. Advanced adjustment and regulation techniques
  5. Quality control
  6. Micromechanics
  • Repairs are made by fault identification and the replacement or repair of components.
  • 5 Intermediate examinations.
  • Final examination which includes:
  1. Theory
  2. Service of cased quartz watch
  3. Service of cased automatic watch
  4. Service of cased chronograph watch
  • Pass mark is 60% for all examinations.
  • Students are given the opportunity to complete two school watches during their studies (WOSTEP W-01 & ETA 6498*)
  • Curriculum allows time for work experience at the end of year one.
  • A factory visit to Switzerland in year two*.
  • Course fees £9,000 per year, additionally students must purchase a complete tool kit priced at £2,110*. Total cost of this course is £20,110.

*Toolkit cost may vary due to exchange rates and contents changes

*Some expenses for the Swiss factory visit are paid by the student, not included in course fees. Factory visit is subject to manufacturer availability.

*ETA 6498 school watch does not form part of the course and is given at the discretion of the class teacher; this element may be withdrawn should an individual require additional time to complete mandatory course work