The British School of Watchmaking is an independent institution which looks for students with the ability, aptitude and desire to become the exceptional watchmakers the modern market requires.
To produce the finest skilled graduate watchmakers in the UK by ensuring the continued development of standards to meet with the current and future needs of the industry.
Serving the UK watch industry for over ten years with seventy-seven graduates and counting. Every one of our graduates have found employment within the watch industry.
We consider CVs and covering letters, those who have the qualities we are looking for are invited to an assessment day. Places are then allocated to individuals achieving the highest assessment results.
The British School of Watchmaking currently offers two internationally recognised 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.
Please choose the course you are interested in below.1800 Hour Course 3000 Hour Course
I am proud to have attended the British School of Watchmaking for the WOSTEP 3000 hour course from 2013-2015.
I really enjoyed the course, especially the engineering of watches and working with hand finished parts as this gave me a great understanding of how all the different parts work and an appreciation of how everything is made.
I attended the British School of Watchmaking as a private student for the WOSTEP 3000 hour course from 2013-2015.
I had a fantastic experience throughout my two years, the course met all my expectations and more. The tutors were exceptional, they were always there to help and guide me so that I achieved great results.
I graduated from the British School of Watchmaking in 2011.
I then spent several years at Richemont Ltd, working for a number of brands and on various calibres and complications, before taking the next step and moving to Roger W. Smith in the Isle of Man to progress into watchmaking.
I graduated from the British school of watchmaking recently in December 2019 having completed the 1800-hour course.
I currently work for Deacons jewellers in Swindon who I have worked for from the age of 16 years. I started my apprenticeship servicing clocks but found my true passion in repairing watches. Deacons and The Houlden Group gave me the opportunity to attend the school and I’m so glad and grateful that they did.
I work for H. Johnson and Son, a family jewellers in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. With the support of my employers I attended the British School of Watchmaking in 2019 on the 1800 hours course.
This course focuses on servicing principles and horological theory. It provides you with a holistic approach to watch servicing and helps you to apply your acquired knowledge to models and movements you may have not yet worked with.
In December 2019 I graduated from the WOSTEP 1800 Hour Programme. I found the tutors to be very supportive and the other attendees and myself formed a very close-knit group. The course is quite intense with lots to learn and perfect within the 12 months.