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The WOSTEP 3000 Hour Programme (CFC 4)

The WOSTEP 3000 Hour Programme is centred 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 contemporary 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.

Course Details

This is a full-time course recognised by the Convention Patronale (CP) as being equivalent to the Swiss CFC 4 years watch repair educational program.

The course is taught over two academic years, with Monday to Friday teaching hours between 8:30am and 5:00 pm (37.5 hours per week). Courses take place every two years (e.g. 2020, 2022, 2024 etc.).

Courses begin September with applications closing 1st March (2020, 2022, 2024 etc.).

Skills Gained

Graduates from the 3000 Hour Programme can be expected to be competent in:

  • Encasing
  • Movement exchange
  • Servicing (quartz, manual, automatic and chronograph movements)
  • Advanced adjustment and regulation techniques
  • Quality control
  • Micromechanics

Repairs are made by fault identification and replacement or repair of components. Graduates are ideally suited to working with contemporary calibres where spare parts are easily accessible.

Repairs are made by fault identification and the replacement or repair of components. Graduates have the necessary skills to work on both contemporary and vintage calibres where access to spare parts may be limited.

Examinations

The examination schedule for this course is as follows:

  • 5 Intermediate examinations
  • Final examination which includes:
    • Theory
    • Service of cased quartz watch
    • Service of cased automatic watch
    • Service of cased automatic chronograph watch

The curriculum also allows time for work experience at the end of year one if requested and available.

Course fees

Course fees for this course £9,000 per year, additionally students must purchase a complete tool kit priced at £2,110*. Total cost of this course is £20,110*.

The course and toolkit fees cover all essential tools, training materials and examinations necessary to complete the course. Upon graduation the toolkit remains the property of the student.

Students are also given the opportunity to complete two school watches at no extra cost during their studies (WOSTEP W-01 & ETA 6498**) and take part in a factory visit to Switzerland in year two***.

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

**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

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