Gem-A's on-site courses are ideal for students who want to live and study in London. Our headquarters are next to the historic Hatton Garden quarter, making it easy for our students to explore the traditional heart of London’s gem and jewellery trade.
Our students come from all backgrounds and have different levels of ability; from members of the trade wanting to improve their skills, to those who are just beginning their careers in gemmology. Wherever you are from, you are sure to meet and learn with like-minded, enthusiastic gemmologists.
Students who study on-site are able to see and test a wide variety of gem materials under the guidance of our experienced tutors who have real trade experience, as well as benefiting from regular practical lab classes.
ON-SITE COURSE TIMES
We offer two methods of on-site study: daytime classes and evening classes.
10:00 - 16:30
Perfect for those who want to work towards achieving their Diplomas as quickly as possible. At Gemmology Foundation and Diamond Diploma level these consist of classes one day a week, whilst at Gemmology Diploma level these consist of classes three days a week.
18:30 - 20:30
Perfect for those who need to fit their study around home or work commitments; allowing you to study whilst pursuing your career. At Gemmology Foundation, Gemmology Diploma and Diamond Diploma level these consist of two evening classes a week.
ON-SITE SELF-STUDY HOURSFor each course the recommended self-study hours per week (including time for projects and online assessments) are:
Evening: 6 to 8 hours
Daytime: 4 to 6 hours
Evening: 8 to 10 hours
Daytime: 6 to 8 hours
Evening:10 to 12 hours
Daytime: 8 to 10 hours
ADDITIONAL SERVICESWe offer regular Gem Central and Career Service sessions, held in the evenings, featuring talks from people in the trade on a variety of topics.
Gem-A offers students a fantastic range of facilities for on-site learning, from our dedicated teaching labs to our on-site library and stone collections - we have everything you need for a successful gemmology and diamond education, all under one-roof. To find out all about the gemmology and diamond teaching facilities at our headquarters at 21 Ely Place, follow the link below:
OTHER REASONS TO STAY IN LONDONOur headquarters are a short walk from Chancery Lane underground station (Central line) and Farringdon underground (Circle, District and Hammersmith & City Lines and Thameslink services). When you’re not studying with us there’s lots to see and do; from the countless museums containing hidden gems (British Museum, Science Museum and the Natural History Museum) to the Barbican centre, as well as monumental landmarks, such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace — not to mention countless restaurants, bars, and cafes.
We are just a short tube ride away from Regent Street and Oxford Street, within walking distance of Holborn, the Barbican Centre and the Museum of London and a short walk from from London’s vibrant Southbank; the home of London art and culture.
VISA INFORMATION & ATTENDANCEAny non-UK residents wishing to study any of our on-site courses must have a UK short-term study visa or proof of UK residency. For further information, contact the Visas and Immigration Department.
On-site students must attend at least 80% of our classes to pass this course.