Booking Terms & Conditions
Please note that when you book a course you are agreeing to and are bound by our Terms and Conditions below. Please check back on these T&Cs every time you book a new course as they may be updated.
1. Booking a course
1.1 Our courses are suitable for those aged 18 years and over. (We are working on changing this to 16 years and over, as well as introducing some projects suitable for supervised 10+ year olds. Please get in touch to chat about where we’re at with it.)
1.2 Please read the course information and book onto an appropriate level of course. If you are missing experience in any of the following metalwork skills, then you will need to do the Beginners (Level 0) course to get safely introduced to the tools/equipment: Saw-Piercing, Filing, Buffing, Drilling (pendant motor), Pickling, Annealing, Soldering, Polishing (pendant motor and polishing motor), Cleaning (ultrasonic). Please get in touch if you would like to chat to us about what level you might be at.
1.3 To book your place on a course, full payment of the course fees must be made in full. We regret that we cannot offer a deposit or part-payment scheme to reserve a place on a course.
1.4 Fees should be paid either using the website online payment system, by card payment over the telephone, or by PayPal request via email.
2.1 a) Please note that all courses have minimum attendance levels and may be cancelled or postponed if too few bookings are received. If your course is cancelled due to low booking levels, you will be given a full refund.
b) If we need to amend or postpone your class dates due to reasons which lie with us (tutor illness, out-of-action workshop etc), we will reschedule the class to suit the majority of the students or add the missed hours onto the remaining course classes.
c) If we need to cancel, amend or postpone a course, we will give you as much notice as possible but we cannot be responsible for the cost of pre-booked travel and accommodation arrangements.
2.2 a) Please make sure that you can attend all of the dates and times for the course before you book a place.
b) Our minimum attendance levels to run a course mean that we are unable to offer refunds on your course booking if you need to cancel your booking or cannot attend the classes for any reason.
c) Our minimum attendance levels to run a course mean that we are unable to offer transfers to a different course or date if you need to cancel your booking or cannot attend the classes for any reason.
2.3 None of the above affects your statutory rights.
3. Using the workshop
3.1 a) We provide all the tools you need to use on the Beginners, Improvers and Advanced jewellery courses. The course fee for these courses includes all consumables and materials required. (By consumables we mean saw blades, drill bits, emery paper etc. By materials we mean wax, metal, solder, findings etc). If you wish to restart your project there may be a charge for the extra materials.
b) We provide the usual workshop tools on the Open Project courses and Studio Sessions – please get in touch if you need access to particular or special tools for your project. The fee for these two options includes all consumables but you will need to source your own materials (we can provide a suggested list of suppliers).
c) Our workshop uses “clean processes” only, so we suggest you use silver, gilding metal, copper or brass for your projects. Aluminium, lead, and pewter are not used in the workshop at all, as the dust can cause damage to precious metal items. Any other materials (wood, perspex etc) will need approval by The JQ Set before use in the workshop.
3.2 To use the workshop safely all students will need to complete our Health and Safety Induction – this is included as part of the Beginners Level 0 course. The Taster courses cover training for the tools you will use but is not the full induction. If you have previous experience and would like to join our courses at Improvers level, please get in touch to chat to us about your specific experience. You may need to come in a bit early for your first session to ensure you have been taught to use the tools and equipment to our safety requirements.
3.3 Our ground floor studio has one step up from the pavement and one step up into the toilet facilities. We regret that our facilities and equipment are not fully wheelchair-accessible.
3.4 We have a super-friendly workshop dog, Tino. He’ll most likely be in another part of the studio during classes. Whilst he is a poodle-mix (and supposedly hypo-allergenic) it might not be an appropriate place for someone with pet allergies.
3.5 A number of chemicals are used in the studio (in line with COSHH regulations) so it might not be an appropriate place for someone with severe asthma or extreme sensitivities.
4. Student Conduct
4.1 Please dress appropriately for a workshop environment, with closed-toed low-heel shoes, hair ties, and remove/secure any loose clothing/jewellery. We will provide you with an apron and any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed for particular tasks. Bring a pen and a notebook, and reading glasses if required!
4.2 We ask our students to conduct themselves in a kind, respectful and considerate manner towards tutors and other students. If a student is disruptive, we reserve the right to, at our discretion, dismiss the student immediately from the course without reimbursement.
4.3 We appreciate that unexpected things can happen, but missing a day of the 3-day courses (or 2 of the 6-evening courses) would make it unlikely that you would complete the course project. The tutor will not be able to help you catch up as that would take time away from other students.
4.4 Please do not consume food or drinks at your bench unless the tutor has specifically allowed it. Daytime courses will have an hour break for lunch, during which the workshop will be closed and locked. We regret that we cannot offer a space for students to eat packed lunches during the break. There are a number of cafes and pubs serving food within a short walk of the studio. Please don’t drink alcohol on your lunch break (see below).
4.5 Whilst in the workshop you will need to follow all safety instructions given. It is unacceptable to be a danger to yourself or others in the workshop. If a student repeatedly works unsafely, we reserve the right to, at our discretion, dismiss the student immediately from the course without reimbursement.
4.6 Please get in contact to discuss any disability or medical conditions that may affect you in a workshop environment. All our classes require good dexterity and eyesight, even at beginners level.
4.7 We have a zero tolerance policy for students under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is unacceptable to be a danger to yourself or others in the workshop. If a student is thought to be under the influence, we reserve the right to, at our discretion, dismiss the student immediately from the course without reimbursement. Please ensure that you are not affected by any medication you take which can cause drowsiness or dizziness. If in any doubt, please consult your doctor before booking onto a course.
Revised: August 2019