The Edge Hotel School

The Edge Hotel School offers a different experience of hospitality education at the beautiful refurbished Wivenhoe House

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What is it?

The Edge Hotel School offers a two year hotel management degree that prepares students to graduate as the future leaders of the hospitality industry. The course combines theory, professional skills and practical experience in a real 4* hotel, Wivenhoe House, based on the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.  There is flexibility to join the course at one of its three start dates in January, May or September.

What makes the Edge Hotel School different?

The Edge Hotel School is a unique establishment in the UK. Students of the Edge Hotel School learn by doing as the basis of their degree qualifications whilst also learning the all important people skills essential for success in the hospitality industry. A two-year, intensive programme that reflects the realities of life in the hospitality industry, it is designed to make graduates more employable.

The Edge Hotel School is a partnership between Edge and the University of Essex. The Edge Hotel School is operated by Edge Hotel School Ltd. The initiative is widely supported by leaders in the hospitality industry who have also been involved in the development of the curriculum.

The Edge Hotel School offers a fast track, two year degree programme in hotel management that is focused on developing practical skills, discovering management potential and boosting employability in the hospitality industry. The degree course is delivered through a dynamic combination of lectures, workshops and hands-on experience, it covers all aspects of the living, working hotel, from front of house and housekeeping to restaurants and kitchens, as well as the planning and operations involved in conference events or weddings. By equipping students from the outset with practical and management skills as well as academic theory, the course aims to get students started in their careers as soon as possible.

Where is the Edge Hotel School?

The Edge Hotel School is located at the Grade II* listed Wivenhoe House on the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.  The building has undergone an extensive refurbishment to provide 16 period suites and a signature restaurant. An additional 24 bedrooms have been provided by a new Garden Wing which also houses a bar and brasserie together with wedding and conference facilities.  

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Interested in studying at the Edge Hotel School?

The Edge Hotel School has three annual intakes in January, May and September.  Applications to study at the Edge Hotel School can be made through UCAS or via a direct application form on the Edge Hotel School website

The Edge Hotel School holds a number of open events giving students the opportunity to meet the team, discuss the fast track degree - and discover just how it prepares them for a career in hospitality management. There will also be the chance to talk to some of our current students, to find out what it's really like to study and gain practical experience at the UK's first hotel school to be based in a real hotel.  Visit the Edge Hotel School website for full details of forthcoming events.

To find out more about studying at the Edge Hotel School contact the team directly on or on 01206 87 2858. 



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