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The Edge Hotel School

The Edge Hotel School offers a different experience of hospitality education at the beautiful Grade II* listed Wivenhoe House.

What is it?

The Edge Hotel School offers two-year Hotel Management and Events Management with Hospitality degrees that prepare students to graduate as the future leaders of the hospitality and events industry. Both courses combine management theory, professional skills development and practical experience in a real 4* hotel, Wivenhoe House, based on the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus. For full details of all the courses at the Edge Hotel School please visit the University of Essex department pages.

What makes the Edge Hotel School different?

The Edge Hotel School is a unique establishment in the UK. Undergraduates at the School ‘learn by doing’ as the basis of their degree qualifications, whilst acquiring the all- important people skills essential for success in the sector. The two-year, intensive programmes reflect the realities of life in the hospitality industry and are designed to ensure graduates are job ready.

The Edge Hotel School was founded by the Edge Foundation in partnership with the University of Essex. The initiative is widely supported by leaders in the hospitality industry who have also been heavily involved in the development of the curriculum.

Both degrees involve 45 weeks of study in the year with around six weeks of holiday. Students can either study for a BA (Hons) Hotel Management, with start dates in September and February, or for a BA (Hons) Events Management with Hospitality with one intake per year in September.

Where is the Edge Hotel School?

The four-star Wivenhoe House is the home of the Edge Hotel School.  This attractive hotel on the University of Essex Colchester Campus is open all year round offering attentive service from the professional team and Edge Hotel School students for all guests whether they are staying overnight in one of the 40 luxury bedrooms or enjoying one of the many events in the calendar or dining options.

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Interested in studying at the Edge Hotel School?

For information on course start dates please visit the University of Essex website. Applications can be made through UCAS or via a direct application form.

The University of Essex holds a number of open events giving students the opportunity to find out more about the Hotel Management and Events Management with Hospitality courses, talk to some of our current students and have a tour of the University of Essex Colchester campus.  You will also be shown around Wivenhoe House hotel, the heart of the Edge Hotel School. Visit the University of Essex website for full details of forthcoming events.

To find out more about studying at the Edge Hotel School contact or 01206 873 666.