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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.

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?

Wivenhoe House 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?

For information on course start dates please visit the Edge Hotel School website. Applications 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 find out more about our 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 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 872 858.