Undergraduate Course

FdA Hotel Management

FdA Hotel Management


The details
Hotel Management
September 2018
1 years 4 months
Colchester Campus
Edge Hotel School

The FdA Hotel Management course is delivered by the Edge Hotel School. For more information, visit the Edge Hotel School website.

The Edge Hotel School is the first hotel school of its kind in the UK, where you can access a unique learning experience. Not only do you study the theory to achieve a degree in Hotel Management, you also work within a hospitality team – putting your knowledge into context right away - helping to run Wivenhoe House, a real-life, four-star country house hotel.

The FdA Hotel Management course is a 16 month intensive course involving around 45 weeks of study per year with around six weeks of annual holiday. On completion of the FdA course you may progress to the final eight months of the BA course to graduate with a BA (Hons) Hotel Management degree after a total of two years of study.

Whether you have already completed your qualifications or are hoping to take some time out, the two annual intakes in February and September offer the flexibility to start your degree when it’s best for you.

Why we're great.
  • The first hotel school of its kind in the UK based within a real-life hotel.
  • Two-year fast-track degree with two annual intakes in February and September.
  • Outstanding preparation for employment through innovative combination of professional experience and academic learning.

Specialist facilities

The Edge Hotel School experience is unlike any other student experience. Based on the University of Essex Colchester Campus, you will have the best of both worlds – not only will you be graduating from a leading university – but you will also be developing your industry knowledge and professional skills at the same time. This is, however, still a student experience and you will benefit from living on campus, with access to all the University’s resources and facilities. Undergraduates at the Edge Hotel School work within Wivenhoe House, a real-life four-star country house hotel on the university campus, as part of the course. This equips you with the experience and professional skills you need to succeed in the hospitality industry.

Your future

The skills you will gain throughout your Hotel Management degree will be transferrable to a range of working environments within the hospitality industry including hotels, restaurants, resorts and event management. As the first hotel school if its kind in the UK, the hospitality industry are excited by the calibre of our graduates and there are opportunities throughout the course to meet recruitment managers and network. Recent graduates of the Edge Hotel School have gone onto positions such as; Executive Lounge Manager at London Marriott Grosvenor Square, Head Housekeeper at Malmaison Reading and Food and Management Graduate Trainee at The Dorchester.

“Before joining the Edge Hotel School I was apprehensive and asked family and friends who had graduated from university for advice. My concerns were immediately put to rest by the personable and professional team at the Edge Hotel School – who could not do enough to help. There is also such a mix of students, of all ages, that I found it easy to settle in.”


Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

The Edge Hotel School prepares you for a career in the hospitality industry by providing a combination of theory and professional experience. To be accepted onto our fast track Hotel Management degree or its progression routes, you will therefore need the potential to succeed both academically and practically.

Other qualifications and experience

  • Applicants with vocationally relevant level 3 or above qualifications will be considered on individual merit for the Foundation degree.
  • 64 UCAS tariff points, and the equivalent of at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C, including Maths and English.
  • Subject to satisfactory academic and professional assessment, candidates will have the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) degree after 16 months.

    The Edge Hotel School accepts a wide range of qualifications from applicants. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria, please get in touch for advice.

    If English is not your first language you will be required to hold, or expect to hold, IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing and speaking components, or equivalent.

    All applicants must be aged 18 or over at the point of registration. Unfortunately at this stage the Edge Hotel School is unable to accept applications from international students.

    International & EU entry requirements

    We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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    English language requirements

    If English is not your first language, you will need to have written and spoken English to IELTS Level 6.0 or equivalent.

    If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.


    Example structure

    Your fast track Hotel Management degree will be divided into rotations, each designed to provide the best possible preparation for the realities of a job - and ultimately a successful career - in the hospitality industry. During each rotation you will spend some weeks in teaching and others gaining experience in the hotel. Assessments take place throughout the course. In between each rotation you will have scheduled holiday weeks.

    Your teaching weeks will be made up of seminars, lectures and workshops Monday – Thursday from 9.30am to 5.00pm including some bank holidays. At the start of the course you will receive an induction on all the departments you will be working in over the next two years, delivered by current graduating students as well as members of the hotel team.

    You will have academic assessment deadlines throughout the course. Additional academic content and guidance will also be available to support your studies on the Virtual Learning Environment.

    As you progress through each area, you will experience the challenges associated with an increasingly senior role within each function of the hotel. As your skills and knowledge grow you will also find yourself spending fewer days per week in the hotel and more time on directed self-study, which will help you to prepare for assessments, presentations and exams. You will spend time working in all of the operational departments of the hotel – Front of House, Housekeeping, Restaurants, Kitchens, Conference and Events. Within these departments you may spend time working in positions such as Lounge Waiter and Junior Commis Chef at the beginning of the course, before moving upwards to positions such as Food and Beverage Supervisor and Conference and Events Planner, before increasing your responsibility to become a Rooms Division Duty Manager or Kitchen Duty Manager.

    Our Programme Specification offers more detail about the structure of this course.


    Your teaching weeks, led by the academic team, will encompass a variety of different formats, from traditional delivery, seminars and workshops to individual and group presentations, as well as professional activities. They enable you to explore and understand the relevant theory behind the experiences you will gain in each operational rotation. Industry representatives provide guest lectures to give you a further insight into hospitality best practice. A field trip may also be scheduled taking you to a hospitality related organisation to gain an insight into the whole operation, understand the business model, commercial dynamics, operational challenges, structure and culture. The course includes sessions on research methods, presentation skills, referencing, CV writing and behavioural interview techniques. All designed to assist you with your learning and assessment preparation.


    Your assessment – fully supported by the academic team – helps us to make sure you’re on the right track. It focuses on:

    • Knowledge and understanding
    • Professional performance skills
    • Intellectual and cognitive skills (analysis, reasoning, evaluating and application)
    • Key academic skills (identifying, selecting and organising information including Harvard referencing)
    • Transferable skills (planning, time management, presentation, team work and problem solving)

    Your Hotel Management degree has been designed to provide a mix of assessment approaches, including:

    • Essays
    • Exams
    • Posters
    • Research project
    • Presentations
    • Reflective statements
    • Reports

    The Professional Performance Assessment (PPA) gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the learning that has taken place during your time in the hotel. You will be given the opportunity to reflect on situations and on evidence collected in the form of diary entries, pictures, reports and feedback. The PPA takes the form of a behavioural interview which is a set of pre-defined questions which looks over the rotation completed. It is a checking point for you to assess your learning at that point in time and link to the reflective statements submitted. It is also a great tool for preparing for future job interviews.

    Recording and reflecting on your progress in a Professional Portfolio and a Personal Journal will be a key part of your Hotel Management course and will help demonstrate your skills and experience to future employers.

    Fees and funding

    Home/EU fee


    International fee


    This course is only available to applicants from the UK or EU

    Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

    Home and EU fee information

    International fee information

    What's next

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    Our events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. We run a number of Open Days throughout the year which enable you to discover what our campus has to offer. You have the chance to:

    • tour our campus and accommodation
    • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
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    2018 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

    • Saturday, September 15, 2018
    • Saturday, October 27, 2018


    The Edge Hotel School has two annual intakes in February and September each year.

    Applications to the Edge Hotel School can be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications are online at: www.ucas.com. Full details on this process can be obtained from the UCAS website in the how to apply section.

    Please note the UCAS institutional code for Edge Hotel School is E41.

    Applicants may also apply directly to the Edge Hotel School if they do not hold a UCAS application; please visit our website for further information on this.

    Interviews and visiting the Edge Hotel School

    If you apply for this course, you may be invited to an interview. If you are made an offer without an interview, you can still organise a visit by emailing admissions@edgehotelschool.ac.uk.

    The Edge Hotel School also holds their own Open Events throughout the year – for more information visit the Edge Hotel School website.

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