A world of opportunities is waiting for you. Graduates of this programme could go onto careers in the UK or overseas in hotels, restaurants, spas, cruise ships, airlines, events and visitor attractions.
The course includes an integrated work experience placement in Wivenhoe House, a 4* country house hotel on Essex’s Colchester campus.
With a student experience unlike any other, it may come as no surprise that the Edge Hotel School is ranked 1st in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020 for our subject area.
After completing the FdA you will have the opportunity, subject to satisfactory performance, to continue with your studies and finish with a BA degree.
At Essex you will gain the knowledge and industry connections to launch your career in hospitality management. You will develop your hospitality skills and business management understanding to open up a world of opportunities in this growing industry. You will study topics including:
The Edge Hotel School experience is unlike any other student experience, where you will have the best of both worlds. Not only will you graduate from a leading university* - you will develop your industry knowledge and professional skills by gaining valuable experience in Wivenhoe House, a fully-commercial 4* hotel alongside your studies.
*The University of Essex is Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (2017).
Our staff includes lecturers with both professional as well as academic backgrounds to ensure you are taught by people with industry-relevant experience themselves. Among our academic staff are published authors including a former hotel General Manager, a Food and Beverage Manager for award-winning cruise lines, an organiser of the BRIT Awards and London Fashion Week and a Dr. (PhD) with international research experience.
The skills you will gain throughout your Hospitality Management degree will be transferrable to a range of working environments within the hospitality industry including hotels, restaurants, resorts and event management. There are opportunities throughout the course to meet hotel general managers and recruitment managers to further your professional network.
Graduates of this programme can go onto careers, in the UK or internationally, in areas such as:
"During my time at Edge Hotel School I took part in a variety of conferences and networking events which played a huge part in allowing me to explore and identify the aspects of the industry I favoured as well as networking with professionals. The practical aspect of my hands on experience at Wivenhoe House also meant that I gained a better understanding of the industry and how all the departments work in reality to accompany my theory."
Ellie Steele, 2018 graduate, now Sales and Marketing Manager at Georgian House Hotel, London
Specific entry requirements for this course in Clearing are not published here but for most of our degree courses you will need to hold a Level 3 qualification. If you are interested in applying and have already received your results, use our Clearing application form to apply for 2020 entry and find out if you are eligible. You will be asked to provide details of your qualifications and grades.
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications
If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
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.
If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.
Below is an example of a module list from the current academic year. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore all modules listed are subject to change. To view the full list of modules currently on offer, please view the programme specification via the link below.
Your Hospitality Management degree has been designed to provide a mix of assessment approaches, including:
£16,050While the BA course is available to all applicants, the FdA course is only available to applicants from the UK or EU.
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:
Once you’ve checked that we have the right course for you, applying couldn’t be simpler. Fill in our quick and easy Clearing application form with as much detail as you can. We’ll then take a look and get back to you with a decision. There’s no need to call us to apply; just do it all online.
We don’t interview all applicants during Clearing, however, we will only make offers for the following course after a successful interview:
The interview allows our academics to find out more about you, and in turn you’ll be able to ask us any questions you might have. Further details will be emailed to you if you are shortlisted for interview.
Home to 15,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.
The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.
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