Edge Hotel School


Students making cocktails behind the bar

Launching your career

As a student at the Edge Hotel School, you will benefit from close links to the hospitality and events industries.

Not only are you able to work in a real hotel and on genuine events, serving real customers and facing real challenges, but our courses have been designed to offer you as much exposure to the industry and its current practices as possible.

Supporters of the Edge Hotel School include Apex Hotels, The Arora Group, BaxterStorey, Claridges, Dorchester CollectionEDITION Hotels, Exclusive Hotels and VenuesGeorgian House Hotel, Hand Picked Hotels, The Landmark London, Levy UK and Ireland, Master InnholdersMoet Hennessey, Milsoms Hotels and Restaurants, Oakman Inns, Royal Lancaster Londonthe Savoy Educational Trust, Sbe, St Julians Scholars - among many others.

Our recent graduates and their employers


Below are some of our recent graduates and their employers discussing how they feel Edge Hotel School can kick-start its students into successful graduate careers.

Industry-engaged education 

Studying with the Edge Hotel School at Essex can give you the knowledge and skills to work in high-profile organisations in the widest range of sectors and countries. Our undergraduate courses have been developed with industry for industry and provide you with the employable skills needed to succeed in the real-world.

The Professional Performance Assessment (PPA) which takes the form of a mock interview is used throughout our courses to allow you to reflect, practise and improve your interview skills before embarking on interviews for your first graduate role.

Many industry experts deliver master classes to support your development. The annual Edge Hotel School careers fair welcomes a range of hospitality organisations giving you the chance to network and engage with future employers.

Throughout your degree you are given the chance to engage with industry and take advantage of opportunities to connect - for example, some students on our Events Management courses are able to gain experience at the BRIT Awards. Matthew Laws, a 2021 graduate of the Edge Hotel School, shared his experiences of how the BRIT Awards could help his career.

Students of the Edge Hotel School pose at the BRIT Awards


Hands-on experience

All of our undergraduates undertake experience in a real 4* hotel, Wivenhoe House. This work experience gives you the chance to put your academic knowledge into practice and gain valuable skills to add to your CV.

In response to the COVID19 pandemic, the Edge Hotel School developed a substantial suite of industry-engaged virtual activities to substitute practical experience during the periods in which the hotel was inaccessible. 

The Level 6 Project connects our students directly with a hospitality or events organisation. The consultancy project for hospitality and hotel management students enables you to work on a project or problem for an external client.  Past consultancy projects have included social media and marketing strategies, brand development and new hotel launches.  The Level 6 Events Management Project is your opportunity to organise a live event for an external client from start to finish during the final level of your course. Many Edge Hotel School students have been offered job opportunities with their Level 6 Project clients having proven themselves to such a high level.  

Our students have also embarked on additional self-organised work experience placements with the likes of Shangri-La The Shard, Red Carnation Hotels and Marriott by utilising the industry connections available through the School.



"I commissioned a consultancy project with a team of Edge Hotel School students to design a social media campaign for the launch of a new 5* hotel in London. Throughout the process I was very impressed with their professionalism and hard work and was astonished at the quality of their recommendations, which was on par, if not better, than professional services we have employed in the past."
Michael Voigt General manager, L 'Oscar hotel London