Edge Hotel School

Undergraduate study

Edge Hotel School

Start your career with a degree from the Edge Hotel School

Want to travel the world? Hoping to run your own business? Thrive on the thrill of organising events? You’re in the right place.

The Edge Hotel School experience is like no other student experience. Here, you will gain real hospitality experience and hands-on skills in a 4* hotel on the university campus, while studying for your BA (Hons) degree at Essex.

You will have opportunities to connect and network with hospitality and events professionals to get ahead in your career. You will become a confident, leading graduate, who has both the degree and the experience that employers are looking for.

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Why choose us?
  • Our lecturers have international industry experience to support your learning and development
  • Edge Hotel School graduates go onto careers all over the world 
  • You will gain experience alongside your studies in a real 4* hotel to boost your employability

So, what do we have to offer?

Integrated work experience placement

Our degrees are different. Here you will spend some weeks in lectures and others gaining hands-on work experience in Wivenhoe House hotel. Your placement is fully integrated into your course so that you are constantly learning and reflecting on your experiences alongside your business management lectures. This also allows you to take on more responsibility in the hotel as you progress through your degree and graduate ready to start your career as a future manager.

As an Edge Hotel School student you will be issued with a uniform to wear for your shifts in Wivenhoe House and when representing the School externally. You will just need to provide your own white shirts and black shoes.

4* facilities

Wivenhoe House, the hotel where you will gain your experience, is a 4* country house hotel set in parkland on the Colchester campus. The original building is an 18th century Grade II listed house with 16 individual suites and bedrooms and the grand lounges downstairs.The traditional main house is complemented by the modern garden wing which is home to 24 contemporary bedrooms, 3 conference suites and the brasserie restaurant. The conference and events function at Wivenhoe House hosts over 300 events, including over 50 weddings, annually.

Based at the University of Essex Colchester campus you will also have access to outstanding facilities to support your studies – we’re proud to have been ranked within the top 5 in the UK for the amount we spend on services and facilities per student (Times Good University Guide 2019). There are communal study spaces, an Edge Hotel School section in the massive library and lots of online resources for you to access. 

Academics with international industry knowledge

Our academic staff includes a former hotel general manager, an organiser of London Fashion Week and a cruise ship food and beverage manager. As well as their academic backgrounds our lecturers have worked across the hospitality and events industries themselves, both in the UK and overseas – bringing a wealth of industry knowledge into the classroom.

Learn a language

Our award-winning Languages for All programme gives Essex students the opportunity to learn a language alongside their degree, at no extra cost, for one year. Learning a language is an invaluable skill to have in hospitality. Having access to the Languages for All programme during your degree studies will boost your employability even further.

Direct applications

You can apply to study at the Edge Hotel School directly through our admissions team by filling in our application form. You can also apply via UCAS.