Our Courses

At the Edge Hotel School not only do you study the theory to achieve a degree, you also work alongside hospitality professionals - putting your knowledge into context right away - helping to run Wivenhoe House, a real-life 4* hotel.

Our courses are two-year accelerated degrees involving 45 weeks of study in the year with around six weeks of holiday. You 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.

The Edge Hotel School is based in beautiful parkland on the University of Essex Colchester Campus, in Wivenhoe Park. Here 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 a student experience, and you will also benefit from living on campus, with access to all the University of Essex's resources and facilities.

All of this will give you a head start in your career and set you apart from other graduates to become a leader in your field.

The diagram below shows an example overview of our two year accelerated degrees:


Foundation Degree

Our FdA courses can be completed in just sixteen months and, subject to satisfactory academic and practical achievements, offers students the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons), which would take a further eight months to complete.

Hotel Management (Top Up)

We also offer a progression route for applicants who wish to join the BA (Hons) Hotel Management degree programme for the final level. Applicants should hold, or be predicted to achieve, an appropriate Level 5 qualifications (such as HND, Advanced Diploma or Foundation degree) in a related field. Your eligibility will be determined during the admissions process. For more information about the Hotel Management (Top Up) course please contact the admissions team.

Programme Specifications

Every taught programme of study leading to a University of Essex Award has a Programme Specification. This describes the programme aims, the learning outcomes, the teaching, learning and assessment methods, the course structure and the rules of assessment:

BA (Hons) Hotel Management | PDF

FdA Hotel Management | PDF

BA (Hons) Hotel Management, Top Up | PDF

BA (Hons) Events Management with Hospitality | PDF

FdA Events Management with Hospitality | PDF

These Programme Specifications are aimed at prospective students and represent the most current course structures. The course structures shown here may not necessarily be relevant to students that have already started a programme of study. Registered students will be notified of any changes to their programme of study.

QAA Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers)


We have received the following judgements from QAA:

- The maintenance of the academic standards of awards meets UK expectations.

- The quality of student learning opportunities meets UK expectations.

- The quality of the information about learning opportunities meets UK expectations.

- The enhancement of student learning opportunities is commended.

Following the review the Edge Hotel School is required to publish an action plan, which is available to download below. This will be updated on an annual basis.

Edge Hotel School Action Plan 2017 | PDF

Accreditation and Professional Bodies

Edge Hotel School programmes are accredited by the Institute of Hospitality.

The Edge Hotel School is a member of the following professional bodies:

The British Hospitality Association

The Institute of Travel and Tourism