Tour Guiding Course – City of Westminster

LocationMarylebone, Central London

Develop the knowledge and skills you need to plan, prepare and deliver engaging walking tours in the City of Westminster - the royal, political and cultural heart of London.

On this course, you will learn about the various areas of Westminster, which contain a multitude of world-famous buildings and monuments, and about many of the individuals, institutions and events related to Westminster's heritage.

You will also develop the research skills, the interpretation skills and the public-speaking and logistical skills necessary to become an effective walking tour guide. When you have successfully completed the course you will qualify for membership of the City of Westminster Guide Lecturers Association.

Who is this course for?

This tourism course contains two streams: one suitable for people who are completely new to tour guiding and one for experienced tour guides who want to develop their knowledge and skills further.

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Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
27 September 2018 1 year Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings £995 Applications have closed

Course content

The course involves a mixture of classroom-based sessions and practice walks in the City of Westminster.
Students in the stream for beginners are assessed by means of two pieces of course work and two practical exams. The first piece of course work and the first practical exam are on interior guiding, and the second piece of course work and the second practical exam are on outdoor guiding.
Students in the stream for experienced guides are assessed by means of four pieces of course work. The first two pieces of course work are on interior guiding, and the second two pieces of course work are on outdoor guiding.

Applicants who wish to be considered for the experienced stream need to demonstrate that they have already earned one or more guiding qualifications. 

All applicants need to demonstrate that they are fluent in English and have the writing, speaking and research skills required to complete the course successfully. 
All applicants will be invited to attend an interview, which will involve giving a three-minute talk on an assigned topic. The application deadline is Tuesday 31 July and interviews will take place between Friday 31 August and Sunday 2 September.

The course is delivered by lecturers who are qualified guides with extensive experience of guiding and of teaching guiding skills 

Dr Caroline Dunmore, Course Director, is a qualified Westminster guide and City of London guide. Caroline’s academic qualifications include an MA in the history of art (Courtauld Institute of Art), an MA in museum and gallery management (City University) and a PhD in the history and philosophy of mathematics (King’s College London). She was a Research Fellow for three years at the University of Oxford, where she taught an undergraduate course in mathematical logic. Read more about Caroline Dunmore.

Course tutors Catherine Cartwright and Fiona Lukas are both qualified as Westminster guides, City of London guides and Blue Badge guides, and they have extensive experience of tutoring and examining student guides.


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