Tour Guiding Course – Clerkenwell and Islington

LocationMarylebone, Central London
FacultyArchitecture and the Built Environment

This course develops the skills required to plan, prepare and deliver walking tours. The course is focused on Clerkenwell and Islington, an area which contains some of London’s most historic and culturally rich districts.

Significant buildings, literary connections and sites of key events allow opportunities to bring the area’s history to life for the benefit of visitors. The course mixes learning about Clerkenwell and Islington and its history with sessions devoted to the skills required to interpret the area to diverse audiences.

Who is this course for?

The course is suitable for those wanting to learn how to design and deliver walking tours and to those already guiding who want to gain a formal qualification to guide in Clerkenwell and Islington.

Graduates will qualify for the badge and membership of the Clerkenwell and Islington Guides Association.

Courses open for booking
Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
19 September 2016 September 2016 – May 2017 (one academic year) Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm, plus practical lessons on Saturday mornings £995 Book now

Course content

The course should be of interest to those people who want to learn how to guide in Clerkenwell and Islington or those already guiding who want to gain a formal qualification to guide in the area.

The course is hosted by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster which has an excellent reputation for research and teaching in London’s architectural history and in city tourism.

The course will involve a mixture of classroom based sessions and practice walks in Clerkenwell and Islington. The staff involved are lecturers and qualified guides with lots of experience of guiding and teaching guiding skills. Performance will be adjudged by assessing walks and related materials prepared by students, as well as through a piece of coursework and a written exam.

You should possess one GCE A-Level or Vocational A-Level pass or equivalent.

In your application you will also need to demonstrate the commitment and the potential to become a professional guide, and that you have basic writing and research skills that will allow you to complete the course. As part of the application process, you are required to submit a cover letter of no more than one A4 side of paper, explaining why you have chosen to apply for this course.

Successful applicants will be required to attend and informal interview and do a short talk on a select area or point of interest.

Contact us

Philip Gill
Short Course Administrator

+44 (0)20 3506 6490