Overview

Course summary

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 stream is for people who are completely new to tour guiding or who have some experience but have not yet achieved a relevant guiding qualification. The other stream is for people who already hold a relevant guiding qualification and who want to develop their knowledge and skills further.

Applicants who wish to be considered for the qualified stream need to demonstrate that they already hold one or more of the following guiding qualifications: Blue Badge, Camden, City of London, Clerkenwell & Islington. In your application please be sure to state the year in which you achieved your 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 Wednesday 31 July and interviews will take place between Friday 30 August and Sunday 1 September.

Course structure

The course involves a mixture of classroom-based sessions and practice walks in the City of Westminster.

Students who do not already hold a relevant guiding qualification will be assessed by means of two practical exams and two pieces of course work. Students who do already hold a guiding qualification will be assessed by four pieces of course work, which will involve some practical guiding activities.

Our tutors

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. 

Our course tutors are all qualified guides with extensive experience of tutoring and examining student guides.

Our tutors on this course are:

  • Catherine Cartwright
  • Fiona Lukas
  • Sean Patterson

Booking

The 2019/20 course is currently underway.

Bookings for the 2020/21 course will open in summer 2020.

If you have any questions about the course, please get in touch with us via the details at the bottom of this page.

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Location

This course is taught at our Marylebone Campus in central London, within easy walking distance of Regent's Park and Marylebone High Street.

 Accessibility: Together with AccessAble, we have created online Disabled Access Guides for our buildings.