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 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.
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
- Adam Scott-Goulding
We're hopeful that it will be possible to run the course in 2021–22. However, given the highly practical nature of the course, there's a chance that the Covid situation will prevent it from running effectively. If, in September 2021, we judge that it won't be possible to give applicants an effective student experience in the 2021–22 academic year, then places will be deferred until September 2022. We request applicants to accept this element of uncertainty if they choose to apply for entry in September 2021.
The application deadline is Wednesday 30 June. Interviews will take place online in July and August
Mode of delivery
Day and time
Thursdays and Saturdays
6.30-9pm and 10am–12.30pm
1 academic year
This course is taught at our Marylebone Campus in central London, within easy walking distance of Regent's Park and Marylebone High Street.