Camden Tour Guide Course

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2017-18 COURSE

Overview of the Course for Tour Guiding in Camden

This course will enable you to develop the skills required to plan, prepare and deliver walking tours, focusing on the London Borough of Camden.

Tuition on guiding skills is complemented with learning about the history, architecture, tourist attractions and facilities of the Borough of Camden. The borough has a particularly rich history in terms of buildings, institutions and residents which can be used by guides to interpret the area for diverse audiences.

Syllabus 

During this course you will learn the general principles of tour guiding and how to guide walking tours in the Borough of Camden.  You will be taught about the diverse geographical areas within the borough and their history, architecture, culture and other features.  You will learn how to undertake your own research and how to design a guided walk and you will be instructed in the necessary skills to present information in an informative and entertaining manner to different audiences.

coursepic2Course Details 

The course is limited to a maximum of 24 students. The course fee will be £850 including examination fees.

The number of sessions will be confirmed to applicants at interview stage but we anticipate running about 30 Wednesday evening classroom based sessions which will consist of lectures, group-work and group discussions, case studies and student presentations. These will take place each week from September 2017 to May 2018 at a location in central London. You will be required to do some of your coursework in groups so a willingness to co-operate with your peers is essential.
There will also be approximately 15 Saturday half day sessions, scheduled on alternate weeks. We will be out and about in the Borough of Camden and will focus on practical guiding skills and the delivery of entertaining and informative walking tours. Locations will vary according to the syllabus, but will be scheduled in advance.
You will be required to submit a satisfactory written project, pass a written exam and pass two practical exams. One practical exam takes place at an internal site (this year we were hosted by The Foundling Museum) and one on the streets of Camden. The two examinations will take place between January and late May/early June.
Badge Ceremony 2016

Cllr Richard Cotton (Top Row 2nd from Left) with members of CTGA at Graduation Ceremony 6 July 2016

Assessment and Graduation 

External examiners will be used to assist with the assessment of the practical guiding examinations and a moderator has been appointed to review the marking of the written examination and the project. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a badge from the Camden Tour Guides Association. This will recognise your achievement as a qualified guide in the Borough of Camden. Graduates are normally presented with their badges by the Mayor of Camden in the Mayor’s parlour at the Town Hall.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for the course please complete the online form.  Late applications (the course commences in September) would be considered at the discretion of the course director.  CTGA is committed to equality and diversity.  In order to monitor and ensure the effectiveness of this, applicants for the Tour Guiding course are invited to complete the Equal Opportunity Application Form If you have any further questions please email the Course Director on email course@camdenguides.com