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Heart of England Blue Badge Course

Heart of England Blue Badge Course

The objective of this programme is to prepare students to enter the tourist industry as qualified Blue Badge Tourist Guides for the Heart of England region.  Registered tourist guides are qualified by examinations set and administered by the Institute of Tourist Guiding.  Students who are successful in these examinations will be awarded the Blue Badge for the Heart of England region.  Among the largest of the national tourism regions, it includes The Cotswolds, the counties of Gloucestershire, Oxford and North Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, West Midlands and Warwickshire. 

The programme is structured around six 'intensive training weekends’ situated throughout the region, together with weekly lectures delivered via the internet.  In addition, there is a five-day Introductory session and a two-day Communication and Presentation Seminar. 

Download the Prospectus and Application Form here

Please note:  It is essential for students to have a personal email address, the use of a Personal Computer, access to a good broadband connection for the delivery of online lectures and a good printer.  Handouts for lectures and all communications between the Programme Director or Administrator and the students are by email (in order to keep the fees as low as possible and the use of paper to a minimum)

Programme Duration:  After an Introductory week in April 2018, during the summer months, students are required to undertake personal familiarisation visits throughout the whole region.  The main programme will then run between the end of September 2018 and March 2019, with examinations taking place in April 2019.

The fee for this 2018-2019 Blue Badge Programme is £3,250 which includes all lectures, coach tours and visits to sites.  This figure is exclusive of examination fees and personal travel and accommodation throughout the course (as described in the prospectus). 

If you wish to express an interest in, or apply for, this course, please download the prospectus and application form.  If you have questions, or require clarification of any points before submitting an application, please email admin@guidingyou.co.uk