Events Management BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

UCAS Code

N820

About the course

Why Events Management?

Events Management is a fast paced and dynamic industry, no one day is the same, you’ll have opportunities to travel the world, work with interesting people and continuously challenge yourself. With us you’ll learn the skills required through practical hands-on application and the academic know how required to succeed in a competitive market.

A good Events Manager?

Good communication, creativity, being organised, problem solving and constantly striving for excellence are a few of the skills required, we encourage you to explore all types of events from Weddings to Conferences, Sporting events to Cultural Celebrations, Charity fundraisers to marketing campaigns. As members of the [Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (APBCO)| http://www.abpco.org/], the [Meeting Professional Institute (MPI)| https://www.mpiweb.org/], the [National Outdoor Events Association (NOAE)| https://noea.org.uk/] and the [Association for Events Management Education (AEME)| http://www.aeme.org/] the course follows the requirements of the Industry.

How will you learn?

You will learn through practical application and creatively delivered lectures, workshops, seminars and group work sessions.

Coordinating your own event as part of assessment in each year Working with charities and external clients to create events concepts Volunteering on events throughout the year (e.g. NCRI in Liverpool, CHS in Leeds, Chester Food & Culture Festival). Industry software training and creating event design concepts, operating the technology and equipment behind events Attending field trips Complete additional qualifications embed in the modules such as Food Hygiene Certificate and CVENT Certificate and have the opportunity to complete additional qualifications such as Personal Licence Holders (RFQ) Future focused subjects delivered by lecturers who have worked in the industry or who are currently conducting cutting edge research in the field Industry experts delivering guest lectures

What subjects will you cover?

You’ll explore subjects such as operations and project management, financial planning and budgeting, Health & Safety, risk mitigation, marketing and consumer behaviour, logistics, facilities and sponsorship management, evaluation and impact measurement and business management.

Events Management is an exciting career prospect for someone that likes a challenge, works to deadlines, and is good at problem solving.  Your confidence in these skill sets will grow year on year throughout the course through the model of learning, critical thinking and practical application that our course is designed around.  The industry itself is diverse, dynamic and international offering exciting opportunities to our placement students and graduates.  One of the huge leaps between studying at School/College to studying a degree at University is the level of independent learning required, you will fill your time with reading, research and seeking experiences that will help you understand the subjects taught in the class.  My main piece of advice would be to pick a subject that you are going to find interesting, that is going to excite you and keep you inspired to learn for your 4 years at University and continually develop as a young professional upon graduation.

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Janna Wood, Senior Lecturer

Course detail

Core modules:

Events Industry Studies

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the events industry and give a general overview of how the industry works and what factors impact the sector. We will look at the main demand generating sources of events such as Business, Tourism, Leisure, Art, Sport, Music, Entertainment and Culture. You'll research about future trends in the industry which should help you to identify future potential opportunities with the Events Management market. In addition this module explores in detail different types of events and sectors within the industry. This module really is the foundation stone to the course.

Events Operations Management

This module is designed to introduce you to the key components of events. This will include the organisational and management issues involved in staging events. The module will focus on venue selection, contracts, health and safety, licensing, public safety and security. You’ll have the opportunity to gain knowledge of organisation, planning, managing and controlling specific types of events and includes the organisation, management and implementation of a live event.

Media and Public Relations

This module introduces the principles of the public relations industry and, in particular, the concept of media relations. You’ll learn how mutually beneficial media relationships are developed between public relations and journalism, whilst exploring the differences and debates between the two professions. You’ll learn to identify different news opportunities and newsworthiness, and have the opportunity to develop presentational and interview skills which will contribute to a portfolio of personal and professional development work. Assessment is based on a close analytical report into how PR-generated stories are covered by the media, and the construction of effective press releases and promotional material.

Professional Skills and Finance

This module has two components. In the first term you’ll be given an opportunity to develop the personal and professional skills needed to be an effective hospitality manager. These include report writing, presentation skills, information retrieval and team working skills. The second term is an introduction to essential accounting concepts that you’ll need in order to feel confident about managing a business.

Events Catering

This module gives you information about food and beverage preparation, service methods and skills for specific events. You’ll be exposed to a variety of commodities, cooking methods, equipment, working practices and service styles and how to apply them in a practical situation. Throughout the module an awareness of financial analysis will be required. Food and beverage management will consider the operational aspects involved in food and beverage production and service systems. This module will investigate the key areas that will be necessary for you to consider when planning and operating within a catering operation practical.

Option modules: Choose one from a list which may include:

Wedding Business Management

This module will give you the opportunity to gain skills and competencies required to understand and successfully manage weddings. You’ll develop knowledge of the wedding market and the cultural and religious diversity which exist within the sector. You’ll have the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the various legal, health and safety implications for catering for outdoor and large scale events and an understanding of client requirements and financial management of the client budget. You’ll prepare a business plan for a wedding planning company and also produce a client portfolio to be delivered in a presentation.

Sports Leisure and Recreation Management

You will be required to be well informed of current affairs that affect the Sports, Leisure and Recreation industry and related sectors of the industry. This module will help provide you with the basic understanding of the historical development and the growing inter-relationships of the sport, leisure and recreation sectors. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the economic, environmental and socio-cultural impacts of the sectors and the demand generating sources attached to their development. Current and future trends in participation rates within these areas will also be included to allow you to identify future potential opportunities for the industry.

Modern Language

Two options from a variety of modern foreign language modules can be chosen from the available range and entry levels appropriate to the student’s prior experience and knowledge. We currently offer French, German, and Spanish.

You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, field trips, practical workshops, off campus facilities such as theatres and professional kitchens. Assessment will include formal written coursework, exams, assessed live events, presentations and design and CAD projects.

20% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Huddersfield Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

What our students have to say


The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. The Business School provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop, located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

Watch our profile video to hear Rory describe why he chose the University of Huddersfield.

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.

Previous placement providers have included Enterprise Rent A Car, Jubilee Centre, Jollydays, Sodexo, Wicked on Broadway, AGCAS Group, MCI Group, Team Spirit Event Management, Best Parties Ever, Macmillian, Banks Sadler, Xerox, Darian Country Club, YES, Futureworks NY and Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.

Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to you on placement courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CVs and covering letters.

I chose to study Events Management as it’s a fast growing industry. I learn something new and interesting every day! My biggest achievement so far was securing my placement year at Team Spirit. I hope to have a career within the events industry, and one day own my own business.

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Emily Hill, Events Management BA(Hons), placement with Team Spirit Events Management

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your Career


Previous graduates from this subject area have gone on to roles such as International Events Co-ordinator, Conference & Events Supervisor, Marketing Assistant, Conference & Events Executive, Account Executive, Project Co-ordinator and Project Assistant in organisations including FC Business Intelligence, Q Hotels, University of Leeds, BPP, Ye Ltd, Dallas Burston Polo Club and Vista.**

*  Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

**Source: LinkedIn

90% Graduates employed from this course*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

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Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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