Events Management BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Want to be an event manager or events director? This course covers topics like venue selection, catering, crowd management, risk mitigation and HR management.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC

BTEC - DMM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

N820

Places available (subject to change)

40

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472956

About the course

It can take months of planning to stage an event but if you get it right, it can be an incredibly fulfilling experience for the people who take part and for you too. So if you like the challenge of making big plans and helping them take shape – and can think on your feet when thrown a curve ball – this course could be the one for you.

Events Management covers a wide range of skills. We’ll study the intricacies of branding, identifying the target audience, devising the event concept, planning the logistics and coordinating the technical aspects before you actually execute all your planning and hard work in the final event.

During your time on the course you’ll be able to go on field trips, volunteer at events and also take a leading role in organising them. It’s all about giving you the hands-on experience you’ll need to become an event manager in the future.

Students on the course regularly volunteer through the in-house student enterprise company EM-VA on local events like North West Food Lovers Festival (Chester) and the Corporate Hospitality Show (Leeds). Both events have gone on to offer placements and even employment opportunities in the past.

During your course you’ll be taught by lecturers who have worked in the industry. They’ll cover subjects such as creative thinking, business management, sustainability, human resource management, venue selection, catering and crowd management. There are also modules on how to minimise risks, how to get sponsorship and how to fund events. We’ll also look at the technology that companies use in staging and marketing events too.

During your studies we’ll give you the opportunity to undertake a placement with a business, either in the UK or abroad. Previous students have undertaken placements in companies like Enterprise Rent A Car, Jubilee Centre, Jollydays, Sodexo, Wicked on Broadway, AGCAS Group, MCI Group and many others.

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.

Janna Wood, Senior Lecturer

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.

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

Entry requirements

BBCat A Level

112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above
  • 112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

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.

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 aboutfood 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.

Or a Modern Language module option.

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.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

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. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  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.

*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


We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition. 

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.

 

* Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

100%Graduates employed*

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.

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

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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