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Events Management BA (Hons)

Overview

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

This Events Management undergraduate course offers a practical approach to the successful management of a wide range of events. Experiences are at the heart of this degree so you will get to plan and deliver an event every year. There are numerous opportunities throughout the course for you to engage in work placements, project work and to network with successful events businesses. Our links with industry provide you with opportunities to gain valuable work experience alongside your studies.

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Updated 27/07/2020

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    3 Year N820, Foundation Study N822

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time (foundation study framework)
    4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    £9,250

  • Fees International:

    £12,900

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

Highlights

Course Content

  • This programme offers a practical approach to the successful management of a wide range of events. Experiences are at the heart of this degree programme so you will plan and deliver an event every year. There are numerous opportunities to engage in work placements, project work and to network with successful events businesses. Throughout this course you will learn the principles and theoretical frameworks related to events management and how to apply this theory in practice. You will cover the following course themes: logistics and operations management, risk management, health and safety, strategy, finance, integrated marketing communications for events, project management, public relations, sustainability, economic and social impacts of events.

    With the current situation the nature of events changes every day, but the Events Management programme team are observing industry responses to the pandemic and feeding that into our teaching and learning. So the events you will be organising during your years of study might be different from what previous students have done before, but it will follow all of the industry and relevant government guidelines to make sure the events our students run are safe, whilst still contributing to a range of great causes in our local community.

    • Module code: LEI1005
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to deliver the necessary theory and practice of event operations management; delivered through scenarios case studies and practice-based learning to provide the skills necessary to produce clear and accurate event operational plans resulting in the delivery of an event.
    • Module code: MKT1002
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to explore current and emerging practices in marketing communications across a range of industries and sectors.
    • Module code: LEI1027
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to provide students with a support orientated forum in which to develop skills knowledge and understanding of the demands of university study and employer expectations of graduates. Module content will help to develop the transferrable skills attributes and attitudes required to succeed both as an individual and in a team based environment. A key aspect of the module is to allow students the opportunity for self reflection and self assessment.
    • Module code: LEI1006
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to explore and investigate different sectors of the events industry. Focus is placed on distinguishing between public private and voluntary sectors as well as appreciating the range of stakeholders connected to events anad the impacts they experience.
    • Module code: LEI1026
      Status: Compulsory
      This module explores the dynamics and characteristics of innovation in tourism hospitality and events industries and explains the evolution of business models and frameworks. Students will study the internal and external drivers of innovation in the ever-changing markets of events tourism and hospitality and focus on how and why businesses change their operations products and services in order to gain competitive advantage.
    • Module code: LEI1024
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to provide students with the ability to create and utilise basic financial information linked to operations budgeting planning and cost control in events tourism and hospitality. This information can then be developed to make contextualised decisions linked to the success of the service related business or event.
  • Our Events Management Single Honours and Joint Honours courses are a member of The Association for Events Management Education (AEME). AEME was established in 2004, with the aim to advance events education within the UK and overseas.

  • You are encouraged to undertake a year-long placement in between Stages Two and Three of study. If you meet the entry criteria, and choose to take up a placement year you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career. Whilst on your Optional Work Placement Year you will study a 40 credit module ‘The Placement Year Experience – Organisations in Context’. We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.

  • What are the methods of learning for this course?

    The course uses the active blended learning approach to teaching and learning and weekly sessions are delivered in workshop format, usually for 12 hours per week. Some of your studying will be completed online, enabling you to complete some of the work at a time that is most convenient for you. You will have a supportive network around you including your course leader and personal tutor. We recommend that you spend 30 hours per week in self-directed study time.

    What are the assessments for this course?

    A variety of individual and group-based assessments are used including reports, presentations, posters, e-portfolios, projects, client briefs, and videos.

    Are there any study trips* available for this course?

    In previous years Events Management students have participated in an optional study trip to London and an optional study trip to a European destination. The cost of the optional trip to London should not exceed £85 for travel, tours and accommodation, whilst the cost of the optional trip to Europe should not normally exceed £500 for flights and accommodation. You will need to allow an additional £100 for your expenses.

    We also aim to provide a regional or national study trip annually to a venue or event. In some cases you will be required to contribute to the cost of entry; this would normally not exceed £50.

    *Future study trips are dependent on Government and local travel guides related to Covid-19.

    Are there any special features on this course?

    • Many students choose to undertake work placements of around 4-5 months’ duration in the summer break or work on internships a couple of days each week. In between stage one and two you can complete a module which provides you with academic credit for this summer work experience.
    • We are building a student community and encouraging cross-year collaboration. Many first and second year students will volunteer to work at events that are hosted and fully organised by our final year students. We also have a Facebook page for current students and alumni.
    • We invite industry professionals to provide you with their insight and experience as guest speakers, as well as involving them in live-client projects and allowing you to present your event ideas to external clients.
  • Standard entry requirements apply to this course. A typical offer is around BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

     

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for Events Management we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year Events Management programme which includes a Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

    Please see our Integrated Foundation Year page for more details.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Framework: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate).
    Optional Work Placement Year: £950

    Additional costs

    The study trip to a UK city and a European destination are optional. The cost in previous years for a UK city has not exceeded £85 for travel, tours and accommodation, whilst the cost of the optional trip to Europe should not exceed £500 for flights and accommodation. You will need to allow an additional £100 for your expenses.

    There is an annual regional or national study trip to a venue or event. In some cases you will be required to contribute to the cost of entry; this would normally not exceed £50.

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900
    Foundation Framework: £12,900
    Optional Work Placement Year: £950

    Additional costs

    The study trip to a UK city and a European destination are optional. The cost in previous years for a UK city has not exceeded £85 for travel, tours and accommodation, whilst the cost of the optional trip to Europe should not exceed £500 for flights and accommodation. You will need to allow an additional £100 for your expenses.

    There is an annual regional or national study trip to a venue or event. In some cases you will be required to contribute to the cost of entry; this would normally not exceed £50.

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Foundation Study Framework: £9,800 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)
    Optional Work Placement Year: £950

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

    International Special Events Management MSc 

    International Tourism Development MA

    International Hotel Management MA

  • Daniel’s Story

    Events Management student Daniel Gardner was halfway through his course and already had a CV to be proud of:

    “My course has allowed me to gain experience in my required field, and gain contacts in the industry. I have done internships and volunteering work for music events such as Northampton Music Festival and Oxjam and also did a placement year in industry.”

    Find out more about Dan’s experience of studying with us.

    UON Events Management Graduate Daniel

    Atlanta’s Story

    Atlanta Lloyd has topped off a year’s industry placement by organising an event fit for a future king.

    “It was the perfect event to finish my placement with,” said Atlanta. “Having a royal visitor was an extra challenge for me. It meant I had to plan every minute of the event and spent time working with the Palace’s close protection team to make sure everything would go smoothly.”

    Find out more about Atlanta’s planning for Prince William.

    Photo of graduate Atlanta Lloyd.

    Hema’s Story

    Graduate Hema Patel is reaping the benefits of her time at the University of Northampton after launching a successful comedy club in the town.

    A winning combination of theory and practical experience on the Events Management course gave her the perfect grounding to forge a career in the industry, which now sees her run monthly comedy nights at The Ark – Northampton’s first and only floating restaurant and entertainment venue.

    Find out how studying Events Management prepared Hema for her Comedy Club success.

    Picture of Events Management Graduate Hema

Careers and Employability

A wide range of opportunities are available to graduates within this growing sector. Event Managers are employed across many sectors of the economy including film, music and entertainment, exhibitions, conferences, networking and social events, events agencies, PR, sports events, tourism, charities and the public sector.

Some of our recent graduates have taken up roles at Silverstone, the De Vere Hotel Group, Communique Promotions and the Ricoh Arena.

Is this course for you?