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Events and Festival Management

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

English required and Maths preferred at GCSE level grade C or 4.

Various Access courses are considered, such as: Access to Community, Education & Humanities Access to University Study Access to Arts, Social Sciences & Primary Teaching Access to Languages, Arts and Social Sciences Access to Languages with Business Access to Humanities/Primary Education Access to Degree Studies Access to Arts & Social Science Access to Humanities Access to Social Sciences Access to Teaching

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

English required at Standard with grade 5

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H3,H3,H3

English required and Maths preferred at Ordinary level O4 or Higher level H5.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

Scottish HNC

Pass

Successful completion of your HNC in any subject with a C in the graded unit

Scottish HND

Pass

Successful completion of your HND in any subject with a CC in the graded units

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C

English required and Maths preferred at National 5 grade C.

UCAS Tariff

102-104

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Event management

In 2022 this course is being offered for levels 2 and 3 only.

An event is like an iceberg, and the performance that the audience sees on stage is just the tip. Behind that lies the 90% of unseen hard work done by the events manager and their team. On this course you’ll learn about the nature of events and how to design, manage and deliver them. You’ll gain invaluable practical skills running a live event and consulting with events industry partners and have the opportunity to study abroad.

Could you plan, deliver and orchestrate an event such as a music festival? Where would you start? What would you need to consider? You’ll know all this by Year Two of this course. By Year Three you will understand who your audience is and what makes them return and promote your event for you.

The events business has grown exponentially in the last 20 years, from pop-up food fairs to corporate events, fashion shows to festivals like Glastonbury and school sports days to the London Olympics. Events help drive the strategies of businesses, charities and public bodies, and there is now a growing cadre of supremely capable events professionals. They know all about planning, management, legal issues, budgeting, staging, marketing, promotions, evaluation and social responsibility. This course will teach you those skills and give you that experience and more.

You’ll also learn how to think critically about issues such as sustainability, crime, social justice, inclusion and what happens when the party is over. There are political considerations too, as many events and festivals are used to encourage tourism, regenerate communities and stimulate local economies such as our own world-famous Edinburgh festivals. Leading industry figures will bring your learning to life in guest lectures.

In Year Two you will focus on the specifics of events and festivals management, plus general management skills such as marketing, accounting and human resources. You will put theory into action when you plan and deliver a live event. Our students have organised unforgettable fashion shows, music nights, charity dinners and sports days, often raising thousands of pounds for charities in the process.

Years Three and Four will deepen your understanding of how events and festivals relate to national and international strategic issues, such as how cities use events for image development and investment purposes. You will also look at audience development and engagement – why do some ideas catch on instantly while others fade into obscurity? This is when you will refine the focus of your learning, choosing the elective modules that you are most passionate about. If you continue to honours, you will also undertake a consultancy project for an events industry partner and a dissertation in an area of your choice.

Finally, you’ll be learning all of this on a campus just six minutes by train from the heart of the city with the biggest arts festival on earth.

The really big event of your life – your career – starts here!

Modules

Year One

Introduction to Events and Festival Management
Introduction to Marketing
Events and Festival Destination Development
Introduction to Finance and Accounting
Digital Content Creation
Events and Wellbeing

Year Two

Events and Festival with Purpose
Events and Festival Project Management, Design and Operations
Business Law
Human Resource Management
Digital Business and E-Commerce Management
Live Event: Production and Evaluation

Year Three

Events and Urban Regeneration
Consumer Motivations, Events and Festival Experiences
New Enterprise Creation
International Events and Festival Employability
Research Methods and Skills
Plus one elective module
Electives include:

Attractions Management
Advertising and Marketing Communications
Contemporary Food and Drink
Entrepreneurial Finance
Sustainable Development

Year Four

Business and Events Placement
Strategy as Practice
Critical Issues in International Management/
International Events and Festival Leadership and Social Justice
Dissertation

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. Please check back here for any updates..

Assessment methods

You will be taught in lectures, seminars and practical sessions. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. You will be assessed by various forms of assessment: essays, reports, event bids, industry consultancy, investigative presentations, online portfolios, academic blogs, placements and live event delivery.

Below you can read about Teaching and Learning Activities and Assessment Activities. We believe this will give you a good indication of what the course will be like, but the exact balance of activities may differ depending on the academic year and on the modules you choose.

Teaching and learning activities

Our Teaching and Learning Activities are focused on building your confidence, developing your problem-solving skills and preparing you for a successful career. Here you can read about how much time you should expect to spend undertaking these activities for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and in some cases practical workshops or laboratories. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

Year One: 16%
Year Two: 15%
Year Three: 15%
Year Four: 12%

Independent Learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the Learning Resource Centre, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. You independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the Learning Resource Centre and the Hub.

Year One: 84%
Year Two: 85%
Year Three: 85%
Year Four: 88%
Placement

Courses with placements give you the opportunity to put what you are learning into practice and to observe and work with a wide range of individuals and groups of people in diverse settings. Some courses offer placement opportunities in the UK and overseas.

Year One: 0%
Year Two: 0%
Year Three: 0%
Year Four: 0%

Assessment Activities

Assessment Activities provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject and receive feedback on your performance. Here you can read about how much of your final mark is based on each type of formal assessment for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.

Exams

Assessment by written examinations normally takes place at the end of each module or semester, but they may also happen during modules.

Year One: 42%
Year Two: 0%
Year Three: 27%
Year Four: 27%
Coursework

Coursework assessments take place in a variety of ways, including assignments, essays, reports, portfolios, project output and your level 4 Honours project. We aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 20 working days of the submission date.

Year One: 42%
Year Two: 75%
Year Three: 68%
Year Four: 67%

Practical

Practical assessments can include oral presentations, performance, practical skills assessment, costume design and construction, film making, lab work or clinical practical skills depending on the nature of the course.

Year One: 17%
Year Two: 15%
Year Three: 5%
Year Four: 7%

NB This data is based on activity undertaken by students during academic year 2018/9. Updates will be made shortly.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£7,000
per year
International
£7,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Queen Margaret University

Department:

School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
med
Event management

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Tourism, transport and travel

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
60%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
15%
Male students
85%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Tourism, transport and travel

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
54%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Managers and proprietors in hospitality and leisure services
11%
Other elementary services occupations

This course sits in a wide group of smaller subjects that don't necessarily have that much in common - so bear this in mind when you look at any employment data. Most graduates took a hospitality, events management or tourism-related course, but there are a group of sports and leisure graduates in here as well who do different things. Events management was the most common job for graduates from this group of subjects, and so it’s no surprise that graduates from specialist events management courses did better last year than many of the other graduates under this subject umbrella - but all did about as well as graduates on average or a little better. If you want to find out more about specific job paths for your chosen subject area, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do, or to have a look at university department websites.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Business and management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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