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University College Birmingham

Events Management

UCAS Code: N821

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements


A level

C,D

UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.

You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

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

PPP

This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff

56

Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email [email protected]

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time with year in industry | 2021

Subject

Event management

**Course snapshot**

Managing events is an exciting field offering considerable potential for graduates, with the UK industry estimated to be worth more than £42 billion. UCB's Events Management foundation degree will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to create exceptional event experiences. You'll go on a number of residential trips linked to your learning, and you'll also have the chance to undertake a paid 12-month work placement, allowing you to gain extensive real-world experience with industry organisations both in the UK and around the world. Our course is accredited by the University of Birmingham - one of the world's top academic institutions - as well as the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

**Who’s the course for?**

Our course is ideal for anyone keen to pursue a career in a variety of sectors within the events industry, ranging from festivals, exhibitions and sporting events to wedding planning, incentive travel and resorts.

**Why should I study the course?**

- **WORK PLACEMENT** – Gain extensive first-hand experience of the events industry on a paid 12-month work placement, with opportunities in the UK and abroad

- **RESIDENTIAL VISITS** – Enjoy a full programme of trips with essential costs covered by the University

- **ENRICHMENT** – Boost your studies with additional opportunities including working with local charities and hearing from industry speakers – recent guests include Arena Birmingham and Weston Park Foundation

- **INDUSTRY APPROVED** – Complete our CMI-accredited events course and receive a Level 5 award in Leadership, with CMI membership and access to learning resources throughout your degree

- **ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS** – Enhance your CV with further training such as BIIAB Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders and the Cvent Professional Events Management Certificate

**Great. Tell me some more**

One of the highlights of our course is the 12-month paid placement, giving you the opportunity to gain extensive industry experience before you graduate. This will give you a distinctive advantage in the events management job market by developing your work-ready skills.

You will have opportunities for placements within organisations ranging from large venues and events companies to hotels, universities and major brands. Our students have previously undertaken placements in events roles with the likes of BI Worldwide, Hilton Metropole, Intu Properties and Air BnB. You’ll also have the chance to work abroad, with past students having worked for the likes of Maxin Prague, Brussels Marriott Grand Place, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Nivea (Hamburg), Accenture (Amsterdam) and Nike (France).

There is the option to study this course without the placement year. This can be discussed at application stage.

You will have further opportunities to connect with local industry, as well as residential trips with essential costs covered by UCB. Previous students have visited the likes of Windsor, Cardiff, York, Oxford and Liverpool.

**What skills will I gain?**
You will gain an in-depth understanding of the key attributes in creating a successful live event experience.

Through our range of optional modules, you'll have the chance to learn about specialist areas including stadium and arena management or social media.

By undertaking the 12-month work placement, you'll develop essential work-ready skills and valuable real-world experience to greatly enhance your career prospects.

**What about the future?**
On completion of the FdA, you will have the option to progress onto the final year of the BA (Hons) degree.

Completing this course will open the doors to a variety of industry roles, including working in:

- Events management agencies

- Destination management organisations (DMOs)

- Charitable foundations

- Convention, meetings and exhibition centres

- Festivals and cultural events

- Sporting events organisations

- Leisure event providers

Modules

**Year 1**

- Event Business Environment
- Employability Enhancement
- Events Experience and Digital Design
- Leadership and Planning of Events
- Events Supply and Logistics
- Exploring the Events Industry

**Year 2**

- Managing Events Hospitality
- Applied Management Research
- Event Project Management
- Live Event Creation and Development
- Essentials of Events Management

Plus one option from:

- Stadium and Arena Management
- Social Media in Festivals and Events
- Dynamics of Business Events
- Enterprise Start-up
- Modern Languages
- Training and Development Skills for Managers

**Year 3 (optional)**

**Work Placement (12 months)**

Assessment methods

**Teaching**

Course delivery is carried out by a team of events professionals and experienced lecturers. For example, a typical teaching week in the second year will have up to 14 teaching contact hours, made up as follows:
- Large group teaching - 5 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller group teaching - 5 hours of seminars in small groups discussing topics presented in lectures
- Tutorials - 3 hours per week including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials
- Workshop - 2 hours of practical development sessions for placement and computer design
- Field trips and visits - overnight residential to York, local visits to Birmingham theatres, ICC and Arena Birmingham

**Individual study**

In addition, you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. Our online platform Canvas provides 24-hour access to learning and support material.

**Assessment**

There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course, including live project work. The modes of assessment are varied and include essays, reports, debates, business gaming, portfolio building, presentations and opportunities for research.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

- Coursework - 78%
- Practical examination - 12%
- Written examination - 10%

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£12,500
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University College Birmingham

Department:

Business School - FdA/FdSc

TEF rating:
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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.

78%
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.

Event management

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

82%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

56%
UK students
44%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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D
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.

Event management

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.

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Average annual salary
45%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Secretarial and related occupations
12%
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.

Event 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.

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£20k

£20k

£23k

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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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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