Our pioneering BA (Hons) Event Management with Foundation Year will help you launch a career where you can really make an impact.
Develop your creativity to devise and deliver professional events that will delight and impress. You will build specialist skills in management, strategy, human resources, marketing and finance, to ensure every aspect of your events runs like clockwork. To keep pace with an industry which is evolving in new directions, we constantly refresh our teaching so that you are up to date with everything from advanced event technologies to the impact of economic changes.
We work closely with leading professional bodies such as the Institute of Hospitality, the Meetings Industry Association, the Association of Event Management Education, the National Outdoor Event Association and the Association of Festival Organisers.
You’ll have the opportunity to work on exciting placement and internships, so you can gain high quality practical experience, whilst receiving professional mentoring to expand your networks. We also encourage you to take full advantage of our scheme where you can spend part of your course studying abroad and view events management from a fresh perspective.
Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more
Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.
Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Our ‘scaffolded’ approach to learning provides a smooth transition so that you can ease your way into both university-level study and hospitality management practice. You ca be assured of our full support in the early stages of the degree but will gradually move towards greater independence as your knowledge deepens and you start to immerse yourself in the wider business community. By stage three, you will be able to take more charge of your own learning, with module tutors advising and directing your studies.
You'll gain a strong awareness of the international nature and diversity of the event industry, along with a solid foundation of applied managerial skills. Your subject knowledge will be developed through lectures, seminars, workshops, guided study and applied practice sessions.
The course also features a wide range of work-related learning such as guest speakers, conferences, industry days, networking events, competitions, challenges and employer-led industry projects.
Throughout your studies, you will be engaged in planning, managing and evaluating events. You will also work towards our Event Management ‘Badges of Excellence’ which are aligned to national standards.
The industrial placement which forms part of the four-year course is structured, relevant and designed to improve your academic performance as well as boosting your employability. Our dedicated and well connected placement team will help you find just the right position to match your career aspirations and professional interests.
Research-based enquiry is a cornerstone of this course. You will engage with industry, the local community and teaching staff to produce valuable findings for the benefit of the sector. One example is a project to develop a new PR and digital marketing plan for CCT conference venues. Students spent 24 hours at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick to immerse themselves in the way the venue is run.
Your final year culminates in an independent study or project on a theme of your choice, where you will plan, design, execute and communicate a substantial piece of intellectual work.
You'll be assessed by a variety of methods including:
- reports and plans
- oral presentations and pitches
- models and mood boards
- written tests
- case studies
- research proposals and projects
- practical running of events
- reflective essays
- experience portfolios
- annotated bibliographies
- self-audit tools
- business plans
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.
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September 2021 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at Level 2 as part of your course of study.
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
£9,250 per year
£14,045 per year
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
When you graduate from the BA (Hons) Event Management, you will have a compelling mix of skills to impress potential employers – hands-on experience, high professional standards, creativity, vision and strong theoretical knowledge.
With the event management industry expanding and diversifying at a remarkable rate, you can look forward to a wealth of career opportunities in commercial, not-for-profit and public sector organisations anywhere in the world. International employers have input into our courses and are keen to recruit our ‘work-ready’ graduates.
You could secure senior roles managing:
- Exhibitions and trade shows
- Festivals and cultural events
- Music events
- Sports events
- Outdoor events
- Conferences and meetings
- Corporate hospitality
- Incentive travel
- Sponsorship, fundraising and PR campaigns
Graduate success stories
Our recent graduates have progressed to jobs such as Conference and Events Co-ordinator; Wedding and Event Planner; Corporate Partnerships Manager; Business Development Manager; Marketing Executive; and Conference and Logistics Infrastructure and Site Management Consultant.
Among our 2016 graduate cohort:
- Musician Ben Foulds has launched his own company, StreetStar Entertainment, in Greater Manchester.
- Manon Ghequiere, who brought the international foodie trend of ‘Dining in the Dark’ to Buxton during her studies with us, now works at the five-star luxury Marriott Hotel in Doha.
Ongoing careers support
We’re committed to improving your employability at every stage of your studies. Our teaching staff join forces with the Careers and Employment Service to deliver workshops on subjects such as networking, CV writing and effective use of social media.
The support continues once you’ve graduated too: you are entitled to further help and guidance for up to three years after leaving the University. This includes signposting towards internships which you can undertake on completion of your degree and which often lead to job offers.
You can also take full advantage of the hosco careers network to discover opportunities and share good practice with other professionals.
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Additional information about your studies
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.
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