Develop a wealth of experience and knowledge about events management, explore the dynamic sector worth around £40 billion annually and join the thriving, innovative events industry in Greater Manchester with this foundation degree.

You’ll explore the strategic and operational aspects of the industry, building the skills and attributes from a range of subjects that will help you succeed with work in this industry. Take on the role of events manager and develop the knowledge to plan, manage and execute all types of indoor and outdoor events - from conferences and exhibitions to festivals and sporting events.

Work experience is an integral part of the course, and you’ll benefit from industry relevant lectures, visits from guest speakers and industry visits, preparing you for an exciting career in an industry that supports a diverse range of businesses and associations.

Fielden Park Campus
Full Time
2 years
September 2019
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
The programme is supported by a team of industry-experienced staff, who are exceptionally dedicated to their subject related field and are highly qualified. All our staff have a relevant degree and PGCE teaching qualifications, and some have master’s qualifications in Education and are members of the Higher Education Academy.

Our experience ranges from working knowledge of the current events industry to specialist knowledge of business tourism. Many of the team have also worked overseas in the management field and have a special interest in sustainable management.
You may be invited to attend an interview and may be asked to provide examples or complete a piece of written work.

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

There is availability for Skype interviews for overseas/applicants who have to travel.

Year 1: Designing Creative Events (15 credits)

Year 1: Events Production (30 credits)

Year 1: Exploring the Events Industry (15 credits)

Year 1: Human Resource Management (30 credits)

Year 1: Impacts and Legacies (30 credits)

Year 1: Introduction to Finance (15 credits)

Year 1: Introduction to Marketing (15 credits)

Year 1: Legal Issues in Event Planning (30 credits)

Year 1: Project Management (30 credits)

Year 1: Work Based Unit 2 (30 credits)
Ferdinand, N & Kitchin, P, J. (2017) Events Management: An International Approach

Getz D, (2016) Event Studies, Theory, Research and Policy for Planned Events
Shone, A. and Parry, B. (2013). Successful Event Management
Bowdin G, McDonnell I, Alan J, O’Toole W (2011) Events Management
Completing project-based briefs, you will be assessed in a number of different ways on this degree, focusing on both practical sessions and theoretical work. These methods will include:

• Reports
• Learning journals
• Presentations
• Essays
• Peer assessments
• Portfolios
• Exams.

You will be required to complete study hours within college and self-directed study.

You will also be expected to develop your skills in work based roles and will need to complete work experience throughout level 4 and level 5.
You can work in all areas of event planning and management with this degree, from organising festivals or planning weddings, to overseeing sporting events or managing conferences.
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available from the library. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print your assignments and other documents.

Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

You will be required to contribute to field visits throughout level 4 and level 5, including an overseas residential in year 2.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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