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BA (Hons) Event and Hospitality Management

The BA (Hons) Event and Hospitality management will equip you with the knowledge and skills that you will need to embark on a hospitality and events management career in the hospitality sector both in the UK and internationally.  The BA (Hons) Event Management degree at Chichester is one of the best in the UK, ranking 5th with a 97% student satisfaction rating on the National Students’ Survey 2016. 

Course content

This degree is designed with a strong emphasis on an applied and practical approach to teaching via direct engagement with the event and hospitality industries. In your final year you can choose to do a consultancy within an established organisation, complete a management project or deliver a live event for a client. The event and hospitality management degree draws on the skills and expertise of our academic staff who come from a range of disciplines in the areas of business management, project management, tourism, hospitality, mega-events and corporate events management.

Ranked 3rd in the UK for personal development on the National Student Survey 2016, the event management provision at the University of Chichester has been designed in consultation with event and hospitality professionals and event organisations to ensure an appropriate balance between the academic context for events and hospitality and the wider appreciation of the applied, logistical, business and operational elements of event and hospitality management.

You will learn from and plan events with event and hospitality managers who have worked all over all over the world; from Hong Kong to Sydney, from Barbados to the USA to the UK. Our Programme Coordinator Wendy Sealy has also worked for some of the world’s most luxurious international brands including Marriott/Ritz Carlton and Almond Beach Resorts.

The degree route draws on the skills and expertise of our teaching staff who come from a range of disciplines and includes modules in the areas of business management, project management, hospitality operations, sponsorship, public relations, multi-media marketing and food and beverage management 

The programme takes advantage of the enviable opportunities presented by the scale, wealth and diversity of events in the local and regional area. Our close relationship with Goodwood Estates provides the opportunity for our students to work with experts at events such as:

  • Goodwood Members' Meeting
  • Goodwood Festival of Speed
  • Goodwood Revival
  • Glorious Goodwood

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement as part of the degree in your third year. The emphasis on practical experience through contact with 'real world' situations is an integral part of the programme. 

The BA(Hons) Event and Hospitality Management degree at Chichester is a business based degree that will equip you with the skills to be successful in this very competitive industry.

Modules you will study on the course include tourism, hospitality and events environment, management and organisations, event design and planning, hospitality operations, project management and food and beverage and wine management.

Emphasis will also be placed on health and safety and risk management, food hygiene, cost accounting and strategic hospitality management. Each module you'll undertake is usually supported by a weekly tutor-facilitated workshop of approximately 2.5-3 hours. Group sizes are typically 20-25 students.

For your final year management project, you may work with tutors in even smaller groups of 6-8 to deliver an event for a client. In the past students have organised spectacular events including auctions, gala balls, award ceremonies, music festivals, fashion exhibitions, sport challenge events, game shows and family fun days. Alternatively, you can opt to do a consultancy on a hospitality related problem for a client or for you can write a dissertation – you are spoilt for choice.

Our assessments are varied and you may be asked to write event proposals, operational plans, design social and multimedia tools or websites, plan live events and to deliver PowerPoint pitches and presentations.

We believe that this hands-on approach to learning and varied assessment is the most effective way to develop the skills that employers are looking for. 

Our facilities

Our facilities content

You will undertake your academic work in small group workshops housed in one of three Georgian mansions with state of the art features including touch screen electronic white boards and high speed WiFi.

All of our current students love the learning environment, the culture, camaraderie and the fact that tutors know them by name so they are more than just a 'face in the crowd'. 

Students have the opportunity to deliver events at stunning venues across West Sussex including the Sussex County Cricket Club, Hollybank House in Emsworth, Duncton Hall and Hotham Park where every year our students deliver our signature event, Rox in the Park.

The Dome, which houses stunning conference facilities, is the venue for the JUMP Awards Ceremony, which our second year students organise as part of the Green Action Scheme.

Other facilities on this dedicated university campus include the latest books, journals and online data in a truly modern library, and IT centre, a student zone complete with Costa Coffee, a gym and much more.

If that's not quite enough for your needs, we are just across the road from the beach and the beautiful Hotham Park - brilliant for creativity and inspiration. 

Where this can take you

Students go on to work in the corporate, international hospitality, tourism, sport and charity sectors.

Many have found jobs in the fields of social media, marketing, sponsorship, event management, fundraising, public relations, tourism management and venue management.

Several of our students enter their industries at the junior management level. 

Her is what graduate, Zoe Lambert, has to say about her new job at ‘St Martin’s in the Field’ 

 

Work placements

The BA (Hons) Event and Hospitality Management degree was designed in consultation with event and hospitality professionals to ensure that you gain the relevant skills and experience required to work within this glamourous but growing and dynamic sector of the service economy.

You’ll have the option to undertake a professional placement by completing a one-year internship in year three. Following this placement, you’ll return to university to complete your final year.

Students have found placements in the international financial and hospitality sectors including:

  • oNormura Investment bank
  • Shangri-La Hotel
  • MCI Innovative Communications
  • Grange Hotel St Pauls
  • Caistor Hall Hotel
  • Best Parties Ever
  • Concerto Group
  • Rugby Players Association
  • Christs Hospital
  • Goodwood

Here is what our students say about their placement experience

 

Indicative modules

Year One 

  • Rooms and Division Management and Revenue Management (Core)
  • Business Decision-making (Core)
  • Cultural Leadership and Cultural Competency (Core)
  • Introduction to Marketing (Core)
  • Event Planning, Design and Creation (Core)
  • Food, Beverage and Wine Management (Core)
  • Academic Skills (Core)

Year Two

  • Business Research (Core)
  • Sustainable Hospitality Business Management
  • Hospitality Operations Management (Core)
  • Convention, Event Sales and Services Management (Core)
  • Planning and Managing Events: Principles to Practice (Core)
  • Managing Customer Service/Purple Goldfish (Core)
  • Brand Management OR
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Luxury Branding OR
  • Digital Media Campaign Planning
  • Optional Module

Year Three 

  • Applied Event Management 1
  • Applied Event Management 2 and 3 OR
  • Agency Life 1, 2, 3 OR
  • Management Project Dissertation
  • Public Relations, Sponsorship and Fundraising (Co- requisite - Live Event Only Hospitality and Event Management students only)
  • Cost Accounting (Core)
  • International Hotel and Spa Development
  • Strategic Hospitality Management

OR

  • Developing Training Materials (Optional)
  • Strategic Destination Management and Marketing (Optional)
  • Marketing Communications (Optional)

Teaching and assessment

Our approach to supporting your learning, and how your learning is assessed, is designed to enable you to become a confident and enterprising graduate.  It is focused on seeking to support your ambitions, in parallel with ensuring that the needs of employers are met.  With this in mind, key features of our approach to learning and assessment include the following:

  • In place of the more traditional large group lecture method to teaching undergraduate students adopted by most University Business Schools, our approach involves tutors working with relatively small numbers of students at a time.  As well as providing an excellent environment for supporting you in the development of your subject expertise, it also helps you to develop a wide range of soft skills, such as teamwork, communication and time management.  These attributes are highly valued by graduate employers. 
  • We place a lot of emphasis on course work related activity and limit time based assessments where possible.
  • Opportunities to work with organisations on current event and hospitality management business problems and projects.  These experiences are used to provide the basis for assessments that enable you to apply your learning within authentic commercial situations.

Additional Costs

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Codes

UCAS code: 
N880

Course length

3 years
Full Time