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BA (Hons) Event Management Level 6 Top-Up

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Institution C58

UCAS N810

1 Year Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020 UK fee: TBC

2020 International fee: TBC

Minimum of HND overall Merit Profile (or equivalent) within aligned underpinning Level 5 qualification.

Course content

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

You will learn from and plan events with event managers who have staged events all over the world; from Hong Kong to Sydney, from Barbados to the USA to the UK.

The event management 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, sponsorship, public relations, multi-media marketing and mega-events. 

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 Management degree at Chichester is a business based degree that will equip you with the skills to be successful in this very competitive industry.

The modules that you will study in years one and two will give you the grounding necessary to deliver a 'live' event for a client in years two and three of the degree. Students can also choose to write a thesis for their management project in the final year.

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

Emphasis will also be placed on health and safety and risk management. Final year modules, sponsorship and public relations and marketing communications are designed to support you in the delivery of you final 'live' event or your thesis. 

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 ‘live’ event, 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. If you choose to write a thesis, you will be assigned to your own personal project supervisor.

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

If you are starting your degree in September 2020, your first year will be taught in our Tech Park on the Bognor Regis campus. From September 2021, this course will be taught on the Bishop Otter campus in Chichester. This is so we can balance teaching space across both campuses and ensure our students have the best experience.

Both campuses have modern lecture theatre spaces along with seminar rooms for smaller group work and discussions. Our Learning Resource Centres are at the heart of our campuses, providing students with PC and Mac access areas, journals, books and online resources. Your subject librarian is available to help you find the right resources, guide you through assessments and order in any materials you might need.

The Support and Information Zone (SIZ) will be able to assist with many aspects of University life including:

  • General IT and library support
  • Booking laptops and computers
  • Queries relating to Academic Registry or Finance
  • Arranging appointments to see a full range of dedicated student support services such as careers, academic skills service, disability and dyslexia, and more

Both our campuses have lots of options for drinks, snacks and meal including Otters Restaurants, Costa Coffee and the SU shop.

Take a look at our campus tour page for videos and a virtual tour of all our facilities.

Where this can take you

Event Management 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. 

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

ZOE LAMBERT from Wendy on Vimeo.

Work placements

The 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 glamorous but growing and dynamic sector of the service economy.

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

  •  Normura 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:

ELIZABETH PERRY 

ABIGAIL MILES 

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

10 Week Work Placement

This double module aims to provide an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience of working in an organisation for 10 weeks in Semester 2 of Level 6. Students will typically be conducting their Management Project (BML301) in parallel with this module whilst on work placement, although for a minority of students (typically those that are studying part-time), the module can be undertaken as a stand-alone module. The primary aim of the module is to enable students, within the context of their work placement, to focus on areas of personal development with a view to enhancing their employability skills.

Business Strategy

The module encourages learners to think critically about business strategy. It is designed for students that may have little or no personal experience of strategic management, whom may not go directly into roles that require strategic management skills. The Business Strategy module aims to deliver strategic management for non-strategic managers. Learning and teaching take a student-centric orientation, to pull together core themes from business and management disciplines covered in previous modules. Learners will design business strategies, based upon tools and models, to analyse the strategic context. Consideration is given to the effectiveness of corporate vision, the application of strategic tools, models and concepts (such as value chains and approaches to segmentation), the processes of strategy, and critical success factors in the delivery of competitive advantage and customer value.

Public Relations and Sponsorship

In an increasingly globalised society and media, most organisations and businesses are managing their public relationships (PR) to ensure that appropriate and sufficient information about their operations is passed to the public in a deliberate, planned and sustained manner, so that a mutual understanding is created and maintained between an organisation and its public. Closely associated with it, companies are increasingly looking at sponsorship as a way to effectively promote their business name, products, services or image, but also to develop and enhance their social and corporate responsibility. Thus, the aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the management principles and tools of public relations and sponsorship, which are applicable to any business regardless of their area of operations or products.



Management Project

The module has a crucial role within the programme of study in that it provides the opportunity for students to research an area of particular interest within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context. The module is designed to make a major contribution to the professional and intellectual development of students. Students are prepared for the project through the Business Research module (BML201) in level 5 where they are introduced to different approaches to research. Students will also be familiar with different types of research associated with disciplines studied previously in their chosen pathway.

The project provides a vehicle for students to demonstrate the extent to which they have managed the final transition from a tutor-led approach to student centred learning. The issue is chosen, investigated and published by the student, with the support of a supervisor. It enables students to demonstrate their capacity for sustained independent thought, learning and critical reflection in a major piece of work.

The subject chosen will normally be concerned with the investigation of one or more management issues within the context of a public or private sector organisation. For students undertaking the 10 week work placement the project will usually be set in the context of the host organisation. For students remaining in the university it is expected that students will approach and identify a suitable organisation as a focus for their project. The university has a range of external contacts that may require specific projects but it is within the nature of the module, even in these cases, that students must approach the organisation and agree suitable terms of reference. Another context for the management project is to pursue research in a range of organisations or identify specific groups of people to study in relation to a management issue.

Whilst the topic might well be one that is of interest the end product must have findings that are generalisable and capable of broad application. A library based dissertation may also be acceptable, but it must consider the management implications of the study, and cannot be purely literature based.

Applied Event Management 1. 2. 3

The aims of this module are twofold, the first being to provide students with the opportunity to implement a live external event that constitutes the final assignment of the BA (Hons) Event Management. The module’s second aim is to enable students to reflect on their personal professional development as event management practitioners and use this self-reflection to assess how their participation in the programme‟s Stewardship activities and the implementation of two live events has enabled them to develop the academic and professional skills that will allow them to transition into the workplace. This module is based on student self-directed activities supported with on-demand group tutorials at key points of the event implementation process. At the end of this module students would have implemented a medium- scale external event and will have produced a detailed PDP document and skill portfolio that will serve to support their curriculum vita

Global Branding

This module will equip learners with problem solving and decision-making skills for an understanding of global marketing. It will enable learners to critically evaluate key issues associated with global marketing within the context of a dynamic cultural environment. Students will appraise global marketing opportunities and threats in order to make decisions relating to an organisation’s ability to successfully enter and compete in international markets. The module will assume a practical and analytical marketing perspective.

Contemporary Issues in HRM​

The aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to select, research and critically assess a range of contemporary HR issues in depth. Examples of such issues might include surveillance, emotional intelligence, aesthetics, discrimination in the workplace, the changing psychological contract, harassment and bullying at work, incivility in the workplace, ‘healthy’ organisations, and the intensification of work. Enquiry-based learning methods will be used to explore the nature and implications of these issues and particular emphasis will be placed upon how the HR function can contribute to the effective management of them.

The module will further focus on developing independent research and study skills to instil the qualities of an independent learner and thinker in the students.

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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. 

Our 97% student satisfaction rating is due to the fact that we are focused on supporting 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. 
  • Opportunities to work with organisations on current commercial/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.

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