Event Management students

Prepare live events and gain practical experience with event providers  

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3 years Full Time, 4 years Full Time with sandwich placement
Bishop Otter Campus

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3. National Student Survey 2022

Overview

This BA (Hons) Event Management and Finance course will give you a strong academic understanding of event management, as well as practical events experience in the industry, with a key focus on finance.

The course benefits from the scale, wealth and diversity of events in the local and regional area. Our close relationship with Goodwood Estates means you will have the opportunity to work with experts at events such as:

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

The modules, projects and assessments on this course will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need in the events industry, and give you the chance to apply these skills to live events. You can also take part in the events volunteering programme to work with event providers and gain first-hand experience while you study.

Your first year will share many modules with other business courses to give you a solid understanding of business management and the role of events in the industry. During your second and final years you will demonstrate your understanding by planning, designing and implementing two major events.

On this course you will:

  • Plan, design and execute two assessed live events.
  • Complete projects with real-world clients.
  • Learn from and work with event professionals who have staged events all over the world; from Hong Kong to Sydney, and from Barbados to the USA to the UK.
  • Be able to complete a 1-year or 10-week placement.
  • Develop valuable soft skills like teamwork, communication and time management.

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

This course is taught in small interactive workshops of up to 30 students where you will discuss a specific business topic. Your lecturer will will provide a subject with appropriate context, give you tasks to work on, encourage group discussion and provide feedback on the session. You will join a close and supportive environment and develop a wide range of soft skills such as teamwork, communication and time management.

The majority of course content is taught through tasks, problem solving, and developing ideas and solutions. You will have opportunities to work with real clients and business on current commercial and business problems and projects. These experiences provide the basis for assessments and enable you to apply your learning to authentic commercial situations.

The Course

What you will study

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits and is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study.

Most of our business degrees share core modules during first year. This means that you could opt to move from a joint to a single honours option at the end of the year.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Accounting Skills

In this module you will explore fundamental accounting concepts and develop the skills and techniques you need to collect and record data and transactions to prepare accounting statements and management accounts which are key to managers. You will focus on the requirements for internal use of single entities. You will be assessed through an online exam and 45 minute in class test.

Enterprise Awareness

This module gives you a practical introduction to the commercial realities of organisations and how decision-making impacts different areas of the business. You will use a range of business models to explore the relationships between decisions in operations, sales, marketing and finance. You will also be introduced to basic creation and interpretation of key financial documents and ratios to assess performance. You will be assessed through an group assignment and individual financial portfolio accompanied with a short lecture discussion.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

This module aims to deepen your knowledge of being entrepreneurial by applying an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ to solve a live case study. You will usually work in small groups to develop a proposed ‘innovative’ solution to the problem or opportunity. In today’s competitive working environment, graduates require strong employability skills, the ability to be entrepreneurial, particularly in creating innovative and viable ideas. This module aims to develop these competencies and improve understanding of decision making in being more innovative. This is a Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Marketing accredited module. You will be assessed through a group presentation and an individual report on how the entrepreneur can be more innovative.

Management and Organisations

You will explore business management theories, the role and position of a manager, and your ability to manage others. You are encouraged to develop your self-awareness as a potential manager and will investigate issues like the history of management, structures, functions, culture and sustainability of an organisation. You will also explore aspects of business psychology and how people are motivated, behave and discuss theories of leadership and conflict management techniques that can be used in effective management. You will be assessed through a report.

Social Media

This module will introduce you to social media from a business and professional perspective. You will investigate tactical aspects of social media and the concept of digital consumers and engaging brand experiences. You will explore the history, development and future of social media and investigate tools to manage roles, teams and campaigns. You will be assessed through a discussion, presentation, and individual report.

The Contemporary Tourism and Event Environment

This module will introduce you to the characteristics of the contemporary tourism and event environment and provide a foundation for the study of tourism and events at a local, regional, national and international level. You will be assessed through a 1500 word essay and a 7-8 minute group presentation.

Academic and Professional Skills (APS)

This module will support your transition into a university undergraduate degree programme. You will focus on developing academic and professional skills and be encouraged to reflect on and plan you own personal development. You are provided with a range of topics to help you develop and you can choose those most beneficial to you. You will be assessed through a portfolio.

Marketing Principles and Practice

This introductory module explores the role of marketing in the modern business environment. You will discover the core tools and concepts of marketing, and investigate the marketing principles of the extended services mix, buyer behaviour, segmentation and market research. You will explore business aspects such as contemporary society, digital innovations and disruptive business models. This is a Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Marketing accredited module. You will be assessed through a business report.

Professional Graduate

This practically-led module will support you to develop a critical understanding of the concept of professionalism and how it relates to being a graduate in the workplace. You will plan your own development for graduate recruitment and/or your one-year internship placement. The module emphasises the importance of developing your own employability and encourages continuous reflection on personal and professional development (PDP). This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed through two assignments, a mock job/placement interview and PDP report with action plan.

Financial Reporting

This module will enable you to describe and critically discuss how financial reporting can be regulated, including the system of international accounting standards. You will learn to prepare statutory accounts in the appropriate form for a single company. This is an ACCA accredited module. You will be assessed through an online examination and a one hour in- class test.

Financial Management

This module will introduce you to areas of key financial decision-making and related underlying theory. This includes decisions about setting corporate objectives, the funding of corporate operations and the appraisal of potential investments. You will examine the choices available to companies regarding their capital structure and dividend policies and gain an understanding of the operation of equity markets and related implications for listed companies. You will be assessed through an essay and a two hour exam.

Research Skills for Business

This module introduces you to business and management research to prepare you for your final year management project or equivalent personal study. You will cover the rationale and contextualisation for use of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and explore the philosophical underpinnings and basic elements of research design. You will use computer-based statistical techniques to analyse and present quantitative data using SPSS. You will also work collaboratively on a small scale research project.

Project Management

This module introduces you to the essential tools and methodologies for managing an effective project, including the Prince2 and Agile methodologies. You will explore techniques for change management and version control. You will have the opportunity to explore Project planning and use Project Management software. You will be assessed through a 3,500-word portfolio.

Management Accounting for Control

This module will develop your understanding of a range of management accounting techniques and how these can be applied to support decision-making. You will solve problems that require you to demonstrate thoughtful and effective reasoning in proposing solutions to a given set of circumstances. You will be assessed through a open book online test, and in class tests.

Planning and Managing Events: Principles to Practice

This module will give you with the conceptual knowledge and practical understanding of the tools, steps and requirements you need to run a successful event. You will gain a detailed understanding and appreciation of the specific and complex requirements needed to plan and stage an event, as well as understanding of the implications and impacts that events create in the physical and social context where they are organised. You will use a vocational, hands-on approach to develop practical experience in planning and implementing a small-scale event.

Research Dissertation

The module is an opportunity for you to research a specific area that interests you within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context. Your project will make a major contribution to your professional and intellectual development. Many students choose to undertake a project for a client organisation and work with the organisation for ten weeks during their final semester. Your findings must be generalisable and capable of broad application.

Business Strategy

This module encourages you to critically consider business strategy. The module is designed for students who may have little or no personal experience of strategic management, and who may not go directly into roles that require strategic management skills. You will design business strategies based on specific tools and models to analyse strategic context. You will consider the effectiveness of corporate vision, the application of strategic tools, models and concepts, processes of strategy, and critical success factors in delivering competitive advantage and customer value. You will be assessed through a case study and an assignment presentation.

Corporate Finance

This module will give you an insight into the practical impacts of key areas of corporate finance. You will cover an overview of the core concepts of corporate finance before focusing on specific related areas such as corporate valuation and merger and acquisition activity. You will be introduced to more complex aspects of finance theory including Portfolio Theory, the Capital Asset Pricing Model and Capital Structure Theory. You are encouraged to examine 'corporate finance in action' and to link your theoretical studies with practice. This is an ACCA accredited module. You will be assessed through an essay and an online exam.

Applied Event Management 1

In this module you will review, design and complete each of the planning steps required for the operational implementation of a live external event. Your tutors will guide you towards potential event projects and delivery opportunities based on current University relationships with employers. At the end of this module you will have completed the first part of your the triple-weighted event module and demonstrated the planning and logistical preparation for your final year event. You will be assessed through coursework and a presentation.

Advanced Financial Accounting

This module will develop your understanding of the previous Financial Reporting module by examining consolidated accounts, evaluating financial statements to provide an analysis of performance, comparing and contrasting alternative approaches to asset valuation, and examining current developments in external reporting. You will be assessed through an online examination and a one hour in-class test.

Applied Events Management 2&3

In this module you will have the opportunity to implement a live external event as part of your final assignment. You will reflect on your personal professional development as an event management practitioner and use this self-reflection to assess how your course participation has developed the academic and professional skills you will use in the workplace. At the end of this module you will have implemented a medium-scale external event and produced a detailed PDP document and skill portfolio to support your CV.

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

In this module you will learn to raise awareness of the ethical considerations relevant to many business practices and issues, and raise awareness of corporate social responsibility. You will be introduced to the concepts, theories and techniques used to address ethical considerations as you develop your critical analysis and argument skills and critically discuss current business and government policies relating to corporate social responsibility. You will reflect on your own moral values, attitudes and behaviour and be assessed through an interview and a portfolio.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

This module aims to deepen your knowledge of being entrepreneurial by applying an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ to solve a live case study. You will usually work in small groups to develop a proposed ‘innovative’ solution to the problem or opportunity. In today’s competitive working environment, graduates require strong employability skills, the ability to be entrepreneurial, particularly in creating innovative and viable ideas. This module aims to develop these competencies and improve understanding of decision making in being more innovative. This is a Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Marketing accredited module. You will be assessed through a group presentation and an individual report on how the entrepreneur can be more innovative.

Work Based Personal Development

More information on this module will be available soon.

Facilities

Use industry standard equipment

Work Placements

Gain practical experience

BA (Hons) Event Management and Finance was designed with event and hospitality professionals to ensure that you gain the relevant skills and experience you need to succeed in this growing and dynamic sector. This degree has a strong vocational focus that is enhanced by the work placement programme. Work placements and internships are optional and an opportunity to use the skills and knowledge you gain during your studies in the industry.

Work placements give you valuable work experience to add to your CV and help you to prepare for the workplace after you graduate. The combination of placement opportunities available will help you develop employability and enterprise skills so you are ready to thrive in business after you leave university.

There are two main types of placement available; a year-long industrial placement, and a 10 week placement during your final year. Some students will complete the placement year and the 10 week placement.

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

Most students secure placements in London and the South East but you do have the opportunity to travel overseas. Previous students have completed placements in Bahrain, India, Singapore and Australia.

Many placement students continue to work for companies they completed placements with once they graduate, and some are offered full time jobs even before their results are published.

Industrial Placement Year

This work placement is 1 year and takes place after your second year. During you placement year you will have a paid position with a company. You will be an employee of the company you choose as well as a registered student. The company will introduce you to the workplace and provide a valuable learning experience to support and develop your understanding of business practice.

10 Week Work Placement

During your third year you can complete a 10-week full-time work placement at the start of your final semester. This placement is usually unpaid and is assessed as a double module for your degree, with a focus on employability and personal development.

Placements begin in mid-January each year and run until the end of March. You will focus on a management project during your placement which is normally concerned with investigating management issues within the organisation.

Placement Office

The Business School has a dedicated placement office. We work with you and relevant businesses to help you find your best placement match and ensure that placements are suitable for your degree. You are ultimately responsible for finding your own placement, but the placement office has many contacts and advertises opportunities from organisations who come back to us each year looking for new students.

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.

Careers

Where you could go after your studies

This BA (Hons) Event Management and Finance degree will prepare you for a range of roles in the events and business industries.

Past students have secured work or training in a range of roles including:

  • Events Co-Ordinator
  • Technical Assistant
  • Events and External Fundraising Manager
  • Administrator
  • Event Manager
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Personal Assistant
  • Marketing Executive
  • Account Executive

Further Study

You may decide to continue your studies to postgraduate level.

The Business School has a diverse range of postgraduate courses including:

  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • MBA
  • PGCE
  • PhD Research

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
96-112
tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
BBC-CCC
BTEC
DMM-MMM
GCSEs
C or better
in English language and mathematics.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass
with at least 15 credits at Merit
IB
28
IELTS
6.0
with no element lower than 5.5.

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