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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. 

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Course Length:

3 years Full Time


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • A levels: BBC – CCC
  • A level / BTEC / Cambridge Technical / Cambridge Technical combination (including AS / EPQ): 96 to 112 UCAS Tariff Points
  • BTEC / Cambridge Technical / Cambridge Technical: DDM - MMM
  • GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points
  • Access to HE Diploma to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits at Merit
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Postgraduate Pathway

The Business School has a diverse and exciting range of full and part time postgraduate programmes including:

*Alumni receive 15% discount on postgraduate fees

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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

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

Our Business and Management degrees have a strong vocational focus and are enhanced by our optional work placement programmes.  Work placements and internships give students the opportunity to implement skills and knowledge gained during their time on campus in a real-world setting and allows them to develop their employability skills.

What our students think...

"I feel that the work placement was an extremely valuable experience to me and would thoroughly recommend it to any student going into their third year. I think in order to do the placement you do need to be self-motivated, however the benefits are endless. The support from the University was good - it is always good to know people are there, the Placement coordinator has been a great support."

"If I hadn't done the work placement I wouldn't have had the confidence that I now have. It prepared me for the working world and I would advise anyone who has the opportunity to do one to take the opportunity. I recently accepted an offer for a job with another company but I think that one of the reasons that I got the job was because I was able to talk about my experience on placement."

Professional Placement – 1 Year Internship

All students are able to take a 'Professional Placement' during their third year which is a one year paid internship. Great significance is placed on providing a learning experience that assists with the students understanding of business practice and the context in which it takes place.  The University is committed to working closely with business and the community, offering support, opportunities and facilities to both organisations and individuals in the local community, business and public services.

10 Week Work Placement

The majority of our business and management programmes offer our students the opportunity to undertake a 10-week full-time work placement as they begin the final semester of their degree. Placements begin mid-January each year and run until the end of March.  Whilst on placement the students focus on a management project which is normally concerned with investigating management issues within the organisation.  Many placement students are offered full time jobs even before their results are published and they believe that the placement was “Extremely beneficial to finding employment opportunities straight after completion of the course”.

Placement Office

The Business School has a dedicated placement office which works with students and businesses to help them find their perfect match whilst ensuring that all placements are of the appropriate level and suitability for the students degree routes.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the placement office has built up many contacts and advertises opportunities from organisations many who come back to us each year looking for new students. 

While a large proportion of students secure placements in London and the South East we have students who have travelled overseas for their placements for example, Bahrain, India, Singapore and Australia.

Types of Placement

Students find placements in all areas of business, some recent examples:

  • Accounting and Finance - Rolls Royce Motorcars, Cap Gemini
  • Business Studies – Nissan Motorcars, Gatwick Diamond Initiative
  • Business Studies & Marketing – Rolls Royce Motorcars, Bentley Motorcars, The Dreyfuss Group
  • Events Management – Shangri-la Hotel the Shard, Rugby Players Association
  • Human Resource Management – Condair, Hays Recruitment
  • Marketing – Brandwatch, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota Motorcars, TUI
  • IT Management for Business – Cap Gemini, Debenhams, Accenture, Eaton

For further details please contact the Business School Placement Office.


Course accreditations

Indicative modules

Year One 

  • Rooms Division and Revenue Management (Core)
  • Management and Organisations
  • 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)
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset

Year Two

  • Business Research (Core)
  • Sustainable Competitive Advantage
  • The Professional Graduate (Core)
  • Convention, Event Sales and Services Management (Core) OR
  • 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

    Management Project Dissertation

    Public Relations, Sponsorship and Fundraising (Co- requisite - Live Event Only Hospitality and Event Management students only)

    Managing Finance (Core)

    International Hotel and Spa Development

    Strategic Destination Management and Marketing (Optional)

    Marketing Communications(Optional)

    Work Base Personal Development(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.

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