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BA (Hons) Event Management and Finance

Our programme strikes a balance between the academic context and the applied operational elements of event management. The applied approach to teaching is facilitated via an event volunteer programme – direct engagement with the event industry to provide you with first-hand experience of event management. Adding modules from Finance and Accounting will enable students to learn how to budget, write financial and business plans ready to enter the business industry. 

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS NN84

Course Length:

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

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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Work Placements

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging job market. As a Business School student, you’ll have a wide range of opportunities to undertake work-based learning as well as the option to take a full year’s paid professional placement in year three or a shorter 10 week placement in the final year of your studies.

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Entry Requirements and Fees

2019 UK fee: £9,250

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

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Student view

Carly Smith
I knew selecting Chichester was right for me as soon as I attended an open day. The lecturers have all worked in industry and provided us with first-hand knowledge. You also get to know them very well, I wasn’t just a number. Running my own event in the third year gave me valuable hands on experience. My course also gave me a huge number of transferable skills that I have now been able to use in a marketing and events environment.

Course content

The programme strikes a balance between the academic context for events, and an appreciation of the applied operational elements of event management. There is an ‘applied’ approach to learning and teaching, via direct engagement with the event industry. In doing so, the programme takes advantage of the enviable opportunities presented by the scale, wealth and diversity of events in the local and regional area including the Chichester Festivities, Arundel Festival, Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival.

Specific elements of the teaching programme are delivered by event management professionals. A parallel event volunteering programme, run in conjunction with local event providers, also provides students with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of event management. We offer a supportive learning environment and we take great pride in the quality of support that we provide to you. Emphasis is given to smaller group sessions, and modules are designed to be active and experiential so that the skills and knowledge you develop can be implemented in a realistic setting.

The first year of the programme shares much in common with other business and management programmes, and is designed to provide a solid underpinning in business-based subjects. During the second and final years of the programme, you will be able to demonstrate your acquired knowledge and skills through the conceptual planning, design and implementation of two major events.

Our facilities

Like all business related degree students, you will be studying on our Bognor Regis campus. Your classroom time will be spent in up to date seminar rooms with touch screen electronic white boards and high speed wifi, housed in what was a terrace of three elegant Georgian mansions – a building now known as ‘The Dome’. Our current students love the learning environment, the camaraderie, and the fact that tutors know them by name so they are more than just a face in the crowd.

For studying outside of classroom meetings we have a brand new library housing the latest books, journals and online resources, an IT centre, and a student zone complete with barrista coffee and snacks. There is a small a gym on campus, and halls of residence with wifi facilities. The Dome, library, residences and Students’ Union building are all located on a beautifully maintained, green and leafy, level campus. If that’s not quite enough to stimulate your intellect, we are just a short level walk from the beach and, for the more energetic, within cycling distance of the South Downs National Park – brilliant for creativity and inspiration.

Further Students’ Union and sports facilities are available at our Chichester campus and there is a regular subsidised bus service between the two campuses.

Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging job market. Our students have gone on to work or training in a variety industries including:

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

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.

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:

  •  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 

REBECCA BARTON

Indicative modules

Year 1:

Accounting Skills
This module aims to provide students with the fundamental accounting concepts, skills and techniques to enable the collection and recording of data and transactions for the preparation of accounting statements and management accounts.

Enterprise Awareness
This module aims to provide participants with a practical introduction to thinking critically about the commercial realities underpinning organisations and how structured thinking and analysis can enable the development of an ‘enterprising mindset’ that can support informed, persuasive decision-making. 

Entrepreneurial Mindset
In today’s competitive working environment, graduates require strong employability skills, good enterprise awareness and the ability to be entrepreneurial.  This module aims to develop these competencies and improve understanding of how different functional areas interconnect when making decisions; and their impact on the business as a whole. This module aims to deepen student’s knowledge by applying an ‘entrepreneurial mind-set’ to solve a real social enterprise case study problem.  Students will normally work in small groups to develop ideas and a proposed solution to the problem.  The module will also enable students to further develop and reflect on their confidence, resilience, autonomy, negotiation/influencing, team-working, problem solving and creativity skills and understand where they can develop further.

Management and Organisations​
It is highly likely our careers will involve working within an existing organisation or will lead us to form our own. This module aims to provide you with an introductory level of knowledge and understanding of organisational behaviour through exploring the issues and processes of management. 

Social Media
Exploring social media from a business and professional prospective is the focus of this module, equipping student with essential knowledge and skills to develop digital campaigns in year two. The module adopts a blended approach with a mix of lecturer driven sessions, student led workshops and online learning, taking in aspects of social media history, development and future trends.

  • The Contemporary Tourism and Event Environment
  • APS 1
  • Marketing Principles & Practice

Year 2:

Professional Graduate 
This module is specifically designed to assist students in developing understanding and skills that will enable them to approach potential summer placements, part-time roles, one year placements and graduate job application opportunities with confidence. The series of ‘hand-on’ workshops and activities help students to explore key areas of personal skills auditing and development, prepare suitably targeted professional documentation, and develop strategies for finding a placement or subsequent graduate level work.

Financial Reporting
The primary aim of this module is to provide an overview of the corporate financial reporting environment and to develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards that impacting on the production of financial statements. In addition, an important element of the module covers the analysis of financial statements.

Financial Management
This module aims to introduce students to areas of key financial decision-making and to provide an understanding of equity markets as they relate to listed companies. Corporate decision-making topics include: setting corporate objectives; funding corporate operations; and appraising potential investments.  The course will also look at the choices for working capital management and methods of dealing with movements in foreign exchange currency.

Research Skills
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the field of business and management research with the express aim of preparing them for their final year management project, or equivalent personal study.  The module will take the students on a structured and applied journey, looking at the rationale and contextualisation for use of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.  The first part of the module will focus on the philosophical underpinnings and basic elements of research design and how they shape and inform the research process.  Within this part of the module, students will be introduced to qualitative methodologies.  The second part of the module will introduce students to the use of computer-based statistical techniques for the analysis and presentation of quantitative data using SPSS.  Whilst students will engage with the philosophical issues of research, emphasis will also be placed on developing a well-constructed research approach, which maximises the benefits of a ‘mixed methods’ approach, capitalising on the advantages of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

  • Project Management
  • Management Accounting for Control
  • Planning and Managing Events: Principles to Practice

Year 3:

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. Many students will choose to undertake a project for a client organisation and will be working within that organisation for a ten week period over the course of their final semester.

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.

Corporate Finance
This module aims to give students an insight into the practical implications of key areas of corporate finance. The module will commence with an overview of the core concepts of corporate finance and progress to focusing on specific areas related to e.g. corporate valuation and merger and acquisition activity. More complex aspects of finance theory will also be introduced including Portfolio Theory, the Capital Asset Pricing Model and Capital Structure Theory. A key aim of the module is to encourage students to examine “corporate finance in action” essentially linking theory and practice. With the nature of the module students work is likely to be influenced by current developments and occurrences in the corporate world.

  • Applied Event Management 1
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Applied Event Management 2 & 3
  • Two from the following four modules;
    • Business Ethics 
    • Work Based Personal Development
    • Contemporary Issues in Global Business
    • Small Business Enterprise

 

International English Studies

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International English Studies

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. 
  • 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.

Additional Costs

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