Events Management BA (Hons)

UCAS code N820
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What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Events Management balances a range of business and event subjects to ensure graduates have the skills to find employment in the event management industry.

On successful completion of the degree, you will graduate with a broad understanding of, and experience in, organising and supporting events, as well as a qualification respected by employers in a range of industry sectors.

If you are involved in events voluntarily or otherwise, have good organisational skills or would like to learn more about the events industry, then this could be the course for you.

Special features

  • This course provides a range of theoretical and practical skills required to become an events professional
  • The degree builds on the industry-focused HNC Events in the first year, providing students with a good grounding for degree level study
  • There are also opportunities to enter the degree in year two for those with an HNC from a range of other relevant subjects
  • This course offers the flexibility to exit at each level with a valuable qualification

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year one, HNC Events, is 1 Higher at grade C or above PLUS 2 Standard Grades at 3 or National 4 passes including English OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above, plus 2 GCSE passes including English
  • Applicants with other qualifications and/or experience may be considered on an individual basis

The degree has been set up to allow direct access to year two from a range of relevant HNCs (with 15 credits) for those interested in the events industry, such as:

Access routes

  • SVQ Level 3 in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service
  • NC Events Coordination

Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) Events Management with a grade profile of CCC in one of the below courses:

  • Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
  • Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
  • Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
  • NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
  • NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units include:

  • Events: graded unit 1
  • Events applications
  • Events industry: an introduction
  • Event legislation: safety and licensing
  • Event budgeting and funding
  • Marketing: an introduction
  • Workplace experience

Optional subjects may include:

  • Information technology: applications software 1 
  • Communication: analysing and presenting complex communication
  • Management of human resources in hospitality 1
  • Food and beverage events
  • Creating a culture of customer care
  • Public relations: principles and practice 

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following core modules:

  • Finance for events
  • Event planning and organisation
  • Strategic health safety and legislation for event management
  • Introduction to research
  • Marketing fundamentals

You will also choose one option module from the following:

  • Work placement
  • Contemporary issues in management
  • Business economics
  • Event fundamentals (core for those articulating from an HNC in a subject other than events)

Year 3 - BA

You will study the following core modules:

  • Research skills
  • Events operations management
  • Critical thinking in management
  • Small business planning

You will also choose two further option modules from the following:

  • Marketing communications
  • Niche tourism
  • Work placement
  • Understanding visitor behaviour
  • Digital marketing

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will study the following core modules:

  • Major event analysis
  • Either: a dissertation, or research and plan a new business venture

You will also choose three further option modules from the following:

  • Work placement
  • Digital marketing (if not chosen in year three)
  • Strategic marketing
  • Innovation and enterprise
  • Corporate responsibility in the global environment

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study through a combination of practical experience, face-to-face and video conference lectures in the classroom and individual online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), supported by tutors and classmates

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years
  • Part-time: 8 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time only)

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)

The Scottish/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2020.

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours Free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours Free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £7,020 £468 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £12,000 £2,000 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £12,000 £2,000 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £12,000 £2,000 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,855 £457 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £11,650 £1,940 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £11,650 £1,940 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £11,650 £1,940 (per 20 credit module)

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed the degree, you will have all the skills, knowledge and experience you need to seek employment in the event management industry, for example:

  • Event manager
  • Conference venue organiser
  • Festival management
  • International conference manager
  • Sporting events manager
  • Corporate hospitality manager
  • Sports and leisure manager
  • Voluntary organisations fundraiser

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What our students, graduates and staff say

The university's resources such as the virtual learning environment (VLE) mean I can complete the degree much faster than with the Open University, allowing me to get back into employment quicker. It was the natural progression from the HNC Administration and Information Technology course I completed and my hospitality background.

Haley Kirby is studying in her second year of the BA (Hons) Event Management at our Moray College UHI campus.

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