Event Management (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Event Management (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N758; Short form: EMFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Are you looking to put your organisational skills to good use? The UCLan Event Management degree is a vocationally oriented course designed for aspiring managers in the events industry. You will develop a wide range of professional and academic skills which you will then apply to organising live events throughout the course. We pride ourselves on knowing our students individually with course cohorts intentionally kept small, and our students are the only University team to have won the prize for ‘Best Student Event’ at the UK Event Awards for the past two years. Our links with key event employers ensure that our courses remain current and help to equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience that employers need.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Contemporary, Tourism, Hospitality and Events Themes in Action
  • Study Skills for Success in Tourism, Hospitality and Events (T.H.E)


  • Service Excellence in the Tourism, Hospitality and Events Visitor Economy
  • Professionalism and Management in Tourism, Hospitality and Events (T.H.E)

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Principles, Planning and Practice of Events
  • Exploring Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management
  • Developing Professionals in Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Events in Action
  • Arts, Cultural and Heritage Events
  • Marketing for Events; Theory and Practice
  • Tourism, Hospitality and Events Employability and Talent Management
  • Applied Research and Service Quality in Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Suggested options:

  • Language
  • International Corporate Hospitality and Business Events
  • International Visit
  • International Issues in Hospitality
  • The Tourist: Behaviour and Culture
  • Managing Sporting Events
  • Learning from Work
  • Wellness Tourism and Hospitality - Markets, People and Place

In this year an option for many students that provides opportunities for students to gain experience in the UK and internationally.

Year 4/5

Core Modules:

  • The Future of the Events Industry
  • Festivals in Society and Culture
  • Managing for Strategic Success in Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Management Development in Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Research Strand: (choose one of four)
  • Single Research Project
  • Dissertation
  • Consultancy Project for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Enterprise for Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Option Modules: (choose one)

  • Managing Quality in Service Organisations
  • Contemporary Issues in Food & Drink
  • Dark Tourism: Managing Difficult Heritage
  • Sport Tourism Management
  • TH&E Experiential Learning
  • International Fieldwork

Further Information

The second year/third year if on Foundation entry provides a strong management orientation through a study of marketing issues alongside the idea of success as an operational management issue. In Events in Action, you will be required to work in conjunction with a national charity to deliver your own event within the risk and safety management guidelines.

The study of international corporate hospitality and business events develops an insight into business events. Careers are considered within the framework of talent management, which helps those who are preparing for the placement year, while focusing on the needs of the industry. The placement year can be taken in a wide range of organisations and countries.

There is an opportunity to spend 48 weeks on placement in the events industry where you will gain crucial insights into the role of an events manager in a real life situation. This is optional and you may complete the degree in three years/four years if on Foundation entry if you do not wish to undertake a placement.

The final year is founded on the critical and analytic study of the events industry and the need for strategic approaches. A personal development module helps capitalise on the placement year, by providing an opportunity to reflect upon achievements and plan the next stage of a professional career. This is important even-more-so for those who have not developed practical skills through a placement. A range of options provide some flexibility and allow you to develop your interests.

We are proud of our links with Team Spirit, a leading team building and event management company which sponsors a team building event for all new students and offers a final year talk. In addition they provide work experience opportunities for our students; we have had students on year-long internships for the past five years, and other students have volunteered to work on individual events to gain work experience. They also sponsor the annual Team Spirit Prize for the best Event Management graduate.

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Your Experience

The Event Management course will help you to strengthen your creativity so that you will be able to design and deliver professional events that will exceed expectations.

The modules within will teach you all you need for a successful career and will build specialist skills such as management, strategy, human resources, marketing and finance; these will ensure that every aspect of your event runs like clockwork. We also have optional modules that you can tailor to your own ambitions, whether that is sports, corporate, music festivals etc. In addition, you can even supplement your degree with a tourism or hospitality related module that would provide you a broader understanding of the visitor economy.

You will connect with the best people in the business to turn your career ambition into a reality. Potential career routes include event promotion and production, tour management, booking agencies, event sustainability, wedding and party planning, sporting events, theatrical production, education, funeral directing - the list is endless. We are proud that many of our graduates now work for large international organisations whilst a significant number have chosen to work more locally in the UK hospitality and events industry. The continued growth of this sector will guarantee a wealth of opportunities over the coming years.

I would highly recommend this module for any final year students on this course. If you are a business-orientated individual who likes to help and support businesses whilst also taking a high-level of responsibility, then this is the module to choose.

Final Year student, Joe Mcloughlin, speaking about the Consultancy Project module.

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Entrevents is a truly unique project. It allows students to study, create and deliver our universities internal and external events. Students meet with individual clients from start to finish and is a vital part of our events programme. From the start students act as event professionals and gain valuable experience in a corporate setting.

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For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

The Event Management course has strong links with many key event employers, including:

Examples of associations which provide reports and guidance on the links between academia and the event industry include:

The conferences, workshops and seminars offered by these associations and attended by the staff contribute to the development of the course design.

During the course students take part in a module entitled ‘Events in Action’ where-by they put the theory they have learnt into practice, from planning all the way through to reflection. The students work extensively on these events to fundraise on behalf of the charities; Barnardo’s and Cash for Kids.

Watch the behind-the-scenes video of one group’s event ‘The End Game’


UCLan student wins national events industry award

Proud sponsors of Lancashire Tourism Awards 2017

Learning Environment and Assessment

You will attend on average 16 hours of study per week, which will include some practical sessions. However in further years, attendance will be about 12 hours per week. Personal study also forms an integral part of the course, and you will be expected to work for about 36 hours a week in total. During the placement year - for those who take this option - you will be expected to follow the normal work patterns of the event industry.

The course team members are committed to student-centred learning, which includes lectures, workshops, seminars, group activities and personal research. Assessment is continuous, but on many modules, there is also an examination. You will produce essays and reports, make presentations, analyse case studies and investigate relevant organisations to a set of criteria for assessment. Final year students also have the opportunity to undertake an independent dissertation.

I’ve made some true friends from my time at UCLan and can honestly say this institution has been the making of me as a person. I’ve achieved more than I could ever imagine and I’ve been more successful and been a part of things that I thought would not be possible.

Caroline Hinchliffe

The course was developed in consultation with industry professionals and the Division, staff and students are members of industry associations, the most notable being Association for Event Management Education (AEME), Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) and Institute of Hospitality (IoH).

Please take a look at our staff profiles: David Jarratt, Carley Sutton, Philip Stone, Sean GammonDeborah Slater, Angela MacKenzie, Dorota Ujma, Jane Shaw

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