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BA (Hons) Events Management

Interested in a career planning and delivering fantastic live events?

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Get hands-on experience of events management with this practical and exciting events management degree. Take the theory learnt in the classroom and immediately apply it to real-life events which you will develop, organise and deliver yourself - helping to ensure that you leave Southampton Solent University with a CV you can be proud of.

  • Manage a range of events, from nightlife entertainment and live performances to networking events and award ceremonies.
  • Students are required to complete 210 hours of work experience as part of this course. Our well networked teaching team can help students to secure these industry placements.
  • The course has strong links with prominent event organisations and UK festivals including Glastonbury and Bestival.
  • Students are encouraged to get involved with Solent Works, the University’s student-run event management agency.
  • Past students have visited event businesses and industry exhibitions, providing an insight into the wide variety of opportunities available in the sector.
  • A range of core business practises are covered including marketing, people management and finance, providing students with essential transferable skills. 

The industry

The events industry contributes £58.4 billion to the UK's GDP and is the UK's 16th biggest employer. In July 2015, in recognition of the contribution that events make to the UK economy, the Prime Minister announced the creation of a specialised Events Industry Board. This board is tasked with furthering the interests of this increasingly important area.

Southampton Solent’s event management programme aims to help students position themselves as leaders in this growth sector, and helps ensure that they have enough knowledge to secure graduate roles once the course is complete.

The programme

During the course, students are given the opportunity to develop, run and manage events. This allows them to try a range of industry roles and find out where they feel they thrive the most.

The course team’s extensive links with industry have also enabled students to gain an insight into both event agencies and music festivals (Isle of Wight Festival, Blissfields). This exposure to commercial events, industry events, and active event management practitioners is critical in providing a deeper insight into the industry.

Solent Works, the University’s student run events agency, gives students the opportunity to be part of a growing business, delivering projects on behalf of real clients. Students who choose to get involved develop and practise a range of valuable skills including working to specified brief and managing client relationships.

Next steps

Think a career in events management might be for you? With work experience opportunities, guest lectures and industry visits all offered as part of this valuable three year degree, Southampton Solent University’s events management programme will help prepare you to seamlessly transition into employment.

Have you got a question about applying?


Don't just take our word for it...

Katrina Whales
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Beth Whippy
"Events management is the perfect course if you want to gain practical experience and academic theory in the events industry."
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UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry N820
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year N821

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard entry N826
  • 5 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year N827
  • 5 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year (Jan start) N824

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points



Year one:


Core units

  • Introduction to Events Management (Live Event)
  • Leisure Marketing
  • Financial Planning and Reporting
  • Event and Activity Safety Operations
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour in Leisure Services
  • Academic and Employability Skills

Year two:


Core units

  • Applied Events Management (Live Event)
  • Managing Service Operations
  • Research Methods for the Leisure Services Industry
  • Work-Based Professional Studies


  • Applied Event Staging
  • Customer Service, Marketing and Sales
  • Digital Marketing Planning
  • Entrepreneurship and Business
  • Event Sponsorship

Year three:


Core units

  • Contemporary Issues in Events Management
  • Dissertation, or literature-based research and a consultancy-based project
  • Strategy for Business


  • Employee Relations
  • Critical Management Thinking
  • Hospitality Management
  • Sport Tourism
  • Greening Events
  • International Marketing
  • Effective Marketing Communications
  • Business Start-up
  • Developing Creativity for Business
  • Electronic Marketing
  • Curriculum plus units

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course combines lectures and practical event-planning workshops, and incorporates both group and individual working, supported by tutorials.

Work experience

The Work-Based Professional Studies unit assessed in year two requires you to have gained a minimum of 210 hours of work experience, either six weeks full-time in the summer or part-time over the course of the first year.

Previous placements have included the 2012 London Olympics; corporate hospitality for the Rugby Football Union and the AEGON tennis championships; the Paris Motor Show; and Hamley’s toy shop.

Case studies, essays, examinations, posters, presentations, reports, work placement, practical group work on live events and a 12,000-word dissertation or literature-based research with consultancy project.

Study abroad

The Erasmus+ programme gives you the opportunity to spend between a term and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our partner universities, or undertaking a work placement for a company in Europe.

For more information, see

If you are a student at one of our Erasmus partner institutions in Europe, then you may have the opportunity to come to the UK and study events management units at Solent for either a single term or a full academic year as part of your degree programme.

If you’re studying outside Europe, then you may be able to study with us as an exchange student if there is a partnership agreement in place. If you are studying at a university which does not have a partnership agreement with us, then you could apply to study at Solent under our Study Abroad programme.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry N820
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year N821

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard entry N826
  • 5 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year N827
  • 5 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year (Jan start) N824

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

The events management course opens up a wide range of career paths, from in-house corporate events and PR through agency and consultancy positions. You’ll have the potential to work on a huge range of events, adapting to the very different challenges of charitable fundraising, corporate meetings, conferences, exhibitions, festivals and public events.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Events management
  • Sales and marketing management
  • Sport events promotion
  • Charitable fundraising
  • Conference and exhibition management
  • Running your own events company.

Links with industry

You’ll learn from experienced events management professionals with strong ties to the industry, and the University is a founding member of the Association of Events Management Educators. You’ll receive regular guest lectures from industry experts like David Jamilly (owner of Themetraders), Matt James (Left Field Productions), Rachel Ley (events consultant and EVCOM board member) and Bryn Parry (events management author and lecturer).

You will also have the chance to attend seminars from industry professionals and future employers. These include local authority events departments, Concert Live, Themetraders and charities.

You’ll also have access to great opportunities to kick-start your career through industry-wide competitions like Eventice, which featured winner James Eynon and a Solent finalist in 2013, two finalists in 2014 and a further two finalists in 2015.

Off-site visits include Confex (London), Themetrader’s HQ (London), the Ageas Bowl (Hampshire) and Live Nation at Southampton Guildhall.

Transferable skills

With an emphasis on independent working, organisation and planning, the events management degree delivers skills which are broadly applicable to a wide range of roles and sectors. You’ll develop project management, teamwork, business and customer awareness during your work placements, and expand your problem-solving, numeracy and IT skills through extensive study.

Further study

MA Marketing Management

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Students have gone on to various jobs within the industry including event organiser and fundraiser at a national charity, director of a marquees and events company, events manager at a local hotel, events assistant at Senate Grand Prix racing, manager/owner of a local nightclub, events co-ordinator at JUMP and events manager at Revolution.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Placement (480 credit course)

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics, or equivalent.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Sport, Event and Tourism Foundation Year.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350

International placement year fees: £1,500

Other costs

Optional: EVCOM professional body membership - £170+VAT

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.


UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry N820
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year N821

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard entry N826
  • 5 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year N827
  • 5 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year (Jan start) N824


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