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About the course

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.

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.

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.

Placement year Study abroad Foundation year available Built in work experience placement

Manage a range of events, from nightlife entertainment and live performances to networking events and award ceremonies.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

A degree in events management is the ideal way for those who are new to the world of event management to learn the industry from the ground up. Students will graduate having developed a portfolio of professional events and a range of transferable business skills.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Event and Tourism Foundation Year N821
  • 3 Years Standard Entry N820
  • 4 Years Event and Tourism Foundation Year (Jan start) NTO2

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard Entry N826
  • 5 Years Event and Tourism Foundation Year N827
  • 5 Years Event and Tourism Foundation Year (Jan start) N842
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,700

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Optional costs
EVCOM professional body membership: £170+VAT

Bursaries and scholarships

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


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • 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 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
  • 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.


96%

of students feel they have had the right opportunities to work with other students

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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: www.ucas.com.

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.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Introduction to Events Management
  • Leisure Marketing (Tourism and Events)
  • Tourism and Events Business Practice
  • Event and Activity Safety Operations
  • Professional Practice for Tourism and Events

Year two

Core units
  • Applied Events Management
  • Managing Service Operations
  • Research Methods for the Leisure Services Industry
  • Work-Based Professional Studies
  • Tourism and Events Research Skills

Options

  • Applied Event Staging
  • Customer Services for Air Travel, Tourism and Events
  • Curriculum Plus

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Contemporary Issues in Events Management
  • Dissertation for Leisure Services (Tourism and Events) or Leisure Services Consultancy Project

Options

  • Strategy for Management and Marketing
  • Hospitality Management
  • Business Start-up
  • Curriculum Plus
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Marketing for Tourism and Travel

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Key figures

17%

Written exams

75%

Assessment by coursework

8%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Sheridan Easton academic profile Sheridan Easton Course Leader View profile
Liam Higgins academic profile Liam Higgins Senior Lecturer View profile
Tim Jackson academic profile Tim Jackson Senior Lecturer View profile
Alison McFadyen academic profile Alison McFadyen Senior Lecturer View profile
Lynsey Watt academic profile Lynsey Watt Senior Lecturer View profile
John Holder academic profile John Holder Principal Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

The course has strong links with prominent event organisations and UK festivals including Glastonbury and Bestival.

Your future

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.

94%

of students go on to work and/or study

60%

of students are in a professional or managerial job
  • I enjoyed the practical side and getting the opportunity early on to start organising events. I organised a fashion show raising money for charity in my second year, which I was extremely proud of. Similarly I was impressed by the variety of enrichment subjects that could be chosen. I felt that the University offered enough support, if I had questions or needed advice.

    Beth Whippy, Graduate

  • I gained a huge amount of experience doing my work placement, running a sailing event where I learnt a lot about the practical side of events management.

    James Merrick, graduate - director of All About Me Marquees and Events

  • Events management is the perfect course if you want to gain practical experience and academic theory in the events industry. The course is great fun and you will meet lots of interesting people.

    Katrina Whales, Student

  • The assessed live events in both the first and second years provided a hands-on opportunity to experience organising an event. They were the perfect opportunity to put the theories we learnt into action, and turn them into the practical skills required for the workplace.

    Leanne Stone, Student

  • I like the opportunities available and knowledge learnt on my course – it fills exactly what is needed. It opens doors, the University has given me lots of key contacts to put on more events, I can also share information with other on my course.

    Peter Symonds, Student

Industry links

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.

Placements

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.

Graduate stories

Emily's story

Emily Webb - England Senior Team Operations Coordinator and PA to Gareth Southgate , The Football Association

What made you choose to study at Solent?
I wasn't too sure what I wanted to do when I left university, but wanted to work within the events industry and also to travel. The events management course, taken alongside tourism, was perfect for me.

What do you do now and what do you find most enjoyable about your work?
I currently work with the England football team organising the operations and logistics for international matches. The most enjoyable part is being able to see parts of the world you wouldn't usually travel to.

What has been your biggest achievement in your work so far?
Taking an under-18's team out to South Korea for a football tournament within a week of starting!

How did you change as a person during your time at Solent?
During the three years, I developed skills that were transferable into the part-time work I was doing at a local football club. This then enabled me to apply for a full-time role there and succeed once I had completed my course.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying at Solent?
Make sure the course is interesting to you and something you would enjoy. Even deciding on my dissertation subject, I chose to write about something interesting to me - allowing me to enjoy the research supporting it.

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