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About the course

Hoping to pursue a career in festival management? Got a passion for outdoor events? By focusing on practical event management techniques and established business theory, this hands-on festival and events management programme supports you to take theories learnt in the classroom and apply them to a range of live events.

The University’s approach to events and festival management starts with an emphasis on practical industry insights and transferable business management skills. 

Students are supported by experienced staff as they seek out and undertake a minimum of 210 hours of practical work experience. These placements help students graduate with at least a basic level of on-the-job experience. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue work above and beyond these 210 hours – pitching for freelance work through our in-house Solent Creatives / Solent Works agencies and organising events around the city.

Practical insights are also gained on field trips. Past events management students have visited a range of agencies, industry exhibitions and commercial events. Students are encouraged to take part in national event management awards. In 2015, the University had two students reach the final of The Eventice, a major event management award. One of the pair took home the grand prize and the other secured employment as a result of the exposure.

These provisions are made possible by the course team’s extensive industry experience and Solent’s long history in the sector. The team maintain established links with festivals and specialist event businesses, and incorporate these connections into their teaching and research. 

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Manage real events, from nightlife entertainment and live performances to networking events and award ceremonies.

What does this course lead to?

This course has been designed to help students achieve one of two intended outcomes. The first involves students managing their own business and applying the knowledge gained throughout their degree in a way that helps the business grow.

Students will also be taught how to manage  a portfolio career, where personal ventures are combined with part-time work or work within small to medium businesses, which are common in the events industry. Students may find themselves working with PR firms, event agencies, or as an in-house events specialist.

Who is this course for?

This is the ideal course for students who want to enter the world of professional events management while specialising in festivals and large outdoor events. Students should aspire to careers related to event planning, bookings, logistics or fundraising.

Facts and figures

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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

Optional costs:
BAFA professional body membership: £200+VAT

Bursaries and scholarships

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.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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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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 4 or above in GCSE English and Mathematics, or equivalent (previously grade C).
  • Alternative entry on 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.


of students overall, are satisfied with the quality of the course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 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:

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.

Click the links below to apply through UCAS:

BA (Hons) Festival and Event Management

BA (Hons) Festival and Event Management with a placement year

Event and Tourism Foundation Year route:

Event and Tourism Foundation Year

Event and Tourism Foundation Year with a placement year

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

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

Year two

Core units
  • Work Based Professional Studies
  • Managing Service Operations
  • Tourism and Events Research Skills
  • Festival Planning
  • Applied Festival Management


  • Music Festival Management
  • Applied Event Staging
  • Languages

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

Year three

Core units
  • Dissertation for Leisure Services (Tourism and Events) OR Leisure Services Consultancy Project
  • Strategy for Management and Marketing
  • Contemporary Issues in Festival and Event Management


  • Perspectives on Arts and Cultural Festivals
  • Outdoor Festival Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Business Start-Up
  • International Marketing for Tourism and Travel

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


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


Written exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Lynsey Melhuish academic profile Lynsey Melhuish Senior Lecturer View profile
Patsy Morgan academic profile Patsy Morgan Senior Lecturer View profile
Lisa Power academic profile Lisa Power Senior Lecturer View profile
Celia Walters academic profile Celia Walters Senior 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.


The course is classroom based, but the assessed festivals and events take place in suitable venues in the Southampton area.

Students are encouraged to make use of the 24 hour library throughout their studies. The library features a fully networked resource centre equipped with both Apple and Microsoft workstations and a selection of private group working spaces.

Optional modules enable students to build a degree that is best suited to their career ambitions.

Your future

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. 


of students go on to work and/ or study.


of students are in a professional or managerial role.

Industry links

Solent’s festival and event management curriculum was developed in collaboration with industry contacts. This helps ensure that the content is up to date and teaches the key skills that employers are looking for. The course team also have strong relationships with trade bodies such as the British Arts Festival Association (BAFA) and the Event and Visual Communication Association (EVCOM), as well as with the UK’s best known party planners ‘Themetraders’. 

Previous years have seen events management students benefit from industry guest speakers. These include: 

  • Holly Payton-Lombardo, a board member at BAFA,
  • Rachel Ley, a board member of EVCOM,
  • Bryn Parry, event management author and lecturer,
  • David Jamilly, CEO of Themetraders,
  • Matt James, industry professional and an Eventice judge,
  • and Andy Grove, Vice President of the National Outdoors Event Association (NOEA).


During the second year of the programme students will study a work-based professional studies unit. This unit is mandatory and requires students to have gained a minimum of 210 hours of work experience.  

This may be either full-time in the summer or part-time over the course of the first year. Students studying on the placement year option are supported to find work experience by the course team and the University’s employability service.

Students are also offered a range of internal opportunities. For instance, during the second year, students are have the option to plan and deliver an Oscars themed event for the third year students. This includes the procurement of sponsorship and the logistics of booking and entertaining VIPs. Event students have also worked on SMILEfest, the University’s annual music industry conference. Past speakers included Marcus Russell, Oasis manager; Andy Coping, Vice President of Live Nation UK; and Rob da Bank, Bestival organiser.

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