Undergraduate Course

BA Events Management with Hospitality

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BA Events Management with Hospitality

Overview

The details
Events Management with Hospitality
N8N6
October 2021
Full-time
2 years
Colchester Campus
Edge Hotel School

Weddings, festivals, parties, conferences – hospitality events are big business. With a degree from the Edge Hotel School at Essex you’ll be right in the thick of it - gaining live experience while you study for a two-year accelerated degree.

With a student experience unlike any other, it may come as no surprise that the Edge Hotel School is ranked 1st in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020 for our subject area.

The BA Events Management with Hospitality is only available to students who do not require a VISA to study in the UK. Our three-year BA Events Management has very similar course content, but is structured differently to allow applications from prospective students with any fee status or VISA requirements.

Our Events Management with Hospitality degree prepares you for an exciting career in hospitality events management. Alongside your studies you will gain hands-on experience in a fully-commercial 4* hotel on the university campus, Wivenhoe House.

With around 45 weeks of study per year and up to six weeks of annual holiday you will be able to fast-track your degree and start your career sooner. In your final level you will work on a live events project to put all of the experience and knowledge gained throughout your degree into practice. Throughout the course you will study topics including:

  • Event planning and operations
  • Budget and resource management
  • Marketing and sales
  • Entrepreneurship and business strategy

The Edge Hotel School experience is unlike any other student experience, where you'll will have the best of both worlds. Not only will you graduate from a leading university* - you will develop your industry knowledge and professional skills by gaining valuable experience within a fully-commercial 4* country house hotel with real guests and customers.

*The University of Essex is Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (2017).

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality that academic, vocational and professional standards achieved are appropriate and programme content and delivery meet international Institute of Hospitality benchmark standards.

Why we're great.
  • The first hotel school of its kind in the UK based within a real-life hotel
  • Accelerated, two-year degree allows you to kick start your career sooner.
  • Outstanding preparation for employment through innovative combination of professional experience and academic learning
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Placement year

Students that wish to broaden their experience in different types of events will also be given the option to swap a rotation in our Events and Conference team for an external work experience during Level 5 of the course. This experience will last 4 weeks, and needs to be instigated by you. The Placement team at the University of Essex and staff of the Edge Hotel School will assist you in sourcing opportunities as well as improving your interview and CV-writing skills. This external work experience will be assessed in the same as your rotations in Wivenhoe House hotel and is a chance for you to experience a broad set of events that you might wish to pursue within your career.

Our expert staff

Our staff includes lecturers with both professional as well as academic backgrounds to ensure you are taught by people with industry-relevant experience themselves. Among our academic staff are a former organiser of the BRIT Awards, London Fashion Week and events for Her Majesty The Queen, a former hotel General Manager, a former Food and Beverage Manager for award-winning cruise lines and a Dr. (PhD) with international research experience.

Specialist facilities

Your future

The combination of practical experience and academic learning on our BA (Hons) Events Management with Hospitality gives our students a distinct advantage when starting their careers. The event and hospitality industry are excited by the calibre of our graduates and there are opportunities throughout the course to meet recruitment managers and network.

Graduates of the Events Management with Hospitality programme can go onto careers in:

  • Events management
  • Wedding planning
  • Venue management
  • Festival planning and management
  • Food and beverage management
  • Marketing and sales
  • Cruise ships and airlines

The events industry is a truly global sector that can give our graduates exciting opportunities to travel the world and experience new cultures, all whilst building essential skills and knowledge for a successful, enjoyable career.

"Through guest lectures, careers fairs, business conferences and field trips this course exposed me to highly recognised organisations such as The BRIT Awards and BPI, hoteliers such as Exclusive, Marriott and Hilton and catering companies such as BaxterStorey."

Elda Neto De Barros - BA (Hons) Events Management with Hospitality student

Entry requirements

Clearing entry requirements

Specific entry requirements for this course in Clearing are not published here but for most of our degree courses you will need to hold a Level 3 qualification. If you are interested in applying and have already received your results, use our Clearing application form to apply for 2021 entry and find out if you are eligible. You will be asked to provide details of your qualifications and grades.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.

Structure

Course structure

Below are details of modules from the current academic year. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore all modules listed are subject to change. To view more information about our modules currently on offer, please view the programme specification via the link below.

Please note the two-year accelerated degree course is divided into 8-month levels (Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6) instead of years. Due to the accelerated nature of our two-year degrees the modules have broader titles as your learning experience is fully integrated with your work experience in the hotel. Throughout the course you will cover industry relevant topics such as marketing, finance, human resources, entrepreneurship and business strategy as well as event planning and operations.

See list of modules

Level 4 (8 months)

Level 5 (8 months)

Level 6 (8 months)

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

Components and modules explained

Components

Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.

Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.

Status What this means
Core
You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory
You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Compulsory with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Optional
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.

The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.

Modules

Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.

In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.

Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:

HR 100  4  FY

The department or school the module will be taught by.

In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.

The module number. 

The UK academic level of the module.

A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.

A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.

A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.

The term the module will be taught in.

  • AU: Autumn term
  • SP: Spring term
  • SU: Summer term
  • FY: Full year 
  • AP: Autumn and Spring terms
  • PS: Spring and Summer terms
  • AS: Autumn and Summer terms

COMPONENT 01: COMPULSORY

The Customer Experience 1
(15 CREDITS)

This module will introduce you to the concept and importance of the centrality of the customer experience as fundamental to all activity within a hospitality business. You will understand the different types of Customer and factors that will influence their behavior and expectations. The module will identify the components of effective customer relationships enabling you to develop the knowledge required to effectively deliver customer excellence.

View The Customer Experience 1 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 02: COMPULSORY

Event Operations 1
(15 CREDITS)

This module will enable you to acquire the understanding and knowledge of the operational characteristics of a high quality event business enabling the business to achieve its objectives. You will recognise the importance of effective teamwork as critical in delivering excellence to the guest. You will be introduced to the legal and regulatory context in which events operate, understand and use basic financial and costing skills and utilise relevant technology to enhance business performance.

View Event Operations 1 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 03: COMPULSORY

Food and Beverage Management
(15 CREDITS)

This module investigates the cultural and contemporary influences on the development of gastronomy and restaurants looking at the changing face of contemporary dining and cultural food trends. You will have an understanding of the physical nature of food and beverage commodities and their usage in professional outlets.

View Food and Beverage Management on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 04: COMPULSORY

Industry Context 1
(15 CREDITS)

This module will enable you to appreciate the history and culture of events and hospitality and to understand the factors in the external environment, which influenced the emergence of the important and diverse industry of today. The module will explain the economic profile of the event and hospitality industry and the issues and trends which continue to provide challenges e.g. skills gaps, proliferation of small businesses. You will be encouraged to monitor developments in the industry as it continues to change and progress, while taking an active part in the industry activities.

View Industry Context 1 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 05: COMPULSORY

Delivering the Customer Experience 1
(30 CREDITS)

This module will introduce you to the concept and importance of the centrality of the customer experience as fundamental to all activity within a hotel business. The module will provide you with the opportunity to reflect on and take part in delivering customer excellence within the various functions of the hotel operation, enabling you to acquire the practical skills which will support the understanding and knowledge gained from the module Introduction to the Customer Experience.

View Delivering the Customer Experience 1 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 06: COMPULSORY

Delivering Event and Hospitality Operations 1
(30 CREDITS)

This module identifies and supports the development of your technical and professional skills within the various functions of the hotel operation. You will be supported in the application of financial measures, legislation and menu planning and its importance in delivering excellent service to the customer.

View Delivering Event and Hospitality Operations 1 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 07: COMPULSORY

The Customer Experience 2 (Assessed in Future Year)
(0 CREDITS)

This module will build on your understanding of the importance of the centrality of the customer experience as fundamental to all activity within a hotel business. You will develop a greater understanding of the tangible and intangible components of the customer experience and how the components of delivering the customer service encounter and the service need to be in place to exceed customer expectations.

View The Customer Experience 2 (Assessed in Future Year) on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 08: COMPULSORY

Event Operations 2 (Assessed in Future Year)
(0 CREDITS)

This module continues from the first module, Event Operations 1 by providing you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge of supervising teams as well as aspects of operational management. By planning, implementing and evaluating a live event, you will develop further the knowledge and application required for the delivery of products and services to customers in all aspects of event management operations.

View Event Operations 2 (Assessed in Future Year) on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 09: COMPULSORY

Continual Professional Development (Assessed in Future Year)
(0 CREDITS)

The purpose of this module is to consolidate professional and personal learning and to provide a focus on the development of techniques and strategies for self-management of your continuous professional development, critical self-reflection of professional experience and application within an organisational setting as well as provide an understanding of the role and relevance of research for managers. The module will also provide opportunity to develop a range of skills to prepare you for career advancement and employment opportunities.

View Continual Professional Development (Assessed in Future Year) on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 10: COMPULSORY

Industry Context 2 (Assessed in Future Year)
(0 CREDITS)

This module will enable you to analyse current concepts in the hotel and hospitality sector. You will analyse the management structure of the different operations and the systems deployed to ensure high levels of customer satisfaction and profitability in relation to deploying staff. You will consider the importance and development of revenue management to the sustainability of the industry together with a consideration of how other industries have shaped or influenced the hotel and hospitality industry. Finally a continuation of further consideration of contemporary issues that impact the industry.

View Industry Context 2 (Assessed in Future Year) on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 11: COMPULSORY

Delivering the Customer Experience 2 (Assessed in Future Year)
(0 CREDITS)

This module provides you with an opportunity to develop further the skills needed to deliver customer excellence within a supervisory capacity. You will learn to analyse your team’s performance, based on your understanding of the components of the guest experience.

View Delivering the Customer Experience 2 (Assessed in Future Year) on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 12: COMPULSORY

Delivering Event and Hospitality Operations 2 (Assessed in Future Year)
(0 CREDITS)

You will further develop your supervisory and professional operational skills when responsible for functional areas of the event and hotel operations. You will become responsible for the planning and organising of teams in the delivery of products and services to customers.

View Delivering Event and Hospitality Operations 2 (Assessed in Future Year) on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 01: COMPULSORY

The Customer Experience 2
(15 CREDITS)

This module will build on your understanding of the importance of the centrality of the customer experience as fundamental to all activity within a hotel business. You will develop a greater understanding of the tangible and intangible components of the customer experience and how the components of delivering the customer service encounter and the service need to be in place to exceed customer expectations.

View The Customer Experience 2 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 02: COMPULSORY

Event Operations 2
(15 CREDITS)

This module continues from the first module, Event Operations 1 by providing you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge of supervising teams as well as aspects of operational management. By planning, implementing and evaluating a live event, you will develop further the knowledge and application required for the delivery of products and services to customers in all aspects of event management operations.

View Event Operations 2 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 03: COMPULSORY

Continual Professional Development
(15 CREDITS)

The purpose of this module is to consolidate professional and personal learning and to provide a focus on the development of techniques and strategies for self-management of your continuous professional development, critical self-reflection of professional experience and application within an organisational setting as well as provide an understanding of the role and relevance of research for managers. The module will also provide opportunity to develop a range of skills to prepare you for career advancement and employment opportunities.

View Continual Professional Development on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 04: COMPULSORY

Industry Context 2
(15 CREDITS)

This module will enable you to analyse current concepts in the hotel and hospitality sector. You will analyse the management structure of the different operations and the systems deployed to ensure high levels of customer satisfaction and profitability in relation to deploying staff. You will consider the importance and development of revenue management to the sustainability of the industry together with a consideration of how other industries have shaped or influenced the hotel and hospitality industry. Finally a continuation of further consideration of contemporary issues that impact the industry.

View Industry Context 2 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 05: COMPULSORY

Delivering the Customer Experience 2
(30 CREDITS)

This module provides you with an opportunity to develop further the skills needed to deliver customer excellence within a supervisory capacity. You will learn to analyse your team’s performance, based on your understanding of the components of the guest experience.

View Delivering the Customer Experience 2 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 06: COMPULSORY

Delivering Event and Hospitality Operations 2
(30 CREDITS)

You will further develop your supervisory and professional operational skills when responsible for functional areas of the event and hotel operations. You will become responsible for the planning and organising of teams in the delivery of products and services to customers.

View Delivering Event and Hospitality Operations 2 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 07: COMPULSORY

The Customer Experience 3
(15 CREDITS)

This module will explore your understanding of the importance of the centrality of the customer experience. You will develop critical understanding of the nature of the service encounter and how the quality and consistency of the customer experience is determined by all of the components in delivering the customer service encounter. The management of the quality of the customer service encounter will also be put in practice.

View The Customer Experience 3 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 08: COMPULSORY

Event Operations 3
(15 CREDITS)

This module course explores your understanding of the planning, monitoring and evaluation of Festivals, Weddings, Meetings, Conferences, and Exhibitions, all of which are an important part of the wider Events Management industry. This thriving industry is playing an increasingly important role in the economies of cities, regions and countries and will give you an underpinning knowledge for your future career.

View Event Operations 3 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 09: COMPULSORY

Human Resource Management
(15 CREDITS)

During this module you will evaluate the concept of strategic Human Resource Management and critically analyse retention, engagement and performance management within hospitality operations.

View Human Resource Management on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 10: COMPULSORY

Industry Context 3
(15 CREDITS)

You will analyse the strategic implications of managing within dynamic industry environments and evaluate the necessary theories, tools and skills needed to develop realistic, coherent and effective business strategy. You will analyse the nature of change and change management strategies within the industry with consideration for innovation. You will evaluate the important role technology is playing in regards to strategy, change and innovation within the industry.

View Industry Context 3 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 11: CORE WITH OPTIONS

EG450-6-SP or EG451-6-SP
(30 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 12: CORE

Dissertation
(30 CREDITS)

For your 8,000 word dissertation, you will manage a piece of individual research in the context of the commercial hospitality industry. You will be expected to demonstrate expertise with a range of business data, research resources and methodologies, as well as personal communication skills.

View Dissertation on our Module Directory

Teaching

  • Your fast track two-year Events Management with Hospitality degree will be divided into three 8-month levels (Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6).
  • During a teaching week you would spend around 4 hours in lectures, or smaller seminars, Monday – Friday.
  • During a hotel week you would spend 4 or 5 days on shift, Monday – Sunday, gaining experience and applying the academic theory from your lectures. Most of your time will be spent in the conference and events department, but you will also gain some experience in reception, the kitchens and restaurant.
  • During the final level of the course (Level 6) you will spend up to 5 weeks working on an Events Project. The remainder of the last 8-months will be spent in lectures/seminars and working on your assessments and dissertation.
  • Our two-year accelerated degrees include around 6 weeks of annual holiday. Holiday weeks are not necessarily over seasonal periods such as Christmas and hotel shifts over Christmas/New Year are an important part of our two-year courses.
  • Our two-year accelerated degrees do not follow the standard termly timetable, as students are expected to work and study through the Christmas, Easter and Summer breaks. Please contact the professional services team at ehs@essex.ac.uk for more information.

Assessment

Your Events Management with Hospitality degree has been designed to provide a mix of assessment approaches, including:

  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Posters
  • Presentations
  • Reflective statements
  • Reports
  • Dissertation
  • Events Project. The Events Project in Level 6 consists of an individual report, a presentation and a group report focusing on a real-life event with an external client. This is your opportunity to organise a live event for an external client from start to finish.
  • The Professional Performance Assessment (PPA) which takes the form of an interview is used throughout our courses to allow you to reflect, practise and improve your interview skills before embarking on interviews for your first graduate role.
  • The Professional Code of Conduct is an important part of your assessment. It focuses on areas that are important for future managers such as attendance, punctuality and team working. The Professional Code of Conduct is available in your Student Handbook.

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

£11,100

International fee

£11,100

This course is only available to those who do not require a VISA to study in the UK. EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee. This course is not suitable if you need a Student visa to study in the UK. EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

Home/UK fees and funding information

International fees and funding information

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