Undergraduate Course

BA Events Management with Hospitality

BA Events Management with Hospitality

Overview

The details
Events Management with Hospitality
N8N7
January 2025
Full-time
9 months
Colchester Campus
Edge Hotel School

The BA (Hons) Events Management with Hospitality Top Up offers a progression route for applicants who wish to complete their BA (Hons) degree after completing an appropriate Level 5 qualification (such as HND, Advanced Diploma or Foundation degree). The Top Up is the last eight months of the accelerated BA (Hons) Events Management with Hospitality degree and encompasses the theory and practical experience you will need for a successful career in the events industry.

For accurate and up to date information regarding this course, structure and fee information, please email us at ehs@essex.ac.uk.

The course combines events experience in the Conference and Events department of Wivenhoe House, a 4* country house hotel on Essex's Colchester campus, with industry-relevant business management lectures to prepare you to become a successful manager.

With a student experience unlike any other, it may come as no surprise that the Edge Hotel School is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for overall positivity in our subject area (National Student Survey 2023, English Broad Discipline Institutions)..

The top up degree will enable candidates to update their vocational skills, competences and knowledge of the industry. They will have the opportunity to develop and unlock their professional capabilities. The course has a high profile with members of the industry and is heavily industry engaged .

The Edge Hotel School experience is unlike any other student experience, where you will get the best of both worlds. Not only will you graduate from a leading university* - you will refine your industry knowledge and professional skills by gaining valuable experience in a fully-commercial 4* hotel alongside your studies.

Why we're great.
  • The first hotel school of its kind in the UK offering experience in a fully-commercial 4* hotel.
  • Academic teaching that reflects the movements and innovations of the events industry.
  • Outstanding preparation for employment through innovative combination of professional experience and academic learning

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

  • In Wivenhoe House you can gain experience in a 40-bedroom country house hotel on the university campus with a brasserie restaurant and a busy conference and events function that hosts over 300 events and 50 weddings annually. If for any reason the hotel is subject to closures during rotations, we have developed a comprehensive platform of online skills and experience workshops to replicate the practical experience offer as closely as possible.
  • The Edge Hotel School has connections with a range of organisations across the hospitality and events industries – throughout your studies you can expect guest lectures, masterclasses and an annual careers fair to help further your career prospects. Supporters of the Edge Hotel School include:

  • The Edge Hotel Society hosts student-organised events including industry speakers, student social events and an annual ball.
  • As an Edge Hotel School student you will be issued with a uniform to wear for your shifts in Wivenhoe House and when representing the School externally. You will need to provide your own white shirts and black shoes.

Your future

The BA (Hons) Events Management with Hospitality degree at the Edge Hotel School combines both hotel experience and industry knowledge to provide you with the skills for a career in conference and events management. The 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

"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

UK entry requirements

  • GCSE: Mathematics and English C/4, or equivalent. We can consider OFQUAL regulated Level 2 Functional Skills in Numeracy as equivalent to GCSE Maths C/4. We are able to consider a range of equivalent English language qualifications, including OFQUAL regulated level 2 Functional Skills, Key Skills level 2, literacy units taken as part of the Access to HE Diploma, or a demonstration of the use of English through essay-based subjects at either GCSE or A-level equivalent. Advice on acceptability can be provided, please contact Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

  • Applicants for the Top Up should hold a Level 5 qualification in a relevant subject area (e.g. business, hospitality, tourism or events)

    Additional requirements

    All applicants must be aged 18 or over by 31 October 2024 for October 2024 entry.

    International & EU entry requirements

    We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

    Sorry, the entry requirements for the country that you have selected are not available here. Please contact our Undergraduate Admissions team at ugquery@essex.ac.uk to request the entry requirements for this country.

    English language requirements

    English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.5 overall, or specified score in another equivalent test that we accept.

    Details of English language requirements, including UK Visas and Immigration minimum component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

    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 for the relevant countries.

    Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.

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

    What if my IELTS does not meet your requirements?

    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.

    Do I need to have achieved an acceptable English language qualification before I apply?

    You don’t need to achieve the required level before making your application, but it will be one of the conditions of your offer.

    What if the English language qualification I hold, or am taking, is not listed?

    If you cannot find the qualification that you have achieved or are pending, then please contact Admissions on ugquery@essex.ac.uk for advice.

    What are the requirements for second and final year entry?

    Different requirements apply for second and final year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a visa to study in the UK. Details of English language requirements, including UK Visas and Immigration minimum component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

Structure

Course structure

Below is just a example of some of the modules from the current academic year. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. The course content is therefore reviewed on an annual basis to ensure our courses remain up-to-date so modules listed are subject to change.

Level 6 (8 months) Top Up modules

  • Industry Context 3
  • This module will enable you to think in more strategic terms. You will learn how organisations can evaluate their current operational and financial situation and the external environment that impact their businesses and how, in an incredibly turbulent environment, they can build resilience, innovation and flexibility into their future operations.
  • Event Operations 3
  • 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.
  • The Customer Experience 3
  • This module tests your ability to create a marketing plan for a business of your choice. It will require innovation and creativity to generate an idea for a viable, pragmatic hospitality or event business and to write a professional marketing plan, designed to attract future investors.
  • Human Resources
  • This module will enable you to understand the fundamentals of Human Resource Management within a business. The module covers legislation, recruitment, talent management and managing performance. You will write a Human Resource policy document to support your business or business idea.
  • Research Project (Dissertation)
  • This module is an opportunity to research a topic of your own choosing. With the support of your own individual tutor, you will produce a significant piece of research that may involve working with relevant individuals or organisations from industry, professional and personal networks and others.
  • Event or Consultancy Project
  • This module is your chance to work with and develop relationships with an industry client in either the organising of a successful event or the testing of your business acumen and creativity on a project that could be of direct commercial benefit to the sponsors company. Topics can range from improving a businesses Human Resources, Marketing or Operational strategy to the development of environmental policies or organisational re-branding, or the planning, delivery and execution of a successful event, such as a product or service launch event. The Consultancy project will involve both writing a professional consultancy report as well as presenting to the sponsoring industry client.

We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We'll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, we'll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.

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

Innovation and Entrepreneurship
(15 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 02: COMPULSORY

Creative Event Design
(15 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 03: 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 04: COMPULSORY

Business Strategy for the Hospitality and Events Industries
(15 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 05: COMPULSORY

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

COMPONENT 06: COMPULSORY WITH OPTIONS

Option from list
(30 CREDITS)

Teaching

  • The Top Up will last 8-months, as it is comprised of the final level of the full BA Events Management with Hospitality course.
  • In the Level 6, you will have up to 18 weeks of teaching, 5 weeks gaining experience in the hotel and 5 weeks self-study, in addition to your holidays.
  • During a teaching week you would spend around 4 hours per day 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. Events Management with Hospitality students gain experience throughout the course in: conference and events, reception and restaurants and kitchens.
  • Our two-year accelerated degrees do not follow the standard termly timetable, and students are expected to continue their academic and hotel work over the Summer, Easter and Christmas periods. Further information for the course is available on the by contacting our professional services team at ehs@essex.ac.uk.

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
  • 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

£9,250

International fee

£19,500

What's next

Open Days

Our events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. We run a number of Open Days throughout the year which enable you to discover what our campus has to offer. You have the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

Check out our Visit Us pages to find out more information about booking onto one of our events. And if the dates aren’t suitable for you, feel free to book a campus tour here.

2024 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday 17 August 2024 - Colchester Clearing Open Day
  • Saturday 21 September 2024 - September Open Day
  • Saturday 26 October 2024 - October Open Day

Applying

Applications for our undergraduate top-up courses should be made through the University of Essex Direct Application form.

You can find further information on how to apply, including information on transferring from another university, applying if you are not currently at a school or college, and applying for readmission on our How to apply and entry requirements page.

Offer Holder Days

If you are an undergraduate student residing in the UK who has received an offer to study with us in January 2025, you will receive an email invitation soon to book onto one of our Offer Holder Days. Our Colchester Campus Offer Holder Days run from February to May 2024 on various Wednesdays and Saturdays, and our Southend Campus Offer Holder Days run in April and May 2024 on various Wednesdays and Saturdays. Offer Holder Days provide the opportunity to meet your department, tour our campus and accommodation, and chat to current students. We appreciate that travelling to university events can be expensive, so we are offering an Offer Holder Day Travel Bursary, allowing you to claim up to £150 as reimbursement for travel expenses. For further information about Offer Holder Days, including terms and conditions and eligibility criteria for our Travel Bursary, please visit our Offer Holder Days webpage.

If you are an overseas offer-holder, you will be invited to attend one of our virtual events. However, you are more than welcome to join us at one of our in-person Offer Holder Days if you are able to - we will let you know in your invite email how you can do this.

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