Undergraduate Course

FdA Events Management with Hospitality

FdA Events Management with Hospitality


The details
Events Management with Hospitality
September 2018
1 years 4 months
Colchester Campus
Edge Hotel School

The FdA Events Management with Hospitality course is delivered by the Edge Hotel School. For more information, visit the Edge Hotel School website.

The Edge Hotel School is the first hotel school of its kind in the UK, where you can access a unique learning experience. Not only do you study the theory to achieve a degree, you also work within a hospitality team – putting your knowledge into context right away - helping to run Wivenhoe House, a real-life, 4* hotel.

The FdA Events Management with Hospitality degree is a 16 month intensive course involving around 45 weeks of study per year with around six weeks of annual holiday. On completion of the FdA course you may progress to the final eight months of the BA course to graduate with a BA (Hons) Hotel Management degree after a total of two years of study.

There is one intake per year for the Events Management with Hospitality course at the Edge Hotel School, in September.

Why we're great.
  • The first hotel school of its kind in the UK based within a real-life hotel
  • Two-year fast-track degree
  • Outstanding preparation for employment through innovative combination of professional experience and academic learning

Specialist facilities

The Edge Hotel School experience is unlike any other student experience. Based on the University of Essex Colchester Campus, you will have the best of both worlds – not only will you be graduating from a leading university – but you will also be developing your industry knowledge and professional skills at the same time. This is however still a student experience and you will benefit from living on campus, with access to all the University’s resources and facilities. Undergraduates at the Edge Hotel School work within Wivenhoe House, a real-life 4* hotel on the university campus, as part of the course. This equips you with the experience and professional skills you need to succeed in the industry.

Your future

The 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. As the first hotel school if its kind in the UK, the hospitality industry are excited by the calibre of our graduates and there are opportunities throughout the course to meet recruitment managers and network.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

The Edge Hotel School prepares you for a career in the hospitality industry by providing a combination of theory and professional experience. To be accepted onto our fast track Hotel Management degree or its progression routes, you will therefore need the potential to succeed both academically and practically.

Other qualifications and experience

  • Applicants with vocationally relevant level 3 or above qualifications will be considered on individual merit for the Foundation degree.
  • 64 UCAS tariff points, and the equivalent of at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C, including Maths and English.
  • Subject to satisfactory academic and professional assessment, candidates will have the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) degree after 16 months.

    The Edge Hotel School accepts a wide range of qualifications from applicants. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria, please get in touch for advice.

    If English is not your first language you will be required to hold, or expect to hold, IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing and speaking components, or equivalent.

    All applicants must be aged 18 or over at the point of registration. Unfortunately at this stage the Edge Hotel School is unable to accept applications from international students.

    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.

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    Example structure

    Your accelerated 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.

    Your lecture weeks, led by the academic team, will encompass a variety of different formats, from traditional delivery, seminars and workshops to individual and group presentations, as well as professional activities. They enable you to explore and understand the relevant theory behind the experience you will gain in the Kitchen, Reception, Restaurant and Conference and Events operational departments.

    Industry experts provide guest lectures to give you a further insight into events management and hospitality best practice. A field trip may also be scheduled taking you to a related organisation to gain an insight into the whole operation, understand the business model, commercial dynamics, operational challenges, structure and culture. The course includes sessions on research methods, presentation skills and referencing to assist you with your learning. The course also includes sessions on CV writing and behavioural interview techniques.

    As you progress through each area, you will experience the challenges associated with an increasingly senior role within different functions of the hotel, as shown in the table below. In Level 6 you will be working at manager level, co-ordinating your own event with an external client. You will also find yourself spending more time on directed self-study in the final level of the course, which will help you to prepare for assessments, presentations and exams.

    Event Operations 1

    You will start to understand key resources and evaluate the importance and significance of marketing, financial and human resource management functions within event operations. This includes analysing all operational data to determine business performance.

    View Event Operations 1 on our Module Directory

    Delivering Event and Hospitality Operations 1

    This module develops your understanding of key resources, including financial management and legislation, within the various functions of the events and hotel operation, enabling you to recognise good practice.

    View Delivering Event and Hospitality Operations 1 on our Module Directory

    The Customer Experience 1

    You are introduced to the importance of the customer experience as fundamental to all activity in the hospitality industry. You will understand the different types of customer, their feedback, the factors that might influence their behaviour and the sales techniques relevant to customer expectations.

    View The Customer Experience 1 on our Module Directory

    Delivering the Customer Experience 1

    You will have the opportunity to offer customer excellence within the various functions of the hotel operation, enabling you to develop the practical skills that support the knowledge gained from the Customer Experience module.

    View Delivering the Customer Experience 1 on our Module Directory

    Food and Beverage Management

    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

    Event Operations 2

    This module will develop your knowledge of how to critically evaluate and determine the resources and skills required within the event operation. You will analyse the elements that make up successful teams and determine the criteria that should be used to evaluate operational performance and the application of revenue management techniques to improve the business.

    View Event Operations 2 on our Module Directory

    Delivering Event and Hospitality Operations 2

    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

    The Customer Experience 2

    You will critically analyse the effectiveness of different marketing approaches, including branding and merchandising, and review the current marketing issues in contemporary hotel businesses.

    View The Customer Experience 2 on our Module Directory

    Delivering the Customer Experience 2

    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

    Continual Professional Development

    This module will evaluate and review the key employment opportunities presented by the hospitality industry and will enable you to critically reflect on professional and continuous personal development.

    View Continual Professional Development on our Module Directory


    Your assessment – fully supported by our academic team – helps us make sure you’re on the right track. Your 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 of the Events Management degree consists of an individual report, a presentation and a group report focusing on a real-life event with an external client.

    Fees and funding

    Home/EU fee


    International fee


    This course is only available to applicants from the UK or EU

    Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

    Home and EU fee information

    International fee information

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