Undergraduate Course

FdA Events Management

FdA Events Management

Overview

The details
Events Management
N889
October 2020
Full-time
2 years
Colchester Campus
Edge Hotel School

Start your career in events management at Essex. Graduates of this programme could go onto careers working on weddings, sporting events, festivals, fashion shows, corporate events or conferences.

After completing the FdA you will have the opportunity, subject to satisfactory performance, to continue with your studies and finish with a BA degree.

The Events Management degree prepares you for the fast-paced world of planning and managing events. You will learn alongside lecturers who have worked on worldwide and high profile events while gaining experience of real weddings, conferences and private functions alongside your studies. You will study topics including:

  • Event planning and logistics
  • Winning an event contract and proposal design
  • Business innovation
  • Contemporary management practice
  • Cultural events, festivals and weddings
  • Human resources management
  • Digital marketing

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 graduate from a leading university* - you will develop your industry knowledge and professional skills by working within Wivenhoe House, a real-life 4* hotel, alongside your studies.

*The University of Essex is ranked Top 30 in The Times Good University Guide 2019.

Why we're great.
  • Our lecturers have international industry experience to support your learning and development
  • Edge Hotel School graduates go onto careers all over the world
  • You will gain experience alongside your studies in a real 4* hotel to boost your employability
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

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 authors of several books, as well as a former hotel general manager, an organiser of the BRIT Awards and London Fashion Week and a cruise ship food and beverage manager.

Specialist facilities

Your future

The Events Management 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 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 this programme can go onto careers, in the UK or internationally, in areas such as:

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

“Events management graduates need to lead by example at events. Here you will combine management and practical skills to enable you to do the job of planning and running great events to a professional standard– that’s why our graduates are so employable. Working in events management presents exciting opportunities internationally as well as across the UK.”

Philip Berners, Lecturer and Course Coordinator

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

GCSE: English and Mathematics C/4

UCAS tariff: 64 points

A-levels: CC

BTEC: MPP

Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Pass or above

Grades given are an example only of the required tariff points, other combinations of A-level and other qualification grades can be accepted to achieve the required tariff total. Applicants with vocationally relevant level 3 or above qualifications will be considered on individual merit for the Foundation degree.

All applicants must be aged 18 or over at the point of registration.

Subject to satisfactory academic and professional assessment, candidates will have the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) degree after 2 years.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications for this course 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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English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each component.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of a non-UK 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 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.

Structure

Example 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, therefore all modules listed are subject to change. To view the compulsory modules and full list of optional modules currently on offer, please view the programme specification via the link below.

Wedding and Festival Planning

This module will introduce you to the concept of cultural events, weddings and festivals in society. The module will provide the origins and impacts of events in this genre and will consider a range of ethnic, religious, sociological and cultural viewpoints.

View Wedding and Festival Planning on our Module Directory

Events Operations

This module will provide you with an understanding of the operational characteristics of a high quality event business and the importance of effective teamwork in delivering excellent customer service. 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 Events Operations on our Module Directory

Marketing and Customer Behaviour

This module will introduce you to the importance and centrality of the customer experience as fundamental to all activity within hospitality and event businesses. You will understand the different types of customer and factors that will influence their behaviour 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 Marketing and Customer Behaviour on our Module Directory

The Hospitality and Event Business Environment

This module will enable you to analyse the macro, micro and internal business environments in which international hospitality and events businesses operate. A comprehensive understanding of the environments that an organisation operates in will enable you to interpret situations and allow you to make decisions that add value for stakeholders. The focus of the module is on the external and internal influences on organisations and the effect these have on business practices and internal aspects of organisational life. Contemporary business issues will be studied as they arise.

View The Hospitality and Event Business Environment on our Module Directory

Finance for Hospitality and Events Business

This module introduces you to the regulatory frameworks for corporate bodies in the UK and sets the key financial documents into context (such as profit and loss, cash flow and balance sheets). Financial ratios and comparative measures are described and analysed in the context of micro-economics both internally and industry wide.

View Finance for Hospitality and Events Business on our Module Directory

Food and Beverage Management

The module aims to develop your understanding of gastronomy as well as current trends in food and beverage and how culture, societal expectations and consumer demands influence the food and beverage offerings of events, restaurants, hotels and other food establishments. It will provide you with an understanding and insight into food and beverage commodities, how they are created and used as well as the processes used in the sourcing, purchasing, production and service of food and beverage within the events and hospitality industry.

View Food and Beverage Management on our Module Directory

Delivering Event and Hotel Operations and the Customer Experience

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.

View Delivering Event and Hotel Operations and the Customer Experience on our Module Directory

Management and Leadership

This module will equip you with a range of management and leadership skills to support your career development in the hospitality and event industries. You will identify how reflective practice enhances the effectiveness of managers, and assess your own skills set, identifying areas for development. You will show appreciation of the types of management skills that are transferable from academia to the work of hospitality and event managers, building on from the skills outlined within the Continual Professional Development module studied at level 5, for example team working, delegation and self-management.

View Management and Leadership on our Module Directory

Event Supervision, Data and Technology

This module continues from the first module, Event Operations by providing you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge of supervising teams as well as aspects of operational management. You will develop further the knowledge and application required for the successful planning and organising of your teams for the delivery of products and services to customers in all aspects of event management operations. You will understand the value of data to inform managers on trends, performance and analysis.

View Event Supervision, Data and Technology on our Module Directory

Digital Marketing and Revenue Management

This module will develop your understanding of the underlying themes and forces acting on an organisation relating to its digital business, and in particular e-marketing. This is an evolving and growing aspect of modern marketing and you will research different strategies used throughout all industries to gain customers and improve brand recognition. You will learn about revenue management and the use of data to inform decision makers when maximising revenue in hospitality and events.

View Digital Marketing and Revenue Management on our Module Directory

Contemporary Issues in the Event Industry

This module will enable you to analyse current contemporary issues that impact on management, staff, operations and customers within the events industry. Contemporary management practice will be studied within changing organisational, consumer and environmental contexts to enhance your understanding of factors that impact on competitive positioning within the industry.

View Contemporary Issues in the Event Industry on our Module Directory

Delivering Event Operations and the Customer Experience

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.

View Delivering Event Operations and the Customer Experience on our Module Directory

Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

In this module you will explore the subject of business ethics and the related concept of corporate social responsibility. The module assesses the business need for ethical practice, and examines the strategies through which ethical practices can become embedded. Furthermore Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become a key concept in business operations and organizational management in recent years. The module will examine the background of CSR, its current applications, challenges, limitations as well as the different forms it can take such as HR policy and codes of conduct, legislation, and administration.

View Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility on our Module Directory

Continual Professional Development

The purpose of this module is for you to consolidate your professional and personal learning and to focus on the development of techniques and strategies for self-management of your continuous professional development. You will develop critical self-reflection skills as well as provide an understanding of the role and relevance of research for managers in decision making. 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

Teaching

  • Each year of the FdA consists of up to 21 weeks of teaching, 8 weeks gaining experience in the hotel and 2 weeks self-study, in addition to your holidays.
  • During a teaching week you would spend around 9 hours in lectures, or smaller seminars.
  • 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 hotel experience at Wivenhoe House will be in the conference and events department, but you will also gain some experience in reception, the kitchens and restaurant.
  • Term dates for this programme may differ from the standard termly timetable. Further information for the 2019/20 course is available on the Events Management 2019/20 course overview flyer.

Assessment

Your Events Management 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. This is your opportunity to organise a live event for an external client from start to finish during the final level of your course.
  • 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/EU fee

£9,250

International fee

£16,050

While the BA course is available to all applicants, the FdA 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

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.

Applying

The Edge Hotel School also holds additional Open Events throughout the year – select hospitality and events management when booking for an Essex Open Day to see any additional available dates.

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