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BA (Hons)
Event and Festivals Management

This innovative course, developed in close consultation with the industry, will equip you with the management skills you need to succeed in this thriving, diverse and exciting employment sector.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: N821

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

The BA (Hons) Events & Festival Management degree will prepare you with the skills and knowledge required to work within the events and festival industry.

Delivery of this degree comes from lecturers that have extensive industry and academic experience, enabling the students to integrate theory and practice thus further enhancing their employability.

What will this course cover?

Both practical and academic, this programme has been developed through extensive consultation with industry professionals, focusing on trends shaping the event and festival industry today, with particular emphasis on safety.

The programme is forward-looking and will remain responsive to the ongoing changes taking place in the event and festival industry. Linking theory with practice is an important aspect of this course.  Every other year we hold an international safety conference for industry professionals and much of their work is included when reviewing the course. In addition to this, students are asked their thoughts twice a year and changes are made where needed. Undertaking both aspects of this greatly enhances the student’s employability.

Students have the opportunity of engaging with world leading industry experts with extensive track records both in the field and in the lecture room.

From the very start of this degree, students are linked to a charity and deliver events. Later in the programme as the students gain experience, they are assessed delivering events.

In the second year of study the students finish at Easter to undertake a placement. Students have undertaken this in Africa, Asia and Europe. All students will be offered paid work, by interview, from major event organisations.

Students graduating from this programme will be highly employable in the event and festival industry.

Features of this course include:

  • field trips (both national and international)
  • work placements
  • extensive industry support / world recognised guest lectures.

Download the Programme Specification.

Year One

  • Introduction to Event Management & Venues
  • Event Industry Framework
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Event Hospitality
  • Marketing and PR for Events
  • Event Rights and Merchandising

Year Two

  • Market Research for Events
  • Contemporary Events Management
  • Logistics and Planning for Events and Festivals
  • Research Methods
  • Event Management

Year Three

  • Event Safety and Visitor Welfare
  • Business and Enterprise For Events
  • Sustainability & Event Management
  • Event Strategy
  • Dissertation

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 200-240. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,000 per year
Full-time International: £9,500 per year

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I apply?

Applications for full-time undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Information on making an application through UCAS is available on our Applicants' pages.

If you are an international student, visit our international students section.

What are my career prospects?

Students graduating from this programme will be highly employable in the event and festival industry. Students graduating from this programme will be able to apply to work as corporate and sporting events coordinators/organisers, events officers, operations managers, charity fundraisers, PR and events managers to name but a few. Past students are also presently working in local theatres, promotion companies and safety and security advisers within the events industry world-wide.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Our goal as an institution is to develop students who are enterprising, employable, and who can lead. To enable that, we will support you to achieve your potential, build your independence as a learner, your discipline expertise, your professionalism, your awareness of yourself and others, your confidence and efficacy. Find out more about the support available from our Careers and Employability team.

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Kirsty Strang

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