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BA (Hons)
Event and Festivals Management

From sporting and corporate events, to charity fundraisers and music festivals, this course will give you the skills needed for a successful career in this thriving global industry. You'll have the opportunity to work at events such as the London Marathon, Glastonbury Festival and Goodwood.

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?

This innovative degree provides you with the skills and inside knowledge needed to work in festival and event management. During this course you’ll combine theory with practical work placements and gain a broad understanding of how events are planned, marketed, developed and run.

What will this course cover?
From the very beginning of this course you’ll mix both theory and practice. We link you with a local charity and help you to organise a variety of different fundraising events, giving you hands-on experience.

You’ll spend time focusing on the trends shaping the event and festival industry, with a strong emphasis on safety. You’ll take key modules in marketing, event strategy and hospitality. We’ll also teach you about events rights and merchandising, sustainability and logistics.

This dynamic course is constantly developing in line with a fast-moving industry. You'll finish your degree with the most up to date knowledge and skills, ready to enter employment.

Work at leading events and festivals
Subject to selection interviews, paid work experience will be available to you on this course along with a number of volunteering opportunities. Previous organisations include Reading and Leeds Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Goodwood, the UK Festival Awards, the London Marathon and Wembley.

In the second year of study you’ll spend time on an assessed work placement. Former students have done this with wedding planners and international events companies in Africa, Asia and Europe.

We have a strong teaching team at Bucks with a wealth of professional and academic experience. The course benefits from a number of industry links and there are extensive opportunities for work placements throughout your time with us. These placements are often paid and allow you to build your own network of contacts for the future.

Personal License and First Aid
While you are studying on this degree, you’ll be offered the chance to become a Personal License holder. This allows you to sell or supply alcohol at events or become a licensee at a registered venue. You’ll also take an Emergency First Aider course, which will further enhance your employability in this industry.

International study trips
Our international study trips give you the chance to visit event management companies overseas. This allows you to observe the professional environment and learn how international events can be operated. Previous trips include Amsterdam, Geneva, Dublin and Barcelona.

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

  • Event and Festival Management
  • Market Research for Events
  • Contemporary Events Management
  • Logistics and Planning for Events and Festivals
  • Wedding Planning / Design
  • 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 80-96. 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?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

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.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow.

What are my career prospects?

When you finish this course you’ll be highly employable throughout the festival and events industry. You’ll be qualified to work in a range of roles such as operations managers, events officers and corporate events coordinators. Former graduates have also found work in the global events industry, as safety and security advisers, wedding planners, within promotion companies and theatres.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.