• Study mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four years
  • Start Date: September 2019 and February 2020

Course Overview

Please note that this course is subject to validation.

The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

This innovative degree provides you with the skills and inside knowledge needed to work in event management.

During this course you’ll combine theory with practical work elements and gain a broad understanding of how events are planned, marketed, developed and run.

We’ll also give you a firm understanding of the music and live event business. You'll learn about the unique nature of working in music event management and look at a number of entrepreneurial approaches to the music business. You will also spend time exploring the social and cultural factors that affect the production and consumption of popular music.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: VFV4

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.

We have a strong teaching team at Bucks with a wealth of professional and academic experience.

From the very beginning of this course you’ll mix both theory and practice. You’ll spend time focusing on the trends shaping the event 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. In your first semester, you will then be expected to run your own event – Winterland – open to the public.

You will also be able to collaborate on assessed projects with other cohorts from within the School of Media and Creative Industries.

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Foundation Year Modules

  • Introduction to Music Management, Production and Performance
  • Preparing for Success: Knowledge & Creativity
  • Preparing for Success: Self Development & Responsibility
  • Inquiry Based Learning

Year 1 Modules

  • It's Not All Rock N Roll
  • Licence to Thrill
  • Event Hospitality
  • Marketing and PR for Events
  • Music Cultures
  • Entertainment Industry Framework
  • Managing your Brand
  • Principles of Marketing

Year 2 Modules

  • Event Management
  • Venue Management and Concert Promotion
  • Crowd Management & Visitor Safety
  • Wedding Planning (optional)
  • E Commerce for the Music Industry (optional)
  • The Music Entrepreneur

Year 3 Modules

  • Strategic Event Management
  • Mosh Pit Politics
  • Digital Music Marketing
  • Music Industry Contracts
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Fees

How much does it cost

Full time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year

Full time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year

Full time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year

Full time International, February 2020: £12,000 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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Employability

What are my career prospects

Successful Bucks graduates can look forward with confidence to a career in the world of live music, event management and entertainment. You’ll be qualified for work in event marketing and promotion, festival organisation and tour management. You’ll also be prepared for roles such as operations managers, events officers and corporate events coordinators. Alternatively, you may choose to pursue a career in stage and venue management or further your studies at postgraduate level.

Entrepreneurship is taught throughout this degree to give you the skills needed to work as a self-employed professional, or to launch your own business within live music and events management.

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. You will become adept at networking and confident to pitch yourself. By the time you graduate, you will have a wealth of transferable skills giving you more diverse career choices.

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


The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.