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.
UCAS CODE: N821
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.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.
Year 1: 45 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||492 hours|
|Independent learning:||708 hours|
Year 2: 39 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||419 hours|
|Independent learning:||661 hours|
Year 3: 30 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||308 hours|
|Independent learning:||892 hours|
You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.
Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.
Balance of assessment
The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.
|45 percent coursework||20 percent written exams||35 percent practical|
|70 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||30 percent practical|
|80 percent coursework||10 percent written exams||10 percent practical|
Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.
You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.
Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. 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.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
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:
Year 1 Modules
- Event Hospitality
- Event Industry Framework
- Event Rights and Merchandising
- Introduction to Event Management & Venues
- Introduction to Marketing
- Marketing and PR for Events
Year 2 Modules
- Contemporary Events Management
- Event and Festival Management
- Logistics for Events and Festivals
- Market Research for Events (optional)
- Wedding Planning / Design (optional)
Year 3 Modules
- Business and Enterprise For Events
- Event Safety
- Event Strategy
- Sustainability for Events
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full Time International: £11,000 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow
Dr Adrian Guachalla
Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.
The Event and Festivals Management course is a really great course, offering a wide range of information surrounding the subject. This gives you an insight into different areas which you might like to pursue after university, whilst also getting the opportunity to go on work placement in the second year.
I am really enjoying it. I have learnt subjects I never thought I would enjoy, including marketing and law. This course is full of different opportunities and I am very glad to have chosen it.
Event and Festivals Management is a dynamic course ideal for all those interested in devoting their future to events industry. Whilst being guided by dedicated and experienced lecturers who seek to make every module enjoyable and absorbing, it allows its students to gain valuable knowledge and experience that makes it easier to break through and shine in this constantly developing and fast-moving industry.
Students are given many opportunities to put theory into practice, whilst spending time on assessed second-year work placement or getting involved in various event-related work opportunities advertised by both course lecturers and Bucks Students’ Union. Students are also provided with supportive advice with regards to assessed coursework, along with timely feedback which allows to improve future results and make this University experience even more worthwhile.
Moreover, to make the time at Bucks more enjoyable, international study trips are offered as part of the course. These allow students to combine knowledge-stimulating sessions which provide international insights into the events industry with a little bit of fun spent sightseeing and socialising with other course mates.