FdA Event Management with Placement

Course summary

This course will give you a foundation in events management and combines it with the work experience and connections you need to start your career. On successful completion you can go on to the BA (Hons) Event Management top-up degree.

We take advantage of our London location, giving you the opportunity to attend high-profile events and a variety of venues to gain exposure to the industry in action. As well as live event projects, you’ll learn through practical teaching such as case studies and team projects, to understand the fundamentals of event management.

In addition, you will complete a work placement during your studies that will allow you to put theory into practice. This takes place at the end of your second year, and we will support you with finding a placement either in the UK or overseas.

Career and study progression

With a core understanding of the intricacies of event management combined with work experience, and exposure to an array of events across London, you will gain transferable skills for a range of careers in international or UK events management.

On successful completion you will be able to progress on to our BA (Hons) Event Management top-up degree.

For more details, please see the Career and study progression section.

Course detail

Your modules will give you the foundation needed for management-level roles, from operations and logistics to finance and marketing. You will also have the option to specialise in a specific sector of the events industry through your optional modules.

Your work placement usually commences at the end of your second year of study. You will work at an events-related employer in the UK or overseas. You must complete 26 weeks of full-time work and you will be assessed through a work in progress report. This report contributes to the assessment for the Research Methods for Management module.

Study Modules

Year 1

  • Event Planning
  • The Event Environment
  • Academic Development and Employability
  • Event Operations and Logistics
  • Principles of Management and Leadership
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance

Year 2

  • Applied Events Management
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Production of Events
  • Research Methods for Managers

Plus one option from:

  • Corporate Events
  • Managing Sports Events
  • Celebration Events
  • The Music and Live Events Industry
  • Restaurant and Management of Functions
  • Understanding Business Tourism

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 72 UCAS points normally in a minimum of two subject areas
  • plus GCSE English and Maths at grade A*- C, or equivalent.

International students

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above or a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses.


Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
Fees for our 2017 courses have not yet been released.


Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Current scholarships include:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.

Please note that fees given are per academic year unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to change. Costs can increase each year.

How to apply

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

Apply for this course at www.ucas.com when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

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International students

Apply at www.ucas.com or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

Notable aspects

Our established links with event industry associations such as Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the Event and Visual Communication Association (EVCOM), the International Live Events Association (ILEA), and the Association for Events Management Education (AEME) gives you networking opportunities for work experience and career development.

Teaching methods

Teaching and learning has been designed with the student in mind to provide a foundation for the work environment. You will complete a range of
- client briefs
- work-based case studies
- risk assessments
- design presentations
- essays
- project work
- team work
- live event projects
- client bidding
- workshops
- industry reports
All supported by academic research.

Work experience during the course

Your work placement usually commences at the end of your second year of study. You will work at an events-related employer in the UK or overseas. You must complete 26 weeks of full-time work and you will be assessed through a work in progress report. This report contributes to the assessment for the Research Methods for Management module.

What our students say

Dena Weal, BA (Hons) Event Management graduate

"Three words to describe my university experience: Fun. Creative. Informative.

I loved all the practical experience of organising real events.

I will now work as a Wedding planner.

In five years I would like to be running my own company."

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

Employers in the events industry express the need for professionals possessing a combination of practical and theoretical skills. In addition, employers recognise the merits of diverse skills in marketing, HR, operations and finance, all of which are developed whilst studying for an events management degree.

By developing a strong management background in the context of events management, you will also gain transferable skills that you will be able to apply to a range of careers including:

  • Event Organiser
  • Event Planner
  • Fundraising Officer
  • Festival Manager
  • Event Designer
  • Event Logistics Manager
  • Venue Manager
  • Event and Project Coordinator
  • Event Client Coordinator
  • Event Assistant

In addition, many graduates have gone on to start their own successful events business with support from the University.

Study progression

Study progression

On successful completion you can go on to the BA (Hons) Event Management top-up degree.

Careers support

Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 96% of our graduates are in work within six months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the InterContinental Hotels Group, The Savoy, Thomas Cook Travel, Cobra Beer, and the Royal Palaces. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors’ scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.