FdA Event Management with Hospitality

Course summary

This course is designed to develop your career in planning and managing all kinds of events such as sport, conferences, weddings, fundraising, exhibitions, PR, training and festivals. Once you complete the course successfully you can progress onto our BA (Hons) Event Management course.

This course combines academic study with practical and vocational skills, helping you to put theory into practice in a work-related environment. Based in London, where all the main event associations are located and where major sports events, gala evenings and film premieres regularly take place, you are studying right at the heart of the events management industry.

Course detail


Year One (Credit Level 4)

  • Events Planning
  • Events Logistics
  • The Events Industry
  • Personal and Professional Development for Managers
  • Management Information
  • Food and Beverage Studies OR Food Production Operations

Year Two (Credit Level 5)

  • Events Bidding
  • Live Events Management
  • Restaurant and Food Management
  • Management Accounting and Decision Making
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Managing People in Practice

Year One (Credit Level 4)

Events Planning
This module looks at different types of events and explores key factors affecting their planning. It enables you to understand how funding and sponsorship work and the importance of maintaining a healthy budget. You will explore and understand how to plan and organise a team and find key suppliers and participants to make events happen.

Events Logistics
During this module you will become familiar with planning and management, venue selection and site management, negotiation, and booking and contracting. You will also look at the practical considerations for running venue events.

The Events Industry
In this module we introduce you to the events industry, examine what events are, and explore the range of event types. This includes looking at why we have events and who demands them, and the impact they have in society.

Personal and Professional Development for Managers
In this module you will develop and record 400 hours of work experience and be introduced to the knowledge and skills that will help you understand your approach to learning and career development in event management. It will help you become a more effective learner and is structured around managing yourself, your learning, and others.

Management Information
This module gives you a foundation in accounting and statistics, exploring their impact on decision-making. The module also includes essential conceptual and practical applications and encourages a critical approach to event planning.

Food and Beverage Studies
This module shows you how managing a hospitality operation successfully requires an underpinning knowledge of a range of techniques involved in producing and serving food and drink.

Food Production Operations
This module is aimed at establishing an understanding of the classification, production, purchase and control of food and drink.

Year Two (Credit Level 5)

Events Bidding
The module develops your understanding and awareness of what organisations must do when bidding to host major events.

Live Events Management
This is a practical module where you organise, plan and run a live event. The event addresses the needs of those involved and uses an integrated approach to planning and delivery.

Management Accounting and Decision Making
Pre-requisite: Management Information

This module builds on the techniques you learned in Management Information.

Sales and Marketing
One of the major attractions of hospitality operations is contact with people. This module introduces you to the factors that influence consumer behaviour, and the concepts and principles of marketing management.

Managing People in Practice
Pre-requisite: Personal and Professional Development for Managers

This module introduces you to the essential knowledge you need to manage people in hospitality organisations. This is partly done through workplace learning.

Entry requirements

Dip HE – 180 UCAS tariff points normally in a minimum of two subject areas plus Level 2 English and Maths.

We also welcome applicants with no formal qualifications. These applications will be considered on an individual basis taking into account their professional/work/life experiences and their ability to engage with and benefit from the course.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and 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


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During the course

Notable aspects

You will help organise at least one live event during the course. All teaching is relevant to work in event management and you are assessed on your range of skills. During the course you will complete live client briefs, work-based case studies, risk assessment exercises, design presentations, essays, project work, team work, live event projects, live client bidding, workshops, industry reports, blogs and more.

The University is a founding member of the Association of Event Management Education and has membership links with the International Special Events Society UK and Meetings Professional International.

Special resources

Within reach of London's major hotel groups, you will have access to conference, banqueting and gala occasions for invaluable work experience.

Teaching staff

Our staff are practitioners and academics, all of whom have considerable event management experience, both nationally and internationally. This includes corporate travel planning with GlaxoSmithKline, corporate hospitality with Epsom Racecourse, Twickenham and Wimbledon, consultancy work with MPI, Business Director for weddings, representative for cycling at the Atlanta Olympics and management of a host of gala, festival and fundraising events.

All our staff are actively involved in the industry, running their own events each year. Our academics include a National Teaching Fellow, a Master in Teaching and Learning, an author of a ground-breaking textbook, and many other contributors to event management textbooks and research articles in major academic event journals.


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Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

A range of jobs are open to graduates in event management. Our graduates have secured positions as assistant event organisers, event planners, fundraising officers, festival managers, event designers, event logistics managers, venue managers, event and project coordinators and event client coordinators. In addition, many have gone on to run their own events businesses, with support from the University.

Study progression

If you are interested in continuing your studies, you can choose to progress onto the final year of our BA (Hons) Event Management.