BA (Hons) Event Management with Tourism

Course summary

OverviewAn event in another country
Events are hugely important attractions for tourism and play a key role in the marketing of destinations. This course looks at the important role of the event manager as a part of the wider tourism industry.

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.

Why choose this course?
You will learn marketing, human resources, entrepreneurship, risk and change management and accounting and finance to give you the grounding needed to understand the scope of practical planning for events. You will also study the travel and tourism sector with an understanding of planning and policy measures, as well as the impact of events for legacy and regeneration.

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 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.

Our staff are a mixture of practitioners and academics, all of whom have considerable event management experience at both international and national level. 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 currently actively engaged with industry, each running their own events each year. In addition we can boast excellent academic profiles with a National Teaching Fellow, Master in Teaching and Learning, publication of ground breaking text book, contributions to essential event management textbooks and publication of research articles in major academic event journals. 

Career and study progression
With a core understanding of the intricacies of event management combined with tourism, 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.

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you’ve already studied, or to explore something new.

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. The events and tourism industries are closely intertwined and you will learn how one feeds into the other during your year three modules.

Students watching a lecture

Study Modules

Level 4

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

Level 5

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

Plus one option from:

  • Understanding Business Tourism
  • Attractions Management

Level 6

  • Tourism Planning and Policy
  • Event Impact, Legacies and Regeneration
  • Strategic Management
  • Contemporary Issues and Management of Change
  • Service Industries Dissertation or Business Project

Plus one option from:

  • Managing the Event Venue
  • Managing the Event Workforce

Entry requirements

You will need 112 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications. These can include:

  • A Levels at grade B, B and C, or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • Access to HE Diploma

You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade A*-C) or Level 2 equivalents.

If you do not hold the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

Entry into Level 5
If you wish to enter directly at level 5 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board.

Entry into Level 6
If you wish to enter directly at level 6 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you:

  • have significant supervisory or management industrial experience and wish to enhance your skills, knowledge and expertise
  • have a Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject (or equivalent qualification).

International students

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

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
£6,167

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£7,667
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

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. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • 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.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

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UK and EU students

You can apply to study this course using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

International students

Complete our online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

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.

More about how to apply for undergraduate courses.

During the course

Teaching staff

Our staff are a mixture of practitioners and academics, all of whom have considerable event management experience at both international and national level. 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 currently actively engaged with industry, each running their own events each year. In addition we can boast excellent academic profiles with a National Teaching Fellow, Master in Teaching and Learning, publication of ground breaking text book, contributions to essential event management textbooks and publication of research articles in major academic event journals

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 and tourism industries 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 with tourism 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

We have a wide range of postgraduate courses offered by the London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism. See our postgraduate courses page to view all the courses on offer.

Careers support

Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 97% 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.

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