Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Events Management with Foundation Year

Do you want to create truly unforgettable events? Our hands-on degree – developed with industry – gives you the insight, know-how and skills to become a critical, creative events professional. You could be a part of Glastonbury’s festival management team, design event themes for the South West Tourism Awards, or produce marketing materials for Plymouth in Bloom. Collaborate with a range of UK event companies – so you’re ready to impact the way events are produced and managed in the future.

The course starts with a foundation year 0, specifically designed to introduce and develop essential skills for success in higher education, including critical thinking and research skills, and the knowledge and understanding of key facets of business, hospitality and events management.

Careers with this subject

Career opportunities

Our socially aware graduates have the skills and knowledge required to hit the ground running in a diverse range of careers including hotel management, cruise guest relations and destination marketing.

Where could an events management degree take you?

Events management careers

Key features

  • The foundation year is an integral part of the extended degree and you will benefit from experienced university lecturers. Whilst completion of the foundation year will not lead to a separate award or qualification in its own right, you will be able to confidently progress to programmes within our suite of courses in Plymouth Business School
  • Plan and deliver real, live events – including conferences, high-end banqueting, exhibitions and trade fairs. You’ll bid for the opportunity to manage your preferred event, and learn collaboration skills by working with your course mates on the delivery of all staged events.
  • Be inspired by extra-curricular activity that helps you become a well-rounded events professional. Take part in team-building activities at Skern Lodge in Devon. Learn from guest speakers and attend event conferences. You’ll have the chance to acquire industry-related professional qualifications too.
  • Expand your horizons with our international fieldwork. Build confidence, understand different cultures and get to grips with industry standards. In the past our students have visited event venues in Prague, attended a bespoke training session at Disneyland Paris and explored Amsterdam at night through a series of free events across the city.
  • Lay strong foundations for a successful career using our extensive industry links to secure a one-year work placement in the UK or abroad. Gain vital industry experience – students have worked at international exhibitions, organised Christmas parties for over 900 guests, and taken part in marketing activities and corporate team building.
  • Learn from the best – our teaching staff are all actively engaged in the research of industry leadership, employer needs, planning, communication, event innovation, evaluation and other management issues.
  • Create a portfolio before you even graduate. Assessments are linked to real clients throughout the course, and you’ll have the chance to develop professional materials and presentations to explain your ideas. In previous years, clients have used winning ideas in their business operations.
  • Future-proof your career and benefit from a course that views sustainability as a crucial factor in the events industry. You’ll examine the social, economic, political, cultural and environmental dimensions related to the issue of sustainability.
  • Seize the opportunity to learn a foreign language – options include English for academic purposes, French, German, Mandarin and Spanish.
  • Empower yourself with our unique course. Challenge normal thinking. Ask the difficult questions. Take the long view and become an advocate for better business practice.
  • In the 2018 National Student Survey, 81 per cent of students were satisfied overall and 100 per cent of graduates felt staff were good at explaining things.

Course details

  • Year 0
  • In this year, you’ll experience a supportive environment to assist you in the transition to successful study in higher education. You will learn for example about academic writing, critical thinking skills and begin to develop your research skills, as well as develop your knowledge and understanding through an introduction to key aspects of business, accounting and tourism, hospitality and events management. You’ll also have the opportunity to do independent research into an area of your studies that interests you, with a supervisor to guide and support you through the process.

    Core modules
    • HTM001 Introduction to Tourism, Hospitality and Events

      This module will provide students with an overview of the tourism, hospitality and event industry by introducing their key components. It will explore current issues and facilitate the application of theory to business operation and consumer experience whilst supporting the development of key transferable skills.

    • STO001 Introduction to Academic Writing

      The module will provide participants with an introduction to the themes of Being Enterprising, Education for Sustainable Development (EfSD) the international context, and governance/ citizenship and within this thematic context will develop a range of academic and professional skills including: researching (multimedia); critical thinking, academic writing; feedback and reflection. The module will provide a thorough underpinning to working and learning in a higher education context and will provide opportunities for reflecting on formative and summative feedback.

    • STO002 Introduction to Business and Accounting

      The module will introduce the components, functions & context of a business including contemporary organisational constructs. Participants will explore the impact of different models on purpose, values, stakeholders & reporting. Globalisation, sustainability, ethics and entrepreneurship are core themes. Accounting principles including cash-flow, income statements & balance sheets will be introduced & the relationship between management theories accounting explored.

    • STO003 Research Skills

      The module will enable students to experience research skills at an introductory level and to develop a range of academic and professional skills within the area of research. Students will work as part of small teams within research topics that will develop their understanding the importance of effective collaboration to deliver sound outputs. The module also aims to bring students mathematics ability to the required level for undergraduate level.

    • STO004 Supervised Research Project

      The student integrates subject specific knowledge and skills to develop a specialist area of knowledge in depth and - with supervision from a subject specialist - conducts their own research investigation and reports their findings.

  • Year 1
  • We’ll introduce you to how events fit into the exciting world of arts, entertainment and the media. You’ll discover the principles of design and learn what it takes to manage conferences and events. To round off the year, you’ll explore entrepreneurialism and potential careers in the events sector. Plus you’ll have the chance to study hospitality for events, or a language, including French, German, Mandarin or Spanish.

    Core modules
    • HTM109 Principles of Design and Themes

      This module introduces students to experience economy and the principles and use of themes and design in the events, tourism, and hospitality industries.

    • HTM147 Event Production

      This module provides an introduction to the technical aspects of event production that add value to the event experience. Whilst it is not expected that every event manager will have the technical expertise to deliver every aspect of the event plan it is important that he/she understands the key components and the potential impact they have on the event outcome.

    • HTM148 International Event Destinations

      This module uses a range of approaches to build understanding and familiarity of a selection of international event destinations. The module examines the character, development, regional distribution and impacts of international events, and connects such events to core geographical concepts which are explored in a variety of cultural settings, and are exemplified through the study of selected case studies of specific event issues and locations (ie mature and emerging event destinations).

    • HTM151 Introduction to Sustainable Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Cruise Management

      This module introduces students to the sustainable principles and practice of contemporary tourism, hospitality, events and cruise management. Students will gain insight into their dynamic international markets - their scale, size and structure -and an overview of current and future global market trends.

    • HTM155 Sustainable Management and Practice

      This module provides an overview of sustainable development and how it fits with the tourism and events industries. It reviews the importance of planning and managing sustainable practice reviewing examples of best sustainable practice drawn from a range of sectors e.g. ISO20121.

    • HTM156 Management and Employability Skills

      This module is designed to develop the academic, organisational and reflective skills necessary to be an effective manager within the Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Cruise Industries. The content introduces the concepts of management and employability skills to enable learners to gain an understanding of management principles and the skills to be successful in gaining future employment.

  • Year 2
  • This year you’ll develop your knowledge and skills by studying a range of core modules, getting hands-on experience managing and promoting specific events. You will enhance your health and safety knowledge through the crowd behaviour and risk management module. Understand how to get people to attend your event and enhance its reputation. You’ll investigate research methods, giving you the skills required to engage in both academic and business research – invaluable for placements or careers that involve market research. You’ll also have the chance to study optional modules, including festivals and event tourism or a language.

  • Optional placement year
  • This year you’ll get the opportunity to undertake a paid industry placement. You’ll spend 48 weeks working with an organisation in the UK or abroad, across a wide range of sectors. You’ll apply the skills and knowledge you’ve gained over the past two years in the real world. You’ll immerse yourself in a professional environment enabling you to make a range of contacts – all invaluable when it comes to securing a job. Complete your placement and you’ll earn a Certificate of Industrial Experience.

  • Final year
  • In your final year you’ll undertake the honours project, which allows you to pursue a specific interest that you’re passionate about, through a significant research-based exercise. You’ll gain a strategic understanding of the industry and its future perspectives, by engaging with event issues, such as crisis and disaster management. You can also choose to study a range of other subjects like leadership, event innovation, event consultancy and a language option.


Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Events Management with Foundation Year Programme Specification 6669

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

32 - 80

BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: Pass PPP-MMP in any subject.

BTEC National Diploma modules

If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application. 

International Baccalaureate: 24-25 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level. English and Maths accepted within: Higher Level = 4, Standard Level = 5.

ITELTS: If overseas and not studying English within IB – Must have IELTS: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all elements.

New Irish Highers: From 2017 32-80 points.

Access courses: Pass Access Course (any subject) plus GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4 or above or equivalent.

City and Guilds Level 3: We will accept with a minimum of Merit overall alongside a good GCSE profile, including English and Maths grade C / 4. 

Cyprus Apolytirion: 15/20 to 16/20 overall to include a pass in Maths and IELTS: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all elements.

GCSE’s or equivalent: Maths and English at Grade C/4 or City and Guilds; Key Skills Level 2 will be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2020 2021
Home £9,250 £9,250
International £13,800 £14,200
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Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Tanya Bellingham

Tanya Bellingham combines an academic career with continued industry experience helping a range of organisations in the UK and beyond develop their event capacities.

Tanya’s research interests cover sustainable solutions for the events and tourism sectors, and the importance of legacy in event design and delivery.

Learn more about the School of Tourism and Hospitality

Dr Nigel Jackson

Dr Nigel Jackson has extensive experience in marketing and public relations within the commercial, agency and not-for-profit sectors, and is the author of 'Promoting and Marketing Events: theory and practice' (2013).

Nigel’s research interests include communication, marketing, public relations and the application of persuasion.

Learn more about Nigel's research interests

Work placements

Kate Matthews shares her placement story

A placement is an unmissable opportunity to get a glimpse into the real you. It will prepare you like nothing else when you leave university and start looking for a job – your confidence, combined with the experience on your CV – will stand you head and shoulders above candidates. The whole opportunity has been amazing! In addition to my continued professional development I have also had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe to work at some amazing events.

Read more about Kates placement 

Find out more about placements with the Department of Tourism and Hospitality

Kate Matthews BA (Hons) Events Management student during her placement year

Second year case study - Plymouth Raiders awards night

I’ve come in this morning to more positive feedback from parents, players and sponsors. People have not stopped talking about it and how well it went. I cannot say enough good things about you all and what you did.

Eight second year event management students as part of their practical module organised the Plymouth Raiders Awards Night.

Find out more about about awards night success

The team after all the hard work. Image courtesy of Leigh Acton.

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Assessment breakdown

  • @ Year 0 - 90% coursework, 10% exams
  • @ Year 1 to final year - 3% exams, 97% coursework

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