FdA Business with Events Management

One of the largest colleges in Devon. A key part of the economic, cultural and social development of the county’s rural communities. Rated ‘good’ with 'outstanding features' by Ofsted. We have strong links with local employers, so you gain invaluable, hands-on experience. And, when you’re ready to move on, you have a degree from Plymouth University – one of the top three modern universities in the UK, as ranked by the Sunday Times University Guide.   

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • PETR1004 Organisational Behaviour

      This module considers how organisational behaviour and attitude influences the behaviour of individuals and groups at work. The module will use a range of theories and managerial approaches to analyse and explain human behaviour at work.

    • PETR1005 Marketing Fundamentals

      The module introduces new marketing students to the fascinating world of modern marketing. It will analyse the major trends and forces impacting marketing and focus on how customer value and engagement is created in the digital and social age.

    • PETR1006 Developing Graduate Skills in Business

      The module seeks to encourage enthusiasm for life-long learning; and to facilitate productive reflection on previous learning experiences and future plans. The module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skills necessary to produce appropriate academic work and for future employment.

    • PETR1043 Business Accounting

      The module introduces students to key aspects of financial management accounting in order to be able to use financial information for decision making purposes. Students will be expected to construct financial statements, analyse the accounting regulatroy process and analyse the financial performance of a business using ratio analysis, budgeting and investment appraisal.

    • PETR1045 Introduction to the Events Sector

      This module will introduce students to the events sector, and will examine the range, diversity and development of events and provide a general introduction to the event industry. Students will develop an understanding of different types of events, conferences and exhibitions.

    • PETR1046 Hospitality for Events

      This module introduces hospitality management practices and procedures, explores menu development, introduces technical skills and highlights the essential elements for food safety.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • PETR2004 Enterprise and Innovation

      The focus of this module is the generic skills required when starting up a business, including the development of innovation in organisations. The module will cover a range of business start-upconcerns from initial business ideas to legal requirement. The module examines characteristics of an innovative organisation and contextualises strategic options, including the cultural shift from operational to strategic thinking.

    • PETR2044 Legal Aspects for Events

      This module will cover the essential legislation associated with event implementation. It will illustrate the health, safety and security dilemmas and provide risk management solutions.

    • PETR2045 Event Project Management

      This module provides the opportunity to experience a multi disciplinary approach to the planning and implementation of an event. It offers the most significant opportunity in the programme for students to demonstrate the ability to develop, implement and evaluate an event, and also to enhance employability skills.

    • PETR2052 Human Resource Management

      This module will provide learners with the principals and theories of human resource management. The module will focus on the employer need for a flexible workforce and the importance of training and staff development.

    • PETR2053 Research Methods

      The module introduces students to the formal methods of advanced research, and allows the completion of a research project. The principals of research covered in this module will adequately prepare students for level 6 dissertation work.

    • PETR2054 Corporate Strategy and Risk

      This module introduces the theory and practice of strategic planning. It explores the nature of business strategy and policy-making aimed at attaining and sustaining a competitive advantage. The interrelationships between functions and the total value system will be scrutinised. Emphasis is placed on the application of a range of planning models and reflection upon the development of graduate skills in the workplace.

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.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

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

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with PETROC

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Petroc

With main campuses in Barnstaple, Tiverton and Brannams, if you decide to study at the combined college, you’ll be able to take advantage of increased resources and the plethora of learning opportunities associated with them.

Find out more about studying at Petroc