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Events Production and Management


Foundation degree

Key facts

FdA Events Production and Management
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
Full-time (2 years/2 days a week) or Part-time (3 years/1 day a week). Campus only.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: W47
Course Code: 241N
Campus Code: C,WESTON

Entry requirements

Offers are usually made on the basis of a minimum of CC at A Level or a BTEC Extended Diploma at MPP, or equivalent, preferably in a related area.

This course has been designed with employers to provide the knowledge and work-based practice needed to be a success in the dynamic and exciting events sector.

  • Prepare for a great career in the South West’s thriving events sector.
  • Work-based learning in events management combined with transferable academic knowledge.
  • Cover subjects including business planning, marketing, social media promotion, leadership and project management.

The South West’s events industry provides great employment opportunities and wider economic benefits for the whole region. This course has been developed with the help of employers, and students can take advantage of UCW’s links with festivals and other events.

The course is delivered in small class sizes, and led by a highly qualified lecturing team. You’ll benefit from their industry contacts in the regional events and hospitality sector and professional experience in areas including tourism, marketing and retail. This Events course also includes guest lectures from visiting experts, and the opportunity to undertake relevant work placements.

What you'll learn


The programme combines hands-on, practical learning with studies in the business rationale behind the staging of successful events, and also provides the enhanced research skills needed for further study.

The course offers transferable academic knowledge in areas applicable to all successful businesses, such as planning, marketing, social media promotion, leadership, teamwork, and project management, and also covers related areas such as sustainability and how events organisations should approach their regulatory requirements and legal obligations.

Course structure

Year one (if studied on a full-time basis)

  • Introduction to events management (20 credits) – gain a grounding in the events management cycle, from planning and design through to implementation and evaluation.
  • Introduction to marketing and social media (20 credits) – study the key theories of consumer behaviour alongside marketing techniques including social media promotion.
  • Understanding the events industry (40 credits) – reflect upon the characteristics and nature of different events as part of an overview of the industry.
  • Work-based research (40 credits) – research and review relevant events case studies, and develop skills for small-scale events in areas such as music, sport, fashion and business conferences.

Year two (if studied on a full-time basis)

  • Events business planning (40 credits) – learn how to assess the potential risks and rewards of hosting an event.
  • Events sustainability (20 credits) – consider the social and environmental responsibilities of staging an event.
  • Investigating people and leadership (40 credits) – cover topics such as service quality, operations management and the dynamics of teamwork.
  • Venue Management (20 credits) – gain the theoretical, practical and industry-specific knowledge needed to manage a venue in areas such as risk management, crowd safety, noise pollution, food hygiene and customer management.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via a combination of written exams, practical exams and coursework. In the first year, the assessment breakdown is 5% written exams, 28% practical exams and 67% coursework. In the second year, it is 10% written exams, 24% practical exams and 66% coursework.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught via a combination of lectures and seminars. UCW’s Higher Education Library Plus (HE.LP) team also deliver a series of sessions on degree-level research and academic writing to all first-year students. When not in scheduled lecturers and seminars, students are expected to continue learning through independent self-study. This involves reading relevant literature, working on individual and group projects, and undertaking research in preparation for coursework and exams.

In the first year, this course has an average of 11.5 hours of scheduled teaching per week. In the second year, it has an average of 10 hours of scheduled teaching per week. At UCW we understand that some students benefit from more contact time with lecturers than is the norm at a traditional university, so we do all we can to make sure academic staff are available for their students when they are needed.


Professional visits and field trips

Students on this course are invited to visit businesses in the events sector and undertake optional UK and overseas residential trips.

Work placements

Work-based learning is central to studying at UCW and you’ll be encouraged to undertake a suitable work placement with a business or organisation in the events sector.


  • The BA (Hons) Top-up in Business Management with Sustainability at UCW.
  • Graduates of this course are also eligible to apply to join the third year of the BA (Hons) Business and Management at Bath Spa University.
  • Employment in events management roles across a range of businesses and organisations.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught at Knightstone Campus, University Centre Weston. By enrolling on this course, you’ll be among the first students to benefit from the state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities and extended opening hours at the multimillion pound redevelopment of the iconic Winter Gardens building, also in the centre of Weston.


Visit Events Production and Management, FdA on University Centre Weston's website for fee information.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Offers are usually made on the basis of a minimum of CC at A Level or a BTEC Extended Diploma at MPP, or equivalent, preferably in a related area.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Contact our admissions team at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Course leader: Melissa O'Connor
Email: Melissa.oconnor@weston.ac.uk

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