BA (Hons) Event Management

The BA (Hons) Event Management degree gives you hands-on experience of events management from the start. Events are held in all industries, so your skills will be in demand in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Your business skills could also lead to jobs in other areas such as sales and marketing, PR, or general management.

Throughout the Event Management course, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in workshops delivered by key organisations, including established festival organisers and national heritage bodies. This will help you understand how your learning relates to the real world. You’ll also be encouraged to undertake a sandwich placement, where you spend a year working in industry. You’ll graduate with knowledge and experience of running events, plus you’ll have essential business skills for all kinds of careers.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N820 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N821 Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N820 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N821 Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A

Year One

Provides an underpinning of theory and practice and brings students with disparate backgrounds to a common level of understanding.

  • Events in Society
  • Events in Theory
  • Events in Practice
  • Foundations in Marketing
  • Work and Organisational Behaviour
  • Business Skills and Professional Development

Year Two

Provides an opportunity to apply theory to practice and to develop skills of the Reflective Practitioner introduced in your first year. There are two study routes available in this year, one is the traditional taught route and the second is a Work Based Learning route (event internship) where three modules (starred below) are replaced with 12 weeks spent working with an organisation in an events context.

  • Live Event*
  • Event Risk Management and Operations
  • Digital Context*
  • Legislation, Regulation and Licensing for Events
  • Event Finance
  • Event Marketing
  • Research for Events*

Year Three

The final year is your chance to explore areas such as event policy and strategic issues in events, events management, including visitor care and service.

  • Strategic Issues in Event Management
  • Management Skills for Event Managers
  • Public Relations and Reputation Management
  • Professional Practice and Employability
  • Dissertation for Events


Mae modiwlau cyfrwng Cymraeg yn cynnwys | Welsh Module options are:

Modiwlau Blwyddyn 1

  • Ymddygiad Gwaith a Sefydliadau
  • Cyflwyniad i Farchnata

Modiwlau Blwyddyn 2

  • Interniaeth

Modiwlau Blwyddyn 3

  • Traethawd Hir
  • Cyflogadwyedd ac Ymarfer Proffesiynol*

* Mae’r modiwl hwn ar gael yn Gymraeg os yw digon o siaradwyr Cymraeg yn dewis ei astudio – This module is available dependent on student demand.

Foundation Year

The BA (Hons) Event Management is also available as a four year course including an integrated Foundation Year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree.

You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme.

Find out more: Foundation Year (Social Sciences)


Our event management teaching team have a wealth of experience in the events industry and are qualified to doctoral level. They are supported by a range of practitioners currently working in the industry, meaning you get a well balanced programme of study between theory and practice.

There are a number of field trips to relevant event venues and many opportunities to gain event experience. Previous visits include Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, Caerphilly Castle and The Harry Potter Experience. Past links with practice include Stroke Association Wales, Cardiff Museum, Total Students and BBC Wales with additional connections are being made on a regular basis.

You’ll be expected to involve yourself in practical event opportunities to support your studies. To facilitate work outside the classroom the timetable is blocked to ensure at least one day is kept clear within the weekly timetable.

Getting that dream job is what it’s all about, so students are encouraged to undertake a sandwich placement, where you spend a year working in industry as part of your course. We have excellent links with a variety of organisations such as BBC Wales, Caerphilly County Borough Council Tourism and Events, Eventure UK, Welsh Government, Swn Festival and CADW, where students have previously undertaken placements.


Modules are assessed through a mixture of exams, essays, reports, reflective practice as well as online via Questionmark Perception. Presentations and running a live event are an integral part of the assessment, which allow you to develop practical skills essential in the events sector.

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment): Course hoodies for use in event delivery * £25
Provided by FBS but if lost will need to be replaced by student.
Field Trips * £0 - £100
Field trips are local and often subsidised by FBS. Local transport costs may be incurred.
Professional Memberships: British Arts Festival Association £25
FBS has University membership including student access
Placement expenses: Internship/Student placement/Sandwich year £0 - £500
Students are encouraged to undertake a period of work placement. Student's undertaking placement may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire will vary according to the placement. Costs may be incurred while completing sandwich year if chosen . Costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire will vary according to the placement. Year 3 only.
Other: Core text book £50 - £50
Event Management students need to purchase one core text book called "Events Management" (3rd Edition 2011 - ISBN 978-1-85617-818-1) despite copies being available via the Library. All other texts books are accessible via the Library.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Whatever your interests, there are events to match – sporty types could find themselves behind the scenes at football tournaments or rugby tours, music fans might work on small band tours or stadium gigs, or culture vultures might be organising literature festivals or arts events. You can spend up to a year in one of a range of local, national or international organisations or join a number of partner institutions across the world that provide access to study opportunities.

We pack in as much practical experience as we can and encourage students to build a portfolio of experience as volunteers/paid employees across a wide range of event types including festivals, sporting and corporate events. In your final year, you’ll also undertake 70 hours of practical work experience (Professional Practice and Employability module) in the events industry giving you even more opportunity to build a portfolio of evidence to impress prospective employers.

Whilst the degree has been designed to prepare you to work in the event sector, you’ll also gain business skills transferable to any job. These include communication, managing people and teams, project management, health and safety, risk assessment, and marketing, to name but a few.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.