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BA (Hons) Events Management (with Foundation Year option)

This multi-accredited course provides the knowledge and skillset needed to create and manage diverse events from product launches to mega-events like the Olympic Games.

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    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

With foundation year: N821

Why study BA (Hons) Events Management at BU?

  • Learn from academic specialists who are actively involved in research that informs the future of the industry 
  • Benefit from visits to local and regional event venues, as well as studying real-life case studies and hearing from industry guest lecturers  
  • Gain an expert understanding of event marketing, financial reporting, project planning, event bidding and consumer behaviours 
  • Study abroad at one of our many partner institutions across the world  
  • Build your network of professional contacts, enhance your CV and employability during the 30-week work placement
  • This course is ranked 10th in its subject area according to the 2021 Guardian League Tables.

Find out more about the content of this course.

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

Foundation year: We have a foundation year option for UK students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the business and management skills required for this course, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the full degree.

Course accreditations

The accreditation bodies on our BA (Hons) Events Management course are renowned industry-wide for promoting excellence and the highest standards, all of which is reflected in the BU Business School Experience: 

  • The Association for Project Management (APM) is the only chartered body recognising project management skills
  • Recognised as a leading university in the industry by the Institute of Travel & Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence. With this recognition, you can take advantage of networking opportunities, and raise your professional profile 
  • Accredited by the Institute of Data & Marketing (IDM) means that upon successful completion of the accredited unit you will be able to obtain the IDM Certificate in Digital and Data-Driven Marketing
  • Awarded Graduate Gateway status with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), gain CIM professional qualifications as well as exemptions towards a CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


4 years full-time including a minimum 30-week work placement. Foundation year: 5 years full-time including a minimum 30-week work placement.


The Association for Project Management (APM), The Institute of Data & Marketing (IDM) , ITT Centre of Excellence, The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Graduate Gateway

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. Foundation year: 48-72 UCAS tariff points. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. 

You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry. Previous guest lectures have included the Director of Bournemouth International Air Festival, the Managing Director of Story Events and the Vice President and Legal Advisor for the National Outdoor Event Association (NOEA).

Contact hours and assessment 

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 566kb)Download the foundation year programme specification (pdf 286kb)


Our ranking in the UK for hospitality, event management and tourism in the Guardian League Table 2021
BU is second in the UK for hospitality and tourism management according to the Shanghai Rankings of Academic Subjects 2020
We are 10th in the world for hospitality and leisure management – QS University Rankings 2020


At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

Your placement will begin after your second year of study and must last a minimum of 30 weeks. You can even choose to undertake your placement abroad – giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will suit applicants who:

  • Enjoy working with other people
  • Can do more than one thing at once
  • Are flexible with time and energy levels
  • Are creative and enthusiastic
  • Can adapt to varying demands/workloads.

How to apply

Entry requirements


The field of events management is varied and exciting to work in and this degree will prepare you for a range of roles in the sector. The work placement you undertake will allow you to make valuable contacts within the events management industry and will help you to improve your employment prospects.

92% of our students are in work or further study within fifteen months of finishing their course.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our graduates think

Rees Hitchcock

Since graduating from BU, I’ve worked in creative agencies and the music industry. I’ve managed to apply all of my final year units directly to my career.

What our graduates think

Sarah Coulthard

My work placement was absolutely fantastic. The knowledge you gain makes it a priceless experience and I would heavily recommend a work placement to anyone.

What our students say

Luke Redfern

The course content is perfectly poised to produce a graduate with a full understanding of the events industry and an asset to any events management company.

Statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats and BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.