University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Birmingham

Events Management Top-up

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Course summary

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Course snapshot Events management is a rapidly-growing and exciting sector offering huge potential for graduates, and demand is high for managers with robust communication, leadership and managerial skills to create the 'wow' factor. On UCB's Events Management Top-up course, you'll develop a varied management skill set to give you the platform you need to launch your career in a great variety of areas within the industry. Our course is accredited by the University of Birmingham - one of the world's leading academic institutions - as well as the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), a recognised professional management body. Who’s the course for? This course is designed for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject and is interested in working in a variety of fields within the events industry, including sporting events, festivals, wedding planning, meetings, exhibitions and incentive travel. Why should I study the course?

  • RESIDENTIAL VISIT – Travel overseas on a residential trip to a European destination as part of your course
  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Complete our CMI-accredited course and you will be eligible for an Award in Leadership, with CMI membership and access to learning resources throughout your studies
  • DIVERSE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE – Study a variety of topics including marketing, risk management and events planning
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Customise your learning with a range of optional modules including financial strategy, adventure events and ‘dark’ tourism
Great. Tell me some more Our top-up course draws on the contemporary and future events environment with an emphasis on the changing nature of the events industry, including a focus on the management of large scale mega-events, festivals and tourism. Thanks to the close working relationships UCB has developed throughout the events sector over the years, you will be able to supplement your studies with real work experience in the field, greatly enhancing your CV for prospective employers. Our highly experienced [email protected] employability team will support you in finding opportunities for work. What skills will I gain? You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the events sector and the processes involved in creating a successful event. You will learn how to oversee a live event and build upon your knowledge of events systems and project management, as well as learning how to handle crisis situations and environmental turbulence. You will be taught how to manage large scale events, such as conferences, concerts, product launches, festivals and carnivals. Through our range of optional modules, you will be able to develop your understanding of financial strategies or learn more about global marketing and 'dark tourism'. What about the future? With proven managerial skills, drive and leadership, you will be able to progress quickly after completing this course. Potential career options include working in:
  • Convention and exhibition centres
  • Festivals and cultural events
  • Sporting events
  • Events management companies
  • Charity promotion and fundraising
You can also seek a position as an events manager in any number of other areas such as corporate businesses, museums, leisure centres and hotel resorts, with an expanding scope of employment pathways. You will also have the opportunity to progress onto postgraduate level study, including courses at UCB such as MSc/PGDip Global Meetings and Events Management or MA/PGDip Marketing Management for Events, Hospitality and Tourism.

Course details


  • Event Crisis Strategy
  • Festivals and Events Tourism
  • Mega Events
  • Winning Events Bids
  • International Research Project
Plus one option from:
  • Financial Strategy
  • Global Marketing Solutions
  • Managing Adventure Events
  • Dark and Thanatourism Management
- Personal Effectiveness and Behavioural Skills

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Teaching – full-time route Example of a typical teaching week (up to 14 contact hours):

  • Large group teaching – 6 hours
  • Smaller group teaching – 3 hours
  • Tutorials – 3 hours
  • Subject advice sessions – 2 hours
  • Field trips and visits
You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. Teaching – part-time route The part-time timetable is made up of one module per semester with three semesters in total. The research module is started in semester one and completed in semester three. Example of a typical teaching week (one day per week):
  • Smaller group teaching – 3 hours
  • Tutorials – 1 hour
You will also need to commit around 10 hours per week for individual study time, though some weeks may require you to extend beyond this, particularly when you are engaged in completing assessments. Assessment Estimated breakdown of assessment for this top-up course:
  • Coursework – 70%
  • Practical assessment – 5%
  • Written examination – 25%
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Management Institute

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

- **Transferring from another university** At University College Birmingham, we consider applications from students who have studied, or are currently studying, a Higher Education course and now wish to transfer universities. - **What do I need to do?** To make an enquiry about studying at University College Birmingham, you will need to complete our online enquiry form -> **** Consideration for advanced entry will be dependent on the modules of your previous course, and how well this matches to the content of the course you wish to transfer to at University College Birmingham. Additionally, the process will be dependent on the number of credits achieved on your current course. Where similar study is apparent, it may be possible for us to award Accreditation for Previous Learning (APL) and, therefore, advanced entry onto a course at UCB will be permitted. Please note; due to the nature of this process, all applications are considered on an individual basis.

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: Undergraduate applicants can also apply via UCAS, if they wish to apply to more than one university. The International Admissions team aim to respond to any new application made directly via the online application form within 5 working days of receipt. However, this can vary during peak application periods (particularly January-March) or if the team require additional information to process your application. Applicants who apply to transfer to University College Birmingham on to a second year or final year of a course will have their previous course matched for entry. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form. We may also need to contact you regarding your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted
HND (BTEC) P A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Events or Events Management, with 240 credits.

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: [email protected] EU/international students Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer) If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email EU: [email protected] International: [email protected]

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

English language requirements

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £10300 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2019/20, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK/EU Fees please go to our website here - International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -

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