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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2022
Duration: 3 Years
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day
UCAS Code:N820

About the course

If you are looking for a career in the fun, fast-paced events industry then this course is for you. Focus on an area that most interests you – tourism, hospitality, leisure or sport – and this degree will give you the skills and understanding you need to open the door to an exciting future.

The course combines academic study with actual business practice, working on real-world case studies and briefs during practice weeks. You also have opportunities to volunteer for events staged at the University and beyond.

Begin with a general introduction to events management and progress to specialist options and a close focus on planning, staging and managing events. Specific study areas may include consumer behaviour; marketing; tourism and events; sport events; and risk and crisis management.

The University of Bedfordshire is a member of the Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE), which represents universities in the UK that are leading providers of tourism programmes.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn essential skills for careers in the events industry, in a department with close links to local cultural, sporting and business organisations
  • Manage real events so you put theory into practice and build skills valued by employers
  • Gain additional insights through field trips to organisations like Luton Town Football Club, Twickenham and Woburn Abbey, as well as work on annual events hosted by your department
  • Become a self-directed, self-regulated and reflexive individual, able to plan and manage a project from start to finish
  • Benefit from a course that opens up career opportunities as an event manager; festival organiser/co-ordinator; exhibition organiser; events marketing communications manager; or conference and events manager
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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more for UK and EU applicants.

We also offer a range of financial support for those of you applying from outside of the UK and EU.

The campus where this course is taught

Units

  • Business Of Events Management (TAL030-1) Compulsory
  • Business Practice Explored (BSS005-1) Compulsory
  • Consumer Behaviour (MAR022-1) Compulsory
  • Event Planning And Operations (TAL023-1) Compulsory
  • Principles Of Marketing (MAR001-1) Compulsory
  • Using Data To Build Business Practice (BSS004-1) Compulsory
  • Career In Practice (MAR027-2) Compulsory
  • Events And Destination Marketing (TAL046-2) Compulsory
  • Events And Urban Regeneration (TAL028-2) Compulsory
  • Festival And Special Events (TAL047-2) Compulsory
  • Risk And Crisis Management In Events Management (TAL039-2) Compulsory
  • Tourism And Events (TAL048-2) Compulsory
  • Continuing Professional Development (MAR027-3) Compulsory
  • Event Planning In Practice (TAL031-3) Compulsory
  • Managing Sporting Events (TAL033-3) Compulsory
  • Research Methods (TAL034-3) Compulsory
  • Research Project (TAL035-3) Compulsory
  • Strategic Management For Hospitality And Events (TAL036-3) Compulsory

In line with the Business School's commitment to practice-based education, a large part of the assessment will relate to the demonstration of your ability to undertake event planning, design and practice. We will want to see that you understand the theory and have developed critical thinking skills which help you evaluate the relevance of what you have learnt. All of this comes together in being able to demonstrate rigorous events practice for business. To assess this range of integration of theory and skills into sound practice, we use a range of methods. You will encounter many different kinds of assessment methods, with different levels of difficulties according to the specific year you are in. In the first year most of your assessments will be based on group work, individual oral and poster presentations; in the following year they are based on tests and written assignments (e.g. essays, case studies, report).

Reasons to study in the Bedfordshire Business School

  • A BSIS school - Business School Impact System
  • Holder of the Bronze Award among 21 Business Schools in the country for start-up and business growth advice
  • CIPD approved
  • Professional body exemptions, ACCA, AIA

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team


Graduates pursue careers as conference organisers, outdoor activities organisers, and as managers of nightclubs, music venues, theatres, hotels, restaurants and bars. Excellent career opportunities also exist in commercial and public sector organisations.

'AirBeds' - live online event

Anyone looking to advance in the professional events industry must be flexible and innovative, especially now with the barriers raised by Covid-19. Students on the course arranged an online live event AirBeds which gave them a set of skills which will be highly attractive to employers - see the media release for more details

Running an online event during such difficult times was an excellent opportunity to improve my skills and learn how to overcome issues while delivering a live event.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.
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How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student