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BA (Hons) Event Management and Finance

Our programme strikes a balance between the academic context and the applied operational elements of event management. The applied approach to teaching is facilitated via an event volunteer programme – direct engagement with the event industry to provide you with first-hand experience of event management. Adding modules from Finance and Accounting will enable students to learn how to budget, write financial and business plans ready to enter the business industry. 

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Course Length:

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: BBC – CCC

A level / BTEC / Cambridge Technical / Cambridge Technical combination (including AS / EPQ): 96 to 112 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC / Cambridge Technical / Cambridge Technical: DDM - MMM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits at Merit

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Postgraduate Pathway

The Business School has a diverse and exciting range of full and part time postgraduate programmes including:

*Alumni receive 15% discount on postgraduate fees

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Work Placements

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging job market. As a Business School student, you’ll have a wide range of opportunities to undertake work-based learning as well as the option to take a full year’s paid professional placement in year three or a shorter 10 week placement in the final year of your studies.

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Student view

Carly Smith
I knew selecting Chichester was right for me as soon as I attended an open day. The lecturers have all worked in industry and provided us with first-hand knowledge. You also get to know them very well, I wasn’t just a number. Running my own event in the third year gave me valuable hands on experience. My course also gave me a huge number of transferable skills that I have now been able to use in a marketing and events environment.

Course content

The programme strikes a balance between the academic context for events, and an appreciation of the applied operational elements of event management. There is an ‘applied’ approach to learning and teaching, via direct engagement with the event industry. In doing so, the programme takes advantage of the enviable opportunities presented by the scale, wealth and diversity of events in the local and regional area including the Chichester Festivities, Arundel Festival, Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival.

Specific elements of the teaching programme are delivered by event management professionals. A parallel event volunteering programme, run in conjunction with local event providers, also provides students with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of event management. We offer a supportive learning environment and we take great pride in the quality of support that we provide to you. Emphasis is given to smaller group sessions, and modules are designed to be active and experiential so that the skills and knowledge you develop can be implemented in a realistic setting.

The first year of the programme shares much in common with other business and management programmes, and is designed to provide a solid underpinning in business-based subjects. During the second and final years of the programme, you will be able to demonstrate your acquired knowledge and skills through the conceptual planning, design and implementation of two major events.

Our facilities

Like all business related degree students, you will be studying on our Bognor Regis campus. Your classroom time will be spent in up to date seminar rooms with touch screen electronic white boards and high speed wifi, housed in what was a terrace of three elegant Georgian mansions – a building now known as ‘The Dome’. Our current students love the learning environment, the camaraderie, and the fact that tutors know them by name so they are more than just a face in the crowd.

For studying outside of classroom meetings we have a brand new library housing the latest books, journals and online resources, an IT centre, and a student zone complete with barrista coffee and snacks. There is a small a gym on campus, and halls of residence with wifi facilities. The Dome, library, residences and Students’ Union building are all located on a beautifully maintained, green and leafy, level campus. If that’s not quite enough to stimulate your intellect, we are just a short level walk from the beach and, for the more energetic, within cycling distance of the South Downs National Park – brilliant for creativity and inspiration.

Further Students’ Union and sports facilities are available at our Chichester campus and there is a regular subsidised bus service between the two campuses.

Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging job market. Our students have gone on to work or training in a variety industries including:

  • Events Co-Ordinator
  • Technical Assistant
  • Events and External Fundraising Manager
  • Administrator
  • Event Manager
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Personal Assistant
  • Marketing Executive
  • Account Executive

Work placements

The degree was designed in consultation with event and hospitality professionals to ensure that you gain the relevant skills and experience required to work within this glamorous but growing and dynamic sector of the service economy.

You’ll have the option to undertake a professional placement by completing a one-year internship in year three. Following this placement, you’ll return to university to complete your final year.

Students have found placements in the international financial and hospitality sectors including:

  •  Normura Investment bank
  •  Shangri-La Hotel
  •  MCI Innovative Communications
  •  Grange Hotel St Pauls
  •  Caistor Hall Hotel
  •  Best Parties Ever
  •  Concerto Group
  •  Rugby Players Association
  •  Christs Hospital
  •  Goodwood

Here is what our students say about their placement experience:




Indicative modules

You will study predominantly Event Management modules with selected Accounting and Finance  modules:

Year One

  • Management and Organisations
  • Enterprise Awareness
  • Business Decision-making
  • Introductory Law for Managers
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Event Planning, Design and Creation
  • Tourism, Events and Destinations: Impacts and Sustainability
  • Academic & Professional Skills
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset 

Year Two

  • Project Management
  • Data Analysis for Research
  • Sustainable Business Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning and Managing Events: Principles to Practice
  • Managing Mega Event Destinations
  • Managing Customer Service

Year Three

  • Applied Event Management 1
  • Applied Event Management 2 and 3
  • Public Relations and Sponsorship
  • Marketing Communications
  • Strategic Hospitality Management
  • Designing, Developing and
  • Delivering Training Materials
  • Events Project

Accounting and Finance modules:

Year One 

  • Management and Organisations
  • Business Decision-making
  • Introductory Law for Managers
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Accounting Skills
  • Business Information Systems

Year Two 

  • Working with Others and Developing Self
  • Data Analysis for Research
  • Taxation
  • Financial Reporting
  • Business Research
  • Managing Accounting for Control
  • Financial Management
  • Corporate Governance

Year Three

  • Business Strategy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Management Project
  • Workplace based learning/10 week work placement
  • Preparation for Internship
  • Work Placement Support

Teaching and assessment

Our approach to supporting your learning, and how your learning is assessed, is designed to enable you to become a confident and enterprising graduate.  It is focused on seeking to support your ambitions, in parallel with ensuring that the needs of employers are met.  With this in mind, key features of our approach to learning and assessment include the following:

  • In place of the more traditional large group lecture method to teaching undergraduate students adopted by most University Business Schools, our approach involves tutors working with relatively small numbers of students at a time.  As well as providing an excellent environment for supporting you in the development of your subject expertise, it also helps you to develop a wide range of soft skills, such as teamwork, communication and time management.  These attributes are highly valued by graduate employers. 
  • Opportunities to work with organisations on current commercial/business problems and projects.  These experiences are used to provide the basis for assessments that enable you to apply your learning within authentic commercial situations.

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