The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Event and Venue Management

Why choose this course?

The BA (Hons) Event and Venue Management course is a popular choice if you wish to gain employment in this exciting and rapidly expanding industry. It is of particular benefit if you are looking to start up your own events business or if you are already an events professional looking to enhance your career prospects. The course equips you with an events management portfolio of knowledge and skills so that you can consider the diverse work opportunities available in the events industry on a regional, national and international level.

What happens on the course?

The course prepares you for the Event Management Industry through your study of events and venues, the world in which events take place, management of events and venues, running safe events and enhancing the event experience for visitors. Whilst studying with us, you will learn about the dynamic global marketplace within which events venues operate, gain a working understanding of digital technologies, and develop entrepreneurship and business skills that will help you to plan, organise and stage events.

The course incorporates excellent links with industry partners and students enjoy subject related field trips e.g. a tour and talk of the London 2012 Olympic Site to support University assessment completion. In the first and second year of the course you will enhance your employment prospects by completing a work placement in the Events industry; your tutor will work with you to identify your aspirations and to find a suitable placement, a number of placements lead to employment opportunities on Graduation.

In your final year, you have the opportunity to consolidate your learning in a project within an event sector of your choice, for instance, festivals, charity events, the wedding industry, corporate events, exhibitions conferences, local authority and charity events, arts and music festivals, and global events such as the Olympic Games. In addition to your degree, the award provides the opportunity to gain BIIAB professional qualifications including those related to alcohol and venue licensing, drugs awareness and music promotion.

Why Wolverhampton?

Whilst studying with us, you will learn about the dynamic global marketplace within which events venues operate, gain a working understanding of digital technologies, and develop entrepreneurship and business skills that will help you to plan, organise and stage events.

The events industry is enjoying rapid growth regionally, nationally and internationally due to the scope of the industry sector and the range of employment opportunities available, such as the management of large music venues, sports stadia, tourist attractions, multi-retail outlets, and cultural festivals. Investment by governments, the creative industries, and sporting bodies, in events as a vehicle for the regeneration of cities, has resulted in destinations worldwide branding themselves as potential and suitable hosts for large profile events such as London 2012, European Capital of Culture and The Edinburgh Festival. Continuous investment in the events industry has also meant more new purpose built venues are developed in which to house events, for example the O2 arena.

Career path

Upon graduation you can expect to enter a number of roles in the events sector, gain career progression or set up your own events business. Diverse opportunities can be found worldwide from management of venues and stadia, conferencing in hotels, staging corporate, local authority or charity events, arts and music festivals, and running your own business.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will:

  • have a strategic understanding of the dynamic business world in which event and venues operate, covering the spectrum of events
  • have the ability to respond to contemporary issues such as management of event legacy and corporate social responsibility.
  • be able to investigate industry developments and innovations which impact upon the management and operation of regional, national and international events
  • make effective business decisions in managing staff and finances and learn about fundraising, sponsorship and marketing for events and venues
  • be equipped with a toolkit of event knowledge and skills to enable you to to plan, organise and stage an event using key entrepreneurship skills
  • have experience of a variety of technologies and an understanding of the digital world in which events operate.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321150

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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