Foundation Year Events Management (Foundation Year)

Take the first steps towards a rewarding events career with this foundation year.

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Overview

Our Events Management programme is designed to give you the academic and hands-on skills required to succeed in all parts of the events industry. By the time you graduate, you’ll be more than equipped to organise a wide variety of events, bringing a creative and strategic mind-set to each and every challenge.

This course specifically prepares you for studying our BA (Hons) Events Management degree. It will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to study for an honours degree, even if you don’t currently meet the academic requirements.

Once you’ve passed, you’ll be ready to start your degree course. That means your degree will take four years, or five years if it includes a work placement or year studying abroad.

From law for event professionals to creative event design, on our full degree we give you the knowledge you need to succeed in all parts of the events industry. But you’ll also have the chance to specialise in specific events by choosing subjects that interest you.  

Outside the lecture theatre, we offer plenty of opportunities to help you gain hands-on experience. You could complete an industry short course, volunteer at events, or work on live projects with our industry partners. There’s also an opportunity to spend a year on placement to put your skills into action.

Features and Benefits

  • Adapt to university life – develop your study skills, prepare for a full degree course and familiarise yourself with our Manchester campus.
  • Funding support – you can apply for student finance (e.g. tuition fee loan, student loan and student maintenance grant) in the same way as other students.
  • Top 10 in the UK - we're ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism, in The Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • Live in a city with a jam-packed calendar – Manchester regularly hosts major music, sports, cultural, and food and drink events.
  • Regular industry events – Get insights from and network with inspirational guest speakers like Gareth Cooper, Founder of Broadwick Live, and Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
  • Placements – immerse yourself in the industry. Previous students on the full degree have secured roles at Greenwich Country Club in Connecticut, USA and Thomas Cook in Mexico.
  • Live projects – if you progress to the full degree, in Year 1 you’ll benefit from hands-on experience by working on projects with real businesses.
"I knew I wanted a career in events, and the events management course at Manchester Met offered a broad range of topics and industry insight. I enjoyed learning about leadership and focusing on various case studies." Amy Louise Brown, BA (Hons) Events Management.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“THE FOUNDATION YEAR GIVES STUDENTS THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT TO ADVANCE ACADEMIC ABILITIES PRIOR TO CONTINUING ONTO THEIR LINK DEGREE. KEY SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE GAINED DURING THE YEAR GIVE AN EXCELLENT GROUNDING FOR STUDENTS TO GO ON AND SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THEIR DEGREE.”

Garry Blair, Link Tutor.

Career Prospects

Your foundation year is only the beginning of your journey to a successful career.

The full BA (Hons) Event Management degree will prepare you to work in an exciting sector with plenty of opportunities for rewarding careers. By the time you leave Manchester Met, your CV will be packed with practical skills and experience that helps you impress employers.

You could work with local authorities or large corporations, and everything in between, in areas including corporate and hospitality events, sports and music festivals.

Our graduates have kickstarted successful careers, in roles like event operations at Merlin Entertainments and Tourism Marketing Executive with the Welsh Government, international hotel managers and restauranteurs.

Putting your knowledge into practice on a work placement or studying abroad in year four is an excellent opportunity to boost your CV.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

72-80

A levels ­– DDD-CDD

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – MMP

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade D/3 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English

and

GCSE grade D/3 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 74 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

24 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 overall with no individual element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

Successful completion of this Foundation Year degree will allow you to progress to further study, including BA (Hons) Events Management. 

Students on the Events Management (Foundation Year) will take the following units:         

  • Understanding the Events, Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Industries
  • Study Skills
  • Business Intelligence
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Finance for Business
  • Introduction to Management
  • Understanding and Managing People
  • Customer Service Management

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Study Skills

Upon completion of this departmental unit, students will have the skills, understanding and attributes to bridge the gap from Foundation year to an undergraduate degree programme of their choice. The unit aim is to equip students with the knowledge and understanding in such areas of academic writing, personal and professional development. During the unit students will be able to make connections between theory and practice and gain awareness of the importance of increasing a proficient approach to their academic and personal skills, behaviours and attitudes relating to further academic studies.

Business Intelligence

The main aim of this unit is introduce students to the vital role that data analysis plays in modern organisations and equip them with related fundamental skills. Students will develop skills in the areas of data handling and processing, analysis and presentation. The unit will focus on the summary and description of data sets using both graphical and statistical approaches. Consideration will also be given as to how data analysis can enhance the ‘intelligence’ of an organisation and, in particular, support the decision making process.

Fundamentals of Marketing

This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of marketing. The core themes will include marketing orientation and practice, the marketing environment, marketing research and marketing applications of consumer psychology and behaviour, digital marketing and the changing approaches to communication, and operations/systems management for marketing.

Finance for Business

The main aim of this unit is to introduce students to the theories and concepts of finance in a business environment. This should cover the basic definitions of this subject and serve as an introduction to further studies in this area, as required.

Introduction to Management

This unit will introduce students to the importance of creativity and responsible management in business decision-making, before outlining business strategy. The unit will show how these discrete disciplines are harnessed and used by managers throughout all levels of the organisation. The unit touches upon innovation, creativity and opportunity identification, explores aspects of business ethics and sustainability, and illustrates basic strategies developed by organisations in response to external and internal challenges.

Understanding and Managing People

The main aim of this foundational unit is to enable you to appreciate introductory topics related to understanding and managing people at work. Through studying organisational behaviour, students will cover selected topics at three main levels, comprising individual, group and management level. Academic theory is explored through organisational examples.

Customer Service Management

There is a critical need in all business sectors for the delivery of good customer service and for managers within the service industry this is particularly challenging. This unit will focus on the challenges and strategies for managing customer service particularly in the economic sectors of Events, Hospitality, Sport and Tourism. 

Understanding the Events, Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Industries

The Events, Hospitality, Sport and Tourism sectors continue to be significant contributors to the global economy. As well as their financial contribution to economies at all levels, these sectors play a crucial role in the health and wellbeing of society. Students will be introduced to the structure and scale of these thriving sectors and particularly their interconnectedness.

Department of Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management

Our Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management Department combines technology with creativity in a state-of-the-art learning environment.

The department stays closely linked with professional institutes, associations and businesses, as part of its founding principle of education working with industry to produce career ready graduates.

More about the department

Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

Foundation Year students

Fees for this course have yet to be confirmed and will be updated as soon as more information is available. The standard tuition fee for home, EU, and Channel Island students is set by the University subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students. For reference, the home fee for the full 120-credit 2019/20 academic year is £9,250.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

Money Matters

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How to apply

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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