Event Management FD

Do you aspire to be part of events such as Le Tour de Yorkshire, Food & Drink Festivals, Music Festivals, Literary Festivals, Race for Life or do you want to run a corporate event of your own? If you are well organised, enjoy thinking on your feet and working under pressure then the Event Management FD could be the first step towards a dynamic and exciting career in the events industry.

Course Level:
Level 5
2 Years (FT)
Study Time:
Aireville Campus
UCAS Code:
Institution Code:
Validated by:
The Open University

Once the College has finalised its proposals for 2021/22 Tuition Fees more information will be published. Any proposals will be in line with the Consumer Price Index and the College’s Fee Policy. Please note Foundation Degrees are qualifications in their own right and students progressing from a Foundation Degree to a top-up year are subject to a new fee.


The Event Management FD is a challenging vocational course which will provide an ideal preparation for you to pursue a career in the event management, hospitality or conference sectors, and will support your development if you are already working in a business environment which requires you to organise conferences, events, exhibitions and meetings.

The course will give you an understanding of a broad range of concepts and techniques, giving you the ability and confidence to communicate effectively and apply skills in any business environment that may be required for an event. This course provides focused and relevant training to allow complementary development of academic and work skills.

The course includes three Work Related Learning modules which will underpin your industry knowledge by ensuring that specific aspects are addressed and contextualised to the event management sector.  Each Work Related Learning module will enable you to complete an assignment based on your own place of work.  However, if you do not have a job in the event or related industry, you will be encouraged to undertake voluntary work for local or national events. The use of work-related case studies is also possible.

You will have the opportunity to gain additional practical learning & professional development by attending a range of local & national events. You will also have the opportunity to gain additional professional qualifications during the Work Related Learning 1 module through an accredited Health & Safety and Risk assessment qualification.

The course is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and presentations, which will be supported through group discussion, presentations by external expert practitioners, individual and group tasks and independent reading and writing. Each 20 credit module is assigned 24 contact hours and you will receive an individual tutorial session each semester. Alongside the contact hours, you will be expected to undertake 10-12 hours (pro-rata for part time study) of independent study each week, such as reading journal articles and books, undertaking research and preparing for assessments, presentations or examinations. Your independent study is supported by the excellent Learning Hub at the Aireville Campus in addition to the College’s Specialist Support Centre. Some of the modules are shared with other courses within the Business suite, allowing students to share experience and best practice across a wide range of Businesses.  The average class size for this course is 8-10.

A Foundation Degree is a nationally recognised qualification in its own right and is equal to the first two years of a full BA (Hons) course or a Higher National Diploma. Once you complete your FD, you may then move on to the Business Management in the Service Sector BA (Hons) for a further year.


The module map provides a list of the modules you will study during the course; six x 20 credit modules (120 credits) are studied at each Level.

Level 4

Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
1 Personal & Professional Development 20 Presentation & Research Project
1 Principles of Event Management 20 Case Study
1 Funding & Income Streams for the Event Industry 20 Case Study & Sponsorship Portfolio
Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
2 Introduction to Venues 20 Presentation & Report
2 Business Law 20 Case Study x 2
2 Work Related Learning 1 20 Health & Safety Audit Report

Level 5

Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
1 Marketing 20 Portfolio
1 Work Related Learning 2 20 Research Report
1 Human Resource Management 20 Role Plays & Open Book Exam
Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
2 Work Related Learning 3 20 Presentation & Research Report
2 Project Management with Event Programming 20 Essay & Portfolio
2 Live Event Project 20 Feasibility Study, Practical Event & Reflective Report

Further information on feedback, pass marks and classifications can be found in Regulations for Awards Validated by The Open University.

Entry Requirements

  • 48 UCAS tariff points (formerly 120 UCAS points)
  • English Language GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent

Students without necessary qualifications but with relevant work experience are encouraged to apply for an interview.
In addition, if you have a relevant HNC you may be able to transfer credit in certain modules onto the Foundation Degree.


Your choices may include:

  • Event Manager
  • Event Co-ordinator
  • Corporate Event Planner
  • Wedding Planner

Your choices may include:

  • Business Management in the Service Sector BA (Hons)
  • Event Management BA (Hons)
Enrolment 19 August & 28 August
Open Evening – Skipton 13 October
17:30 - 19:30