Foundation Degree (FdA) Events Management

Key Details

  • Available at:
  • Course type:
    Degrees (Higher Education)
  • Study Mode:
    Part-time, Full-time
  • Level:
  • Programme Area:
    Business and Management
  • Course Length:

    Full-time: 2 years; Part-time: 4 years. Also available on a modular basis.

  • UCAS Codes:
  • Awarding Body:
    Bangor University
  • Bilingual:

Course Description

Are you interested in working in the diverse events industry?

This course offers a vocational pathway in higher education, allowing you to gain both an academic qualification and the knowledge and skills to work in tourism, whilst developing your managerial skills.


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Additional costs

During the programme, students are encouraged to take up opportunities to become members of other professional bodies, which can incur additional costs. As part of the programme, external visits may also take place that would require a financial contribution from the student. The above is given as guidance, and further costs could also be incurred dependant upon opportunities.

More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.


More detailed information on Modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.

Start date


Entry Criteria

Language requirements:

  • GCSE in Welsh or English as first language, grade C/4 or above
  • Any degrees, diplomas or certificates eligible should have been taught and assessed in Welsh or English, or
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Level 4, English fluency to IELTS 5.5 or higher (with no element less than 5.0)
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Levels 5 or above, English fluency to IELTS 6.0 or higher (with no element less than 5.5)

Typical Academic requirements:

  • a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points in a main level 3 qualification, usually gaining a pass in at least one relevant subject which could include: A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma, International Baccalaureate, ACCESS to HE; or NVQ Level 3; many additional qualifications from Wales, England and Scotland are accepted to support the UCAS points in addition to the relevant subject, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate.
  • GCSE Mathematics/Numeracy, grade C/4 or above, or Key/Essential Skill equivalent level. For applicants without these qualifications, evidence of numeracy skills at a suitable level to meet the demands of the programme successfully, will need to be demonstrated.
  • Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable

For individuals who not meet the above academic requirements we will consider a wide range of non-standard or professional qualifications and experience, through the submission of a portfolio for accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL/RPEL), in accordance with GLLM regulations and policies.

All places are subject to a satisfactory interview.

If your qualifications do not meet the entry requirements listed above, we would still encourage you to apply for the course you're interested in, as many of our courses will consider learners based on their previous work and skills experience rather than their qualifications.


The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops and practical work
  • Tutorials
  • Guest speakers
  • Student centred learning
  • Virtual learning environment (MOODLE)

Students are responsible for organising their own work experience if it is a requirement on their programme, and they will be supported by the course team.


  • Full-time: 2 years, 2 days per week (typically 9.00 am - 3.30 pm)
  • Part-time: 4 years, 1 day per week (typically 9.00 am - 3.30 pm)


For specific course enquiries, please contact:

Claire Jones (Programme Leader):

Celine Rea (Administration):

For general enquiries about our degrees, please contact:


The course is assessed through various methods, for example through a blend of the following:

  • Individual portfolios
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Reflective journals
  • Case studies
  • Presentations
  • Time-constrained assessments (open and closed book)
  • Practical work
  • Group work


Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved. Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.


After completing the FdA Event Management programme, you will have the opportunity to proceed onto level 6 to complete the BA (Hons) Event Management.

Other graduates may start new careers in the events industry, or gain additional responsibilities and increased status within their existing organisations.

Practitioners in the events industry work within event organisations, regional tourism organisations, conference and exhibition facilities, tourist attractions, the outdoor sector, corporate and sports centres, the hotel sector and catering activities

Campus Information Rhos-on-Sea

For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning. This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact and 70% independent student learning.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Event context (10 credits, compulsory)

Within this research module, you will critically discuss the reason societies create events, and how they impact their host community, the environment, the economy, culture and tourism, instilling the knowledge and competencies required to identify and formulate strong and viable event concepts, and to use them as a basis for effective design. (Portfolio of coursework 60%, Case Study 40%).

Event Creation (10 credits, core)

This module aims to demonstrate the relevant methodologies to creativity, innovation and new product development (NPD). Examining entrepreneurship, branding, outsourcing and understanding Stakeholder briefs. You will then discover the processes of concept, design and pitching. You will take a hands-on, practical approach to event design, planning and design management by producing a pitch for a stakeholder (role play simulation). This can include CAD (computer-aided design), infographic poster, eventscape etc. to communicate your concept and how the event environment can be shaped to influence the emotional responses of attendees. (Role play 100%)

Event Production (20 credits, core)

This module is concerned with both the operational management/project management of events, combining with the creation and development of events. It brings awareness to the interesting and exciting challenges of working with stakeholders and the vital project management skills required by the events industry. Issues such as sustainability, globalisation and ethics are also analysed. Ultimately it aims to establish transferable project management; and design skills necessary for employment within the sector. (Written Assignments 25%, Reflective account 25%, Project portfolio 50%)

Employability Based Learning 1: Career Planning (20 credits, core)

This module enables students to carry out a number of employment related tasks required by employers to increase the opportunities of employment. To achieve this, students will reflect on their own learning and development to date, developing through this process a greater awareness of their own interests, skills and personal characteristics in the context of careers and work experience and identifying what is important to them in making an effective career decision. Students will develop their understanding of what they need to do to be employable and compete effectively in the job market, identifying resources, support and opportunities to achieve this. (CV and Cover Letter 10%, Action Plan 10%, Evaluation Day 30%, Reflection 50%)

Business Finance (20 credits, compulsory)

The module introduces the fundamental concepts and principles of accounting and finance. The module will focus on understanding the key concepts and principles of financial accounting in order to be able to interpret financial statements. The course focuses on the fundamentals of financial accounting and will begin by introducing students to accounting and finance concepts and terms, before moving on to financial and management accounting techniques which will include the production of financial statements such as income statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements and forecasts. This knowledge will be used to enable the student to interpret financial information using financial ratios, with a view to improving the quality of decision-making. (Open Book Exam 50%, Report (Individual) 50%

Information Management (10 credits, compulsory)

The module introduces the variety of information types encountered in business and the importance that Information Technology plays in underpinning modern business practice, and investigates the purpose of information systems in business. It will promote an understanding of the variety of systems essential for a full and effective use of technology and examine the increasing number of methods of communication in speeding up the use of information. In addition, it will identify effective statistical methods for managing information and decision making within an organisation. (Investigation 50%, Presentation 50%)

Marketing and Innovation (20 credits, compulsory)

This module introduces students to marketing principles, and the importance marketing planning. Students will examine how to apply the marketing mix to achieve results. They will learn the underpinning theories and models and apply them to real–world examples. (Written Assignment 40%, Report (Group) 40%, Presentation 20%)

Research and Study Skills (10 credits, core)

This module develops the study skills of the students, enabling the production of sound academic writing and introducing the concept of critical thought. It will enable students to develop skills in academic research, writing and reflection. (Written Assignment 100%)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Human Resources Management (20 credits, compulsory)

This module aims to enable students to understand the development of HRM and the resource view of the organisation. It will discuss the principal functions and activities of Human Resource Management and the contribution to the achievement of organisational objectives. Students will explore the processes of recruiting, selecting and developing the talent and skills of the organisation, and the links between performance and reward in a contemporary context. (Written Assignments 100%)

Conference and Event Management (20 credits, compulsory)

This module will develop the students understanding of the diversity, protocols and operations underpinning the modern conference and event management sector; developing and applying skills that take into consideration the holistic design and operational factors required to meet client needs. (Report 40%, Case Study 60%)

Employability Based Learning 2: Skills for Leadership (20 credits, compulsory)

This module develops the students’ understanding of various topics needed in modern leadership, and maps to Chartered Management Institute (CMI) units. These include presenting and communicating data that supports decision making, management of individual and team performance and how to improve performance. (Written Assignments 100%)

Research Methods (20 credits, compulsory)

The aim of the module will be for students to understand and reflect upon the nature of a research proposal, the aims and applications of research, and the methods and procedures for conducting research with competent use of a statistical software. (Research Proposal 50%, Presentation 50%)

Event Theories (10 credits, compulsory)

Change is not only likely, it is inevitable. This module critically reviews theories, concepts and practices applicable to emerging issues that exemplify the dynamic working environment confronting event managers today. The identification and exploration of these emergent issues provides students with a functional knowledge of trends and a critical understanding of how these affect the shaping of overall organisational strategy and decision-making. Students will discuss the specific emerging themes relating to consumer theories and look back at reputation management, lessons learnt and hypothesise how public relations may be shaped in the future. (Report 100%)

The Live Event (30 credits, core)

This module is designed to amalgamate all of the skills and knowledge students have acquired into the full practical realisation of an event. Students will actively participate as a member of an Event Management Company and focus on developing project management and event operation skills by planning, designing, implementing and evaluating a live event. (Portfolio 45%, Group Pitch 20%, Reflective Journal 35%)

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Part Time

If you are applying to study part-time you can apply directly to the campus of your choice.


Full Time

There are two ways to apply to study for a full-time higher education course - either through UCAS or directly to the college.

Applying through UCAS:
You should apply through UCAS if you are currently studying for A Levels, a vocational Level 3 course (i.e. BTEC) or an Access to Higher Education qualification, or if you wish to apply to more than one higher education provider.

Applying to College:
If you only want to study at the college, or if you already have the qualifications/experience to meet the requirements for your course, you should apply directly to the campus of your choice.

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