This innovative degree provides you with the skills and inside knowledge needed to work in festival and event management. During this course you’ll combine theory with practical work placements and gain a broad understanding of how events are planned, marketed, developed and run.
What will this course cover?
From the very beginning of this course you’ll mix both theory and practice. We link you with a local charity and help you to organise a variety of different fundraising events, giving you hands-on experience.
You’ll spend time focusing on the trends shaping the event and festival industry, with a strong emphasis on safety. You’ll take key modules in marketing, event strategy and hospitality. We’ll also teach you about events rights and merchandising, sustainability and logistics.
This dynamic course is constantly developing in line with a fast-moving industry. You’ll finish your degree with the most up to date knowledge and skills, ready to enter employment.
Work at leading events and festivals
Subject to selection interviews, paid work experience will be available to you on this course along with a number of volunteering opportunities. Previous organisations include Reading and Leeds Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Goodwood, the UK Festival Awards, the London Marathon and Wembley.
In the second year of study you’ll spend time on an assessed work placement. Former students have done this with wedding planners and international events companies in Africa, Asia and Europe.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
We have a strong teaching team at Bucks with a wealth of professional and academic experience. The course benefits from a number of industry links and there are extensive opportunities for work placements throughout your time with us. These placements are often paid and allow you to build your own network of contacts for the future.
Personal License and First Aid
While you are studying on this degree, you’ll be offered the chance to become a Personal License holder. This allows you to sell or supply alcohol at events or become a licensee at a registered venue. You’ll also take an Emergency First Aider course, which will further enhance your employability in this industry.
International study trips
Our international study trips give you the chance to visit event management companies overseas. This allows you to observe the professional environment and learn how international events can be operated. Previous trips include Amsterdam, Geneva, Dublin and Barcelona.
What are my career prospects
When you finish this course you’ll be highly employable throughout the festival and events industry. You’ll be qualified to work in a range of roles such as operations managers, events officers and corporate events coordinators. Former graduates have also found work in the global events industry, as safety and security advisers, wedding planners, within promotion companies and theatres.
How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.
We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.
The Big Deal
At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.
We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK. It’s a big deal!