FdA Event Management

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
2 years
Level 5
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Full Time
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Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
£9000 per year
(previous year's fees)
This programme is validated by New College Durham


This exciting programme will help you pursue a career in the rapidly expanding events management industry.

Employability is an important element of the programme and you will study modules that focus on contemporary issues within the sector, including: planning, logistics, health and safety, and ergonomic considerations across a range of events.

You will develop your skills in diverse areas such as IT, communication, time management, event planning, team work, research, problem solving and the global events industry.

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The programme aims to meet the employment and academic needs of the sector, by providing appropriately trained and qualified potential employees for operational, technical and managerial levels. Completion of the programme will also allow you to progress to an appropriate Level 6 top-up degree.

At the end of the programme, you will be able to demonstrate that you have:
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of the sectors
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of business management
  • An understanding of the environment in which organisations in the sector operate
  • Acquired a range of skills relevant to your professional and academic achievement
  • Analysed the principles that apply to selected specialist fields of study applicable to the sector
  • Examined the principles of management in a work based environment
  • Managed a research based project
  • Practiced the professional skills required of employees in the sector working towards higher technical and managerial roles.


Level 4
  • Personal Professional Development 1
  • Work Related Learning 1
  • Introduction to Event Management
  • Sales and Marketing in Event Management
  • Financial Management in Event Management
  • Organisational Behaviour in Event Management.

Level 5
  • Personal Professional Development 2
  • Work Related Learning 2
  • Health and Safety, Security and Risk Management for Events
  • Logistical Planning for Events
  • Running a Live Event
  • Enterprise Project.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

On commencement of the programme, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will oversee your development and progression throughout the programme, and will provide pastoral support when required.

Tutorials are conducted termly and allow you to discuss personal learning and progression. Your progression is recorded within the SCIPS system, facilitating your ownership of targets, tutorials and attendance.

In addition, you will receive academic support from your module tutors, services of the HE Academic Support Tutor, and Personal Learning Coach support. This support will commence in induction and continue throughout the programme when applicable.

Teaching is classroom based and comprises:
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Guest speakers
  • Visits to industry.

A wide range of assessment methods are used, including:
  • Report writing
  • Essay writing
  • Reflection
  • Presentations
  • Observations
  • Portfolios
  • Examinations
  • Discussions and debates.

Maths and English


Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

The team has strong links with a range of employers in the industry, including:
  • Durham Castle and Cathedral
  • Beamish Museum
  • Crook Hall and Gardens
  • Killhope Lead Mine
  • Newcastle/Gateshead Initiative
  • County Durham Community Fund
  • Head of Steam
  • Visit County Durham
  • Durham Markets
  • Event Durham
  • Culture Durham
  • Botanical Gardens
  • The Oriental Museum and Palace Green Library and Museum.

These links help provide up-to-date industry knowledge, guest speakers, work experience and graduate training opportunities. Employers complement the academic teaching team by providing module specific illustrations. For example, Colin Wilkes (Durham Markets) delivered an interactive session with students to explore the importance of health and safety, security and risk management when organising events. Colin applied this to the Durham Christmas Market, Lumiere and the Durham Cycle Race.

Previous students have taken advantage of local provision to volunteer at high profile events such as the Durham Book Festival, Lumiere, the Christmas Market, Durham Bid events and high-profile charity events.

A partnership has recently been established with Visit County Durham and, as a result, it is expected that students will have more opportunities to engage in event related work experience.


As a full-time student, you must complete a minimum of 50 hours work placement during the programme. This can be with one or more providers, depending on your needs, in terms of skills development and experience required to assist in gaining employment in the sector.

You could progress to the one year BA (Hons) top-up Management (Events) programme at New College Durham to top-up this qualification to a degree.

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We have a wide range of links with industry and make sure that these are reflected in the programme through visits, guest speakers and any other opportunities to allow students to experience the real world of events management.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Additional Costs

You will be offered the opportunity to participate in a wide range of visits to industry which can be overseas. We work hard to ensure we take advantage of any group or discounted travel rates that we can find. The cost will vary from visit to visit, some of the local visits are offered at no charge if possible.

All Level 5 students will be expected to complete a substantial work placement and this can be either paid or unpaid (depending on the type of experience it is possible to secure at the time). You will need to consider there can be cost implications depending on choice, such as transport costs - particularly in relation to international work placements.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview at the College, where you will undertake a written test.

The test aims to assess your ability to answer a question in a balanced way, and your understanding of event issues. Spelling, grammar and punctuation will also be assessed.

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Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points:
To gain entry to the programme, a student must satisfy the standard or non-standard entry requirements to the course. You may be considered for the programme on the basis of relevant work experience, and attainment of skills which demonstrate an ability to study at this level.

Standard Entry criteria:
  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (including maths and English)
  • Appropriate Functional Skills qualifications
  • A minimum of 32 UCAS Credits.

If you do not hold these qualifications, the non-standard entry criteria involves completion of a written assessment activity.

Given the wide experience of potential applicants to this programme, applications for Recognised Prior Learning (APL) and Recognition of Experiential Learning (RPEL) are welcomed in accordance with the College FDAP Academic Regulations. However, these must be discussed as part of the admissions process, as once a student is registered to a programme RPL/RPEL may not be considered for approval.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL):
If you have previously studied on a similar award and have gained higher education credit at an equivalent level it may be possible to take this into account to gain exemptions from one or more modules.