Events Management - Liverpool John Moores University

2019/20 entry

BA (Hons) Events Management with Foundation Year

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £10,600 Foundation year
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1,850 per annum
Full-time international placement year fee £3,500 per annum

All figures are subject to yearly increases.


*The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year, subject to parliamentary approval.

Course type

BA (Hons)

Bachelor of Arts

UCAS info

Points required: 72

UCAS code: H128

Institute code: L51

Study mode

About your course

The BA (Hons) Events Management at Liverpool John Moores University offers you exciting opportunities to manage a range of different events and secure essential professional experience. That's why you can expect to enjoy excellent career prospects in fields spanning the arts, culture and music, exhibitions and venues, and the tourism and hospitality industries.

  • Opportunity to run your own live event, working with real clients, venues and attendees
  • Option to undertake a year-long work placement after your second year 
  • Access to Liverpool-based national events and world-class venues
  • Excellent career prospects within a multi-billion pound sector
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
  • Year-long and semester long study abroad opportunities in international partner universities
  • Start month: September
  • Campus location: Mount Pleasant Campus

View our course video and find out more about studying Events Management at LJMU.

I was very impressed with the overall attitude that students had – I definitely see them going on to have very successful careers in the events business.

London-based media client commenting on the calibre of LJMU students working on a live event.

During my three years of studying at LJMU I gained many useful skills which will help me in performing my future job. The course has equipped me with the confidence and motivation to undertake postgraduate study in this field.

Marta Tabor, BA (Hons) Events Management graduate

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

Throughout the course we encourage you to develop your skills and experience the world of events through a range of work-related learning options. Employers offer opportunities to all Event Management students via our online noticeboard, EventStart.

So you could find yourself working at prestigious events such as The Grand National Meeting and other sporting events, or music concerts, convention and exhibition venues, fashion shows, award dinners or cultural events with leading national, regional and local organisations representing the media, live event communication organisations, local authorities and charities.

In level 5 you get the opportunity to plan, stage and evaluate your own live event, giving you valuable work-related experience whilst raising money for a charity of your choice.

The best way to immerse yourself in the industry, however, is to undertake a year’s work placement between your second and third year, either in the UK or overseas. This will show you what it’s really like to work full time in the industry and get the buzz that comes with running a successful event. You will also put into practice what you have learnt during the course and gain new skills to add to your CV, which will significantly boost your employability.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

​You will be allocated a personal tutor with whom you can discuss course-related issues, work on a personal development plan and set your own targets. You will have scheduled one-to-one meetings with your tutor, but they can be approached at any time should you need additional support.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme, or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. You may be able to attend a two week Summer School with one of our worldwide partners.

Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about studying or working abroad or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

Course details

Events management is a challenging and varied career where you can expect to work with areas as diverse as marketing, finance, human resources, health and safety and risk management, and be able to juggle several high priority tasks at once.

The role requires people who are level-headed and well organised but also enthusiastic, creative and dynamic. Teamwork is a crucial part of running any successful event and in your second year you have the chance to create, develop and manage your own live event as part of a team, working with real clients, venues and attendees.

Festivals, meetings, conventions, exhibitions and sports events all make up the events industry, and you will have plenty of opportunities to get a feel for different kinds of event from familiarisation visits, site visits and attending live events, as well as from expert guest speakers.

You will also get some hands-on experience working for a variety of clients at locations and venues across the country. Liverpool is well known for its thriving events scene. Events such as Sound City, Summer Pops, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and the Clothes Show Live put Liverpool on the map as a big player in the events industry.

Venues like the Echo Arena, Anfield Stadium and St George's Hall have attracted events such as the MOBO Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards and Four Nations Rugby League Final.

LJMU has cultural partnerships with big names in the events industry, including the Tate, Everyman Theatre and Light Night. These partnerships give our students unique opportunities in the events sector, as well as discounts and exclusive offers.

Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the interest and ability to study for a degree, but do not have the qualifications to enter directly onto the Events Mangement honours degree programme yet.

Once you pass the Foundation Year (level 3) you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).

One of the attractions of the programme is the sheer breadth and variety of subjects covered in this foundation year, providing you with an ideal platform of knowledge.

By choosing to study our Foundation Year you will join a friendly and stimulating environment in which you will be encouraged to achieve your full potential in both your academic work and your future career. We pride ourselves on our informal and supportive relationships with our students.  You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic and personal progress throughout your studies. Along with this scheduled one-to-one support, you will receive regular feedback and guidance from your module tutors on your research, writing and study skills.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

 Level 3

  • Integrated Skills for Higher Education
  • Business Foundations
  • Understanding Business Context
  • Business Project

Level 4

  • Events Industry
  • Professional Skills Development 1
  • Event Marketing
  • Event Planning & Risk Assessments
  • Creative Event Design and Experience
  • Introduction to Management and Leadership
Level 5
  • Staging Events 1
  • Staging Events 2
  • Research Design
  • Human Resource Management for Events
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Business Events
  • Professional Skills Development 2 

Level 6

  • Individual Research Project
  • Enterprise & Entrepreneurship for Events
  • Event Impacts
  • Contemporary Issues in Events
  • Professional Career Development

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is via a combination of lectures, workshops and small-group tutorials in which you can discuss course material more informally. In addition, you will be expected to attend live events, undertake site visits, carry out your own research online and join relevant events associations and societies.

We also offer the opportunity to undertake an optional residential field trip at each level to contextualise theory, experience a new destination and have fun. Previous destinations have included Edinburgh, Newcastle and Birmingham.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

Your tutors are actively engaged in conferences, research and consultancy with local, national and international providers, and publish widely on the subject of events management. This means that course content is directly informed by the latest developments and initiatives in the events business and is tailored to the needs of employers in the sector. Members of the team are also external examiners at other universities and sit on their validation panels.

We also operate a guest speaker programme and arrange master classes and networking events, such as speakers from the Arena and Convention Centre (ACC), Liverpool Cathedral, Event Scotland and various event entrepreneurs.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We recognise that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a range of assessment methods. These vary according to the module, but they could include: 

  • exams (seen and unseen)
  • written work
  • presentations (group or individual)
  • practical assessments
  • portfolios (including e-portfolios)
  • planning and implementing your own ‘live’ event

​Feedback is given for each assessment, as we believe this is vital in helping you to identify your strengths as well as areas where you may need to put in more work.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

72

Application and selection

​We are looking for students with the potential to:Understand and critically evaluate the theory, concepts and principles that underpin the practical techniques of business. Demonstrate their understanding by communicating effectively, both orally and in their written work. Possess the self-discipline to manage their time and tasks effectively throughout their time here at LJMU.

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: DDD
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: DM if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMP if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 24 Merits and 21 Passes, or any other combination that equates to 72 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 72 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

Additional entry requirement information

Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be interviewed, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.

Pearson/Edexcel HND and foundation degree awards in a relevant subject area will be considered for direct entry to level 6. 
 
International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The fees quoted are those for the 2018/19 year as information for 2019/20 is not yet available. The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year. However, this is still subject to the normal parliamentary approval. Once 2019/20 fees are confirmed we will update our web pages accordingly.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £25,000**.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

Part time students starting in 2018 or later can also apply for a maintenance loan.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £25,000).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

The events industry is big business and you can expect to enjoy varied career opportunities both in the UK and overseas after graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Events Management.

​Liverpool Business School has historically had an excellent employment record with graduates securing graduate-level positions with leading employers in public and private sectors.  These include Everton Football Club, Kellogg company, Santander and Deloitte. 

Business visits and events are worth over £22 billion to Britain’s economy and the value of business transacted at trade events is estimated to generate over £100billion a year. As such, you can expect to enjoy excellent career prospects in areas like event administration, sport, arts, music, conventions, exhibitions, meetings, event-related venues, event tourism and event hospitality. There will be opportunities in all sectors – commercial, local authority and voluntary – or you could even set yourself up as a self-employed events professional.

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

​We are members of the Association of Events Management Education (AEME) and regularly work with them to develop the programme. LJMU is also a member of the Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership, which allows access to guest speakers. 

Foundation year fees

If you are studying on a foundation year of a degree programme you will be charged a reduced fee for your 1st year only. This means you will only pay £10,600 tuition fees for the first (foundation) year of your course.

After your first year, your annual tuition fees will increase to the standard tuition fee charged for our undergraduate courses (£13,950/£14,450).

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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