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Why study Events Management with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University?
- 100% Overall Course Satisfaction (NSS, 2022)
- A practical and applied curriculum - opportunity to run your own live event
- Excellent industry links and guest speakers
- Option to undertake a year-long work placement and study abroad opportunities
About your course
Our BA (Hons) Events Management course 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.
Event Management roles require 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 events from familiarisation visits, site visits and attending live events, as well as from expert guest speakers.
You will also gain 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 and the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon 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.
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 Management 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.
Find out what our students have to say about studying BA (Hons) Events Management at LJMU.
Three students talk about their experience studying Events Management
"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."
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.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you'll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
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 Britains economy and the value of business transacted at trade events is estimated to generate over 100 billion 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.
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course, to ensure our students experience a transformation in their career trajectory. Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU's suite of online Apps, resources and jobs board via the LJMU Student Futures website. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU's in-house recruitment service, and we also offer fully funded Discovery Internships.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones and we offer a year-round programme of events, including themed careers and employability workshops, employer events and recruitment fairs. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU's Careers, Employability and Start-up Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations. Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules provide you with an element of choice. Their availability may vary and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Developing Skills for Business
This module aims to facilitate your development of personal, academic and professional skills as a foundation for your current and future studies in Business related subjects. It will equip you with the tools to become confident and independent learners at university.
Understanding Business Organisations and Operations
This module provides you with an introduction to the world of business, the types of business and structures, the functional areas, and management theories and challenges faced by business in today's commercial world.
Essentials of Management
This module introduces you to management theory. This foundation module will develop your appreciation, understanding and application of management and professionalism in different career pathways and specialist areas.
Introduction to Marketing and PR Communications
This module gives you an understanding of the key concepts and terminology used in marketing and public relations. It also gives you a knowledge and understanding of your role within organisations and explores the factors that can influence consumer behaviour.
Data Analysis Techniques for Business
This module equips you with the technical skills to be able to design and produce Microsoft Excel spreadsheets for business use, and to facilitate the development of basic analytical skills.
Programme Case Study
This module develops your independent learning and expertise in an area of business relating to your target programme. Through a co-creation process your subject interests will be harnessed to enable you to develop your knowledge in a self-selected topic area. The module aims to be flexible to enable you to explore an area of interest to you and you will be assessed in a manner that supports this.
The Events Industry
To provide an overview and understanding of the diversity, function, role and purpose of the events industry in society.
Academic Skills and Digital Literacy
To enable students to develop the skills necessary to be effective learners at university and to apply academic and digital skills in the context of their academic studies. To introduce students to aspects of career management.
Introduction to Management and Leadership
This module aims to provide an introduction to management and leadership theory with particular reference to the events industry. It aims to develop management skills in students which they can apply in employment or in practical elements of their degree.
To introduce students to the application of event planning models, project management and risk assessment techniques to a variety of events.
Creative Event Design
To develop students understanding of the role and importance of design, creativity and theming in the event production process. To understand the impact of design on audience experiences.
Marketing for Tourism and Events
The aim of the module is to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of marketing theories and concepts in the context of tourism and events management sectors.
To provide students with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the graduate employment market.
The aim of this module is to equip students with the theoretical knowledge and understanding, and practical skills needed to plan a live event.
To enable students to understand a variety of research methodologies and be able to understand and critically analyse the application of different research methods to a diverse range of research topics.
Human Resource Management for Events
To enable students to understand the principles and practices of human resource management in events organisations.
The aim of this module is to equip students with knowledge, understanding and practical skills needed to stage and evaluate a live event.
To examine the theories and practices of business ethics in national and global contexts and provide an awareness of the relevance and importance of business ethics in a global economy.
Modern Language for Business
Develop a very basic competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking a modern foreign language as well as develop an understanding of basic foreign language grammar.
Study Semester Abroad - Sport, Events and Tourism
The aim is to provide students with a semester of study at an approved overseas partner that will replace one semester of their LJMU programme at level 5.
Study Year Abroad - Sport, Events and Tourism
The aim is to provide students with an additional year of study at an approved overseas partner that will complement their programme at LJMU.
Sandwich Year - Sport, Events and Tourism
The aim is to provide students with an extended period of work experience at an approved partner that will complement their programme of study at LJMU. This will give students the opportunity to develop professional skills relevant to their programme of study as well as the attitude and behaviours necessary for employment in a diverse and changing environment.
Investigate and critically analyse a topic that relates to this programme.
Policy, Politics and Events
To examine the way events may be mediated through, and affected by, political actions, different social contexts, and public policy.
To recognise and evaluate the wider importance strategic decision making upon the competitive advantage of business.
Responsible Events Management
To equip student with knowledge and understanding of event impacts and related theoretical perspectives. To provide students with the technique to outline an impact assessment study with relevant impacts assessment indicators.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
To develop an understanding of the concepts of entrepreneurship, innovation and business start-up.
Develop an understanding of business problems and issues and provide students with the opportunity to apply key academic theories and models in the development of a solution that meets the client's needs. In addition, students will reflect on their personal development and consider next steps post-graduation.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
Teaching is via a combination of lectures, workshops, online activities 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.
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 years work placement between your second and third year, either in the UK or overseas. This will show you what its 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.
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.
Where you will study
What you can expect from your School
The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool 's growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, a café and a roof terrace with far reaching views of the cityscape and welsh hills. It is only a short walk from LJMU 's Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open seven days a week.
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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