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Events Management (FdA)

Foundation Degree Fd(A)

Oxford Brookes Business School

On this course you will develop the knowledge, skills and attributes for effective, ethical management and leadership roles in the event management industry. You will plan and deliver a wide variety of events and learn the key aspects of the planning process such as budgeting, legal frameworks and assessing risk. You will develop an understanding of the events management industry and the contribution of successful events to business, environmental, social, cultural and economic environments. The focus on research skills and developing your enquiry skills is to prepare you for your final year modules (eg dissertation) should you wish to progress onto BA (Hons) Events Management at Oxford Brookes University.
The course is offered at Abingdon & Witney College.

Available start dates

September 2018 / September 2019

Teaching location

Abingdon and Witney College

Course length

  • Full time: 2 years
  • Part time: 3 years

UCAS code

NN82 - Abingdon & Witney College

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • You will analyse the social drivers that inform event management plans to ensure a successful event.
  • This course cultivates creative and entrepreneurial approaches to event management and enables you to recognise and fulfil your own potential.
  • You will develop transferable skills including effective communication with a wide range of people using different approaches; the ability to make informed decisions when operating under pressure; self-reflection and leadership.
  • You will understand how to secure employment in a buoyant events industry.  
  • Although this course is taught at Abingdon & Witney College, you will also be able to access many of the learning, social and support facilities at Oxford Brookes University, as well as those of the college.
  • You will benefit from university-level teaching in a college environment, with tutors who will ensure that you get the help and support you need to get the most from your studies.

To find out more about what it is like to study at an Oxford Brookes partner college, visit our partnership course pages.

In Year 1 you will explore the events environment and key aspects of the planning process such as budgeting, legal frameworks and assessing risk. You will develop core competencies for academic success in Higher Education. 

In Year 2 you will continue your practical involvement in events management and develop people management skills essential for events teams. Specifically, in the two modules, Academic Development and Research Methods for Managers, you will focus on research skills and develop your skills of enquiry to help prepare you for final year modules (eg dissertation) should you wish to progress on to BA (Hons) Events Management at Oxford Brookes University. 

There will be the opportunity to attend field trips which will incur a small charge to cover transportation and entry costs; ranging from £10 to £30 per trip. There will be no more than 6 field trips per year.

Study modules

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may differ from the ones listed here.

Study modules:

The Event Planning Process

Academic Development and Employability Skills

Event Marketing

The Event Environment

Financial Management of Events

Risk Management and Legal Issues

Project Planning and Supply Chain Management

Practical Event Management

Leadership Skills

Research Methods for Managers


People Management in the Events Sector

Essential purchases

It's your responsibility to purchase core texts and cover print/binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

Throughout the course, teaching and learning strategies acknowledge and encourage a range of learning styles. This course provides a balance between provision of information and opportunities to assimilate actively, apply, question, debate and reflect critically.

Teaching and learning strategies:

  • Introducing you to new areas of knowledge while also giving you the opportunity to broaden and deepen your existing knowledge.
  • Encouraging you to engage in critical analysis of concepts, theories and practice and to test your analysis against received understandings and practices.
  • Providing you with the opportunity to acquire practical experience in a range of activities relevant to your role in the events sector from empirical research to presenting your findings.
  • Helping you to engage in critical reflection.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time off-campus fee: 2018/19: £7,200

Home/EU - part time off-campus fee : 2018/19: £4,900

International - full time off-campus fee : 2017/18: £8,000 2018/19: £8,200

Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Specific entry requirements

Entrants to the Foundation Degree programme should normally meet one of the following sets of requirements:

Three passes at GCSE (grades A – C) or O-level (grades A – C), normally including Mathematics and English Language:


a minimum of one pass at A-level or 6-unit Vocational A-level;


a National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent qualification, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other Level 3 vocational qualification;


exceptionally, applicants who can demonstrate, through an extended CV, references and interview, that they have the knowledge and abilities equivalent to those possessed by holders of the Level 3 qualification, listed above may be admitted with dispensation from the requirement to possess those qualifications.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

Students wishing to undertake part-time study should apply directly to the college.

International applications

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Specialist facilities

You will be provided with a suitably equipped place to work when attending college, which will include access to specialist staff, IT facilities and other learning resources which will be appropriate for the kind of study you will undertake. Additionally, the College offers a wide range of other resources and facilities which will be available to you.

Although this course is not taught at Oxford Brookes, you will have access to many of the University’s facilities and support services. This includes access to:

  • Oxford Brookes' libraries
  • The Centre for Sport
  • The Students' Union
  • Professional advice and information from Oxford Brookes’ Career and Employment Centre.

For more information, visit our pages for students attending partner colleges.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

The events management sector is growing and offers graduates a wide range of opportunities. As a graduate of this course, you will be able to fit into a number of different functions within events, including organisational and planning roles, marketing or practical team leadership roles. Events Management graduates are attractive to potential employers as they are organised, good communicators, creative and proactive. You are also introduced to entrepreneurship and human resource management skills, giving you the potential to start your own organisations within the sector.

Further study

You have the opportunity to progress onto a further year of study at Oxford Brookes University to complete a degree in Events Management. The minimum entry requirement for progression to the BA (Hons) Events Management at Oxford Brookes University is a Pass in this Foundation Degree. However, a typical offer will be conditional upon an average of at least 55% over the Level 5 modules of the course.


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