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BA (Hons) Festival and Event Management

Solent University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
12,500 GBP excl. VAT

Program description

BA (Hons) Festival and Event Management

Hoping to pursue a career in festival management? Got a passion for outdoor events? By focusing on practical event management techniques and established business theory, this hands-on festival and events management programme supports you to take theories learnt in the classroom and apply them to a range of live events.

The University’s approach to events and festival management starts with an emphasis on practical industry insights and transferable business management skills. 

Students are supported by experienced staff as they seek out and undertake a minimum of 210 hours of practical work experience. These placements help students graduate with at least a basic level of on-the-job experience. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue work above and beyond these 210 hours – pitching for freelance work through our in-house Solent Creatives / Solent Works agencies and organising events around the city.

Practical insights are also gained on field trips. Past events management students have visited a range of agencies, industry exhibitions and commercial events. Students are encouraged to take part in national event management awards. In 2015, the University had two students reach the final of The Eventice, a major event management award. One of the pair took home the grand prize and the other secured employment as a result of the exposure.

These provisions are made possible by the course team’s extensive industry experience and Solent’s long history in the sector. The team maintain established links with festivals and specialist event businesses, and incorporate these connections into their teaching and research. 

Manage real events, from nightlife entertainment and live performances to networking events and award ceremonies.

What does this course lead to?

This course has been designed to help students achieve one of two intended outcomes. The first involves students managing their own business and applying the knowledge gained throughout their degree in a way that helps the business grow.

Students will also be taught how to manage  a portfolio career, where personal ventures are combined with part-time work or work within small to medium businesses, which are common in the events industry. Students may find themselves working with PR firms, event agencies, or as an in-house events specialist.

Who is this course for?

This is the ideal course for students who want to enter the world of professional events management while specialising in festivals and large outdoor events. Students should aspire to careers related to event planning, bookings, logistics or fundraising.

Admission requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Alternative entry on this course is available through theEvent and Tourism Foundation Year.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

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Program content

Year one

Core units

  • Tourism and Events Business Practice
  • Event and Activity Safety Operations
  • Introduction to Festival and Event Management
  • Professional Practice for Tourism and Events
  • Leisure Marketing (Tourisms and Events)

Year two

Core units

  • Work Based Professional Studies
  • Managing Service Operations
  • Tourism and Events Research Skills
  • Festival Planning
  • Applied Festival Management


  • Music Festival Management
  • Applied Event Staging
  • Languages

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units

  • Dissertation for Leisure Services (Tourism and Events)OR Leisure Services Consultancy Project
  • Strategy for Management and Marketing
  • Contemporary Issues in Festival and Event Management


  • Perspectives on Arts and Cultural Festivals
  • Outdoor Festival Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Business Start-Up
  • International Marketing for Tourism and Travel

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Scholarships & funding

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. 

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Solent University

Solent University

Solent University is all about creating opportunities: for its students, for its staff, for its partners. It offers expertise and experiences you couldn’t get anywhere else, opening doors and making introductions. We’re focused on the practical side of higher education...

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Solent University

Solent University
E Park Terrace
SO14 0YN Southhampton
United Kingdom

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