HND Events Management is designed to provide you with the knowledge and practical skills necessary for a successful future carer in the fast paced and growing industry of events and festivals.
What will I learn?
- An introduction to the events industry
- Live performance events
- Event organisation
- Conferences: an introduction
- Marketing: an introduction
- Food and beverage events
- Work experience
- Culture of customer care
- Event legislation: safety and licensing
- Event budgeting and funding
- Using software application packages
- Communication skills
- Event management: graded unit 1
- Managing an event
- Music industry promotions
- Managing a sporting or fitness related event
- Public relations
- Human resources in the event industry
- Event legislation: contracts and protection
- Managing financial resources in hospitality
- Marketing planning
- Issues and influences in event management
- Event management: graded unit 2
Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.
Entry requirements (minimum)
- One higher and three National 5 subjects, including English, at Grade C or above
- If you are moving from a National Certificate or National Qualification course you will require a group of 12 appropriate units
- We will consider your application if you can demonstrate an active interest in events management but have no formal qualifications
- Entry will be by interview and one acceptable reference, to determine suitability for this course
- If you hold a relevant HNC, it may be possible to access the second year of the HND. Please contact us directly.
- If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.
Employer and industry links
The course has an excellent relationship with a variety of key industry contacts, employers and venues.
As a result our students have benefitted from work experience at the following - TEDx Glasgow Conference, TED Summit Edinburgh, Glasgow 2018 European Championships, NFL London Events Series, Celtic Connections Festival, Great Scottish Run, Girls Day Out, Clydebuilt Festival, Kiltwalk, the Scottish Wedding Show and many more.
Students also enjoy regular industry guest speaker visits, venue tours and offers of paid employment through our industry connections.
Jobs and further study
Successful completion of this course can lead directly into employment in the events industry or the starting up of your own business.
There are a number of opportunities available with the following being an example of organisations who have employed graduate events staff - event management companies, charities, hotels, conference centres, live music venues, festivals and large scale event campuses.
Glasgow Caledonian University – BA (Hons) International Events Management
Successful completion of the HND Events Management course with either of the following combinations of year one and year two graded unit marks achieved (BA/ AB).
University of the West of Scotland - BA (Hons) International Events Management
Year 2 entry - SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Events Management or Events or Travel & Tourism or Hospitality Management.
Year 3 entry - Successful completion of HND Events Management.
Edinburgh Napier University – BA (Hons) International Festival and Event Management
Year 2 entry - Pass HNC in Events, Events Management or Music Business with grade B at SCQF Level 7 in the graded unit.
Year 3 entry - Pass HND in Events, Events Management or Music Business with grade B at SCQF Level 8 in the graded unit.
Robert Gordon University
Satisfactory completion of the Events Management HND course.
- Achieve one ‘B’ grade in the Stage 2 Graded Units
- Students should evidence 75 hours work experience in the Events Industry.
Making an application
For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.
Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.
When you apply:
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:
- If you meet the entry requirements or have qualifications pending, you will then be invited in for an interview
- Interviews will take place from February and may continue until the course starts in August
- When you attend the interview, you must bring a copy of your qualifications and your reference/s
- The College’s admissions department will email you an electronic version of the reference form. Please print this and ask your referee to complete it before bringing it along to your interview along with a copy of your relevant proof of entry qualifications.
- If you are unable to bring these documents to the interview you will be unable to be offered an unconditional offer.
The interview will take the form of a group interview with up to 10 other applicants. During the interview, you will hear about the course and you’ll have the chance to ask questions about the course.
After you have attended your interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 1 – 2 weeks. The outcome would be one of the following:
- Unconditional place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place.
- Conditional place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualification which you may not be able to provide us until August. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place.
- Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, however, the course is full. If any spaces become available you may be contacted usually around about the course start date.
- Unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.
Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding. This will normally be sent out within three weeks of you accepting the place.
You will also be sent details on an information day. This normally takes place in June and will give you the chance to meet other students on your course, get a tour of the college, meet some ex-students and get a chance to speak to people from industry.
You will then be sent out information about the induction date. This will take place in August, 2 – 3 weeks before your course starts.