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Glasgow Clyde College Events Management students help at the Billy Jean King Cup
Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years

HND Events Management is designed to provide you with the knowledge and practical skills necessary for a successful future career in the fast paced and growing industry of events, conferences and festivals.

If you already have a HNC in Events Management, you can apply directly to the second year of the course to achieve your HND. Please state this in your application.

What will I learn?

This practical course will give you the skills to plan, organise and promote events. Here are some of the areas you will cover during your study:

Year 1

  • An introduction to the events industry
  • Organising events
  • Music festival and gig promotion
  • Conferences and weddings
  • Learning about food and beverage events
  • Safety and licensing

Year 2

  • Managing an event
  • Marketing an event (including using social media and other digital marketing techniques)
  • Managing a sporting or fitness related event
  • Public relations
  • Event legislation: Contracts and protection
  • Managing financial resources in hospitality

In both years you will complete a gradded unit module, which is a project-based subject. 

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • One higher and three National 5 subjects, including English, at Grade C or above 
  • NQ Media and Communications, or equivalent National Certificate or National Qualification. 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. 

Entry requirement equivalency table

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 College has a excellent relationships with a variety of key industry contacts, employers and venues. In both years, you will have the chance to complete work experience and in first year, any hours undertaken will go towards completing your Work Placement module.

You will also enjoy regular industry guest speaker visits and event venue tours.

In previous years, students have worked at the TEDx Glasgow Conference, TED Summit Edinburgh, NFL London Events Series, Celtic Connections Festival, Great Scottish Run, Girls Day Out, Clydebuilt Festival, the Scottish Wedding Show and many more. 

In 2021 and 2022 our students worked at the Playground Festival in Rouken Glen Park, Kiltwalk, the UN COP26 event at the SEC in Glasgow and the New York Times’ Climate Hub (part of COP26). 

Articulation Routes

Successful completion of the HND Events Management course can lead to progression to 3rd year in various Events degrees at a range of Scottish universities. 

Glasgow Caledonian University – BA (Hons) International Events Management 

(You must achieve either of the following combinations of year one and year two graded unit marks achieved BA or AB)

University of the West of Scotland

BA (Hons) Business 

BA (Hons) Events Management 

BA (Hons) Tourism Management

Robert Gordon University – 

BA (Hons) Events Management 

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.

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.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder). 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be: 

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional) 
  • Invited to book an interview session 
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.  

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following: 

  1. Unconditional offer of a 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. 
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.  
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  4. Reserve listfollowing your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days. 

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date. 

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6189