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Events Management HND

Campus Milton Road Campus
Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 8

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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Course overview

HND Events Management is an innovative course designed to give you first-hand experience in the organisation of events. This course will develop a dynamic range of skills that you will need to work in this ever-changing industry. You will cover an exciting selection of areas including sporting, cultural, music and business events. This course has a strong emphasis on teamwork, and you will plan and organise an event of your own giving you excellent practical experience. This HND is a step towards a rewarding career in the events industry; either working as a member of an events team or even running your own business. There will be opportunities for you to participate in a programme of visits to hotels and other businesses operating within the events industry, for example, Dynamic Earth, to give you further insight into the industry. Upon completion, you will be well prepared for a range of university degree courses in events management. 

What you will learn

Year one units - Events Industry:  
  • An Introduction 
  • Organising an Event 
  • Event Legislation 
  • Event Budgeting and Funding 
  • Communications Marketing: An Introduction 
  • Personal Development 
  • Planning Using Software Application Packages 
  • Digital Culture: Online Communication Creating a Culture of Customer Care 
  • Principles of Sustainable Development 
  • Food and Beverage Events: Graded Unit 1 
Year two units - Public Relations: 
  • Planning and Implementing Public Relations Campaigns 
  • Principles and Practices of Selling 
  • Marketing Planning in Travel and Tourism 
  • Managing Financial Resources in Hospitality 
  • Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries 
  • Work Experience 
  • Event Legislation: Contracts and Protection 
  • Behavioural Skills for Business Events: Contemporary Issues and Influences 
  • Managing an Event 
  • Events Management: Graded Unit 2 
  • Conferences: An Introduction 

Placement information

There is a mandatory work experience unit enabling you to take advantage of the many fantastic opportunities available during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe period. A minimum of 40 hours must be completed. It is recommended that applicants gain work experience within the events or hospitality industry throughout the duration of the course. 

How the course is assessed

  • You will be assessed through written and practical assignments throughout the year. 

Number of days per week

  • 3 days per week

Entry requirements

Year one:  
  • Minimum one Higher at a grade C or above from the following; English, Modern Studies, History, Religious Studies, Social Science, Psychology or Business Management. 
  • Plus, three National 5`s or three Standard Grades at Grade 3 or above (two of which should be Mathematics and English) 
Year two: 
  • You must hold an HND Year 1 in Events with 15 credits 

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • You will be invited to Edinburgh College to attend an information session  
  • Group tasks will be set and carried out during this time 
  • You will then be given a short assignment which should be completed at home and submitted within five days 
  • There are opportunities for you to speak to the lecturing team during the information session on a one-to-one basis  

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • BA Honours in Events Management at Queen Margaret University 
  • BA Honours Festival and Events Management at Edinburgh Napier University

Career options

  • Events coordinator  
  • Charity fundraiser  
  • Hospitality  
  • Marketing manager  
  • Events assistant  
  • Event planner 
  • Wedding planner 
  • Events manager 

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Milton Road Campus Full time 29/08/22 41 Weeks
Sighthill Campus Full time 29/08/22 41 Weeks

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