BA (Hons) Business Management with Events 2022/23

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time

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Overview

The main event

As events have become a major force for building personal and business communities and a tool to promote destinations and nation-building, the study of events has become increasingly significant in the all-areas businesses and academia. This course will meet the increased need and demand for skilled and effective business and events management graduates, adding to the professionalisation of the event management field. The course combines key business management and event management learning outcomes delivered by events industry professionals, academic experts, and specialist guest lecturers, supporting students in the application of theory to practical event management, with the opportunity for students to produce their own live events as part of the course curriculum

You will develop knowledge and skills across several business disciplines, focusing on the study of organisations, management, and the changing environment in which they operate.

From commercial sector meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) through to festivals, arts, cultural, community and sporting events, the thriving events industry in London makes the perfect place to study the management of events and entertainment.

Both practical and career focused, on this course you'll learn about event strategy, design, logistics, operations, sustainability, law, health and safety, as well as business management, leadership, marketing and human resources giving you a head start to finding a career or starting your own business in the events and entertainment industry.

This course characterises the nature of events as planned, temporary, short-term, unique activities and is designed to meet the ever-increasing need of studying cultural, economic, social, political, marketing or business practices. The complex nature of events means that specific expertise is required to manage temporary resources such as subcontractors and volunteer workforces. Thinking and working creatively is at the heart of this process and forms an integral part of the course, with creative skills and aptitudes developed and assessed. It is necessary to have knowledge of procurement processes and working through agencies and clients to plan, coordinate and deliver safe, sustainable, rewarding and, often, creative event experiences. Moreover, as event sectors have themselves matured, a fundamentally greater strategic perspective is required in terms of both policy and practice. Graduates need to be able to independently question why events are provided as well as the best methods to do so. The course therefore will explore a range of conceptual and theoretical areas, alongside developing professional skills, to meet the academic and employability needs of graduates and the events industry.

Are you ready for a career in business?

This programme has been designed with your future in mind; developed with input from businesses, our courses ensure you gain the expertise you need to succeed in the modern world. By studying with us you will develop knowledge and skills across key business disciplines, focusing on the study of organisations, management, and the changing environment in which they operate.

On your journey with us you will interact with our strong network of professional bodies, industry specialists and alumni; have the opportunity for fully supported entrepreneurial activity; enjoy an innovative blended learning approach to support your needs and develop your key digital, analytical and coaching skills along the way.

Studying at LSBU Business School is a fabulous experience, whether you chose to be with us in Southwark or at our new campus in Croydon, you will have the chance to learn and live in the heart of one of the most diverse, innovative, creative, and exciting cities in the world.

Why Business Management with Events at LSBU?

No.2 in London for satisfaction with courses across Business, Management & Marketing (Guardian University League Tables 2019).

Professional accreditation - The School has Centre of Excellence status with the IOEE, in recognition of our entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.
Outstanding facilities and access to the software widely used in industry: Bloomberg, SAGE, FAME, Nvivo and SPSS.
The opportunity to complete your third year in a paid professional work placement.
You could study in Europe during the second semester of the second year, with semester abroad opportunities in the USA or Australia too.
1st overall for career prospects among Modern London universities (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus; Croydon Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time (with placement)
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

During the course, you will study the diverse and conflicting interests within the international events and entertainment sector as well as the principles of good business, ethics and sustainability practice. The course also has a focus on building practical skills and workplace experience.

Year 1

  • Finance and the EconomyThis module offers an excursion into the digital economy and novel types of industries and businesses arising within. It introduces students to the key drivers, which are currently transforming various industries, such as artificial intelligence and automation of the production process. The module will include examples of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on Industry Innovation & Infrastructure. The module aims to equip students with an understanding of the changing digital environment and trends in digitalisation, which define current economic developments. It aims to develop understanding of how the gig economy operates and how business uses digitalisation for increased innovation and competitiveness. It further aims to raise awareness of the regulatory challenges these recent trends impose.
  • Principles of MarketingAims to provide you with an introduction to the nature and scope of marketing. It provides you with an understanding of the fundamentals within the marketing discipline and to be introduced to the understanding of marketing as a management tool. You will also be introduced to the role of marketing within the general marketplace and society.
  • LSBU Discovery ProjectIn this module you will be utilising business project frameworks, problem solving skills and ideas generation techniques that will support you through the key stages required to complete a business small business project from concept to delivery. Throughout the stages of their project, and by incorporating a facilitated coaching process, you will be supported to develop key skills vital to successful leadership and management.
  • Data and Decision MakingThe module examines a range of ways of handling, analysing and presenting quantitative information.  The underlying theme is to look at data in a variety of forms, to determine the ‘story’ that this data is telling, and to use that ‘story’ to justify decisions.
  • Management and OrganisationsThis module introduces you to the basic concepts of management in organisations. It provides you with an appreciation of the complexities of organisations that affect employee behaviour within them. It introduces human resource management strategies to manage people in organisations. The module incorporates key management, organisational behaviour and people management theories and practices.
  • Principles of StrategyThis module aims to equip you with the knowledge of skills of basic strategic analysis. You will be exposed to the use of simple strategic tools to evaluate the business and its wider environment. They will also be able to identify creative strategic solutions to simple organisational issues. The module further aims to develop your ability to make decisions between different strategic alternatives.

Year 2

  • The Business Professional
    This module provides comprehensive insights into graduate employability and career development for Business Management students. It teaches students essential techniques of self-awareness building, career exploration, job search, succeeding in recruitment and selection processes and teamwork, enabling them to secure employment and thrive in the world of work. In addition, the module covers specific skills of particular relevance to Business graduates, such as digital, research and communication skills that are valued and highly sought after by relevant employers.
  • Event Design and Experience
    This module introduces the study of event conceptualisation, strategy, design and the underpinning theoretical concepts and frameworks applied to event design and development for both physical and virtual experiential event environments. Demonstrating commercial awareness of the role that experiential event design now plays across a range of event sectors and markets. Through studying the module students will be able to conceive and evaluate ideas for event concepts and designs, contributing to strategic planning for new or ongoing events.
  • Effective Business Negotiations
    Negotiation is a core business skill integral to some degree in the vast majority of commercial and even non-commercial business activities. Successful negotiation is a process that involves a number of essential soft skills including effective questioning, effective listening, critical thinking and empathy. In addition, planning, situational analysis and the ability to recognise and evaluate the shared, differing and conflicting interests of the parties involved is key.
  • Responsible Business
    The corporate responsibility agenda of the 90s was about ticking boxes. Now, companies are more progressive with a shift in focus towards social value, and understanding that responsibility is a commercial imperative, embedded in strategy to provide a competitive advantage.  This module outlines some of the resources and strategies adapted from management and leadership across industries. With a focus on sustainable development the module introduces you to sustainability narratives and challenges stemming from the scarcity of resources, and the inherent concerns from the complexity of the leadership issues involved towards an adaptive and assimilated sustainability planning.
  • Digital Transformation
    This module introduces you to the basic theory, concepts, and techniques of digital business transformation. It focuses on developing the thought processes and practical skills needed to identify, analyse, evaluate and apply digital technologies in order to address real-world business problems.
  • Principles of Events Management
    This module introduces students to theoretical concepts underpinning the study of planned events and frameworks for the study of event management, as well as considering practical event management functions and processes. Module outcomes prepare students for operational and decision-making roles for the planning of live events and enables them to understand the various inputs and processes necessary to enable an event to run successfully.

Year 3

Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Event Law and Health & SafetyThis module addresses the legal and regulatory principles underpinning the law relating to event industries. Using a case study approach to the learning of the legal context of the event sector. Providing students with a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the legal requirements placed on employers to protect those at work and events, using recognised health and safety management systems. Introducing the concepts of hazard and risk management and how to apply them in practice.
  • Leadership, Strategy and ChangeThis module examines the scope and nature of leadership, strategic management and change and approaches to establishing organisational objectives. It demonstrates the link between strategy, resources, markets, innovation, technology and finances available. The impact of the size and structure of organisations as well as external factors impacting strategy including globalization and sustainability are also considered.
  • Comparative International Management
    In an ever broadening set of interdependent relationships among countries, the need to recognise the opportunities and restrictions presented by different world markets has gained significance. This module is designed to give you the analytical skills to assess the socio-economic differences between countries, and to identify how these differences impact business and management behaviour across countries through comparative studies. It is based on the rationale that students understanding as managers will be expected to analyse and compare market and business environments in different countries to attain business success.  The module develops your understanding of business practice in different regions and to apply analytical management tools and qualitative research methodologies to critically evaluate and gain an understanding of comparative international management practices.
  • International Events Management
    This module will enable students to evaluate the strategic choices facing international major and mega events, the impacts they can create and to discuss the ways in such events may impact on or be impacted by commercial stakeholders and public policy.
  • Research Project
    This final year module allows you to consolidate their learning over the whole of their degree by undertaking an independent small-scale research project, with a business or management focus.
  • Applied Project
    This final year module allows students returning from their undergraduate placement year to consolidate their learning on their degree and industrial experience by undertaking an applied project.

Employability

All the way through the course, employability skills are promoted – with guest speakers from industry, business insights, graduate start-up and entrepreneur schemes.

Jobs directly related to a degree in Business Management include:

  • Retail manager
  • Chartered management accountant
  • Corporate investment banker
  • Human resources officer
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Management consultant
  • Operational researcher
  • Risk manager
  • Human resources officer
  • Logistics and distribution manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Sales executive
  • Systems analyst

The employment record of our business graduates is excellent.

Many of our Business graduates become their own boss, running their own business. Others go onto have amazing careers in areas such as:

  • Accounting
  • Banking
  • Consultancy
  • Events Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Logistics
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Public Relations
  • Retail
  • Taxation
  • Tourism & Hospitality

Previous graduates from this degree have gone on to successful careers in world-renowned organisations, including the BBC, Serco, Google, PwC, IoD, HSBC and the NHS.

Recent graduates have gone on to work as:

  • Local Business Development Manager at Audi
  • Consultant at JCW
  • Administration Assistant  at NHS
  • Talent Intelligence Manager at Talent Intelligence
  • Account Assistant at ABC Accountancy
  • Operations Manager at Patisserie Chocolat Limited
  • CEO at BoxUp Crime
  • Financial Market Trader
  • HR Advisor at UK National Audit Office
  • Finance Intern at Eversholt Rail Group
  • Operations and Administration at The Rose Theatre
  • Assistant Events Officer at Birkbeck, University of London
  • Freelance Web Developer
  • Customer Service at Santander UK Corporate & Commercial
  • Administration Assistant at Mars Capital
  • National Manager at Elevation Networks
  • Sales & partnership manager at HomeRez
  • Business Controller at L'Oréal Luxe Travel Retail Monde
  • Global Strategic Partnership Manager, Trailhead (Salesforce training division)

Employability Service

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

IoEE Centre of Excellence logo
Centre of Excellence status is the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development – and is in recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.

Memberships

Business graduates association member

LSBU Business School is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international membership and quality assurance body of world-leading and high-potential Business Schools who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning, and are looking to provide positive impact on their students, communities, and the economy as a whole. BGA is the sister brand to the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the world's impartial authority on postgraduate management education.

As a BGA member institution, students of LSBU Business School are able to access BGA's individual membership, which offers a range of tools and resources designed to support the professional and personal development of business students and graduates, free of charge. This includes CV building services, a job search function, skill assessments, thought-leadership, partner discounts and much more.

Placements

One of the most exciting parts of this course is the opportunity to undertake a one year work-placement in your third year. The course team work closely with both our Placement Officers in the Student Centre and Enterprise Centre to ensure you are placed in suitable working environments. You'll be given guidance and assistance with respect to finding a placement, CV preparation and the application process. Most placements are within the London area. Or, if you have an idea for a new business you’d like to work on, you can spend your third year developing this in our Enterprise Centre.

Teaching and learning

Your learning materials are available on the Virtual Learning Environment so you can access them any time. Seminars make use of group-work and discussions, workshops and computer lab work.

Read more about our student services.

Extracurricular activities

Business students benefit from a number of facilities and software available within LSBU Business School, but are also host to a whole number of extracurricular activities that help prepare students for the world of work.

Below is a list of extracurricular activities which students can get involved in, utilising the facilities which we have available, to make the learning process at LSBU much more practical and hands-on.

  • Institute of Directors (IoD) – our close relationship with the IoD results in regular networking events with senior IoD members, entry into the Young Director of the Year award, membership with the IoD, and access to all of their great resources.
  • Business Solutions Centre - put skills in to practice as a student advisor in the Business Solutions Centre, whilst making a positive impact in the business community.
  • LinkedIn Learning - benefit from access to a wide array of courses and materials related to professional and personal development.
  • Live Projects – students benefit from live projects with real businesses who present problems and students have to suggest solutions. In 2017, they worked with London Met, and this year they worked on a English heritage clothing company, just to name two.
  • Hackathons – an event, which brings students together to solve a business problem over a short period, you will need to think fast and work as a team to come up with an innovative solution!
  • ILX courses – We provide a number of accredited courses, which prepare students for project management, a crucial skill respected within the business sector.
  • Learn a language – students will have the opportunity to learn another language, an invaluable skill in a global city. Another language is just another skill we can support you with, supporting you for future career success.

Personal Tutoring

As an undergraduate student in LSBU Business School, your personal development and wellbeing is very important to us, so we have developed a personal tutoring system that is tailored to your individual and group needs.

Firstly, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to you on a 1:1 basis as well as facilitating group personal tutoring sessions which will be designed to enhance your academic and personal development within your degree programme.

In addition to an allocated personal tutor, there will also be a personal tutor available ‘on call’ in a designated room, called ‘Talk’, for confidential 1:1 pastoral care meetings every day of the academic semester from 9am to 8pm. This personal tutor can be seen by appointment or within a few minutes in order to assist you with any concerns that you may have.

Our personal tutoring motto is that we want you to "Achieve, Succeed & Excel".

Staff

Entry requirements

  • A Level BCC or:
  • BTEC National Diploma DMM or:
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or:
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
N203
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
5699
Application method
Mode
Full-time (with placement)
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
N204
Application method

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

Prepare to start

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

Fees and funding

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 201 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 201 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.

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