University of Chester

Programme Specification
Sports Events Management with Placement Year BA (Hons) (Single Honours)
2016 - 2017

Bachelor of Arts (Single Honours)

Sports Events Management with Placement Year

Sports Events Management with Placement Year

University of Chester

University of Chester


Undergraduate Modular Programme

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

4 years

7 Years

Annual - September




17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Business and Management Warrington School of Management

Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism

Faculty of Business & Management

Wednesday 20th January 2016

1.To provide a focused, analytical and integrated programme of study of events management, within regard to a sports context

2.To provide students with a programme of study that enables students to identify, develop, scrutinise and challenge a comprehensive range of events management models, frameworks, concepts and theories.

3.To stimulate a critical awareness of the key factors associated with the changing focus of contemporary events management principles and practice applied in a sports context

4.To enable all students to develop a management centred approach, within an academic framework, that is relevant to the management of sports events appropriately.

5.To enable students to apply learning to actual situations in working environments.

6.To facilitate opportunities for students to engage and interact with event industry experiences.

7.To enable students to develop and use a wide range of transferable capabilities, including cognitive, knowledge and understanding, communication, practical and professional skills.

8.To provide an appropriate base for access to further study or professional qualifications by encouraging students, through their knowledge, skills and attitudes to become life-long learners who recognise the need to engage in Continuous Personal and Professional Development.

9. To provide students with the opportunity to undertake a full year in either an industry placement or study abroad.

10. To prepare students for post-University employment and career development.

At level 4 students will be expected to:

  • develop an understanding of the development of knowledge in Events Management (TM4005)
  • develop an understanding of the need for both a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approach to study, drawing, as appropriate, from service, research and professional contexts (TM4001, TM4005, TM4027);
  • understand the subject of events management through both academic and professional reflective practice (TM4005, TM4026, BU5000,WB5008)
  • develop an understanding of the moral, ethical, environmental and legal issues which underpin best practice in events management(TM4026, BU5000, WB5008).
  • identify and explain a range of fundamental concepts in relation to management in a sport context (SS4106)
  • explain the multiple-roles of sport in society (SS4112)

At level 5 students will be expected to:

  • cultivate an understanding of the need for both a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approach to study, of events management (TM5017);
  • demonstrate an understanding of planning and management of the subject through both academic and professional reflective practice (TM5025);
  • demonstrate research and problem-solving abilities by critically understanding methods of acquiring, interpreting and analysing information appropriate to the study of events management (BU5011);
  • be able to express an awareness of the moral and legal issues which underpin best practice in the events management industry (TM5017, TM5025).
  • reflect upon an experiential work placement with regard to their self-development (WB5004/ WB5101, BU5000, WB5008)
  • propose and apply a range of marketing concepts to a sports organisational context (SS5105)

At level 6 students will be expected to:

  • demonstrate ability to theorise and critically apply appropriate research and problem-solving approaches in order to obtain, interpret and analyse information appropriate to events management (BU6002, BU6024, TM6020);
  • synthesize and critically analyse the subject through academic practice (BU6002, TM6020);
  • demonstrate a critical awareness of the moral and ethical issues that underpin best practice (TM6020).
  • critically examine an area of sport-events management theory and present insightful arguments around the topic specifics (SS6113)
  • Critically determine a range of approaches suitable for the selling process associated with sports events, goods and activities

At level 4 students will be expected to:

  • take responsibility for their learning and continuing professional development (all modules, especially TM4026)
  • research and assess subject specific theories, paradigms, principles and concepts (all modules);
  • assess and evaluate appropriate data and text evidence and information (all modules);
  • apply knowledge and understanding to the solution of familiar and challenging problems (TM4026, SS4112);
  • develop reasoned arguments and challenge assumptions  (all modules);

At level 5 students will be expected to:

  • develop ongoing responsibility for their learning and continuing professional development and event planning (TM5025, WB5101 or WB5004, BU5000, WB5008);
  • •analytically research, assess and embed subject specific theories, paradigms, principles and concepts (TM5017, TM5025, SS5105);
  • develop a critical awareness of the role of appropriate data and information (BU5011);
  • develop critically reasoned arguments that challenge assumptions (BU5011, TM5017, TM5025);

At level 6 students will be expected to:

  • demonstrate a critical awareness and synthesis of their professional development with regards to the events management industry (TM6018, TM6020);
  • critically assess and synthesize relevant detailed evidence and information (BU6002, BU6024, TM6020, SS6113);
  • critically apply theory and knowledge to problem solving situations (BU6002, TM6020, SS6110);
  • synthesize a range of principles, models and concepts (BU6002, BU6024, TM6020, SS6110).

At level 4 students will be expected to:

  • develop the ability to plan, design and execute practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures (TM4026);
  • undertake fieldwork with due regard to safety and risk assessment (TM4026);
  • undertake volunteering activities with due regard for safety, risk assessment and event planning (TM4005, TM4026);
  • plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work using appropriate media (TM4001, TM4005, TM4026, TM4027, SS4112, SS4106);
  • recognise and respond to moral, ethical and safety issues which directly pertain to the subject domain including relevant legislation and professional codes of conduct (TM4026).

At level 5 students will be expected to:

  • plan, design and execute & evaluate practical activities using appropriate event planning techniques and procedures (TM5025, TM5026, BU5000, WB5008);
  • undertake fieldwork with due regard for safety and risk assessment (TM5017);
  • plan, evaluate and communicate critical pieces of independent intellectual work using appropriate evidence (BU5011, TM5017, TM5025, BU5000, WB5008);
  • recognise and thoroughly examine moral, ethical and safety issues which directly pertain to the subject domain including relevant legislation and professional codes of conduct (TM5017, TM5025).

At level 6 students will be expected to:

  • effectively undertake fieldwork with due regard to safety and risk assessment (TM6020);
  • critically plan, design and communicate a sustained piece of independent academic work using appropriate media (BU6024);
  • identify and critically apply ethical and safety issues which directly pertain to the subject domain including relevant legislation and professional codes of conduct (TM6018, TM6020)
  • research and present a specific topic with a strong critical perspective (SS6113)

At level 4 students will be expected to:

  • demonstrate oral and written communication abilities using a range of media (all modules);
  • show the ability to treat numerical and statistical information in an inquiring manner (TM4026);
  • develop and improve their own learning and personal performance, including self-awareness and independence (TM4023, TM4027)
  • develop working relationships with fellow students and external partners including team building, project management skills, negotiation and presentation (TM4023, TM4026);
  • develop and demonstrate problem solving abilities in a range of situations and tasks/problems (TM4026, TM4027)
  • clearly explain concepts, contexts and perspectives in relation to established knowledge (all modules)

At level 5 students will be expected to:

  • demonstrate critical oral and written communication skills (BU5011, TM5017, TM5025, SS5105, BU5004, WB5101, BU5000, WB5008);
  • demonstrate ability to analyse numerical and statistical information in a critical manner (BU5011, TM5025);
  • further develop and improve their own learning and personal performance, including self-awareness and independence (TM5025, WB5101 or WB5004, BU5000, WB5008 )
  • create effective relationships with fellow students and external partners including team work, negotiation and evaluation (TM5025, BU5000, WB5008);

At level 6 students will be expected to:

  • demonstrate and synthesize critical oral and written communication abilities using a range of media (all modules);
  • display a clear understanding of the critical analysis of numerical and statistical data in an inquiring manner, including data analysis and interpretation (BU6024);
  • critically apply relevant ICT methods to achieve outcomes in problem solving situations (BU6002, TM6020);

The programme is designed to prepare students to become competent and knowledgeable sports events management professionals.  It aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to successfully embark upon a successful career in events management, with a focus on the sports industry but with transferable skills to other events areas.  The QAA’s 2008 Benchmark Statement for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism has informed its content and structure as has the Business and Management statement.

The structure of the Single Honours in Sports Events Management presents a coherent programme within each level.  This coherence is reinforced by progression between levels and within disciplines allowing the development of thematic strands between levels.  The programme has been designed to reflect the changing nature of events management, offering a dynamic and contemporary programme of study to enable the student to reconcile existing theories of events management with the changing sports industry environment.  Following a general grounding in sport context and events management and related modules, the programme is designed to allow students to focus on the sports events management theme.

Level 4 students will develop an understanding of the key events management concepts and management and marketing functions that are required to operate in the modern business environment.  In line with the QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, Level 4 modules are designed to provide students with a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of events management, with opportunities to take different approaches to solving problems, to demonstrate accurate communication, and to develop qualities needed for employment requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility.  In addition to a range of sports context, events and business modules designed to provide a theoretical underpinning, students will also have the opportunity to experience the events industry through field visits, speakers, and practical activities.

Level 5 students will explore the contexts in which events managers operate.  Key aspects of business, management, behaviour and practice will be developed culminating in a period of Work Based or Experiential Learning in which students will have the opportunity to transfer acquired skills, knowledge and understanding.  The core, 40 credit module, TM5025 'The Live Event',  is central to this level, affording students an opportunity to link theoretical knowledge with practical events management skills.  BU5011 Research in Context will develop students' marketing research and research methods skills. These theoretical and practical modules are designed to address the FHEQ requirements that students will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in events management, will have learned to apply those principles uin a sports context, will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems, and will have had a vocationally orientated experience, enabling them to perform effectively in the field of events management.

Students have the option to undertake WB5007 International Exchange as a replacement year of level 5. This module provides students with an opportunity to replace their second year of study by studying at a different University in an overseas country. It is crucial that the content of the modules offered by the overseas University match those that would have been studied during  the student's second year at the University of Chester.

After completion of Level 5, Single Honours Events Management with Placement Year students will have two options: they can undertake an industrial placement year through the module BU5000 or a full year at an international university via WB 5008 The Study Abroad Experience. BU5000 offers students an opportunity to further develop the vocational, practical and experiential aspects of the taught modules during level 5.  Students will be placed in a range of organisations, and engaged in management activities.  This is viewed as extremely valuable, providing students with excellent opportunities to apply theory to practice, learn practical skills, network, enhance employment and careers prospects. It will also be useful in enabling further develop their understanding of theoretical input on return to the classroom. Alternatively, students have the opportunity to undertake WB 5008 The Study Abroad Experience. This study abroad module offers an international study opportunity for students in addition to their University of Chester degree. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about the culture of another country whilst following an academic study programme that complements their home-based programme of study. This study abroad placement year includes study at a partner university or via the International Student Exchange Programme. New opportunities may become available from time-to-time.

NB. Students will have completed all the criteria for progression into Level 6 of their programme prior to embarking on their placement year.

Level 6 students will develop an understanding of how organisations undertake sports events management at a strategic level, and how a range of contemporary issues relate to events managers. Students will also complete a management research project as a major piece of autonomous work which requires them to focus on an appropriate sports events management-related issue.  Level 6 will enable students to demonstrate that they have developed an understanding of the complex and contemporary body of knowledge relating to events management, have developed analytical techniques and problem-solving skills that can be applied in many types of employment, and will be able to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions, to reach sound judgements, and to communicate effectively.  Students graduating with an Sports Events Management Single Honours degree will be able to demonstrate that they have the qualities needed for managers employed in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility, and decision-making in complex and unpredictable circumstances.

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
SS4106 4 Introduction to Sport Management 20 Comp
SS4112 4 Sport in Society 20 Comp
TM4001 4 Marketing Principles 20 Comp
TM4005 4 Introduction to Events Management 20 Comp
TM4026 4 Events Management in Practice 20 Comp
TM4027 4 Developing Professional Practice 20 Comp
BU5000 5 Business Placement Year 120 Optional
BU5001 5 Management Decision Making 20 Comp
BU5011 5 Research in Context 20 Comp
BU5105 5 Personal & Professional Development 2 20 Comp
SS5105 5 Sport Marketing 20 Comp
TM5017 5 Sports and Cultural Events 20 Comp
TM5025 5 The Live Event 40 Comp
WB5004 5 Learning in the Wider World 20 Optional
WB5007 5 International Exchange Module – Full academic year 120 Optional
WB5008 5 The Study Abroad Experience 120 Optional
WB5101 5 Enhancing your Employability through Work Based Learning 20 Optional
BU6002 6 Strategic Management 20 Comp
BU6024 6 Management Research Project 40 Comp
SS6110 6 Selling Sport 20 Comp
SS6113 6 Student Conference: Issues in Sport and Physical Activity 20 Comp
TM6020 6 Managing major events 20 Comp

Level 4:      120 credits
Level 5:      120 credits

Placement:  120 credits

Level 6:      120 credits
Total:         480 credits

Applications to the programme are to be made through UCAS Route A.


Entry requirements are:

•A minimum of 280 UCAS points, of which 200 points must be obtained from GCE and/or VCE A Levels (12 or 6 unit awards), including a grade C in one subject. The remaining points may be achieved from GCE and/or VCE A/AS Levels, VCE double award, or Level 3 Key Skills certification;

•BTEC National Diploma/Certificate: merit profile;

•Irish Highers/Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects;

•International Baccalaureate: 30 points;

•European Baccalaureate: a minimum of 70%;

•QAA approved Access course, Open College Units of Open University Credits.


Applicants will not be required to attend an interview.

The design of this programme has been informed by the Unit 25 benchmark statements for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism, 2008.  These statements include generic comment relevant to all subjects subsumed within unit 25, as well as specific statements relating to each of Events, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism programmes.

An honours graduate in events will be able to analyse and evaluate the concepts and defining characteristics of events as an area of academic and applied study, including being able to:    

•explain, interpret and challenge theories and concepts which are used to understand the origin, purpose, meanings and development of events from a range of critical perspectives (TM4005, TM4026, TM5017, TM6020)        

•display an insight into the structure of event providers and their sectors, and analyse the political, technological, social, environmental and economic factors which affect, or impact upon, the supply of, and demand for, events (TM4005, TM5017) ·      

•analyse and reflect on the different cultural and business concepts, intercultural and international dimensions of events (TM4005, TM5017,BU5000, WB5008) ·      

•demonstrate a critical awareness and understanding of how core values, for example, ethics, integration, sustainability, creativity, strategy, and continuous improvement, relate to, and are reflected in, events. (TM4005, TM4026, TM5025, BU5000, WB5008)


An honours graduate will be able to demonstrate a range of professional event planning and management knowledge and skills, including being able to:      

•demonstrate a critical awareness and understanding of appropriate domains including administration, design, operations, marketing and risk, and how they apply to the phases of events, such as initiation, planning, implementation, event and closure (TM4026, TM5025) ·      

•operate and effectively manage resources, including human (paid or volunteer), financial, venue, and subcontracted and technical resources (TM4026, TM5017, TM5025) ·        

•display critical knowledge, understanding and application of risk management and the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks that affect event management (TM4026, TM5025) ·      

•plan, control, analyse and evaluate events, support service provision and their logistics (TM4026, TM5025, BU6002) ·        

•design events, including the programming of spectacle, exhibition, ritual, performance and hospitality (TM5025) ·      

•engage with, contribute to and produce events, based on an acquisition and understanding of appropriate vocabularies, skills, working methods and professional business communications (TM5025)

An honours graduate will be able to recognise and value the centrality of the attendee and/or client and meet and respond to their needs and expectations, including being able to: ·      

•analyse the nature, characteristics, needs and expectations of different consumers through applying consumer behaviour theories and concepts (TM4001, TM4005) ·      

•generate creative ideas/concepts, proposals, pitches and solutions to meet differing needs (TM4026, BU5011, TM5025)

•analyse and evaluate the quality of the event experience and its impact on the event consumer and/or client and the wider organisation (TM4005, TM5025, TM6020) ·       

•evaluate the importance of cultural and other diversities in developing access to, and participation in, events by specific target groups (TM6020) ·      

•demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which attendees behave at events and within the venue and surrounding destination (TM4005, TM5017, TM6020)


An honours graduate will be able to utilise, and understand the impact of, rationales, sources and assumptions embedded in policy, planning and delivery mechanisms in an events context, including being able to: ·      

•evaluate the contribution and impacts of events in social, economic, environmental, political, cultural, technological and other terms (TM4005, TM5017, TM6020) ·      

•appreciate the ethical and sustainability issues associated with the operation and development of events (TM4005, BU5011, BU6002, BU5000, WB5008) ·      

•write and critique event plans, event strategies and to recognise and meet the needs of specific stakeholders (TM5025) ·

•critically reflect upon the role of those organisations and structures charged with a responsibility for the promotion of, or the training of practitioners in events (TM4001, TM5025, BU6002, BU5000, WB5008) ·      

•demonstrate a critical awareness and appreciation of existing and emerging standards, policies, initiatives, frameworks and contemporary issues (TM4026, BU5011)

The methods of learning and teaching are geared to progression and integration through the levels of the programme.  The individual module descriptors provide details of learning outcomes as well as methods of teaching and learning.  The major forms of teaching methods will be lectures, seminars and workshops.  Other methodologies will be employed as appropriate.  These may include; field visits, directed reading, interactive learning via the University computer network, case study analysis, individual research, group learning activities, reflective log/portfolio (e.g. utilising student progress files in relation to personal development planning) and presentations.  Industry practitioners will also be used wherever possible, as repositories of up to date, expert knowledge in their specialist or functional areas.

The Department seeks to deliver varied, high-quality learning experiences, teaching and assessment in order to develop appropriate knowledge and understanding, and to enhance a variety of key/transferable skills.  This is facilitated through the outcome-directed nature of learning, teaching and assessment, in a student-centred environment, which provides incremental opportunities for independent and autonomous learning. The assessment strategy for this degree will serve three purposes:

•To test the level of knowledge and skills acquired, measured against the specified learning outcomes, and applied within a relevant events management;

•To provide the vehicle for modular integration within an events management context;

•To promote teaching to learning, which will assist students in the achievement of academic goals and imbue them with skills and attitudes which will assist in life-long learning.

Assessment will follow the university model of a 4,000 word equivalency per 20-credit module.  Each module will be summatively assessed by a minimum of two assessments, with formative assessment also employed throughout.  Student assessment will employ rigorous, objective testing to ensure that learning outcomes are met. Assessment tasks will grow in sophistication and complexity as a student progresses on the programme.  For example:

•at Level Four a student may be asked to describe, discuss, compare, and outline;

•at Level Five a student may be asked to evaluate, analyse, justify, and differentiate;

•at Level Six a student may be asked to criticise, synthesise, appraise, formulate.

However, it is expected that students will begin to use and develop critical skills from the beginning of the programme. Students will be assessed in a number of ways, including essays, assessed seminars, presentations and poster displays, portfolios of evidence, industry-related/practical reports, reflective essays and examinations. The departmental assessment strategy has been created in accordance to the University's Teaching, Learning & Assessment strategy.

The events industry in the U.K. is flourishing and the management of events has become increasingly important within many sectors, including hospitality, tourism, sport and the arts. Publicity and media coverage of high profile events at both national and international level has brought the industry to the forefront.

Large events such as the Olympic Games, the Rugby World Cup and the World Athletics Championships present exciting challenges for events managers in the UK and successful managers will have a crucial role in presenting a well organised and successful range of arts, tourism, sporting and related events.  The recruitment and support of current and subsequent managers is crucial to create a legacy that goes beyond these events.  Indeed, the selection of London as the host city for the 2017 World Athletics Championships will undoubtedly impact on careers for graduates in a number of discipline areas, including events management.

Additionally, smaller scale events – from local sports leagues, corporate hospitality events, horse racing meetings or themed events at attractions - take place on an almost daily basis.  The industry is, therefore, in continuous need of managers with graduate status and as such offers varied, challenging and rewarding careers for enthusiastic and committed events managers.  These skills are also valuable for any organisation involved in arranging events, whether small or large scale, routine or specialist.  It is anticipated that the programme will contribute to the University’s employability strategy by producing students with sound and well-articulated skills for the workplace and supplying suitably prepared graduates to meet the needs of the local, regional and national economy.  This is particularly significant in the light of government reports emphasising vocationalism in higher education.  The curriculum, through carefully planned modules, will respond to the needs of individual students seeking rewarding employment as well as employers seeking to employ graduates with relevant, generic, transferable and specialist skills.

In accordance with the QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications descriptor, typical holders of the BA Single Honours Events Management would be able to:

•apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects;

•critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem;

•communicate information, ideas, problems, and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;

•display qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

•the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;

•further development of skills and attributes gained during placement year;

•decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts; and

•the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature

Consistent with the University’s commitment to widen access and participation, the Department has a flexible admissions policy, and encourages applications from mature students and from groups historically under-represented in higher education. The general policy is to look for a good level of literacy, together with proven interest and/or experience in an appropriate subject.

The Department has considerable experience in successfully addressing the practical and learning needs of a wide range of students.  These include mature students, those entering education with a non-standard academic background and those with a wide range of disabilities.

Equality and diversity issues are embedded and addressed in all departmental modules.  Specifically, those modules preparing students for work in the events industry deal with diversity and equality issues in relation to the management of events.  


Students studying on the programme will benefit from both the operational and academic experience of staff in Events management and related Sports disciplines.

The Faculty fully endorses and adheres to the University’s established Personal Academic Tutorial scheme. All students are allocated a personal tutor and are required to attend regular meetings (particularly during the first year). Personal tutors will assist with both academic and non-academic matters. In addition, and where necessary, students will be directed to the Learning Support Services for advice and guidance.

Students will benefit from a number of key field visits to local, national and international events management organisations. The department has very strong links with numerous employer organisations, local government bodies and the sub-regional tourism board Marketing Cheshire. These organisations are utilised in a number of ways ranging from guest speakers, placement & research opportunities for students and site visits. The department is also a member of the Association of Events Management Education (AEME), EVCOM and is working closely with partners to create an Institute of Events Management.


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