BA(Hons) Business and Events Management (Top Up)

Three Business and Events Management Top Up degree students planning an event
Entry year
Course code
Bristol Business School
One year
Programme leader
Dr Akin Ojolo

Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants

Page last updated 31 July 2023


Top up your existing qualifications to an honours degree. This top-up degree is equivalent to the final year of undergraduate study, and is aimed at students who have previously completed a relevant qualification, such as a Higher National Diploma or equivalent.

Why study business and events management?

The events industry has seen significant growth and is now worth £42.3 billion in the UK alone. It offers diverse and exciting career opportunities around the world. Events play an important role in economic development and social wellbeing, and can help achieve other business objectives like community cohesion.

Why UWE Bristol?

Our BA(Hons) Business and Events Management top-up course brings together UWE Bristol's recognised expertise in event studies and business management. It's ideal whether you want to specialise in the business of events, or events in business. On successful completion, you will be awarded a full BA(Hons) degree.

During the year, you'll study the main disciplines and operational areas of business, alongside specialist modules on event management functions, processes and values.

Planning events from inception through to closure and evaluation, you'll explore different areas of the industry, including concerts and festivals, conferences and meetings, sporting events, weddings and celebrations.

Bristol is a natural place to study events, with a thriving visitor economy and many businesses involved in event and festival management. Engaging with the local area is an integral part of the learning, teaching and assessment.

Event organisations, suppliers and venues provide guest talks, and you'll get a taste of running your own event in a collaborative project.

Where can it take me?

Career options are diverse and include event project manager, contracts manager, event marketing manager and event experience officer. Some graduates use their business and management skills to start their own events businesses.

The solid grounding in business and management ensures you have a broad range of career paths to choose from, and a skillset relevant to many other careers.



You will study:

  • Enterprise Project or Business Project and Business Project in Theory
  • Specialised Event Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Events
  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Business Strategy
  • Corporate Events
  • Marketing Services and the Customer Experience.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Our approach to learning is student-focused, with emphasis on helping you to find things out for yourself.

Lectures, workshops/seminars, tutorials and group work make up 12 hours of contact time each week and you'll spend at least as much time again studying independently. This can involve essential reading, preparing for classes and presentations, reviewing lecture content, completing written work and revising for end-of-module exams.

Learn through reflection and managing complexity and change, and gain the vital experience of staging and evaluating a live event.

Become a reflective learner and develop skills you'll need in your career, such as self reliance and collaboration.

Study thought-provoking modules led by well-connected staff, and engage with ongoing events that reinforce what you've learned in class.

Apply theory to practice, so you can appreciate the relevance, applications and limitations of the concepts you learn.

You can also gain experience as a Student Ambassador or through volunteering.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


You'll be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations to assess what you know and can do, and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.

You'll complete essays and reports, business plans and applied research projects, portfolios and weekly notes, and assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You'll also reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

In our £55m Bristol Business School, you'll have access to cutting-edge learning spaces.

Designed with student input, the Bristol Business School offers areas for individual and group study, interactive learning spaces and conference rooms you can book. It's a space for students and businesses to come together, collaborate and form new partnerships.

In our specialist library, business librarians manage vast collections to support your research. Attend workshops to develop your information skills or visit Study Skills

You'll have access to books, trade press, academic journals and industry databases, including FAME, MINTEL, Marketline Advantage and Passport both on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Get a feel for the Business Management facilities we have on offer here from wherever you are.



An excellent range of options for all of the Bristol campuses and the city centre.


A stunning city for student living with all the qualities to make you want to stay.

Sports, societies and activities

There is more to your experience here than study. Choose to make the most of it and try new things.

Health and Wellbeing

We provide support in the way you need it.

Campus and facilities

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Careers / Further study

You'll graduate with an understanding of businesses and organisations in the event industry, their management and the dynamic environment they operate in. And you'll have all the attributes and skills you need for graduate careers in events.

Your foundation in business and management and specialism in events means a variety of career options, spanning the private, public and voluntary sectors, will be available to you.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to find out about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


Typical offers

  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The University accepts a large number of UK and international qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. See English language requirements.

Entry requirements

You should hold an HND or Foundation Degree (or equivalent), or have successfully completed a course which is equivalent to the first two years of a UK honours degree (240 credit points (120 ECTS credits)) in a Business Management related subject.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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