This top-up course seeks to provide you with the industry know-how to develop your career in hospitality with a focus on the specialist provision of event hospitality. You will develop your key hospitality management skills, coupled with a complementary awareness of events provision and management.
Birmingham hosts a vibrant hospitality and events industry and is home to the NEC, ICC and Barclaycard Arena, which host an array of events, festivals and concerts. With our network of contacts in the local area, across the UK and overseas, our work placement team will assist you in securing a placement that matches your future career aspirations.
Why should I choose this course?
- By taking this top-up, you can continue to develop your academic and practical skills in preparation for a successful career within the industry.
- You will get a broad overview of the hospitality industry and look in detail at how different venues manage operations and stage events.
- You will get managerial experience by having the opportunity to plan and run your own hospitality event – overseeing all the elements from marketing and publicity to catering, staffing, finance and operations.
- It offers plenty of optional modules to allow you to develop a specialism relevant to your chosen career.
- You will choose an area of the industry that interests you as the focus of your research project, which will increase your independent learning skills and your future employability.
As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You could even qualify for an additional £500 per year.
Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about University College Birmingham and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.
Accreditations and Endorsements
Teaching & assessment
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 18 teaching contact hours made up as follows:
- Large group teaching - 6 hours of lectures
- Smaller group teaching - 4 hours in specialist UCB facilities plus a further 3 hours of seminars in small groups discussing topics presented in lectures in specialist UCB facilities
- Tutorials - 2 hours being a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week
- Subject advice sessions - 2 hours per week
- Industrial placement tutorial - 1 hour
In addition you are likely to need to commit 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.
You will attend one day per week. The timetable is made up of one module per semester with three semesters in total. The research module is started in semester one and completed in Semester three.
- Smaller group teaching - students are timetabled for a 5 hour session per week
- Tutorials - 1 hour is timetabled per week consisting of a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials.
You will need to apportion approximately 10 hours per week outside of the timetabled hours. Some weeks the amount of time you need for personal study will increase, especially when completing assessments. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.
The following assessment criteria applies to both the full and part-time route and is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used.. There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including live hospitality event work and industry based assignments.
An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:
- Coursework - 55%
- Practical Assessment - 37%
- Written Examination - 8%
Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment schedules will be issued to students at induction.
*UCB reserves the right to make changes to the programme content.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Hospitality Management or Events Management, with 240 credits.
If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer)
If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email
Plus one option from:
Students will have the option of choosing one of the following research modules:
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated,
the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs,
we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
UCB encourages you to seek as much industry experience and exposure throughout your studies and we work with industry providers to offer you a variety of opportunities (paid and voluntary).
Over the years, we have developed close working relationships throughout the hospitality sector. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding work that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.
Placement locations include The SeaPines Resort (South Carolina), Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa (South Carolina, USA), Ritz Carlton (Naples, Florida and Colorado), The Greenwich Country Club (Connecticut, USA), Wequassett (Cape Cod), The Savoy (London), The Peninsula (Hong Kong), Andrew Brownsword Hotels (Whole Collection), Fairmont St Andrews (Scotland) Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa (Ireland) and Ashford Castle (Ireland).
All placements are dependent on the availability of the employer/role and also on you passing an application/interview process.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of areas within the industry, including working in the catering, conference and restaurant sectors. Graduates have also gone on to start their own events, catering or hospitality business.
Graduating with this degree will enable you to pursue a career in:
- Hotel management
- Business centre management
- Conference and exhibition venues
- Specialist event organisation
- Accommodation management
hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills.
Located on the ground floor of Moss House, the hired team comprises specialist staff with knowledge and experience of:
- Careers advice and guidance
- Placements, work experience and volunteering
- Employer engagement
- Part-time and seasonal work
- Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
- Graduate schemes and alumni support
- Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
Find out more about hired@UCB services.
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