Foundation Year FdSc

Business and Events Management (Taught at Salford City College)

Salford Business School




Two year

Next enrolment

September 2020

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In a nutshell

The course is aimed at those seeking entry into or career progression into management positions in the Events and Service sector. On successful completion of the foundation degree, you can apply to join Level 6 for the final year of these related programmes delivered at the University of Salford's main campus:

Following this third year of study, you will graduate with a full Honours Degree from the University of Salford. Find out more about the benefits of studying at a partner college here.

You will:
  • Learn core aspects of business management
  • Gain an understanding of specific business practices relating to events and hospitality
  • Be able to get involved with planning the College's own events

options available

This is for you if...


You want to start to learn about managing events


You want to learn in small groups within a supportive environment


You are looking to progress onto the Honours degree programme at Salford Business School

Course details

All about the course

You will build awareness of business practices linked to events management. You will study core aspects of business as well as distinct specialist modules in events and hospitality. You will apply your knowledge and understanding to practical projects and the work environment as part of the work based placement module. This will help to prepare you for both the world of work and also for further study. You will also have the opportunity to get involved with planning a wide variety of events delivered at the College's live music venue, TV studio, radio station and exhibition space.

You will be taught in Salford City College's brand new centre, FutureSkills, close to the University of Salford's MediaCityUK campus and a short bus ride away from the Peel Park campus. You will be taught in small groups by tutors with business backgrounds. Although you will study at FutureSkills, you can access all the main University services and facilities such as student life, the library and accommodation.

On successful completion of the course you have the option of applying for BSc top up programmes below (studying for one more year for an Honours Degree) or immediately pursuing career opportunities.

This course is taught at Salford City College. Please check their website for details of upcoming Open Days.

Year one/level four

Principles of Food Preparation

This module will equip you with the ability to demonstrate due diligence in the selection, storage, preparation and production of food items. You will also apply and manage a number of processes relating to food preparation and cooking techniques.

Cultural Event Operations

Cultural Events Operations helps you to build a detailed understanding of the cultural economy and evolution of festivals and events. In this module, you will learn about government involvement in arts, culture and leisure events, as well as focusing on the relationship between a festival or event and identity, prosperity, tourism, image and marketing strategies.

Principles of Event Business

This module provides you with an introduction to functions of events business and gives you an insight into the market, promotion and sponsorship of events. You will develop an understanding of event operations as well as the hospitality and tourism sectors.

Principles of Accounting

This module gives you a theoretical and practical introduction to the basics of accounting, including how to prepare financial statements.

Year two/level five

Managing International Events

This module gives you an understanding of event management practices that are applicable in the international arena and covers the event planning process and role of suppliers in the industry. You will also develop an understanding of the techniques and processes used in evaluating operational issues from different stakeholder perspectives.  As part of developing your real-world skills, one of your assessments is a "Dragons' Den" style pitch to industry experts whose feedback forms part of your final mark - but also guides you for future presentations.  Check out the video with students talking about what they've learned.

Event Tourism

This module will give you an understanding of the diversity, size and growing market for events in the tourism industry. You will learn about strategies for developing tourism events, as well as how to critically evaluate their sustainability and the impacts they create.

Project Management

Project management is an important and integral part of a business whether this is product or service based. This module will help you develop knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of effective project management in a global business context.  

We will look at various aspects of Project Management through a variety of means such as lectures and practical seminars with input from our industry connections and the latest in research. We will examine the subject using theoretical approaches as well as the industry-recognised tools and techniques for planning and controlling projects

Legal Aspects for Business

This module introduces you to the operation of global legal systems and the areas of law that underpin the practice of effective business management. You will develop a working knowledge of law relating to contracts and their effective negotiation in different business environments.

Work Based Learning

Work Based Learning supports your learning in a professional context. The module will highlight the link between theory and work-base practice to improve your critical evaluation skills and enhance your professional development.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


Teaching is in small groups. You will apply your knowledge and understanding to practical projects and the work environment as part of the work based placement module.


Assessment methods include:

  • Examination (including multiple choice and closed book exams)
  • Written coursework
  • Presentations
  • Practical assessments such as observations of work based practice


Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.


You will be taught at FutureSkills, the HE centre in the heart of MediaCityUK. Visit for more information.

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What about after uni?

On successful completion of the course you have the option of applying for BSc top up programmes (studying for one more year for an Honours Degree) or immediately pursuing career opportunities.

A taste of what you could become

An events manager

A sales manager

An event co-ordinator

An event planner

A project manager

And more...


What you need to know

This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.


Applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements


You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

Grade C/4 or above at GCSE (or level 2 equivalent) in both Mathematics and English are required.


UCAS tariff points


Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £7,500per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID B245

Institution S03

Start this course in September. Call 0300 555 5030 to apply through Clearing.

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