Hospitality and Event Management considers the management of people and services in the hospitality, residential, food service, events, leisure and tourism industries. This degree provides an opportunity for students to study the expanding and diverse hospitality sector. Guest lecturers, site visits and the opportunity to get involved in real projects in large and small organisations within the sector, help make the degree relevant to the industry. Students learn academic and practical skills in the working environment and the classroom.
Full-time students will be expected to arrange suitable work placements and assistance is available for this. For part-time students who are employed in the hospitality or event management sector, a substantial part of the required coursework will be based on the students' specific work contexts
Staff teaching on the degree have experience of working in the hospitality and event management industries.
The degree teaches students a set of core principles which are essential for any management related career.
Assessment is through a combination of coursework, practical work, presentations and examinations.
Content and Modules
This course includes core management modules along with the professional based modules that requirements of the sector.
Management modules include: Management and Academic Skills, Work based learning, Principles and Functions of Management and Principles of Event Management.
Hospitality and Event Management modules include: Hospitality in Context, Food and Beverage Management, Events Management and Practice and Hospitality in Context.
As part of the Second year Food and Beverage Management module this year students have undertaken a live case study on nutritional care with The Partnership in Care Ltd care homes.
The Partnership in Care wanted to overhaul their menus. Foundation degree students were asked to make recommendations based on a range of factors such as nutritional content, calorific intakes and special dietary requirements.
The students met head cooks from all seven Partnership in Care homes at Risby Park Nursing Home in February. This was an opportunity for students to explore the current situation, listen to the aspirations of the directors and the ‘wish list’ of the residents and cooks.
Emma John, Resources Director with The Partnership in Care, said: “We are really pleased to have been able to develop this collaboration between our care homes and the college. For the individuals living in our homes it’s a great opportunity to build relationships with the students and share memories and ideas across the generations. For all parties, this was a really beneficial and rewarding project.”
Career opportunities specific to the hospitality industry include conference, event or exhibition management in organisations such as English Heritage, local councils and private companies. Alternatively, students can progress directly to the final year of BA (Hons) Business Management, or continue to relate their study to specific aspects of the hospitality and event management sector on the final year of BA (Hons) Event Management at UCS.
Student Case Study
Lucy Brett, UCS Bury St Edmunds
“My managers at ITFC were quick to see that I wanted to progress higher. With their support, I decided to continue my studies on a Foundation degree in Hospitality and Events Management at UCS Bury St Edmunds. The university staff guided me through and gave me great support. The structure of the course enabled me to continue working, and during the second year I was given the opportunity to work full-time. This was something I had striven for since my job started at the club. With dedication and support I completed the Foundation degree. There have been some challenges balancing work and my degree but the pride and self-confidence I have gained from achieving both has been immense, and a huge factor in getting my career started. My grandparents had their own catering business and seeing them still working at 70-plus inspired me to think this was something I could do as a full-time job. Eventually I hope to take over the business and build on the family name.”
Lucy currently aims to go higher – and possibly to progress to a Premier Division football club, such as Chelsea or Arsenal.
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