From choosing a theme and picking the right entertainment, to getting the catering just right and finding the perfect venue, we’ll teach you all of the essential skills an event manager needs.
Why get your diploma in Event Management?
UK events are a big business - with an industry valued at a whopping £42.3 billion, there's no shortage of great opportunities for those armed with the right skills and knowledge to make it as a successful event manager; according to salary insight, this role can earn you up to £40k a year!
Our online course takes you beyond decor and catering, equipping learners with practical know-how like marketing tactics, proposal development techniques and supplier negotiation so you're truly empowered in your future roles. Best part? Enjoy learning from home on your own timeline and schedule. Online learning is perfect for people with a busy lifestyle, juggling multiple priorities! Make this investment in yourself today... and cheers to that!
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - Introduction to the Event Planning Process
We’ll start with the basics: why might people hire an events manager? Moving on, you’ll find out about the different types of events you might be asked to plan in this line of work. We’ll also take you through GDPR and health and safety legislation, and what this will mean for you.
Unit 2 - Key Competencies of an Event Planner and Code of Ethics
What makes a great event manager? Let’s try to find out. We’ll talk through some of the essential skills you’ll need, like planning and organisation. Next, we’ll move on to an equally important topic: how to negotiate with suppliers.
Unit 3 - Choosing the Venue
Arguably the most important part of all! We’ll take you through the checklist you’ll need to use when trying to find the right venue for your event, and the issues you’ll need to be aware of when considering different types of buildings and structures. Next, you’ll learn how booking a venue works in terms of deposits, payments, cancellations, and liability. You’ll also take a close look at marquees, and the issues you’ll need to be mindful of if you choose to book one.
Unit 4 - Catering
In unit four, you’ll move onto the aspect of your job that could make or break your event: the food. You’ll examine how to choose a caterer, how to tailor your food options to your event. Moving on, you’ll learn exactly what order food and drink should be served in, and when and if you should serve additional options such as a late night snack. Naturally, you’ll need to be aware of allergies and different dietary requirements, so we’ll also cover what you’ll need to consider here. Lastly, you’ll learn how to choose the right wine.
Unit 5 - Entertainment
Should you hire a DJ, or a band? Jazz, or classical? We’ll help you figure out how to make your choice, as well as what you’ll need to know from a health and safety perspective. You’ll discover how speeches should be planned, how to organise fireworks, and the kinds of gifts and goodie bags you could consider giving guests as a permanent reminder of the event.
Unit 6 - Theming an Event
Themes can really make an event special, and give your guests something to talk about! Colours, flowers, food, invitations – there’s so much to think about, and we’ll talk you through it all. We’ll also run through some essential considerations when trying to locate party equipment and finding suppliers.
Unit 7 - Photographic and Audio-Visual Requirements
Say cheese! Now’s the time to think about photography, as well as when you might consider hiring a videographer. Moving on, we’ll cover how you can prepare for using a webcam or video conferencing at your event, along with some of the more unusual requests you might receive such as video diary rooms.
Unit 8 - Staging the Event
Let’s start with invitations, the guest list, and the seating plan – because you need to be able to organise it all. We’ll move on to how to staff your event and find volunteers, organise delegate packs, and gather feedback. You’ll also learn what factors you’ll need to take into consideration if you’re hosting international guests, how to manage large crowds, and organise security.
Unit 9 - Preparing Event Proposals
Next, we’ll go through how to create an event portfolio, which will end up becoming your most important sales tool. You’ll learn exactly what you should include, and the different formats you could use. Then, we’ll go over initial contact meetings with clients, how to create an events proposal, and the contractual obligations you should establish once your client agrees.
Unit 10 - Marketing your event
Any good events manager needs to not only be able to plan a great event, but get people to attend. That’s where marketing comes in. In unit ten, you’ll discover how to compile a marketing action plan, understand the four key marketing principles, learn how to research your market, and much more.
Unit 11 - Preparing your own task list and action plans
Arranging an event will require several stages of planning, and you’ll need to be meticulously organised. We’ll give you some checklist templates you can use, and run through everything you’ll need to cover in your first few meetings with the client. Lastly, you’ll learn how to follow up after the event, and the final task list you’ll need to complete.
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NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the specific needs of learners. These courses fit in where there are no other regulated qualifications are available. Meaning you can achieve recognition from a well-respected awarding body, even if there isn’t a pre-existing qualification in a certain subject area.
At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded an NCFE customised qualification. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE.
How is this course assessed or examined?
Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.