Course Outline:

International conferences and business events in the UK are projected to be worth 19.4 billion by 2026. This course, which is equivalent to second year of a university degree, will provide you with what you need for working in the events industry, whether in weddings, business conferences, music and theatre, food and drinks or other events. The course is at an advanced level designed to equip you for university study or employment. Kirsty Talbot delivers elements of the course and she has worked in events management for nearly 20 years including the opening and closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, WorldSkills London 2011, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and G2018 European Championships.

This course will start in August or September 2022.

Education Progression:

  • Direct entry into third year of Events, International Events or other related subjects
  • Direct entry (at the discretion of the university) into third year of a BA (Hons) degree in a related subject

South Lanarkshire College Students

Entry Requirements:

One or more of the following:

  • 1 Higher plus 3 National 5 awards
  • Relevant group of SQA National Qualifications at SCQF level 5/6
  • Equivalent recognised qualification
  • Relevant work experience
  • Acceptance may depend on an interview.

Course Type and Length Options

Mode Length
Full-time 1 to 2 years

Career Progression:

This course leads to jobs/roles including:

  • Events manager
  • Events co-ordinator or similar role in marketing
  • Role in public relations (PR)
  • Role in promotions
  • Role in the care and hospitality sectors
  • Role in the travel and tourism sectors.

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for anyone wanting to progress their career in events management. It will suit school leavers or those looking to change career or progress in the industry.


What will I study?

You’ll learn the skills and knowledge for a career in events and festivals including: marketing, public relations and events organisation. You’ll learn through work placement, groupwork, lectures, industry visits and guest speakers.

How will I be assessed?

Ongoing assessments.

Why should I choose this course?

Events managers earn around £30,000 a year, and there are many opportunities in the sector. This course will give you the expertise you’ll need. Previous students have gone on to set up their own events companies and to work for local and national events organisations. You’ll get the chance to do work experience, learn from experts in the field, and be introduced to professionals in the sector. By the end of the course, you’ll be equipped for employment within industry, or for university. To find out more about why you should study at South Lanarkshire College, click here.

What are the interview arrangements?

One-to-one or group interview with lecturing staff.