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Hospitality & Event Management Foundation Degree (Sept '17)

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Course code: B01481

Course category: Higher Education

End Qualification: Foundation Degree (FdA)

This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Brighton MET

Course duration: 2 years

Course aims:
This course has been designed to give students a thorough grounding in the hospitality and events industry and it has a strong vocational emphasis. Particular importance is given to incorporating current industrial developments. This is achieved through a variety of strategies including: lecturers utilising their close links with industry representatives, inviting guest speakers, organising student visits, using assessments based on industry scenarios and case studies, and practical sessions utilising the restaurant or auditorium.

On this course, delivered in the heart of Brighton, you'll learn how to apply management theory in practical placements and have collaborative working opportunities with other courses and events. The course also provides preparation for entry level management positions in the service sector.

Course content:
In this professionally-oriented course, core modules are studied from October to Easter to prepare students for a work placement. From Easter, all students undertake 20 weeks of work experience in the UK or abroad. Previous placements have included hotels and restaurants in the USA, Europe and the UK, event management companies on the south coast of England, and organising the Brighton Food Festival. On their return to year two, students choose from a range of options via which to specialise in various aspects of the industry.

Year 1

Hospitality Industry
Event Industry
People and Organisations
Managing a Service Business
Relationship Management
Introduction to Research Methods & Preparation for Placement

Year 2

Principles and Practice of Research Methods
Trends and Issues in Hospitality and Event Management
Work Placement
Creative Business Planning
Optional Modules (subject to viable student numbers)
Research Project
Practical Project
Cost Accounting
Digital & Social Media Marketing
Managing People
Food & Nutrition
Pubs & Clubs Management
Managing Risks & Security in the Event Industry
Event Sponsorship and Fundraising

Facilities for students:
Use of local event venues in the Brighton area. Up-to-date hospitality facilities. Extensive library facilities.
Higher Education Student Social and Study space, with individual and group workstations, large display screens iPads and kitchen facilities.

The Course is staffed by a team of experienced tutors who have extensive teaching and contemporary vocational experience. They have excellent links with hospitality & event providers in Brighton, nationally and internationally.

Assessment: Assessment will be varied and provide opportunities for development of analytical and presentation skills via essays, presentations, role-plays and debates. Individual and group projects provide graduated developmental opportunities for independent study. In some subjects examinations will be used to assess the acquisition of knowledge and to ensure a full range of assessment methods are experienced by students to prepare them for further study.

Entry Requirements:
Individual offers may vary

UCAS tariff: 48 points, from a minimum of one 12-unit qualification.
GCSE (minimum grade C or 4/5): at least 3 subjects including English language and mathematics or a science.
A proven ability in spoken and written English. IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required for all the sub-skills elements, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and an equivalent overseas qualification.

Other: Extensive industrial experience.
Relevant advanced apprenticeships considered.

For further information on entry requirements please see this page.

Progression and links:
All higher education courses at Brighton MET focus on improving the employment prospects of graduates. Curriculum content is designed to cover the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for. Learning and teaching strategies reflect the workplace, and students are prepared for employment through various methods including work placements, assessment tasks that mirror industry and career and personal development planning. Many of our teaching staff have industry backgrounds and maintain freelance careers. External examiners have consistently commended the College on how it prepares students for work.
The course provides a sound theoretical and practical foundation for management careers in the hotel and event industry. Recent employment examples include a management trainee at the Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, restaurant manager at a top-rated Brighton restaurant and assistant manager of a local nightclub.

Successful graduates may have the opportunity to progress to a top-up honours degree at the University of Brighton or other appropriate institution.

Work experience opportunities:
Student are supported to secure and undertake a 20 week work placement between year one and year two.

Tuition fees:
Most students will be eligible for a loan from Student Finance England to cover fee costs, so most students are not expected to pay tuition fees upfront. The fees for 2017/18 are 7750 for a Home/EU student and 9250 for an International student.

Although the information given is believed to be correct at the time of publication, it does not form any part of a contract between City College Brighton and Hove and the student. Courses may be subject to change.

Timetables are subject to change and you should check with your tutor prior to enrolment for the details of your timetable.