One year Degree Alternative in event management

Degree Alternative


Next Start Date
Mon 8th Oct ’18

12 months


Business Design Centre, London

Our intensive full-time Degree Alternative provides a 1 year fast-track into the event industry. Students emerge with deep and broad levels of practical knowledge and experience to propel them into a successful career in events.

At less than a third of the price and duration of a traditional university degree this course enables students to graduate with a CIM accredited level 7 qualification, including a 3 month work placement.

What’s it like to study on the Degree Alternative course with The Event Academy?

This Course will:

  • Enable you to graduate with a level 7 CIM accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Event Management – the highest level of accredited qualification in the industry, within 12 months
  • Prepare you for working in the industry through our team of expert lecturers who are industry leaders
  • Empower you to develop as an event management professional, equipped and confident to succeed
  • Equip you with wide-ranging transferable business, marketing and communication skills
  • Connect you to a network of industry contacts, volunteering and job opportunities
  • Guarantee you a 3 month work placement in the event industry
  • Develop your knowledge, skills and confidence, supporting you throughout with personalised 1:1 mentoring

The course has been absolutely vital to my success in the industry because it has given me a real firm foundation with a lot of practical training.

Chirag Patel

AEG Live


Our goal is to provide the best event training courses available and prepare our students to achieve meaningful careers.

We do this by teaching students, not only how to design and deliver successful events, but also how to pitch, interview, work in teams and manage people. We call this being ‘work ready’. It’s what the industry requires from us and it’s what we love doing. To date, over 2,000 students have passed through The Event Academy and over 90% of our level 7 graduates are employed in the event industry 6 months on from graduation.

Our Degree Alternative enables those with little or no previous event management experience or qualifications to graduate with a level 7 Postgraduate Diploma (accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing) within 12 months. Working your way through the Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced stages of the Degree Alternative, you will receive personalised mentoring throughout your journey to prepare you for each stage.

Find out more at one of our monthly open evenings. Click below to book your place

Course Modules

At each stage, you will progress through Core Modules of event management and Key Subject Modules, developing broad knowledge and understanding of all event sectors. You will receive a range of support to aid your personal development along the way. Assessments come at the end of each stage and help prepare you for the next level of learning.

Download the Degree Alternative brochure below to see the full course details.


Your Degree Alternative will culminate in a work placement with an events company or agency of your choice. This is a guided process from start to finish.

Your work placement is an incredible opportunity to apply all the skills and knowledge you have learned in the classroom and demonstrate your value to a prospective employer. It gives you real-life working experience as an event manager to add to your CV as well as helping you to better understand where you see yourself going in the event industry.

We help you to prepare your CV, teach you how to do your very best at the interview and advise you on the type of placement company we believe will suit you best. Through a series of one-to-one meetings, we match you to the perfect opportunity to suit you and your ambitions in the industry. We keep in close contact with you throughout the whole process.

Throughout your course you will also be able to take advantage of the many volunteering opportunities exclusively available to Event Academy students.

You’ll graduate into our alumni network, comprising over 2,000 fellow event professionals, movers and shakers in the industry globally.

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