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  • Entry requirements
    To be able to complete this course we require you to have at least 12 month work experience in planning events or to have completed our Diploma Event Management & Wedding Planning Level 3 Course. As the course is aimed at a higher level and would not be suitable for a beginner. You can however take this course along side with our Event Management Level 3 Course as a combined course.
  • Academic Title
    -UK Open Learning Diploma in Advanced Event Management -OCN Level 4 Award in Advanced Event Management
  • Course description
    The OCN qualification also carries 9 Learning Credits.

    This is a great opportunity to totally change the direction of your life. Ever fancied being your own boss? Well, now’s the time to make money and have lots of fun at the same time.

    If you’re hard working, enjoying socialising and are a good organizer, you’ll find that your future career may lie in one of the most exciting and rewarding businesses around. So why study for our nationally accredited Diploma in Advanced Event Management from UK Open Learning? Answer in one word: ‘DEMAND’

    This course is designed to add to your existing skills in Event Planning.

    You’d be amazed at just how few professional event planners there are out there – and the demand is absolutely incredible. People lead busy lives these days and don’t want the worry or don’t have the time to organise events.

    You can also use these letters after your name ‘Dip.AEM

    The different events you could be planning:

    *       Parties

    *       Christening

    *       Business Events

    *       Anniversaries

    *       Baby Showers

    *       Hen/Stag Parties

    *       Baptism

    *       Bar Mitzvah

    *       Birthday Party

    *       Bridal Shower

    *       Engagement Part

    *       Funeral

    *       Corporate Event

    *       Reunion

    What does Event Planning Involve?

    As a professional Event Planner you will be responsible for a wide variety of activities. These include:

    *       Conducting background research

    *       Creating a design or ‘theme’ for your event

    *       Locating a suitable site

    *       Arranging quality food, décor and entertainment

    *       Planning transportation to and from the event

    *       Sending invitations to guests

    *       Arranging any necessary guest accommodation

    *       Coordinating the activities of event personnel

    *       Supervising at the site on the day

    *       Conducting evaluations of the event

    On thing for sure: this exciting course from UK Open Learning will take you, step-by step through the process to make sure you develop the right skills and know-how to do what you really want to do – become a successful Event Planner and Manager.

    It’s hard work but a lot of fun too!!!

    There are a thousand and one things to do to ensure your event is a success. Is the food and wine right for the occasion? Is everything ready and in place? Has the entertainment you’ve booked been given the schedule? Is the Champagne on ice? If you’ve booked a celebrity, is he or she happy? Empowering isn’t it!!

    Study Details:

    This course can be studied at your own pace in the comfort of your own home, there are no deadlines for assignments however you must complete the course within 12 months from the date you received the course.


    The diploma is awarded on successful completion of 11 assignments and one final project. There is no final exam to be taken.

    There is no word count for the assignments, however you must prove to your tutor that you have fully understood the question asked. One sentence answers will not be accepted and you will have to re-submit the assignment again. You will be asked to complete the first assignment and send that to your tutor by e-mail or post and wait for feedback (around 7 working days). As soon as you have received the feedback from your tutor you can start to work on the next assignment.

    Course Outline:

    The Diploma in Event Management covers the following units:

    Unit 1: Introduction to Management

    This section is designed to give you an introduction into management and the basic skills of management.

    *       What is management?

    *       What do managers do?

    *       Problem solving & decision making

    *       Planning

    *       Effective delegation

    *       Communication

    *       Hiring staff

    *       Building the team

    *       New employees

    *       Job training

    *       Managing yourself

    Unit 2: Introduction to Marketing

    This section of your course looks specifically at the Basics of marketing and how you can go about planning a marketing campaign and set up a webpage etc.

    *       Introduction

    *       Marketing basics

    *       Marketing options

    *       Marketing plan

    *       You and your website

    Unit 3: Introduction to Business Finance

    This Unit of your course helps you to understand the skills and information available to you to ensure you have taken care of the financial aspects of your business and ensure you maximise profit from all actions you take.

    *       Getting an Accountant or bookkeeper

    *       Choosing the right bank

    *       Other professional help you will need

    *       The Importance of cash flow management

    *       Basics of bookkeeping and accounts

    *       Basic accounting terms

    *       Business start-up costs

    Unit 4: Customer Service

    This Unit of your course gives you specific tips and skills on how to look after your customer in the best way possible.

    *       Anticipating client needs

    *       Maintaining good customer service

    *       Confidentiality

    *       Greeting a client

    *       Saying goodbye to the client

    *       Improving customer service

    Unit 5: Health & Safety for a Public Event

    This Unit of your course covers the basic requirements you will need to take into consideration when planning any form of event.

    *       Event safety

    *       Food safety

    Unit 6: Good Practice Safety Guide for Public Events

    The Home Office has produced a good practice safety guide for small and sporting events taking place on the highway, roads and public places; this is an abridged version of that guide and is an important database of skills and knowledge you will require should you want to run any of these forms of events.

    *       What to consider when planning an event

    *       Health & safety law

    *       Police attendance at events

    *       Event planning, preparation and timetable

    *       General planning considerations

    *       The use of stewards and marshals

    *       Managing the start and finish of the event

    *       Traffic safety signs for events

    *       Charity stunts

    *       Marches, parades and carnivals

    *       Road running and athletic events

    *       Charity walks

    *       Cycle road racing

    *       Cycle time trials

    *       Triathlons

    Unit 7: Media and Press Conference Coordination

    This unit of your course explains the skills and knowledge required to manage a successful media and press conference. More and more is now being put on publicity of events from the small to the very large and key skills are required to achieve success in the area of event management.

    *       What is a new and media event?

    *       How to plan a news event

    *       During the event

    *       After the event

    *       How to write and distribute press releases

    Unit 8: Legal Requirements of Events

    This unit of your course looks at all the legal implications involved in event planning and ensuring you cover both yourself and your clients with an adequate legal knowledge and cover.

    *       Key points of legal documents

    *       Getting legal advice

    *       Types of legal documents needed for event planning

    *       Key points of a contract

    Unit 9: Choosing the Right Venue for an Event

    This unit provides you with added information on what you need to know and do to find the right venue to fit your requirements. It might sound easy but it is not. Selection is critical in showing your client that you have the ability to take the information provided and come up with the venue requirements to fit their needs.

    *       Choosing the venue

    *       Inspect the venue

    *       Why choose a specific venue?

    *       Don’t expect too much from your venue

    *       Some important questions you should ask

    *       Entertainment at venues

    *       Being creative and the logistics

    *       Guest comfort and safety

    Unit 10: Conference Coordination

    This unit of the course delves deeper in to the skills and requirements needed to run a successful conference both on a small and large scale.

    *       Introduction

    *       Getting started

    *       Site selection

    *       Negotiating Contracts and Agreements

    *       Elements of a Conference Agreement

    *       Planning the programme

    *       Methods for Finding Speakers and Presenters

    *       Carrying out the conference plan

    Unit 11: Event Planning

    This unit of the course deals with the skills and knowledge you would need to run the ultimate event programme, both small scale or on a major scale.

    *       Introduction

    *       Event planning checklist

    *       The event process

    *       Event emergencies

    *       Event priorities

    *       Planning the event

    Unit 12: Glossary of Event Management Terms


    To be awarded your Advanced Diploma in Event Management you will be required to complete 11 written assignments (one after each of the first 11 units) and 4 projects.

    These projects can be found as follows:

    *       Project 1: End unit 3

    *       Project 2: End unit 6

    *       Project 3: End unit 9

    *       Project 4: Unit 12

    Students must achieve a minimum PASS grade in all assignments and projects to be awarded the Advanced Diploma.

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