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Event Management Diploma

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With the knowledge and skills acquired through the Event Management Diploma, you could progress to an exciting new career.

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Level 3 / NCFE / PI200

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Course introduction

Eligible for an NUS TOTUM Student card with this course.

Being an event manager is a demanding but rewarding role. It can bring unexpected challenges, but also huge satisfaction.

As well as being organised, as an event planner you will also need communication, negotiation, and diplomacy skills. Knowing who to approach and how, can make event management successful.

Event management courses are highly valued. This is a course that allows you to study a broad base of event management and planning.

Within the 11 modules of this course, four main event types are covered:

  • Conferences and meetings for corporate clients
  • Private events including birthday parties, weddings, christenings, naming ceremonies and other celebrations
  • Exhibitions, including trade exhibitions
  • Destination management involves organising travel itineraries for clients and their guests, as well as managing all other travel arrangements

You'll be pleased to know that this course is up to date with event trends and markets, GDPR, contract, terms, insurance as well as photographic and audio-visual requirements.

As you complete the online event management home study course, you will look at choosing the right venue, caterers, entertainment and photographer. You will also create event proposals, as well as look at action plans and task lists, so that everything that needs to be done before, during and after the event, is completed.

Event planners will often run their own business, offering their services to private and corporate clients. There is one module dedicated to setting up your own business and how to move forward with your exciting business.

Further study after completing the event management course

There are various avenues open to you.

  • Offer your event planning expertise to clients, specialising in one or more type of event
  • Look at furthering your specialism in a specific field such as organising conferences, weddings, corporate events and more
  • Some students look to complete a degree course in event management or a related field

Distance learning courses afford you all kinds of opportunities. It allows you to learn and gain valuable knowledge without giving up your current employment. It also affords you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. You can choose the way you study too, either online via our learning portal or by studying a paper-copy of the course.

With our package of inbuilt support, you will receive feedback from your tutor throughout the course at every stage. It could be the diploma that opens up new and exciting avenues and a new career!

Required knowledge

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this Event Planning course. This Event Planning course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about the role of an Event Planner and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. You have the freedom to start the Event Planning course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration, with full tutor support.


The Certificate of Achievement from NCFE is gained by successfully completing a series of assignments. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on your work.


This qualification has been developed by NCC to meet the specific needs of our learners and has been accredited by NCFE demonstrating the quality and rigor. NCFE is an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England (Ofqual), Wales (Qualifications Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA Regulation). This is an unregulated qualification and is not a nationally recognised qualification. On completion of the Customised Qualification, learners will receive a certificate of achievement. The certificate is evidence of the knowledge and skills gained by completing the qualification. This qualification has been accredited by NCFE under the Customised Qualification and the certificate of achievement will be issued directly by NCFE.

Course modules

Module 1: Introduction to event management
This introductory module provides a general overview of what it means to be an event planner and explores some of the main considerations and competencies required to successfully work in this sector. Specific areas covered include.
• What is an event management company?
• Event trends and the event market in the UK
• The role of the event planner
• Key competencies and skills
• Marketing your services

Module 2: Introduction to the Event Planning Process
This module introduces the construct of the event planning process and focusses on relevant considerations such as; Understanding the needs of the client and how to prepare your own event. Specific areas covered include.
• Understanding the needs to the client
• Planning your own event
• Preparing a proposal
• The itinerary and the event planner’s role
• Event planner code of ethics

Module 3: The venue
This module focuses on the process of choosing and organising an appropriate venue to suit your client’s needs and examines relevant considerations such as; types of venue, insurance and hiring marquees. Specific areas covered include;
• Choosing a venue
• Types of venue
• Booking the venue for the event
• Overnight accommodation
• Insurance
• Hiring marquees
• Site visits at venues

Module 4: Catering
This module examines the need for catering at an event and provides guidance on how to arrange and coordinate this process effectively through the focus on areas such as; receptions, wine and dietary requirements, Specific areas covered include;
• Choosing a caterer
• Catering options
• Receptions
• Quantities guidelines
• The running order of an event
• Dietary requirements
• Wine
• Other beverages

Module 5:Entertainment
This module looks at the relevance of implementing successful entertainment to suit the requirements of events and looks at numerous considerations of relevance such as, music, themes, and speeches. Specific areas covered include.
• Music
• Requirements for musicians, bands and DJs
• Speeches
• Toasts
• Extra touches to an event
• Entertainment budget planner
• Theming an event
• Flowers and the florist
• Locating and using other suppliers of party equipment

Module 6: Photographic and Audio-Visual Requirements
This module examines the role of an event planner in advising about how to engage a photographer, what to look for, when photographs should be needed and at what point they should be taken. Specific areas covered include;
• Photography
• Videography
• Video diary
• Webcams
• Visual projection
• Sound projection

Module 7: Staging the Event
After mainly focussing on event preparations, this module looks specifically at the actual staging of the event. The knowledge details an array of relevant considerations such as: staffing, registration and seating plans. Specific areas covered include;
• Getting organised
• Staffing an event
• Delegate packs
• Registration
• Clearing up
• Compiling lists of invitees
• Enclosures with invitations
• Receiving replies
• Seating plans
• International travel considerations
• Health and safety considerations

Module 8: Preparing Event Proposals
This module examines the importance for you as an event planner, to produce and maintain portfolios and proposals based on all the events that you have been involved with. Specific areas covered include;
• Creating an event portfolio
• The types and styles of portfolio
• The first meeting
• Creating an event proposal
• The importance of contractual obligations
• Contracts with suppliers
• Budgeting
• Negotiating with suppliers

Module 9: Marketing and Selling your Events Planning Service
This module is concerned with the importance of promoting and marketing your event planning services and details relevant guidance on how to do this effectively. Specific areas covered include.
• Analysing your business strengths and weaknesses
• Developing a marketing campaign
• Undertaking market research
• Marketing strategy
• Marketing action plan
• Preparing to negotiate a contract
• During negotiations
• Closing negotiations and follow-up

Module 10: Setting up your Business
This module examines the process of setting up your own event planning business and details important guidance on issues such as; company structure, premises, and fees. Specific areas covered include.
• Company structure
• Company names
• Company advice
• Premises
• Deciding on your fee
• Fixed and variable costs

Module 11: Preparing your own Task Lists and Action Plans
This concluding module aims to equip learners with effective techniques on planning their time and organising event planning responsibilities through the exploration of task lists and action plans. Specific areas covered include.
• Introduction to task lists
• First meeting
• Second meeting
• Third meeting
• Final meeting
• Action plan for the day
• After the event

Learner support

This Event Planning course has been authored by the gentleman who organised Madonna and Guy Ritchie's wedding, Ashley Judd and Dario Franchetti and Robbie Williams' 30th Birthday Party! You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your Event Planning course.

You will have your own dedicated tutor who will guide you through your course work and answer any questions you may have during you Event Planning course. Additionally, our support staff will provide you with any practical advice by email or phone. Full tutor support is provided for a period of 12 months and included in the cost of the Event Planning course programme.


What does NCC stand for?

NCC originally stood for the National Consortium of FE (Further Education) Colleges. This brought together the FE Colleges to achieve the best provision. Regular national meetings were attended by both Colleges and Government agencies who funded them. This was very helpful to them both to best deliver training to their students.

For more than 25 years NCC has supplied FE Colleges with learning materials as well as student marketing.

NCC now specialise in online training of a very high quality to students both self-funded, paid for by schools, employers and training providers.

What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and you can study anytime, anyplace, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a job, family commitments, or any other commitment that won’t allow them time off to study.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Both our online and paper courses are completed via an online learning portal (LMS) which you can access after you receive your login details by email. Please ensure that you check your junk email if you do not receive your login details within 48 hours.

All learners will submit their assignments, receive feedback and correspond with their tutor directly through the LMS. If you require help from our support team, then simply email [email protected].

If you opt for the online course, you will not receive any course materials through the post. Everything is available via the LMS.

If you opt for the paper version, you are simply paying for a study book to be printed and posted to your home, or place of work. You will use this book as a reference guide, but you will still be required to upload your assignments and correspond with your tutor via the LMS.

If you are unable to access our online LMS, we do have alternative options available, so please email [email protected] in order to request further support.

What do I need to do to get started?

We recommend that you choose a course that will interest you and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, contact us here or dial 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How much will it cost?

The cost largely depends on the type and size of the course. The course cost is determined by the expenses associated with its provision, taking into consideration the course's size and complexity, development costs, the presence of a study materials, and the level of tutor support required. Some courses also necessitate additional in-person assessments by assessors, which incur additional expenses and consequently affect the course's cost.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course require an external invigilated assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

How do I enrol?

Once you've chosen your course, you have two options for enrolment:

  1. You can purchase the course online by clicking the "Buy now" button, which will enrol you automatically.
  2. Alternatively, you can call our helpline at 0333 3445 690, and our expert course advisors will assist you in signing up for the course and arrange for the delivery of any requested additional learning materials to your address.

All courses are available to purchase in full or via affordable monthly payments over 12 months. A £29 non-refundable deposit is required for monthly payments, and you will be required to set up a monthly direct debit.

We do not require you to complete a credit check to sign up for monthly payments.

How quickly will I receive my course materials?

We guarantee that you will receive any course materials ordered within 5 working days of registering, but for many of our courses it may take no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study book within our stated period.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

All the relevant information required to complete your course is available via the LMS. Additional research via the internet is encouraged, depending on the level you are working at, to bolster knowledge of the subject area.

There is no requirement to purchase any additional materials.

What support will I receive?

You will have access to a dedicated personal tutor whom you can contact through the Learning Management System (LMS) for assistance and guidance on any course-related matters. Your tutor will only initiate contact in response to your messages. If you encounter any difficulties reaching your tutor, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected]

Many courses require you to submit work to your tutor during the period of study, and your tutor will assess your work and provide feedback to you within 10 working days. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please note that the course includes tutor support for a duration of 12 months. If you require additional time, please inform us, and we will make every effort to provide you with an option for a paid extension, if feasible, to assist you in completing your course.

Please be aware that our tutors are actively assisting multiple learners, and to ensure they are not inundated with excessive workloads, we have implemented a policy limiting learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time. We recommend that you upload your completed units as you finish them. This way, you can benefit from your tutor's feedback to enhance your future assignment submissions.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 10 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Kindly note that our tutors are currently supporting multiple learners simultaneously. In order to maintain a balanced workload for them, we have established a policy that restricts learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course. Your end of support date is when you need to have your course copmpleted by in order to be able to be certificated, this is usually 12 months from purchase.

The duration of the course is largely down to you. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email [email protected], NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are:

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows, but we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is that if your circumstances change you can always take a limited break and come back to your studies to save your paid for support.

If you decide to enrol on more than one course at the same time, speak to our enquiries team for any bundle deals or offers.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Certainly, in most instances, there are no geographical constraints on where you can undertake your studies. However, it's important to note that specific courses may be subject to geographical limitations imposed by the Awarding Organisation, and these restrictions will be clearly stated in the course description.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you may return the materials within 14 days, provided you have not yet submitted any coursework for evaluation. Please note that you will be responsible for covering the return shipping costs. We will refund your payment, minus a non-refundable deposit of £29. Additionally, you have the option to select an alternative course that better matches your goals and aspirations.

For any help on cancelling your course please email [email protected], we will only deal with cancellation enquiries via email.

What is a Totum Card?

Totum is the new brand for UK student cards and replaces the old NUS student card. NCC students are eligible to sign-up for the Totum card where applicable, giving access to a multitude of retail, food and travel special discounts. For more information, you can visit their website:

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Reviews from learners who completed...

Event Management Diploma

M Byrne

“Brilliant very helpful”

Brilliant very helpful and answered all of my questions thank you so much can’t wait to start.


M Byrne

“Really enjoyed learning with NCC”

I really enjoyed learning with NCC. The Destination and Event Management course I done was very informative and yet easy to understand. I learnt a ot from it and now look forward to using my new skills in forthcoming events.

Joanna Roberts,

M Byrne

“Helped build skills to run my own business”

I really enjoyed completed my course with NCC and have learnt an awful lot which will help build my skills for me to begin my future planning and running my own business. All the feedback I received was perfectly explained and all information given regarding needing to re-do a piece of the module was fully understood by myself. I would like to thank NCC for allowing me the opportunity to broaden my skills and knowledge.

Sandie Chivers,

M Byrne

“Very good support and advice!”

Very good, useful course. Easy to follow materials. Very good support and advice from training provider. Thanks very much for all the help and support throughout the course.

Stephen Barnes,

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