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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 / Quality Licence Scheme / 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 Quality Licence Scheme is gained by successfully completing a series of assignments. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on your work.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course). 

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC Home Learning has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at QLS Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector. 

The Skills and Education Group’s knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market. 

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales 

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 is distance learning?

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

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 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 does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

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.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. 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.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait 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 pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

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 have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

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 an 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 ‘’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

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.

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 though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

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 12 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.

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

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

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

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

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Reviews from learners who completed...

Event Management Diploma

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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