Events HNC

UCAS code 128N

What is special about this course?

The HNC Events provides a qualification understood and respected by employers from a diverse range of industries.

The course will provide a range of theoretical and practical skills required to become an events organiser. Successful completion of the course will allow graduates to leave with a broad experience in organising as well as supporting events of all sizes.

Special features

  • You will develop skills that will prepare you for employment in the events industry in a supervisory level post
  • You will gain an understanding of the role and application of the skills required in the events industry
  • You will develop key transferable skills, which are relevant to a range of industries



We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Higher at grade C or above plus 2 Standard Grades at Level 3 or above (1 Standard Grade to be English) OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above OR
  • SVQ Level 3 in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership; City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service; NC Events Co-ordination OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Business Skills
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply

Access routes

  • SVQ Level 3 in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service
  • NC Events Co-ordination

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units include:

  • Events: graded unit 1
  • Events applications
  • Events industry: an introduction
  • Event legislation: safety and licensing
  • Event budgeting and funding
  • Marketing: an introduction
  • Workplace experience

Optional subjects may include:

  • Information technology: applications software 1 
  • Communication: analysing and presenting complex communication
  • Management of human resources in hospitality 1
  • Food and beverage events
  • Creating a culture of customer care
  • Public relations: principles and practice

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will mainly be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials
  • You will be assessed through essays, reports, presentations, case studies and practical projects

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 Year
  • Part-time: 2 Years

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,855 £7,020
Part-time (per HN credit) £457 £468

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the course you may seek employment as:

  • Events manager
  • Events assistant
  • Events organiser
  • Events co-ordinator

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the HNC, you can progress to the second year of the BA (Hons) Events Management. Alternatively, you may be able to progress to year two of the BA (Hons) Hospitality Management.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Events HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.