Events HNC

Course 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 National 4 passes including English OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above PLUS 2 GCSE passes including English 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

Year 1 - HNC

Units may include:

  • Behavioural skills for business
  • Communication: business communication
  • Event budgeting and funding
  • Event legislation: safety and licensing
  • Events industry: an introduction
  • Events: graded unit
  • Human resource management: an introduction
  • Information technology applications software 1
  • Marketing: an introduction
  • Organising an event
  • Personal development planning
  • Research skills
  • Work experience

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift 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. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised and placements will be introduced in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course.
  • 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

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
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, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

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

There are a number of funding options available to UK 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, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

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 2022

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.