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Event Planning - NCFE Level 2 Certificate at City of Oxford College

Course description

If your plan is to pursue a career working in event planning and organisation, then this could be the course for you. This introductory level course is designed to give you a broad base of knowledge and experience to prepare you for working in event planning or for progression to a higher level course in event management.

During the year you will look at the theory of planning and organizing an event including the practical skills of volunteering at an event and gain the experience necessary to progress in the event management industry or related areas. 

You will spend some time in college participating in classroom sessions as well as in hands-on activities planning and organizing events as part of a project team. You will also take on placements with the College or a local employer putting what you have learned into practice.

Approximately half of your time at college is classroom-based. Learning activities include lectures, workshops and practical sessions. Much of your learning is gained through practical experience in your work placement.


A strong emphasis is placed on working and learning with others and you are regularly set tasks to complete in partnership with other students. You also need to be able to work independently and take responsibility for your own learning. As part of your programme you will be expected to complete a number of volunteering placements and event placements during evenings and weekends.

Course content

For the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Event Planing you study 5 modules over the year, including:
Planning an event;
Event review and evaluation;
Market research and marketing methods in event planning;
Human resource planning at events;
Communication and customer service at events.

For the NCFE Level 1 in Preparation for Event Volunteering.
Becoming a volunteer;
Knowing about volunteering at a public event;
Emergency and basic fire awareness;
Public safety awareness;
Understanding effective customer relations at a public event;
Understanding equality and diversity;
Introduction to understanding conflict resolution in a public environment;
Developing team and interpersonal skills;
Preparing for, reflecting on and being a volunteer.

In addition you study English and Maths and will have the opportunity to complete additional qualifications including Emergency First Aid and Event Stewarding & Spectator Safety.

Entry requirements

Individual learning targets are set each term and you receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets. Formal assessment is through assignments, projects, presentations and practical assessments which are set at regular intervals throughout the course. The GCSE or Functional Skills in English and Maths is assessed by an external exam.

Future opportunities

The qualifications awarded are the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Event Planning and NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Preperation for Event Volunteering.

You will also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you will have benefited from a valuable insight into future careers open to you.

Further information

On successful completion of the course you can progress to the Level 3 Btec Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Event Management.

Alternatively you are well placed to find work in the industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: OXPEVENT2 or OXPEVENT2B

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      • From South (Newbury) A34: Turn off A34 to Southern bypass and make for Cowley. At next roundabout, turn left to city centre (park and ride on left). Follow Abingdon Road to end, form left towards ice rink and parks. The College is opposite the ice rink.
      • From A423 (Henley/Reading): Join ring road at (Sainsburys) and turn left to next roundabout and right to city centre and ice rink.
      • From East (London): M40/A40 At end of A40 turn left at roundabout signed Cowley. Continue on the ring road, (4 roundabouts) to Abingdon Road, city centre and ice rink.
      • From the train station: the campus is 10 minutes walk from the station.