Diploma in Event Management

Event Management is a profession that involves planning and executing various types of gatherings, from conferences and weddings to promotions and parties. It requires attention to detail, organisational skills and the ability to work under pressure.

The Diploma in Event Management prepares you for the dynamic field of event and marketing management. The programme covers e-marketing, public relations, integrated communications, software application, hospitality management, and the law governing these industries. This qualification emphasises entrepreneurial and project management skills, equipping you for entry into the job market. 

Additionally, graduates of the programme will have the option to pursue a Boston Degree or Advanced Diploma for further specialisation.

Dip (Event Management)

Time to Complete:

3 (minimum) - 9 (maximum) Years

Study Options:

Full-time or Part-time



NQF Level:




Entry Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC), with English passed with endorsement for admission to Diploma study; or National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)), with English passed with endorsement for admission to Diploma study; or prior to 2009, Senior Certificate with English as one of the modules passed.

A number of post school qualifications may be used for admission and/or advanced placement into the diploma programme with due regard for the 50% credit transfer rule and guidelines of progression and articulation. For example, a Higher Certificate, NQF (HEQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 120; or a Certificate, NQF (OQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 120.

This programme is offered by Boston City Campus in the distance mode of education with support provided at Learner Support Centres. Apply to register at any Boston City Campus Learner Support Centre nationwide.

All modules are compulsory and must be passed.

Possible employment opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Event (Sales, Campaign or Project) Coordinator/Supervisor
  • Event Assistant Manager or Manager
  • Junior Marketing Coordinator or Field Supervisor
  • Key Accounts Supervisor or Assistant Manager
  • Small Business Manager/Owner/Entrepreneur

Did you know that Boston does not work on a points system

Although your subjects may be considered, Boston does not use a point system for entry.
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Semester ASemester B
  • Computer Literacy
  • Academic Literacy
  • Event Management 1
  • Marketing Management 1
  • Computer Literacy Advanced
  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Integrated Marketing Communication 1
  • Business Management 1
Semester ASemester B
  • Event Management 2
  • Marketing Management 2
  • Public Relations 1
  • Digital Practice: e-Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship 2
  • Hospitality Management Practice
  • Business Ethics
  • Hospitality Law
Semester ASemester B
  • Event Management 3
  • Marketing Management 3
  • Project Management
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Financial Management for Marketers
  • Public Relations 2
  • Computerised Project Management
  • Work Integrated Learning

Various Assessment Strategies (ASC, ASW, AS1 to AS5) are used throughout the modules in the programme. For example, AS3 is predominately applied in this programme and consists of a

Formative Assessment (FA1), also known as an assignment or test, which count forty percent (40%) towards the overall mark.

Summative Assessments in the form of a final exam or capstone project (SA1), count fifty percent (50%), and a research or reflective essay (SA2) count ten percent (10%) towards the overall mark.

No supplementary assessment is provided for FA1. A maximum of one (1) additional supplementary assessment opportunity is provided for SA1 and SA2 respectively, which will be charged for. Please consult the Fact Sheet and Student Rulebook for additional, detailed programme information.

On completion of the programme graduates will have the necessary knowledge and practical skills required to:

  • Operate effectively in the workplace using a number of Windows-based end-user applications
  • Apply general business and marketing principles to hospitality and event management and interpret economic realities of local and global communities.
  • Manage financial and technology resources in organisations.
  • Analyse data, marketing information and performance of hospitality events.
  • Demonstrate entrepreneurial and project management skills.


On successful completion the Learner will be issued a Diploma in Event Management SAQA ID 93877, NQF 6, minimum 374 credits from Boston City Campus.