Foundation Degree in Crowd Safety Management
Until recently most research published on crowd psychology and dynamics tended to focus on crowd disorder, often totally ignoring peaceful crowd activities such as at concerts, sports and cultural events.
In recognition of the fact that crowds and audiences have psychologies and dynamics that need to be studied to enable safe and successful management, Buckinghamshire New University up its Foundation Degree in Crowd Safety Management to promote the advancement of crowd safety at events in both the UK and worldwide.
Industry organisations such as the UK Crowd Management Association (UKCMA), the Production Services Association (PSA), the Football League and the NCFE have all provided invaluable support and guidance to the continued success of the course, now in its fifth year.
The Foundation Degree in Crowd Safety Management is a part-time distance learning course and is open to all those working within the many different sectors of the events industry. The study is a mix of work based learning, specialist skills development, tutoring and project based studies. Students benefit from a range of study methods including: workshops and seminars run by specialist tutors and learning within the workplace supported by the university’s Virtual Learning Environment. Students can also become involved in additional research projects and opportunities through the International Centre for Crowd Management & Security Studies.
Although the degree programme recognises prior learning, and students with relevant qualifications can apply for exemption from some modules, there are no set entry requirements beyond a commitment to the industry, the study of crowd safety and the further development of the student’s own skills, knowledge and experience.
Former students have found the Foundation Degree to be stimulating, informative and of great benefit in both their employment prospects and professional careers. Many former students are running successful companies and working at the very highest levels within the events industries in the UK and worldwide.
- Personal and Professional Development Planning
- Introduction to working at events and stewarding
- Legal Framework and Ethical Considerations
- Crowd Safety by Design
- Crowd dynamics
- The theory and practice of crowd safety management
- Management skills
- The sociology and psychology of crowds
- Conducting a site survey and risk assessment for an event
- Conducting a site survey and risk assessment for a major outdoor event
- Crowd safety research project