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Develop business and creative skills for success in the world of fashion
BSc Fashion Buying and Merchandising
Develop business and creative skills for success in the world of fashion

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BSc Fashion Buying and Merchandising

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Duration
3 years or 4 years
Typical A-level offer
Grades AAB in three academic subjects excluding General Studies
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
Grades ABB in three academic subjects excluding General Studies.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer
35 overall with 6,6,5 in three subjects at Higher level.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

1400 applications for 250 places across all first year courses

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • Develop your ability to forecast and identify trends, analysing statistical data and acquiring an understanding of the business acumen required in fashion buying and merchandising.
  • Choose to spend an additional year studying abroad or on industrial experience.
  • Strong industry links with organisations such as Next, ASOS, Tommy Hilfiger and Arcadia.
  • Accredited by The Textile Institute and The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2019 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £23,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Entrance Awards are available for students who have 6 Grade A's at GCSE and achieve A Level grades A*A*A* (or equivalent)

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Materials
Contact name
Tracy Bate
Telephone
0161 3064360
Email
Website
http://www.materials.manchester.ac.uk/
School/Faculty overview
See: About Us

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Entry requirements

A-level

Grades AAB in three academic subjects excluding General Studies

AS-level

We do not normally make offers based on AS level.  However, each application is treated on an individual basis.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

Minimum grade C in English Language, Dual Science and Mathematics (Grade 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs)

International Baccalaureate

35 overall with 6,6,5 in three subjects at Higher level.

Scottish requirements

AA in Advanced Higher plus at least BB in Higher Level

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the School directly.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. Grade A in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Core can be used in lieu of one A Level subject

European Baccalaureate

Please contact us for further information

AQA Baccalaureate

The AQA baccalaureate is welcomed. We would ask for AAB in the A level component with grade B for both the AS and extended project.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:

Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme are required to achieve AAB with grade C in EAP.  INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.

Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year are required to achieve AAB with grade C in EAP.

Applicants studying other Foundation programmes should contact the academic School to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

We will consider the National Extended Diploma for entry to our programme, however this will be dependent on the modules studied within the Diploma. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades DDD

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We will consider the National Diploma for entry to our programme, however this will be dependent on the modules studied within the Diploma. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades DD/D*D plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A Level at grade A/B.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We will consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry to our programme, however this will be dependent on the modules studied within the Diploma. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grades D plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A Levels at grades AA/AB.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We will consider the National Extended Certificate for entry to our programme, however this will be dependent on the modules studied within the Certificate. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grades D/D* plus additional level 3 qualification such as A Levels at grades AA/AB.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the School directly.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma

We will consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry to our programme, however this will be dependent on the modules studied within the Diploma. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with grades DDD.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma

We will consider the Technical Diploma for entry to our programme, however this will be dependent on the modules studied within the Diploma. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades DD/D*D plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A Level at grade A/B.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma

We will consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry to our programme, however this will be dependent on the modules studied within the Diploma. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades D/D* plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A Levels at grades AA/AB.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate

We will consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry to our programme, however this will be dependent on the modules studied within the Certificate. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with grades D/D* plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A Levels at grades AA/AB.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the School directly.

Access to HE Diploma

In an academic subject, Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits awarded at Level 3, 30 credits must be awarded at Distinction and 15 at Merit

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3/M1 in the Pre-U certificates and grade A/B at A level in three distinct subjects.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Non-standard educational routes

Minimum grade C in English Language, Dual Science and Mathematics (Grade 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs)

English language

GCSE grade C (Grade 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs), IELTS 6.0 with no subtest below 5.5 or an equivalent English Language qualification. 

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

How your application is considered

We look at predicted/achieved grades and the academic reference supplied by your school or college.  We also read your personal statement very carefully to see that you have a genuine interest in the course. 

Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests

We are looking for a genuine enthusiasm for the subject in your personal statement.

Interview requirements

All students who apply to us through UCAS, and who live on the UK mainland and meet our application criteria, are invited to a School Open which will include an interview as part of the application process.  These are held from November through to March and provide applicants with the chance to visit the University and see the facilities we offer.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We welcome applications from overseas applicants.  If you are not taking A Levels or International Baccalaureate, we may ask for a transcript of your academic qualifications so that we can give full consideration to your application

Deferrals

 We are happy to accept deferral applications

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

Fashion buying requires a strong commercial and analytical foundation.

The course covers the role of the fashion buyer in multi-functional teams within businesses. For example, the ways in which buyers interact with marketers to understand consumer demand, and with merchandisers to facilitate the flow of stock in the most profitable way. This course also considers the changing nature of the supply chain, in terms of the speed to market and continual buying cycles, including fast fashion and seasonal buying strategies.

The strong textile science and garment technology underpinning of this course offers students a unique understanding of the technical performance and construction of garments. The course also provides an emphasis on numerical and data analysis and the skills and knowledge essential to fashion buying.

Students who graduate from this course will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for fashion buying or merchandising with employers such as Arcadia and ASOS.

Read our Fashion Business brochure.

Special features

  • You may apply to extend your degree to four years, and spend their third year either on industrial experience or studying abroad.
  • A final year project allows you to specialise in an area of your choice, for example focusing on developing a broader corporate strategy for a fashion business.
  • Optional field trip to Première Vision Paris fabric trend show in Year 2
  • Develop your transferable skills for a wide range of career opportunities.
  • Accredited by The Textile Institute and The Chartered Institute of Marketing

Teaching and learning

In addition to excellent academic reputations in teaching and research, we pride ourselves on our friendly atmosphere, and high level of staff-student contact both on a formal and informal basis.

Most All course units feature a balance of lectures and practical work, accompanied by smaller tutorials. There is a balance of individual and group activities in Ppractical work and tutorials, are often carried out in teams which are key in improving your written and oral communication skills.

In addition, we offer academic support in developing your transferable skills in problem solving, organisational skills and presentation and communication skills.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is a combination of traditional examination and course work, which includes laboratory reports, essays and practical projects. You'll have the chance to simulate real-life experiences and your final year project will give you an opportunity to work in a team to develop a new business idea or suggest a new strategy for an existing fashion brand. do genuine and original scientific research leading to a written dissertation .

If you choose to take the four-year pathway with industrial experience, your year in industry is assessed through a written report, appraisal by the host organisation and an oral presentation contributing 20% towards your final mark.

Course content for year 1

The first year establishes the fundamentals in fashion business, textile science and technology through the core units of Introduction to Fashion, Introduction to Management, Introduction to Marketing and Retail and Design Management and the core textile science units where students are introduced to fibres, materials, fabrics and textile production processes.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Raw Materials for Fashion MATS11201 20 Mandatory
Fashion MATS11301 20 Mandatory
Fashion Marketing & Retail MATS11401 20 Mandatory
Fashion Function and Aesthetics MATS11502 20 Mandatory
Garment Technology MATS11602 20 Mandatory
Management and the Apparel Pipeline MATS11702 20 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

The second year builds on the principles introduced in the first year by exploring specific aspects of management and marketing in depth with subjects such as product development, branding and textile technology. The specialist focus of the programme in the second year considers buying and merchandising roles within fashion retailers with a particular emphasis on understanding the technical nature of the fashion products. There are some practical textile subjects focusing on clothing technology and a significant characteristic is a group project which integrates textile product design, manufacture and marketing skills.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Fashion Buying & Merchandising MATS20422 20 Mandatory
Garment Production Technology MATS21201 20 Mandatory
Fashion Business & Analysis MATS22002 20 Mandatory
Fashion Product Development MATS22031 20 Mandatory
Operations Management MATS22601 20 Mandatory
Buying Communication MATS21502 10 Optional
Digital Branding MATS21702 10 Optional
Fashion Brand Promotion MATS21902 10 Optional
The In-Store Environment MATS22202 10 Optional
Commercial Design & Make MATS22232 10 Optional
International Business MATS22302 10 Optional
Sourcing & Distribution MATS22702 10 Optional
Fabric Structures & Colouration MATS22802 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 13 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

The final year provides an opportunity to consolidate and extend specialist knowledge in areas of buying and merchandising studied in previous years. You may choose from a range of fashion business option which compliment the buying and merchandising role such as marketing or a module with and international dimension. A final year project allows you to specialise in an area of your choice, for example focusing on developing a broader corporate strategy for a fashion business. Alternatively students could opt to take the Business Project which allows you to start up a company for the year.

Students may apply to extend this degree to four years, and spend their third year either on industrial experience or studying abroad. 

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Buying Strategy MATS34570 40 Mandatory
Business Ethics Sustainability & CSR MATS34502 20 Optional
Fashion Business in the Digital Age MATS34511 20 Optional
Business Project MATS34540 40 Optional
Fashion Project MATS34550 40 Optional
Sensors and Smart Textiles MATS34702 20 Optional
Technology Project MATS34800 40 Optional
Leadership in Action 20 Credit Unit UCIL20020 20 Optional

Scholarships and bursaries

There are no School specific scholarships available for this course.

Facilities

Underpinning the research and teaching activities are state-of-the-art facilities which include a new dedicated CAD suite, digital fashion retail studio and access to textile and clothing process laboratories which include knitting and weaving facilities, multi-mediadyeing, and digital printing and sewingcentre.

We are unique amongst UK Uuniversities in that we have world-class facilities for manufacturing textiles, including Jacquard weaving, computerised flat-bed knitting, digital printing and nano-fibre manufacturing.

To find out more about facilities visit our research facilities page: www.materials.manchester.ac.uk/our-research/facilities

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Completing a Fashion Buying and Merchandising degree provides the knowledge and skills for a career in this diverse industry including ethical sourcing, merchandising, , operations management, garment technology, quality control and many more.

The course also produces graduates with the right skills and knowledge for large graduate scheme opportunities with employers such as Unilever and Marks and Spencer, as well as non-sector specific careers in areas such as finance, accountancy, law, and leisure management.

Careers Advice

Manchester's Careers Service is award-winning and offers advice to meet the specific requirements of our students and their degree programmes. Students are encouraged by their Academic Advisers within the subject group to consider their longer-term plans from an early stage in their time with us. Our Made in Manchester fashion and materials careers fair takes place every year on campus, with a range of fashion employers exhibiting such as Arcadia, ASOS, BooHoo, Matalan, N Brown Group, Next and Zalando.

Accrediting organisations

The Textile Institute

Chartered Institute of Marketing