Course summary

A fashion buyer is responsible for the profitable development, sourcing and selection of a range of products that meet the needs and desires of the target customer, by working closely with the merchandising, design and marketing teams.

As a Fashion Buying Management student, you will combine your creative flair with robust business management skills in a fast-paced, industry-focused course which enjoys widespread support throughout the fashion and retail industry. The extensive contributions from industry leaders include guest lectures, live retail projects and student placements and internships. Key fashion and retail relationships include ASOS, Debenhams, John Lewis, L.K.Bennett, Net-a-Porter, River Island and Urban Outfitters.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study in this course.

Year 1

The first year modules provide a fundamental underpinning of business knowledge and creative skills that will build and deepen throughout the course. Subjects of study include:

  • Fabrics and Garment Technology
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Fashion Trends and Consumer Culture
  • Polylang Language module
  • Range Design and CAD
  • The Buying Process
  • The Fashion Business

Credit Level 4

Year 2

The second year develops both your practical and academic skills and includes live project work for a fashion brand. The expectation is that the additional skills and knowledge gained will enable you to undertake a successful work placement year. Subjects of study include:

  • Career Development
  • Creative Encounters
  • Fashion Promotion
  • Global Retailing
  • Polylang Language module
  • Textiles and Garment Sourcing and Manufacture
  • Trading and Concept Development
  • Visual Merchandising and Styling

Credit Level 5

Year 3 (Sandwich)

You will be given substantial support in finding suitable work placements, and the course has excellent relationships with many well-respected potential employers. You are ultimately responsible for securing your own placement. You are supported throughout the year by a placement tutor.

Year 4

At this level, you are expected to develop a more strategic perspective and draw together your academic and work experience. You will study subjects that further develop your general business skills, and you will also have the opportunity to specialise in areas of particular interest. Alongside your Final Major Project, Subjects of study include:

  • Commercial Skills
  • Fashion Branding
  • Fashion Consumer Behaviour
  • Fashion Entrepreneurship
  • Global Fashion Sourcing
  • Luxury Fashion Management
  • Polylang Language module
  • Sustainable Fashion
  • The Changing Business of Retail

Credit Level 6

Entry Requirements


  • A Levels - BBC depending on subjects taken
  • International Baccalaureate - 28 points
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma - DDM depending on the subject and overall academic profile
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction. GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element. Suitable candidates will be invited for an interview.


  • International Baccalaureate - 28 points

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element. Suitable candidates will be invited for an interview.

Career path

Our graduates follow a diverse range of career paths. Some common destinations are:

  • Retail head office roles
  • Buying or merchandising
  • Product Development
  • Garment technology
  • Trend Forecasting
  • Sourcing
  • Ethical compliance
  • Fashion startup
  • Entrepreneur
  • Marketing
  • Public relations and media

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 12, 2019
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4 years
13,400 GBP
international - UK/EU: £9,250 (fees per academic year)
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