Fashion Buying Retail Management

BA (Hons)

2018 entry

Retail is a highly dynamic and fast-moving industry. Graduates who are passionate about fashion and also have strong business acumen, specialist management expertise and a creative approach to retail are in high demand.

Our Fashion Buying Retail Management degree stands out for its creative and entrepreneurial approach to fashion management issues. Encompassing an extensive range of fashion retailing areas including marketing and PR, finance, HR, sourcing and supply chains, buying and merchandising, and operations management, this course enables you to cultivate the expertise to thrive as a fashion retail manager or buyer.

Our School of Fashion has been ranked in the top 20 by The Guardian's 2017 university league table.

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Length of study:

Three years full-time

Starts:

September 2018

Campus:

UCA Rochester

UCAS code:

WN2F

UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS campus code:

R

Course overview:

With access to industry-standard facilities and the opportunity to work alongside other creative fashion students at UCA, you’ll benefit from a clear teaching focus on creative thinking within fashion retail management, as well as quick and regular personal academic feedback from the industry experts that run the course.

The course is mainly theoretical (around 70% in total), although a number of your assignments will be live case studies, giving you an insight into the current retail market.

Lectures are interactive, and an eight-week placement in your second year and guest lectures will expand your understanding of the fashion retail business. You may also undertake part-time work (one day a week or during the weekends) so that you’re able to put your learning into practice regularly.

Course content - 2018 entry

In the first year, you'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. On the course you’ll learn the technical and conceptual skills that will give you a solid foundation from which to explore your areas of specialist activity.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Introduction to Fashion Buying and Retailing

    You'll be introduced to the principles of fashion buying and retailing, involving both large and small retailers, 'bricks and mortar' retailers and e-tailers. It's here that you'll be able to explore both new and traditional forms of fashion retailing.

  • Exploring Fashion Communication

    Explores the roles of different communication tools and their impact on a retail business' performance.

  • Contextual Studies in Fashion

    Explores the product that this industry revolves around and how fashion has evolved through the times.

  • Developing and Leading Fashion Teams

    Designed to help you explore the way in which a fashion retail organisation manages its human resources. We'll explore contemporary leadership issues and how to recognise, inspire, motivate and retain key performing members.

  • Introduction to Fashion Marketing

    Introduces you to the techniques and concepts that practising marketers use to develop successful products and services.

  • Finance for Fashion Buying and Retailing

    You'll be able to examine and understand the accounting cycle, the basic framework of the accounting information system and how to interpret and start to use it to enhance the decision-making process. This unit uses a practical approach and examines the way financial statements are formed, to encourage familiarity with the accounting processes and assumptions, concepts and principles upon which the financial statements are based.

The second year focus is on finding your own specialist way of working and you’ll be encouraged and supported to start working more independently. During this year you may also have the opportunity to complete an industry work placement or even study abroad.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Fashion Buying and Merchandising

    Introduces buying terminology and overall processes for strategic merchandise planning, covering all the contents of the merchandise budget from top-line plans and predictions to brand/supplier budget allocation. We'll examine sourcing brands and suppliers with a focus on good buying practices.

  • Understanding the Fashion Consumer

    Gives you an experiential and practical approach to discovering the consumer and the retailer's target markets.

  • Fashion Supply Chain Management

    The fashion supply chain has dramatically changed in terms of scope and scale over the past ten years. This unit studies the rationale behind these seismic shifts, and looks at the development of enabling technologies which have created fast and nimble international fashion supply chains.

  • Fashion Futures

    Designed to challenge any concepts of retail and retailing methods, as part of the preparation for the final year.

  • Omni-channel Fashion Retailing

    This unit is designed to investigate the new retail technologies which will help and enhance the consumer journey, as well as the impact of omni-channel upon shopping behaviours.

  • Option 1: Professional Engagement (placement)

    You'll undertake a four to eight week self-initiated work placement, that's relevant to your potential career direction and contributes to the fulfilment of the course aims and objectives.

  • Option 2: Professional Engagement (industry case study)

    This is an opportunity to study an aspect of the industry that you've identified as an area of interest, through the method of case study research. You'll be based at university and will undertake fieldwork into a self-selected topic or question.

The third year will see you achieve a greater level of independence with self-managed research, study and practice, resulting in a final major project and a written dissertation.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    Introduces you to the concept and characteristics of entrepreneurship, innovation and new venture planning, and to the importance of entrepreneurship to individuals, communities, and the global economy. You'll examine the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs and examine some of the factors that influence entrepreneurs.

  • Fashion Strategy and Globalisation

    Encourages investigative research into the strategic and international management for a chosen retail business.

  • Option 1: Realisation, Production and Creative Strategy

    You'll define, articulate, present and critically reflect upon a creative strategy for a new retail concept, thereby underpinning and enhancing the knowledge and understanding of the defined area of focus, as well as developing the ability to communicate this in a dynamic way.

  • Option 2: Realisation, Production and Business Strategy

    You'll define, articulate, present and critically reflect upon a business strategy for a new retail concept, thereby underpinning and enhancing the knowledge and understanding of the defined area of focus, as well as developing the ability to communicate this in a dynamic way.

  • Fashion Branding and Luxury

    You'll learn how fashion brands are created, expressed and managed to provide value to the business and consumers.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

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International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

We’ve developed strong connections in the past with many major fashion retailers including:

  • Arcadia
  • John Lewis
  • River Island
  • Warehouse
  • Ted Baker
  • Hugo Boss
  • Jigsaw
  • French Connection.

 

 

Through our industry networks and collaborations, you'll have the opportunity to undertake your second year work placement in one of the leading businesses, brands and retailers we're connected with. In the past, our students have secured placements at retailers such as:

  • Arcadia
  • John Lewis
  • River Island
  • Warehouse
  • Ted Baker
  • Hugo Boss
  • Jigsaw
  • French Connection.

Graduates of this course have secured rewarding roles in industry areas such as:

 

  • Retail store management
  • Retail operations
  • Visual merchandising
  • Fashion marketing and PR
  • Fashion supply chain and logistics
  • Buying and merchandising.

     

You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level. 

How to apply - 2018 entry

Looking to study in 2017?

It’s still not too late to apply for September 2017 entry. Find out how to apply by following this link…

Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points), see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance, and who were expected to achieve higher results.

Your portfolio

This course doesn’t require a portfolio, but when you apply, you need to tell us about any relevant skills acquired during your previous education years, most relevant projects you’ve been involved in at school or college, professional experience if any – with a description of main tasks – and why you think you have the right profile. You must show us your ability and motivation to undertake this degree. You’ll be assessed by the selection committee which may offer you a place or may invite you to an interview.

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