International Buying & Merchandising*

BA (Hons) - UCA Epsom - 2020

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This course explores all facets of the creative industries, from luxury, fashion, interiors and beauty to motor, food and sports, bringing creative thinking and product development to the forefront of business.

You'll study everything required to understand the promotion, buying and selling of goods or services for all sectors. You'll gain an understanding of how to obtain the correct number of products, on trend and at the right price, to ensure brands make profit.

With use of the excellent facilities available to you across the University, you'll have the opportunity to develop and refine your own product ranges, generating real prototypes in order to bring your ideas to life and test them in the current market.

*Course subject to validation.



Length of study:

Three years full-time


UCA Epsom

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Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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Course details

  • Year 1

    Throughout your first year, you'll receive a thorough introduction to buying and merchandising and a solid grounding in the understanding of a 'range' and product development.

    Marketing Fundamentals
    The unit introduces you to the concepts, theories and models utilised in marketing, providing the basis for further study within the course. Specifically, the unit introduces you to the objectives and theory of marketing as a business function. It explores the role of marketing within organisations and how marketing can be used in the achievement of an organisation's goals and objectives.

    Introduction to Buying and Merchandising
    Unit details to be confirmed shortly.

    Range Building and Product Development
    Unit details to be confirmed shortly.

    International Business Environment
    Unit details to be confirmed shortly.

    Enterprise Project
    In this unit you will learn the process of launching and building a new venture and research the relationships between this and entrepreneurship. You will be expected to explore a range of case studies, and identify and evaluate to what extent success of entrepreneurs could be based on their traits, styles and behaviours. With this knowledge you will apply business innovation as well as how to create value in firms, through new product or services, technologies, business concepts, transaction mechanisms, distribution channels, etc.

  • Year 2

    In your second year, you'll have the opportunity to complete a work placement of your choice or a professional project. You'll develop an understanding of the key principles of digital business and marketing, as well as experiential retailing and visual merchandising which is vital for those wishing to pursue a career in the industry.

    E-Business and E-Marketing (Digital Business and Marketing)
    Throughout this unit you will have the opportunity to develop conceptual knowledge needed to develop your understanding of eBusiness and eMarketing strategies. The unit explores a diverse range of activities that comprise digital business and digital marketing strategy management to enable you to appreciate the major differences between traditional and digital business and marketing activities at a strategic level.

    Visual Merchandising and Experiential Retailing
    Introduces the role and theories of visual merchandising for fashion, from creative concept development to resolution and client presentation.

    Professional Practice and Buying Placement
    The aim of this unit is to provide you with business management acumen and practical skills in becoming a business and management professional. Ideally, you will have the opportunity to conduct an internship in a business organisation, or you will be participating in a set project which will enable you to achieve your learning objectives and outcomes.

  • Year 3

    In your final year, you'll build on previous learning, utilising your knowledge with a final project. You'll work alongside fellow practitioners on strategic research and trend insights to support new developments for product ranges and their promotion in the marketplace.

    Strategic Research
    The emphasis of this unit is on thorough, investigative research into key areas.

    Trend Insight and Concept Development  
    Unit details to be confirmed shortly.

    Strategic Implementation and Career Planning
    You'll analyse and synthesise your research in order to produce a market report, a visual pack and finally present your project. Your project may be industry-linked or self-initiated, in line with your personal career aspirations within the fashion management industry.

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:

    • UK and EU students - £9,250 
    • International students - £15,500 (standard fee)
    • International students - £14,880 (full early payment fee)

    The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.

    Additional course costs
    Details of the course course will be available as soon as possible.

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Business School

The first of its kind in the UK, our new Business School for the Creative Industries builds on our long tradition of collaborating with employers to cultivate leadership, entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills.


Business facilities include: dedicated studios and study areas. Campus digital media suites equipped with Macs and PCs, programmed with specialist software such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver and After Effects. Modern library with a wealth of books, journals, special collections and online resources.

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UK/EU applications

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International applications

If you are applying for more than one course in the UK please apply via UCAS, to apply direct to UCA please use the links below:

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Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa

If you have another category of visa please contact us: to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or

When to apply:

The UCAS application deadline is 15 January. If you are applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.

For more information visit our how to apply pages

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new 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
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

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.

International entry requirements

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the UCA International College

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Your portfolio

This course doesn’t require a portfolio. We may invite you for an Applicant Day and interview so you can visit us, meet the course team and other applicants, and take a tour of all our facilities. Students from diverse educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Course connections

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

  • Careers

    The course prepares you for further study at postgraduate level as well as a wide range of careers within the creative business sector. The course promotes creative thinking within a commercial context, focusing on the realities of the buying industry, placing emphasis on business acumen and strategic planning. From the start your skills are developed in buying, merchandising, range building, visual merchandising and international business. The course enables students to develop industry-standard communication skills through report writing, graphic presentation and professional pitches, entering the global buying and management world from a creative business perspective.

  • Further study

    Your training on this course will prepare you for a wide range of postgraduate courses. We offer postgraduate opportunities in our Business School and we will help you find the correct course for you and support you in your application should further study be for you.

    Find out more about UCA's Business School

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