Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

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.

While the prime focus of the course is to develop the academic, aesthetic, practical and commercial skills you need for the buying role, you will also be equipped for a career in product development and supply chain management, brand management and wholesale, PR and marketing, and trend forecasting and retail management. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

The course emphasis is placed on developing your creative, technical and interpersonal skills, commercial flair and business acumen. The focus of the course is global, to reflect the nature of the industry, and the additional opportunity to advance language skills and study abroad is offered to meet the increasing standards of global competition and the needs of the business environment. The work placement in the third year is an essential component of the course and can be taken as a full-year work placement or a combination of work placement and a study abroad option.

Based at the recently refurbished Harrow Campus – home to the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design – you will work alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique hothouse of creative opportunity. Teaching and learning are interactive, covering academic, practical and applied elements. Our teaching staff have had successful retail careers and understand the pivotal role of buyers within the decision-making hierarchy. Assessment methods include individual and group reports and presentations, industry projects, portfolio development, and extended essays and exams.

Course structure

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

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

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

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

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.

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 Sourcing Strategies for Fashion
  • International Buying and Merchandising Negotiation
  • Luxury Fashion Management
  • Polylang Language module
  • Sustainable Fashion
  • The Changing Business of Retail

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BCC to ABB
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D*
  • Access – 104 to 128  UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall 6.0 writing and speaking. 

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combinations of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

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  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall 6.0 writing and speaking. 

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Careers

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 start up
  • Entrepreneur
  • Marketing
  • Public relations and media

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

The vibrant home of our creative, media and digital courses, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

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