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Manchester Metropolitan University

Fashion Buying and Merchandising

UCAS Code: N590
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Marketing
Student score
69% LOW
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

International Baccalaureate

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

This course is undergoing a review over the next year, which may mean a change to the course title and units of study. If you are interested in business and love fashion, this degree combines both. The fashion industry is very competitive and companies are meticulous in assessing customer demand and market trends when selecting their product ranges; the roles of a buyer and a merchandiser are key in this process. This degree gives you an understanding of buying practice, finance, sourcing, product development and a knowledge of how fashion business operates in order to maximise profit and so will help you to become a successful professional in a truly exciting field of work. The course is aimed at developing your fashion awareness alongside your business acumen and you are encouraged to be innovative and engage with business issues. You will also have the opportunity to go on placements in the UK or abroad and undertake study trips; previous students have been to Florence, Shanghai and Paris. You can also opt to study a language. Technology and creativity are at the heart of our courses with a major emphasis on developing your business skills, and exposure to a wide range of businesses and employers. Our courses give you the option of spending a year working in industry to gain valuable skills and contacts. Features and benefits; - We’ll provide you with practical experience of the international fashion industry through optional overseas study trips. Previous destinations have included Shanghai, New York, Istanbul and Paris. - You’ll benefit from the multi-million pound, newly refurbished facilities, with access to industry-standard equipment including more than 150 specialised sewing and joining machines and equipment, 3D bodyscanner, sew-free bonding equipment, automated and laser cutting equipment, 3D printing and the latest digital pattern-cutting software. - Our students and graduates win many awards, including most recently the Arts Thread/Urban Outfitters Award, Humen Cup Silver Award, Drapers’ Company Award for Technical Textiles, the Survitec Group Award for Innovation in Functional Clothing Design, Best Gap Stylist at Vogue’s Fashion Night Out, and finalist at Graduate Fashion Week.


In Year 1 you will concentrate on fashion buying and merchandising theory, concepts, principles and their influences on clothing manufacturing. You will study the fashion industry from the viewpoint of a buyer and gain an understanding of the information technologies a buyer uses. Year 2 allows you to demonstrate a critical understanding of fashion buying principles and their application. You will study the use of financial and quality management to gain a detailed understanding of production and information technology. If you decide to opt for the four year sandwich route, Year 3 will be spent on a full-time placement, with opportunities available in both the UK and abroad. In your final year you will develop a strategic approach to the evaluation of international fashion markets, organisations, opportunities and consumers in manufacturing and retail environments. You will undertake either an honours project or a business project to show your individual strengths and specilaism.

Manchester Metropolitan University

The uni - with a new £75 million Business School and Student Hub

MMU is a thriving and diverse community of students from all professions ranging from artists and teachers to business leaders and scientists. Whatever course you choose you'll have access to great industry links and opportunities in one of the UK's most popular student cities. We're two thirds of the way through a £350 million building programme including a new students' union planned for 2014.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 68%
Student score 69% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
7% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
73% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
346 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
75% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £18k LOW
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are media professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Want to join a fast-moving, diverse industry that's at the cutting edge of tech? Try marketing! A lot of the jobs are in London, but graduates don't just go to work in advertising agencies — all sorts of industries do their own marketing these days, and with the rise of digital and mobile technology, a lot of marketing is done in quite innovative ways using a wide range of methods. Common industries (apart from advertising and PR) include recruitment, online retail, higher education, banking and IT. A lot of jobs in this industry are handled through recruitment agencies, so if you get in touch with them early, that might give you a headstart for some of the jobs available. But be careful — unpaid working is not the norm in the marketing industry, but it is more common than in most sectors.
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