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Solent University (Southampton)

Fashion Buying and Merchandising

UCAS Code: W236

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

From 2 A levels or equivalent qualification, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview / and or portfolio. Please contact for further details.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45,P:15

60 Credits overall 45 at Merit and 15 at Pass

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

MMM

From 2 A levels or equivalent qualification, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview / and or portfolio. Please contact for further details.

UCAS Tariff

96

From 2 A levels or equivalent qualification, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview / and or portfolio. Please contact for further details.

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Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Fashion design

Retail management

Do you want to get into the business of fashion? Hoping to build sought after supply-chain management, visual merchandising and business management skills? This challenging course will help you to acquire the perfect blend of creative and strategic thinking that employers are looking for, preparing you for a rewarding career in the booming fashion industry.This exciting course encourages creative flair, an eye for trends, business acumen and management skills. Students study a diverse range of subjects and gain a deeper understanding of buying cycles, sales performance, product development, garment sourcing, manufacturing and brand development.The course places a strong emphasis on gaining practical work experience. Past students have had the opportunity to set up their own business at our stunning student-run store, Re:So, which sells a unique mix of fashion, accessories, publications, furniture and art. The stores upper floor learning zone has previously hosted guest speakers from the fashion industry, workshops, photo-shoots and exhibitions all with an emphasis on developing student retail, enterprise and employability skills.To aid their studies, students have free access to our media academy. This area contains photography studios, digital video cameras, media equipment and Mac suites with the latest Adobe Creative Suite software. Students also have access to digital reprographics rooms for design work.

Modules

Year one: CORE UNITS *Introduction to Fashion Buying *Supply Chain and Project Management *Multi-Channel Marketing *Visual Merchandising for Fashion *Retail Environment *Introduction to IT Skills and Financial Analysis. Year Two: CORE UNITS *Buying and Merchandising *Product Development *International Fashion Communications *Fashion Buying and the Law. OPTIONS *Fashion Merchandise Planning *Ethical Issues *Freelancing at Solent Creatives *Curriculum Plus. Year three: CORE UNITS *Major Project *Work-Based Learning for Fashion and the Creative Industries *International Strategic Business Practice. OPTIONS *Innovation and Technology *Corporate Social Responsibility*Creative Business Start up*

Assessment methods

Your work will be evaluated through assessments, individual and team work, presentations and group critiques.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Art, Design and Fashion School

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

83%
high
Fashion design
80%
high
Retail management

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

92%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

Management studies

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Design occupations
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

Management studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
86%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
18%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Fashion design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Retail management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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