Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,750 *
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.

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 Fashion Sourcing
  • Luxury Fashion Management
  • Polylang Language module
  • Sustainable Fashion
  • Trends and Change Implementation for Fashion 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

Typical offer

  • A Levels - BBC depending on subjects taken
  • International Baccalaureate - 29 points
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma - DDM depending on the subject and overall academic profile
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction. GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each element. Suitable candidates will be invited for an interview.

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Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate - 29 points

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each element. Suitable candidates will be invited for an interview.

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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 Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

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

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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: £12,750 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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 Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, 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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