This is a fashion business course with a vocational focus on buying and merchandising. It combines a postgraduate level academic experience with the vocational realities of retailer buying and merchandising operations. The course covers a range of vocational knowledge and skills for students seeking a career in fashion buying and merchandising, and develops knowledge of both theoretical and practical issues relevant to current practice in the UK buying and merchandising sector. This is integrated with practical professional skills in communication, negotiation and presentation. Distinctive features of the course are the strong links with fashion buying and merchandising offices in the UK and the opportunity afforded by the practical emphasis on skills negotiation in the final project. The course is designed for graduates aiming at a 1st career position in fashion buying or merchandising but who need to supplement their 1st degree with a more relevant academic qualification. The course may also be suitable as a preparation for higher level postgraduate study in related subject areas.
Modules include: Buying and merchandising; marketing and supply chain management; integrated project.
Course Additional Entry
A good 1st degree (2.1 or above) (or equivalent) in fashion or business plus GCSE mathematics grade C or above (or equivalent); or sufficient relevant experience in the fashion industry (retail or manufacturing); information technology (IT) skills. Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges that the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any 1 skill.
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