Fashion Buying and Merchandising degrees with a foundation year

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Foundation Years are designed to make undergraduate degrees more accessible to those who are under-represented in higher education, for example, those with non-traditional qualifications.
  • Introducing students to a broad variety of elements linking through to the fashion industry.
  • Helps you develop academic and numeric skills necessary for the level of study in Year 1 to support the subject-specific knowledge needed.

Placement options

These degrees offer the option of pursuing a sandwich degree and spending a year on a work placement in a relevant organisation.

About the course

International and EU students whose first language is not English and who have an IELTS score of less than 6.0 will study an English language unit. Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees automatic progression onto Year 1 of the degree you have chosen to study. 

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

All Foundation Year students study the academic skills for higher education unit, which will help you to develop the academic and study skills required for degree-level work.You will also study topics in the fashion business, marketing and advertising. International and EU students whose first language is not English and who have an IELTS score of less than 6.0 will study an English language unit. Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees automatic progression onto Year 1 of the degree you have chosen to study. 

Core Units
Academic Practice for Fashion

This unit will provide you with the necessary academic knowledge, study and research skills you will need to succeed in your chosen degree. You will learn how to critically analyse and evaluate theory and how to develop an academic argument. You will conduct research using key researching skills, and produce written and visual research, taking into consideration the purpose and audience of the project.

There will also be a focus on developing your employability, through specialist practice, personal development planning, self-evaluation/reflection, target setting, skill acquisition and development.

Fashion in Practice

In this unit, you will be introduced to the specialist subject disciplines, Fashion Design and Technology, Buying and Merchandising and Fashion Promotion, and will complete a project in each of these areas. For Fashion Promotion you will style a range of garments for an online promotional activity. Upon completion of the unit, you will select your specialist area of study.

Studio Project: Fashion Buying and Merchandising

This Studio Project unit forms a conclusion to the Foundation Year and requires you to select a specialist option and to undertake an individual project, which is presented to an external audience at its completion. You will be produce a body of work appropriate to your specialist discipline of Fashion Buying and Merchandising, which will be presented at the end of year Foundation Showcase.

The Business of Fashion

In this unit, you will learn about the journey of fashion products from concept to consumer, taking into account how they are promoted, marketed and culturally and historically contextualised. You will be introduced to how garments are designed, sourced, bought/merchandised, developed, manufactured, promoted, marketed and retailed. You will also study contemporary fashion industry of issues, such as the global economy, sustainability and ethical practices. By gaining a broad overview, you will be in a position to effectively communicate the principle workings of the fashion industry whilst identifying factors, which may affect your future roles in the fashion industry.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Methods of Assessment

Teaching is delivered via a range of methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, PC lab sessions, online material and self study time.

Assessment is normally through a combination of formal examinations taken in the Summer term and coursework completed during the Autumn and Spring terms.

Additional Information About this Course

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Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/fashioninstitute/our-staff/

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

72-80

72-80 at A2 (Grades BC-BB) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DM or MMP).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade D or grade 3. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 74 UCAS Tariff Points

International Baccalaureate points

24

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 with no less than 5.5 in any element

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Further information

Personal statement should demonstrate a background and/or experience and/or a commitment to the Fashion Industry

How do I apply for this course?

Applications through UCAS

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

Unistats Information

Find out more about Unistats and the Key Information Set.

Find out more about Unistats and the Key Information Set.

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.

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