Manchester Metropolitan University

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. Details of the course content of each degree can be found by selecting the relevant course in the A to Z list of courses.

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 the following units:

  • The context of Fashion
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Fashion Design and Product Development


International students who are studying the foundation year at our campus in Manchester are placed on the Foundation Year International Route which offers additional English language study skills and tutor support through the English and Academic Practice unit.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees automatic progression onto Year 1 of the degree you have chosen to study.

Please note that English for Academic Study, is only applicable to International students taking the Foundation Year, for who English is not a first language. 

Core Units
Academic Skills for Higher Education

This unit covers topics such as: Academic Skills: independent study, time management, note taking, reading techniques, academic writing, critical thinking and writing, referencing methods; Research Skills: Conducting a research project, research design and methodology, analysing and presenting research data;  Personal Development Planning; Basic Number Work: Basic arithmetic; and mental calculations.

Context of fashion

This unit introduces students to the developments of 20th century fashion from Chanel to Alexander McQueen, students are informed about the key drivers of fashion. In terms 2 students are exposed to the development of the fashion industry, creating a fashion concept to develop their skills and understanding of the fashion industry and the importance of creativity and innovation within this industry.

English and Academic Practice (for International Students only)

International students and students for whom English is not a first language who are studying the foundation year at our campus in Manchester are placed on the Foundation Year International Route which offers additional English language study skills and tutor support through the English and Academic Practice unit – which focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking, from within both an academic and general context. The course is designed for non-native English speakers to prepare you for the academic demands of you degree course, as well as helping you with daily English needs. The unit content is largely based on the development of academic skills, notably writing and speaking, to give you confidence in your written work and oral presentations. General English is also focused on, however, as the means to helps you develop your abilities in English communication needed outside the classroom.

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

Open Days

Come and find out more about this course and our facilities at our open days.

Book now for the:

Manchester Open Day Saturday 25th November

Unistats Information

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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.

Undergraduate Study