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Fashion and Textile Buying Management BA(Hons) 2016-17

This course also available for 2015-16 entry

At a glance

UCAS code:

Start date:
19 / 09 / 2016


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Places available:
38 (this number may be subject to change)

Course type:

Full Time inc. placement year

Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

Entry requirements

•  BBB at A Level (or equivalent UCAS tariff points)

•  DDM - DMM BTEC National Diploma

•  Pass in Diploma Foundation Studies in Art and Design combined with A Level or BTEC National qualifications, to total an equivalent of 300 UCAS tariff points.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered.


Department of Art and Design
Tel: +44 1484 473858

About the course

This course allows you to develop both your business skills and your understanding of the dynamic and global fashion and textile industry. The industry offers diverse opportunities and this course allows you to develop a broad range of skills that will help you to become a confident professional in roles such as: buyer, merchandiser, product developer, visual merchandiser, trend forecaster, garment sourcer or technologist, as well as in fashion marketing and retail management positions. You’ll develop your visual, intellectual and multidisciplinary skills, your abilities in teamwork and communication, and your commercial and technical awareness. You’ll also develop the expertise to research opportunities and solve problems creatively.

This course is one of just sixteen courses in the UK that are accredited by the Textile Institute, a worldwide organisation for textiles, clothing and footwear.

Course content

Year 1

+ Design and Fashion Business

This module provides an introduction to the fashion and textile industries from concept through to retail sale. The concepts and principles of the design process within the context of fashion and textile business from research through to retailed product will be introduced. The module describes the textile manufacturing process from fibre through to the final product. You will explore the development of fashion products from fibres and fabrics through the development processes required to meet the needs of the consumer to the effective marketing of the product to the consumer. A portfolio of four assignments (each 25%) will give you the opportunity to research; the design process, the choice of fibres and fabrics, the fashion consumer and the fashion retail business.

+ Principles of Marketing

This module will develop your understanding of the principles and practice of contemporary marketing management. You will be introduced to the key concepts and tools of marketing including analysis, planning, implementation and control. The assessment comprises an individual assignment (worth 30% of module marks) and an end of year examination (worth 70% of module marks).

+ Retail Principles

The aim of the module is to introduce and develop knowledge of the retailing industry, its structure, formats and operations. It will further develop this knowledge with particular emphasis on the retail marketing mix and its implication for retail management. The module will also explore current trends in retailing. It aims to provide you with an appreciation of the various facets of the retail industry and to provide a foundation for advanced retailing modules. It will also seek to develop enterprise and transferable personal skills using the retail industry as a vehicle. 50% group presentation/50% individual briefing document.

+ Context and Communication

This module will introduce you to the fashion industry, in particular to the primary influences on the design, development, marketing and communication of fashion and textile products. The critical role marketing and branding play in today's industry will be explored, with particular focus on the use and application of digital communication between fashion and textile organisations and their consumers. You’ll be asked to produce a portfolio of written/visual assignments (50%) that focuses on the historical, cultural and contemporary influences on fashion and retail trends. Your individual contribution to a team presentation together with supporting written and visual work (50%) will give you the opportunity to research the application of marketing and branding to a fashion business.

Year 2

+ Fashion Buying and Merchandising

This module will provide you with an in-depth exploration of buying and merchandising in the context of fashion. Theory and concepts are blended with operational practice to build an extensive understanding of the contribution that buying and merchandising can make to fashion business. You will have the opportunity to develop a concept for a range through a portfolio of work comprising; a buying proposal, a range plan, a stock intake and sales forecast plan together with a merchandising plan (100%).

+ Design and Market Knowledge

This module builds on your understanding of the relationship between the design of fashion and textile products and their markets within a global context. The evolving nature of the fashion consumer, their needs and expectations, in both home and international markets will be considered and discussed. Assignments to research the UK market and the development of products (60%) together with an assignment to research an international market (40%) will provide a broad base to your understanding of the subject.

+ Working in Fashion and Textiles

This module will explore the diverse nature of organisations within the fashion and textile industry and how they are managed. Alongside investigating the processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organizations you will consider your skills and potential career opportunities. The module provides a structured approach for making and implementing realistic, well-informed career decisions, based on an understanding of yourself and the opportunities available. It enables you to develop the valuable skills required to be able to successfully take control of your own career development and introduces you to the concept of Personal Development Planning (PDP). There are 3 assignments for this module. A PDP research folder (25%) including CV and covering letter, a reflective career path summary (25%) and a team presentation (50%) detailing learning after participating in a business simulation game.

+ Global Fashion and Textile Sourcing

This module aims to generate a multi-faceted understanding and appreciation of the dynamic processes involved in global sourcing of products, textiles and materials. The external factors that impact on the processes and practices are also considered. This module particularly emphasises the importance of a detailed knowledge of fibres and fabrics in product development. By taking an applied approach in this module you will develop the skills required by the industry including a commercial awareness of the production process from fibre through to retail product. There are two assignments (each 50%) for this module; an individual report and a case study.

Year 3 - optional placement year

+ School of Art and Design Placement

You will normally spend a total of 48 weeks between the end of year two and the beginning of your final year in a managed work experience. You will be encouraged to obtain a placement activity relevant to your area of specialism, however a wide range of placements will be regarded as suitable. The placement will be monitored and you will be assessed on completion. (100%).

Final Year

+ International Business with Finance

This module gives you an opportunity to explore the complex business environment of the international fashion and textile industry. It provides you with the conceptual and theoretical underpinning that will allow you to analyse and evaluate the international strategies that fashion and textile companies are pursuing to gain a competitive advantage. It also focuses on the global and legal issues which may impact upon design, manufacturing and marketing decisions. Recognising that the common language of business is finance, this module will introduce you to key business financial methods as management tools to assess performance and facilitate decision making. There are two assignments for this module: a team presentation (30%) of the opportunities and difficulties of either sourcing textiles and fashion globally or international retail market expansion, and a comprehensive report (70%) with macro and financial analysis of potential suppliers.

+ Contemporary Issues in Fashion and Textiles

This module will focus on the study of fashion and textile organisations, their management and the changing external environment in which they operate. The aim is to build familiarity with, and an understanding of, the real issues that currently face organisations involved in the development, marketing and retailing of fashion and textile products. The case study (30%) offers you an opportunity to work with an organisation to identify and research current organisational/process/product issues. The dissertation provides you with an opportunity to research thoroughly an aspect of fashion business (70%).

+ Fashion and Textile Buying/Management/Retailing Major Project

The major project is the culmination of your studies on the course, and offers you the opportunity to develop your intellectual ability to research, evaluate, innovate, problem-solve and communicate effectively as a fashion and textile industry professional. This is a forward-looking, self-directed project on a subject you propose, which is negotiated and agreed with your course tutors, and so it is likely to reflect your specific professional interests and your career aspirations. The nature of the project is established within a feasibility study and project management report (30%). The final outcome (70%) is a written and visual report A1 poster which is introduced in an individual verbal presentation.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

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


The course offers an optional one-year work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Students on the course have recently taken up placement opportunities with companies including: Nike - Amsterdam; Marks and Spencer – London; Karl Lagerfeld – Amsterdam; Jimmy Choo – London; Mamas & Papas – Huddersfield; Bon Marche – Wakefield; Christy Garments – Barnsley; and Missguided – Manchester.

Alternatively you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team. You’ll benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the course have gone on to work in buying, merchandising, range selecting, product development and e-commerce. They have recently taken up head office positions within companies including Burberry, Next, Jack Wills, Tesco, River Island, ASOS and Paul Smith in the UK, as well as Bloomingdales in New York.

Professional links and accreditations

This course is accredited by the Textile Institute, a globally recognised awarding body of Chartered Professional Qualifications. The accreditation means that the course fulfils the academic requirements for the Licentiateship of the Textile Institute qualification - the industry standard for those working in Textiles, Clothing and Footwear. This is testament to the quality of the teaching and learning on the course. The accreditation also means that in addition to your degree and with a suitable work placement year, you could apply for the globally recognised LTI professional qualification. This can enhance your CV and differentiate you from others in a competitive jobs market, by showing that you have specialist knowledge in one area and at least one year's professional experience.

This course has recently become the first university course in the UK to teach product lifecycle management (PLM) using the leading-edge retail system, PTC FlexPLM. This means that you’ll get hands-on experience with this industry system, helping to prepare you to step into the industry. We’ve also just helped students on the course achieve the WhichPLM Academy Bronze Level Certificate alongside their degree. This certificate is recognition of their education in PLM and could give them a competitive advantage in the jobs market.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll learn through lectures, workshops, tutorials, group seminars and presentations. We use a range of assessment methods to relate the course material to current commercial practice including individual and group assignments, essays and seminar presentations.


Our studios provide you with access to industry-standard computer software as well as key resources including our online ‘trend hub’. This includes membership to leading fashion trend-forecasting services used within the industry. In addition to having full access to the facilities during University opening hours, you'll also be able to access the specialist software licensed to the University from your own computer, whilst away from the campus out of studio opening hours. This means you won’t have to invest in expensive software packages or memberships during the course.

How much will it cost me?

Please contact the Student Finance Office for more information about 2016/17 fees and finance.


If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University’s International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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