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Fashion Buying and Merchandising (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months


The BA Fashion Buying and Merchandising (Hons) course at University of the Arts London (UAL) builds understanding of the global fashion market. The course teaches essential skills including trend research, design and product development, garment sourcing and sales analysis. The future of fashion business is also a significant focus.

The strategic relationship between a fashion business and its customers will be explored, and you will discover how a business can develop through establishing different retail formats and entering new markets. You will have the opportunity to place your practice in context through theoretical, historical and professional study.

There are opportunities for collaborative projects with other students in the fashion business programme where you will gain industry relevant knowledge and practice by working with a prestigious company. National and international industry professionals interact with the course on projects, as visiting speakers, and through industrial visits. 


All of our undergraduate courses offer career development, so that you become a creative thinker, making effective contributions to your relevant sector of the fashion industry.

Students have gained employment in a variety of roles in Buying and Merchandising with a number of companies including Matches, John Lewis, Marks and Spencers, H&M and Topshop. The transferable skills students have acquired have also seen our alumni progress into aligned roles in areas such as supply chain, visual merchandising, and marketing.This is a new course so we have no graduates as yet. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Fashion Buying
  • The Principles of Buying and Merchandising
  • Professional Skills Portfolio
  • Product Development
  • Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies
  • Better Lives
  • Research Methods for Fashion Business
  • Cultural and Historical Studies Option Unit
  • Merchandise Planning and Trading
  • Retail Concept Development and Product Management
  • Work Experience Based Learning

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Entry requirements
  • A Level Passes at Grade C or above to total 96 new UCAS tariff points (preferred subjects include Maths, Economics, Business Studies, Science subjects, IT, Geography, Psychology and Languages);
  • Merit in Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • at least Merit, Merit, Merit BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Access Diploma with at least 45 credits at Merit level or 96 tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma;
  • 96 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 220 old UCAS tariff points);
  • Or equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications such as International Baccalaureate Diploma;
  • and six GCSE passes at grade A*-C or grade 9-4, with a grade B or 6 for Maths.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19930 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19930 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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