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BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising

Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years / 4 years (with placement year in industry)
UCAS code

Course summary

Applications closed 2019/20
Applications for 2019/20 entry to this course have now closed. Visit the ‘Courses with places available’ page for a full list of UAL courses that are open for application.

This fashion buying and merchandising course is for students who want to become successful buyers and merchandisers working in the global fashion industry.


BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising 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.

Great reasons to apply

  • Graduates of this course have moved into merchandising and buying roles at companies including Topshop, H&M and Selfridges
  • The opportunity to undertake a professionally managed work placement
  • Take advantage of London location and well-established links with the fashion industry.


The course is based at High Holborn. Find out about the local area, including Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Clerkenwell, in our local area guides on the Student Life pages.

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BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising (BA FBM) has been awarded Associateship level accreditation, CText ATI, by the Textile Institute. Internationally recognised, the Textile Institute is the chartered professional body for all the textile, clothing and footwear industries. BA FBM students enjoy membership benefits and graduates may apply to join the Textile Institute as Graduate members and use the designatory letters CText ATI after their name.

Each year, London College of Fashion hosts a Fashion Business School Summit, showcasing the graduate talent from the fashion business courses. The event includes, talks, workshops and student work.

Collaborative Student Project with ASOS - Fashion Business School at London College of Fashion

Retail Futures presented in association with Shaftesbury PLC: Fashion Business School Summit 17

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Library, John Princes Street
Library, John Princes Street Photography by: Ideal Insight

LCF library and archives

Take a tour of LCF's world renowned fashion library, ideal for research and study.

Business facilities at JPS and High Holborn

Fashion business facilities

Take a tour of our fashion business facilities at John Prince's Street and High Holborn.

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LCF's social spaces

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Course details

This course is subject to revalidation. Revalidation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During revalidation there may be some changes to course content. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising explores all levels of the market from value orientated retailers to luxury brands. You will learn the importance of developing fashion awareness and business acumen through the analysis of buying and merchandising practice within both established and new and emerging organisations.

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. The opportunity for a placement year between the second and final year of the course enhances the employability of students through offering valuable experience and contacts within the industry. LCF Careers offer support throughout the course on increasing your career profile, and through LCF Careers Live - our jobsboard - continued support after graduation.

Course structure

The academic year for this course is divided into Block 1 and Block 2.

Block 1 is of 15 weeks duration from late September to February. In accordance with the University timetable, there will be a four-week holiday in December.

Block 2 is also of 15 weeks’ duration from mid-February to the end of June with a four-week holiday for Easter.

Year one

  • Introduction to Fashion Buying
  • The Principles of Buying and Merchandising
  • Professional Skills Portfolio
  • Product Development
  • Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies
  • Better Lives

Year two

  • 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

Diploma in Professional Studies (optional professional placement year)

Final year

  • Futures and Innovation
  • Fashion Buying and Merchandising Strategy
  • Final Major Project

The course team arrange a variety of optional trips and visits to supplement your studies. These trips are often local and where possible provided at nil or reduced cost. Opportunities for extended trips to fashion industry events or areas of interest are usually offered in the first and second year and where these trips involve accommodation and travel costs we aim to offer good value for students.

Course units

Year one

Introduction to Fashion Buying introduces you to your course and its subject specialism as well as to effective learning and studentship at undergraduate level. It will orientate you to the practices and knowledge-base needed to understand your discipline and help you to develop your skills for independent & collaborative learning, reflection and your own self development. Students come from many diverse educational backgrounds and a part of this unit will enable to reflect on your own background and how that shapes the way you approach your course.

The Principles of Buying and Merchandising unit introduces you to the core aspects of the course and the shape of the modern fashion landscape. You will learn about the role of the fashion buyer and merchandiser, and the vital function that they perform within the fashion industry at both micro and macro levels. You will be introduced to the main key performance indicators that are used by the buying and merchandising team  to monitor performance, along with key academic theories on segmentation, consumer profiling and the product life cycle. You will learn how the buying and merchandising specialisms work together in corporate planning and brand development.

The Professional Skills Portfolio unit introduces the core skills required to develop a career in buying and merchandising. Through focused lectures and workshops you will develop excel skills to manage and manipulate merchandising data. You will develop technical competence in creative digital software and create a portfolio of work to evidence your creative communication applicable to the workplace. The unit will support the exploration of roles and opportunities within buying and merchandising, help you understand your skill levels and reflect on your strengths and interests for your professional development. Guidance will be given to help you become ‘industry ready’ by creating a CV, covering letter, developing your job search skills and interview techniques. You will develop your numerical ability to meet standards required by industry via an equivalent numeracy test.

The Product Development unit you will examine the processes and procedures of product development within the fashion retail industry. You will examine how ranges are researched, planned, sourced and developed by the buying and merchandising team in conjunction with other key stakeholders. You will explore the sales and trend analysis and the product development process to satisfy the needs of the demanding consumer. The unit will address the current issues involved in sourcing and manufacturing fashion products from an ethical and sustainable perspective to the required levels of quality, delivery and cost. Key to planning a successful range will be the ability to utilise your creative, commercial and business acumen as well as the ability to manage a critical path. You will develop skills to communicate, present and collaborate with others in your group in order to effectively showcase your work.

Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies introduces you to key concepts and ways of thinking about fashion and its context in society and culture. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops, and do a significant amount of reading of academic texts in order to complete a formal academic essay for assessment.  Completion of this unit will allow you to make an informed choice of subject for study in the second year Cultural and Historical Studies unit.

Better Lives

London College of Fashion, UAL (LCF) is a leader in fashion design, media and business education. We have been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. We encourage students to examine the past and challenge the present. To have inventive, assertive ideas that challenge social and political agendas. We give students the skills, opportunities – and above all, the freedom – to put those ideas into practice. By leading the way in fashion design, business, and the media, we influence culture, economics and our society. This unit will provide you with a solid understanding of LCF’ core values and how they connect to your practice. As part of this unit you will explore diversity, social responsibility and sustainability, themes which you will then apply to a selected project. At this stage the emphasis is on how you apply your thinking across these important themes to your practice. Your thinking is more important than a finished piece of work at this point. Fashion can change lives. Through teaching, specialist research, and collaborative work, this unit will get you thinking differently. We want you to use fashion to examine the past, build a sustainable future and improve the way we live. That’s why we call this unit ‘Better Lives’.

Year two

The Research Methods for Fashion Business unit gives you the opportunity to develop your research skills in order to lay the foundations for future self-directed projects.  With a focus on emerging consumer needs and sustainable business models you will apply your primary and secondary research skills to become a self-directed learner. You should demonstrate academic underpinning, evaluative thought processes and investigative skills.  This will provide you with the confidence to undertake an in depth review of a specific area within the fashion business environment. A range of primary research methods will be designed and evaluated and there will be a detailed investigation and evaluation of the secondary data available to you through the College and University library and e-library. You will be shown how to manage the research process and how present your insights in context of the fashion industry.

In the first term you will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies unit of your choice that will broaden or deepen your learning of areas relating to your interests in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, seminars and workshops with students from other courses within your School, and will read relevant academic texts and complete a formal academic essay for assessment.

Merchandise Planning and Trading unit you will apply your understanding of Buying and merchandising processes to the creation of a stock assortment and the evaluation of trading and risk management options.  The aim is to optimise profit through an agile and resilient approach to trading. The assortment should be fully coordinated and integrated in order to ensure that the stock is delivered at the right price to the right locations, in the right quantity, at the right time.  You will be introduced to space management techniques such as product placement and adjacencies to ensure the planned range entices the shopper whilst promoting brand values. Building on existing knowledge of the fashion supply chain, you will be equipped to actively take part in industry meetings for future projects or in the workplace.

Retail Concept Development and Product Management unit you will be given the opportunity to explore emerging fashion business models, market opportunities and product management solutions in the context of a live industry brief. You will showcase your creative, commercial and decision-making skills by developing a business concept that satisfies an emerging opportunity within the wider context of the global fashion industry. This unit builds upon your understanding of sustainable product development, merchandising, business planning principles and research methodologies you have developed over the duration of your course. By refining your business presentation and communication skills you will learn to articulate a convincing and engaging proposal that is well structured and commercially viable.

The Work Experience Based Learning unit gives you the opportunity to apply your subject knowledge in a work-based context. This could be a work placement or internship, a live industry consultancy or a simulated industry project within the fashion industry. You will undertake an industry scoping exercise to identify suitable opportunities for your work based learning experience and deliver a reflective account of this and assess your performance against appropriate professional criteria.

Diploma in Professional Studies (optional professional placement year)

The Diploma in Professional Studies (the Diploma) is a University of the Arts London Award for a period of professional placement of at least 30 weeks duration. The placement is undertaken after successful completion of stage 2 of the four-year Bachelor’s degree or a five-year integrated Master’s degree. The 30 weeks must be completed in full.

The Diploma in Professional Studies aims to:

  • develop an appreciation of the culture and practice of the work place;
  • put course content and study into perspective;
  • develop transferable skills;enhance students' opportunities for career or academic progression.

There is flexibility to combine a placement in industry either in the United Kingdom or overseas (of at least 20 weeks) with a period of studying abroad (of at least 10 weeks). It is recommended that the placement in industry be with one organisation for a minimum of 30 weeks (if you are not undertaking a period of studying abroad) to benefit fully from your placement experience. In exceptional circumstances more than one placement in industry can occur to meet the minimum requirements for the award of the Diploma. During the placement, your academic studies continue through the compilation of a written report and reflection, which focuses on the opportunities and challenges relating to the professional placement. This not only continues the development of your study skills but also allows the ongoing development of your research, analytical and evaluative skills.

Final year

In the Futures and Innovation unit you will look at current issues affecting the fashion industry in general and buying and merchandising in particular.  You will explore various trend indicators that are likely to point to important influencing factors in the future. Scenario planning and futures forecasting will be investigated, and the specific content of the unit will evolve as the fashion industry changes.

In the first and second terms you will undertake the Fashion Buying and Merchandising Fashion Strategy unit. This gives you the opportunity to develop your understanding of corporate strategy and business models, which will enable you to analyse fashion strategies at both corporate and business levels. You will also learn how to formulate strategic plans for businesses in different contexts, such as online and international markets. You can choose a specialist direction that reflects your career aspirations.

Throughout the final year you will do your Final Major Project. This gives you the opportunity to develop your project proposal from your initial idea, and negotiate your final project brief within the general area of buying and merchandising with your supervisor. This will reflect your particular interests and your future career aspirations, and the final outcome of your project will be a considerable body of work. This will be communicated to a relevant audience via an appropriate medium as the culmination of your project.

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.


My main responsibility is to ensure that students are ‘industry ready’ at the end of the programme, by upskilling graduates via live industry projects, a toolkit of Excel and Indesign proficiencies and by developing problem solving and creative thinking attributes.

Chloe Mason, course leader

Chloe Mason is the course leader. She has a PGCE and 17 years of teaching experience in higher education, principally as pathway and course leader. Her subject specialism in buying, supply chain, product development and sustainability and the supervision of dissertations in the final year. In her academic life she has a breadth of knowledge of curricular development, widening participation and learning and teaching co-ordination and personal tutorship. The course is highly regarded by industry and Chloe is the Diploma in Professional Studies Industries (DiPS) placement co-ordinator and regularly visits students in the head offices of fashion brands in their placement year. As the course is so industry-focused most of the assignment briefs are industry linked and as such there is many collaborations and projects to be organised with brands such as Levi’s ASOS, John Lewis and Whistles. Her previous life was as a buyer for Urban Outfitters, French Connection and George at Asda. Buying across the categories of ladies, men’s and children’s outerwear and underwear has given her the experience to spread her knowledge and help nurture students and enjoy their progress through the 3 or 4 years that they are with the Fashion Buying and Merchandising course.

Nicole Dunlop is the programme director. Nicole's career began with a degree in clothing and management at Manchester University where she was sponsored by Marks & Spencer, this also included a short spell in Paris at the Sorbonne. She started her career with Jaeger, as a member of their buying team, and eventually moved on to become the sourcing manager for Adams. Having gained a qualification for marketing with the CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) Nicole moved on to manage various consultancy projects with various retailers throughout Europe including Etam, Graduate Fashion Week, Harrods, Karstadt, La Rinascente, London Fashion Week, Matalan, Tencel, and Wrangler. She ultimately became head of marketing for the Hunter family of brands (best known for their iconic green welly), transforming it from the historic workwear brand into the fashion icon that it is today. Nicole gained a distinction in her Post Graduate Teaching degree and has extensive experience teaching at degree and masters level at several London business Universities, and CIM.

Working in the fashion industry is an exciting and challenging career.  Buyers are at the forefront of today's marketplace working at all levels from value to luxury.  The challenges of an every changing global economy attract students from around the world to learn their skills in London, one of the most attractive fashion capitals.  Live projects, industry speakers and professionals come together to offer a unique educational experience that aims to deliver the next generation of graduates for the Fashion Business School at London College of Fashion.

Stephanie Liberman, lecturer in Fashion Buying and Merchandising

Stephanie Liberman is a lecturer in Fashion Buying and Merchandising. Following a 22-year buying career she moved into teaching with the aim to inspire the next generation. Product speciality areas include buying lingerie, swimwear, knitwear and stationery and working for multi-channel retailers Debenhams, Very, Sainsburys and Paperchase. She has also run her own lingerie boutique. Having started teaching and developing short courses for Artscom she then became course leader for the BA (hons) Fashion Marketing at Regent’s University London before re-joining LCF.

Merchandising is the backbone of the Buying and Merchandising retail environment.  It requires someone who is strategic, analytical and results driven.  The BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising course at LCF teaches you the importance of meeting customer demands whilst balancing budgets and and making profit.  The key role of the Merchandiser is to minimise risks whilst optimising opportunity - the Merchandiser has to ensure the right stock is delivered to the right stores at the right time!

Katie de Ley, lecturer in Fashion Buying and Merchandising

Katie de Ley is a lecturer in Fashion Buying and Merchandising at LCF.  She has an inherent passion for fashion and the clothing industry having been involved in selecting the clothing range for her family's chain of franchised Benetton stores from a young age.  In her career, Katie has worked as a merchandiser for Etam plc, House of Fraser, Arcadia Group and Mosaic Fashions.

There is such a requirement for developed skills to support the successful global retailers of the future . Courses provided by LCF gives students insight to the ever changing and demanding world of fashion retailing. The College equips students for a greater understanding of the principles and methods employed within the industry and gives them an introduction to the reality of working within successful trading businesses.

Lois Baile, lecturer in Fashion Buying and Merchandising

Lois Baile is a part-time lecturer in Fashion Buying and Merchandising at LCF. She started her career in the late 1980s through a merchandising route leading to UK and international directorships within major corporate fashion multi channel retailers. She has extensive experience of planning, trading , allocation and replenishment including change management within businesses to effectively prepare for strategic redirection. Her career started within the Arcadia Group and progressed with BHS, Debenhams , House of Fraser, New Look, First Friday ( consulting and training). The last 5 years have been spent abroad working in Italy and Turkey for Global Retailers Bata, LC Waikiki and Defacto.

Rob Lakin is the creative director of the Fashion Business School, and started his career designing fashion menswear, womenswear and childrenswear, working for a number of brands within Coats Viyella plc and the Sears Group plc. He has extensive experience of Far East product development, manufacturing, sourcing, and CMT operations. From 2008 to 2013 Rob headed up London College of Fashion’s Flexible Programme: a unique specialist portfolio of part-time undergraduate courses representing fashion business, fashion media, and fashion design. He has been responsible for enhancing the student experience through the development of a creative curriculum, with a variety of live industry collaborative projects including CoolBrands, Brands Incorporated, and Amnesty International. Rob continues to make a major contribution to the creative identity of the School through the design and development of new courses aimed at international students allowing them to successfully prepare for an exciting academic undergraduate career at London College of Fashion.

Edward Stammers is (Acting) programme director for the Fashion Business Programme.

Craig Crawford is founder of CrawfordIT, a London-based consultancy that drives momentum and growth through digital innovation for brands such as Hugo Boss, Jaeger,, Diane von Furstenberg, MaxMara, and Tory Burch.  Prior to this, Craig Crawford was Burberry’s VP in IT Strategy, Architecture and Relationships for seven years. As a creative with nearly 30 years’ experience in global fashion brands, Craig is often referred to as “the right brain of IT.” Craig is also chairman of Product Innovation Apparel, where he connects global industry leaders and technology innovators. He advises fashion tech start-ups in both the UK and US. His articles, videos, and webcasts appear on both sides of the Atlantic. As an Adviser for London College of Fashion, Craig brings industry relevance to the classroom.

Johnny Martin FCA is Entrepreneur in Residence at London College of Fashion. He is professionally, The Numbers Coach – an experienced director who now passionately explains business numbers and jargon to help young businesses find their business model. He is a British Library Business & IP Centre partner and runs regular workshops, as well as being a mentor for the Royal College of Art Innovation Unit.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

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Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

One or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications.

  • 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
  • Merit in UAL 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) from a combination of the above qualifications or an equivalent full Level 3 qualification;
  • 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.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that 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

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS level 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English Language Requirements .

Selection Criteria

The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • Appropriate knowledge and skills commensurate with entry requirements for the course
  • Clear academic interest in the study of buying and merchandising
  • Evidence of intelligent independent thinking
  • An engagement with analytical and evaluative activities
  • The ability to communicate visually, verbally and in writing

This might, for example, may be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience preferably within a fashion retail store environment or a work placement at a fashion retailer; the quality of the personal statement, a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.

Applicants will be expected to evidence reasons in the application for:

  • why you want to come on the course and what you will bring to the course
  • an understanding of the different roles of buying and merchandising within the fashion industry
  • an awareness of fashion and the role it plays in the culture of a society
  • the ability to work in a team
  • a motivation to succeed on the course
  • a motivation for working in buying and merchandising in the fashion industry.

Making your application

Applications for 2019/20 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2020/21 entry will open in Autumn 2019.

This section includes all the information you need on how to apply and how your application is considered, and what happens next.

You should apply though UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – and you will need the following information:

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 2F32

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

What happens next

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry Requirements and Selection Criteria sections.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through UCAS Track. You will only receive further communication directly from the College if your application has been successful. This will be in the form of a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.

Applications for 2019/20 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2020/21 entry will open in Autumn 2019.

This section includes all the information you need on how to apply and how your application is considered, and what happens next.

How we assess your application

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the entry requirements and selection criteria listed above. If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements you will be invited to attend an interview. Please note that not all applicants are invited to attend interview. When you have attended your interview we will advise you of your outcome.

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at London College of Fashion:

You should apply though UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – and you will need the following information:

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 2F32

You can only apply to the same course once per year whether you are applying via UCAS, UAL Representative or using the UAL online application system. Any duplicate application will be withdrawn.

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

What happens next

Immigration History Check

Whether you are applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to identify whether you are eligible to study at UAL.  Do be aware, if you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Initial application check

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry Requirements and Selection Criteria sections. If the academic team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview either in person or via telephone where an international academic will ask you questions to establish your suitability for the course.

If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Applicants are not guaranteed to be asked to attend an interview.

Please note that if you are unable to attend interview, the College may not be able to re-schedule.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through UCAS Track. If you have applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL portal. You will only receive further communication directly from the College if your application has been successful. This will be in the form of a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.

After you apply

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this Portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Once we’ve reviewed and assessed your application, we’ll contact you via UCAS Track or the UAL Portal to let you know whether your application has been successful.

Potential changes to course structure

Please note: the information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course. Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year. In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please use this register your interest form.

Fees & Funding

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This applies for 2019/20 entry.

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2019/20 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee


This applies for the 2019/20 academic year.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Charges may be made for special clothing or equipment which students may need in order to participate in certain activities which form part of the course but which they retain. However, where such clothing or equipment is necessary for the student’s health or safety a charge may only be made for clothing and equipment which the student retains if the student also has the option of borrowing the clothing or equipment free of charge.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

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.

LCF offers students the opportunity to develop Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills while studying through:

  • An on-course work experience or placement year. Please note, this is not available on every course; please see the Course Details section for information about work placement opportunities.
  • Access to to speaker programmes and events featuring alumni and industry.
  • Access to careers activities, such as CV clinics and one-to-one advice sessions.
  • Access to a graduate careers service
  • Access to a live jobsboard for all years.
  • Advice on setting up your own brand or company.

Graduates who wish to continue their education at postgraduate level can progress to suitable courses within the College, the University or elsewhere.

Career paths

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. Graduates from the Foundation Degree in buying and merchandising, which is replaced by this course, have gained employment in a variety of buying and merchandising roles with a number of companies including Yoox Net-a-Porter, Phase 8, The White Company, Lipsy, Zalando, Top Shop, JD Sports, Matches, John Lewis, Disney, Whistles, Jigsaw, ASOS, Debenhams, Marks and Spencers, Primark, Ralph Lauren, River Island, Finery, New Look, Harrods, Selfidge’s, Liberty’s, Ted Baker, Jaques Vert, H&M, AllSaints, TopShop, Reiss, Arcadia, Whistles, Jaeger, Burberry and ASOS. Two graduates from that course have moved into the visual merchandising field through the transferable skills they acquired, and are working as visual merchandisers at Abercrombie and Fitch and Urban Outfitters.

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