Foundation Year (Year 0)
This course benefits from being able to offer access to the Business and Management foundation year, intended for students wishing to enrol onto a three-year honours degree within the School of Management, who fall into one of the following categories:
1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.
Further information about the Foundation Year can be found by clicking here.
The course integrates ‘real world’ experience into our teaching practices to enable a clear understanding of the Fashion Buying and Brand Management process. Assignments are based on industry examples and there are also guest lecturers from practitioners from companies.
You will also be given the option of taking a language as an extracurricular activity and to study abroad for a semester to broaden your experience and skills; all an advantage in achieving success in Fashion Buying or Brand Management career.
You will follow 120 credits of core modules:
- Introduction to Fashion Marketing (20 credits)
- Principles of Fashion Studies (30 credits)
- Fashion Visualisation (30 credits)
- Digital Media for Marketers (10 credits)
- Foundations of Law (20 credits)
You will follow 100 credits of core modules and you can choose 20 credits of optional modules:
- Fashion Journalism and Creative Direction (20 credits)
- Fashion Consumer Behaviour (20 credits)
- Creative Marketing Communication for Fashion (20 credits)
- Fashion Marketing in Practice (20 credits)
- Marketing Research Methods (20 credits)
- Fashion Buying and Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
- Search Marketing: Content, SEO + PPC (20 credits)
- Mobile and Social Marketing (20 credits)
- Sports, Events and Sponsorship Marketing (20 credits)
- Managing Marketing Performance (20 credits)
In year two there you will be supported to find a relevant and useful fashion related work placement. The work placement provides the experience of putting the theory into practice and observing how the theory is used in an organisation, first-hand. This has been very well received by employers and will give you an advantage when applying for jobs after graduation.
Year in Industry:
The option of spending a year in industry between the 2nd and final years has been included to allow you to complete the degree with a level of practical experience. This option of practical experience can be incorporated in the three-year degree course undertaking practical work in industry during term time or in holiday breaks during the course.
Year Three/Year Four
Year three for students not taking the year of experience option, or Year Four for those students taking the practical experience option.
Students follow 60 credits of core modules and then choose 60 credits of option modules.
- Fashion Futures and Innovation (20 credits)
- International and Global Fashion Marketing (20 credits)
- Relationship Management for Account Managers (20 credits)
Learning & Teaching
A student-centred approach to learning and teaching is encouraged through the use of specific teaching strategies, case studies, projects, tutorials, practical exercises, supplemented by the use of appropriate support materials, lectures from business experts, brands, videos and computer software. Active engagement with the subject material enhances learning and many of the learning strategies used attempt to promote this.
Lectures are a major part of the teaching strategy for the programme. Lectures are an effective way of delivering core material and establishing a framework for a module against which other material can be set.
Seminars involve a student or students presenting previously prepared work to peers and a lecturer. This strategy is used to extend specific theoretical or practical concepts as well as introducing problem solving exercises. Seminars are used in most modules and provide students with valuable experience in presentational skills as well as providing staff with a method or assessing student-centred learning.
Practical workshops are used extensively in a number of modules throughout the programme. In these classes students are able to practise and refine their skills in a supportive environment where they can get feedback from a member of academic staff. Practical workshops represent a valuable transition between theory and practice.
A key component of the learning experience is the intention to invite business experts, academic and in practice, to provide insights into their research work or business activity. Such experts might be invited as guest speakers or requested to provide a more interactive workshop experience where appropriate.
You are continually assessed throughout the course on the basis of coursework, presentations and examinations. Assessments take the form of examinations (seen/unseen, open book, essays/short answers), essays, practical assessment, visual work, presentations, individual and group reports, most of which are focused on real-life cases studies.
Feedback is given throughout the course both formatively and through formal assessment. Your personal tutor relationship will also help you work with feedback and identify strengths and weaknesses in your work and approach to study.
Employability & Careers
Cardiff Met Fashion Marketing students will stand out for their ability to apply theoretical knowledge in a practical environment. During this course you will develop the key skills and understanding required to be a fashion marketer. On successful completion of the course you will have the skills to gain a position in fashion marketing, putting your skills to use in positions in advertising, PR, buying and merchandising, digital marketing and e-commerce, fashion writing, marketing and consumer research, sales and brand development, product management, user experience design, public relations, and business management.
This course has been designed in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), in order to provide you with an opportunity to gain exemptions from both the CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing and Diploma in Professional Marketing. You will also be able to join the our newly created CIM student chapter which encourages all students to engage in our marketing learning community through organising organise key speakers and managing marketing-focused events. Incorporate dynamic speakers and helpful networking events will enhance your learning experience.
Finally, you will be able to engaging in entrepreneurial activities such as entering the CIM Pitch and competitions through the Brisitsh Fashion Council. The option of including a year of experience in industry in year three has been included to allow you to complete the degree with a level of practical experience. This option of practical experience can be incorporated in the three-year degree course undertaking practical work in industry during term time or in holiday breaks during the course.
The aim of the course is that study and practical experience give the best prospect of employability at the end of the degree course. As such, you have the opportunity to graduate with a wide base of fashion marketing knowledge and the potential to be a specialist in strategic use of marketing, digital marketing, integrated marketing communications, branding and global marketing. Furthermore, you will have had ‘real-world’ experience and the chance to engage in our CIM learning community.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants will preferably have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A level (or equivalent).
Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 96-112 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).
Typical offers may include:
96-112 points from at least two A Levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma overall grade MMM - DMM
96-112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers, to include 2 X H2, minimum H4 grade counted towards points offer
96-112 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
- 96-112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE
Mathematics – Numeracy.
For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.
If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements.
Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the
International pages on the website.
Selection is on the basis of a completed UCAS application and an interview.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at
www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3
If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.
A mature applicant is anyone over the ago of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.