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Business and Management (Fashion)

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course HH10 or HH11 (with professional placement year)

Key facts

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BA (Hons) Business and Management (Fashion)
School
Bath Business School
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: HH10 or HH11
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A level grades CCC with grade C in Business or related subject preferred.

View "typical offers" for more information.

A flexible, employment-focused fashion business course that you can tailor to your unique career aspirations.

  • Work collaboratively with other business students and with industry to grasp the business of fashion.
  • Choose either a ten-month or ten-week work placement and apply what you’ve learned in the real world.
  • Join a community of close-knit students and supportive and experienced academic staff.

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The course is ideal for you if you're looking for a degree that will provide you with a firm foundation to build a successful career in the fashion business.

We'll empower you to pursue your individual interests, giving you the opportunity to tailor-make your own fashion business degree by choosing the modules that best fit your career aspirations. You'll also be able to undertake additional professional accreditation through our respected industry partners.

A range of flexible work placement options, plus creative collaboration with businesses on live projects, will help develop your professional skillset. The Business and Management Fashion pathway provides a flexible, stimulating and supportive learning environment that fosters creativity, digital literacy, and a strong understanding of sustainability and global business.

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What you'll learn

Overview

BA (Hons) Business and Managment (Fashion) is a business of fashion course, not a fashion design degree. We’ll help you develop as a person to achieve your potential through teaching you about the business of fashion and how it works.

You can shape your own degree by choosing modules from outside the Fashion pathway, enabling you to explore issues around a particular theme, such as marketing, sustainability, or global affairs.

As the course progresses, you’ll develop specialist skills, including digital marketing skills, that will empower you to compete in this changeable and challenging envrionment.

Course structure

Year one
Gain a broad understanding of today’s business environment, from the context that organisations operate in, through to trends in economic thinking and the importance of managing data in business.

Year two
You'll develop and expand your knowledge of global consumerism, fashion marketing strategy, and digital platforms, including etail and B2C. Module topics include fashion marketing and management, fashion in practice, marketing, and international business.

At the end of the year, you can choose to embark on a ten-month business placement or a ten-week summer placement – applying what you’ve learned so far in the real world. You can also choose to undertake a Professional Placement Year between your second and your final year.

Year three
You'll develop and explore your business learning, focusing on fashion marketing and visualisation. You'll also undertake an in-depth business research project in fashion, and have a chance to set up a business on your own or with fellow students.

Other topics that you can explore include: managing sustainability, successful freelancing, entrepreneurship, organisational strategy, leadership and management, and new trends in management.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed in a wide range of ways that will test your knowledge of the fashion business and your management skills. These could include presentations, work-related projects, group-work, computer-based simulations, podcasts, examinations, essays, videos, and business reports.

How will I be taught?

We offer variety in the way we teach: sometimes we'll set you problems so you can find the answers for yourself; sometimes we'll lecture. Most modules use a mix of lectures and small group seminars. There is a good blend of online activities using our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva. We invite business leaders in to talk about their experience and we arrange visits to local businesses. All of our teaching methods facilitate your development as a self-directed learner.

You’ll also be given personal support in your studies – we're a friendly team of academics, committed to helping you achieve your goals.

Opportunities

Study abroad

Bath Spa students make good use of opportunities to study abroad through Erasmus+ and other exchange programmes. You’ll be able to find out more about this during your first year, including meeting with students who have already benefitted from the experience.

Professional accreditation

Depending on your pathway and the modules you study, you can gain accreditation by professional bodies and get exemption from professional exams.

BA (Hons) Business and Management (all pathways)

  • AQUIROS Prince2 ® Project Management (Last confirmed: 2017)

PRINCE2 (an acronym for Projects in Controlled Environments) is a process-based method for effective project management. Used extensively by the UK Government, PRINCE2 is also widely recognised and used in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally. 

People Cert has officially Accredited Bath Spa University on behalf of ACQUIROS, as an Accredited Training Organization (ATO) for delivery of the PRINCE2 ® Foundation Certifications. Students who take the Level 5 Operations and Project Management will have the option of taking the AQUIROS online test to achieve the Prince2® Foundation Certificate.

  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) (Last confirmed: 2016)

The CIM is the world’s leading professional marketing body with over 28,000 members worldwide, and a Royal Charter. Our BA (Hons) Business and Management students can gain exemption from the marketing module of the CIM Level 4 Professional Certificate in Marketing.

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) (Last confirmed: 2016, Renewal date: 2022) 

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), founded in 1919, is the world’s leading and largest professional body of management accountants. Bath Business School have secured professional body recognition of the BA (Hons) Business and Management which provides graduates with exemptions from the following:

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting: 

- BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics
- BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
- BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
- BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law.
 

CIMA Operational Level: 

- E1 Organisational Management 

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)/SAGE (Last confirmed: 2016)

Bath Business School has partnered with CIMA / SAGE who produce the UK's market leading accounting software, to offer a new training qualification that will offer an excellent grounding in computerised accounting. The qualification will offer benchmarked skills that will enhance employability and put control into a business.

Students who take the core Level 4 Managing Data module to have the option of taking the online test to achieve the CIMA accredited SAGE foundation certificate.  

BA (Hons) Business and Management (Festivals and Events) and BA (Hons) Business and Management (Tourism Management)

  • Institute of Hospitality (IoH) (Last confirmed: 2017, Renewal date: 2022)

The IoH is an international hospitality professional membership body for managers and aspiring managers who work and study in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries. Established in 1938, the IoH helps more than 10,000 hospitality professionals in 100 countries grow their knowledge, professional profile and expertise by offering a wide range of high quality membership services.

Graduates are eligible to apply for the Associate (AIH) grade of membership, and following an assessment may also meet requirements for the member (MIH) grade.

  • Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) (Last confirmed: 2017)

CABS holds a Royal Charter, and is the voice of the UK’s business and management education sector. CABS support members to maintain world-class standards of teaching and research, and help shape policy and create opportunities through dialogue with business and government.

Bath Business School are members of CABS, and the Dean of Bath Business School, Professor Georgina Andrews is the Vice Chair of CABS Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee.

Work placements, industry links and internships

In addition to the business community projects, you’ll have fantastic opportunities to work closely with business and industry through placements, projects and internships.

Careers

BA (Hons) Business and Management (Fashion) aims to prepare you for a variety of careers within the business side of the fashion industry, including working for fashion magazines, fashion blogs and websites, ecommerce sites, fashion PR and marketing, fashion management, buying, and retail.

You'll gain an understanding of the fashion industry and the necessary skills, including digital skills such as digital marketing and social media maketing, to enable you to succeed in this fast-paced, consumer-focused, global industry. 

We'll give you the opportunity to work with regional and national businesses in and around Bath. You’ll be working on live project briefs, helping fashion organisations find creative solutions to their business issues.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll have access to excellent facilities on Newton Park campus. These include:

Resources

Our library offers a wide range of printed and electronic business materials. This online material can be accessed on and off campus, enabling you to work at times that suit you. As a Bath Spa student, you'll also be given full access to Lynda.com, a trusted resource for online learning in creative and digital topics such as marketing, design, and social media.

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Fees

UK and EU students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,300
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for individuals who are enterprising and creative, with a keen interest in the business of fashion. You’ll have the drive, motivation, and get-up-and-go to achieve in a challenging environment. You’ll already be actively interested in business and fashion, perhaps through work experience, e.g. in retail.

Knowledge of or qualifications in Fashion Design are not necessary to apply to this course.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades CCC with grade C in Business or related subject preferred. Applicants without Business Studies A level can apply but will need to demonstrate a strong interest in Business in their personal statement.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma, grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted in a business or related subject
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 26 points are required, in addition to evidence of a strong interest in Business in your personal statement
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher). Any selection procedure/further requirements will also apply.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

International applications

If you’re an international student or based overseas, web-based interviews may be offered. Please contact International Admissions for more information: internationaladmissions@bathspa.ac.uk

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Diana Reader
Email: d.reader@bathspa.ac.uk

Professional accreditation bodies

Bath Business School is delighted to have secured external professional recognition from industry-relevant organisations.

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