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Birmingham City University

Fashion Business and Promotion with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: 1007

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,D,D

A maximum of 4 subjects are considered. These can be other A/S Levels (as long in a different subject) A-Levels or Level 3 equivalents.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 80 pts

Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at Level 3. Arts, Media and Publishing subjects preferred but other subjects also considered.

Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language and Maths Grade C/4 or above City & Guilds Level 2 Certificates - Adult Numeracy/Adult Literacy Functional Skills/Essential Skills level 2 - English and Maths Key Skills level 2 - Communication & Application of Number Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 English Language and Maths grade C or above Scottish Credit Standard Grade - English Language at grade 2 or above Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB Diploma will be accepted For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level Maths, grade 5 or above from the IB Diploma will be accepted

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 88 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects. This must include English Language and Maths taken at either Ordinary Level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level minimum grade H1/H7 (or A-D / A1-D3 up to and including 2016

See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMP

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

MMP

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).

Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades CDDDD is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers.

UCAS Tariff

80

Contextualised reduced tariff offer: Please visit: https://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2021

Subjects

Publishing

Promotion and advertising

Visual communication

This four year programme has been specifically designed to allow students who do not initially meet the entry requirements for a three year degree, to undertake additional level 3 study designed to ensure they are successful on their chosen degree.

After successful completion of your foundation year, you will have the flexibility to switch (should you wish to change direction) onto a number of related undergraduate degree programmes within the School of Fashion and Textiles.

BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion with a Foundation year is for students who would love a career in the fashion industry but not as a clothing designer. You’ll be guided and supported by a staff team that brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from industry, and you will combine fashion, creative and business skills to develop your interests across a range of modules, including trends forecasting, buying, visual merchandising, PR, marketing and events management. You'll develop further employability skills with an industry placement and have opportunities for international exchanges and inspirational trips.

This course teaches you the principles of a range of roles within the fashion industry. It will allow you to understand the process of the fashion industry from identifying the trends to buying the product, marketing and promoting internationally. All work is course-based, and you will work on live projects and industry-led briefs, supported by brands including Whistles, Selfridges, Claire’s and River Island. You will explore new skills in packages such as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. The course will develop your business knowledge and language, and will prepare you for delivering presentations, writing reports, creating visual mood boards, marketing material and trend books, and build confidence in using online resources, independent learning and research.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Parkside Building Campus

Department:

School of Fashion and Textiles

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
Publishing
83%
med
Promotion and advertising
73%
low
Visual communication

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Publishing

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

94%
Library resources
68%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
D

Marketing

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

Design studies

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

74%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media, journalism and communications

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Marketing

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,800
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
58%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Want to join a fast-moving, diverse industry that's at the cutting edge of tech? Try marketing! A lot of the jobs are in London, but graduates don't just go to work in advertising agencies — all sorts of industries do their own marketing these days, and with the rise of digital and mobile technology, a lot of marketing is done in quite innovative ways using a wide range of methods. Common industries (apart from advertising and PR) include recruitment, online retail, higher education, banking and IT. A lot of jobs in this industry are handled through recruitment agencies, so if you get in touch with them early, that might give you a headstart for some of the jobs available. But be careful — unpaid working is not the norm in the marketing industry, but it is more common than in most sectors.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
59%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Media, journalism and communications

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£21k

£21k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Business and management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Creative arts and design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£20k

£20k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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