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BA (Hons) Fashion Management with Marketing (Top-up)

Transform your existing skills and qualifications into a full fashion degree

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Would you like to work behind the scenes in the fashion industry? Are you fascinated by how fashion products are developed and branded? On Southampton Solent University’s fashion management with marketing top-up you’ll study contemporary fashion marketing, retail management and branding strategies, building a toolkit of essential skills that you will use throughout your career.

  • This one year course is ideally suited to students who wish to upgrade their existing qualifications into a full honours degree.
  • Students study the full industry life cycle, exploring how fashion products are designed, developed and produced for today’s fast-moving retail environments.
  • The curriculum also covers core business and marketing principles, examining them in the context of the fashion industry.
  • The teaching team is made up of experienced academics with a wide range of fashion industry backgrounds.
  • Students are offered unique retail opportunities via our high-street fashion store, Re:So.
  • Southampton Solent University was voted for by students as one of the top creative universities in the UK (Which? University, 2014).

The industry

The fashion industry is a huge contributor to the UK economy, generating £26bn in 2014 and supporting almost 800,000 jobs (British Fashion Council, 2014). As the fashion industry continues to grow, it offers huge potential for graduate employment both in the UK and globally.

The programme

Southampton Solent University’s fashion management with marketing top-up guides students as they build on their existing knowledge and learn the specialist skills required for work in the fashion industry. The curriculum includes intensive study of fashion management, marketing, retail and brand development that concludes with a final major research project.

The course is taught with an emphasis on workplace learning and employability. Students are encouraged to work on projects at Re:So, the University’s city centre fashion and design store. Re:So is staffed, stocked and managed entirely by Solent students, giving them the opportunity to learn merchandising, fashion management and marketing while building valuable workplace experience.

Re:So also includes a learning area which hosts industry guest speakers, workshops, photo-shoots and exhibitions. These events emphasise fashion management, marketing, retail, enterprise and employability skills.

Learning is aided by a range of industry standard facilities including a 24 hour library, high-spec IT suites and a comprehensive selection of creative software.

Next steps

Think a career in fashion might be for you? With close industry links, an eclectic mix of experienced teaching staff and ample opportunities to build a professional resume, Southampton Solent University’s fashion management with marketing top-up programme could be the ideal next step towards your dream career.

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UCAS codes


  • 1 Year Standard entry NFN5

Typical entry requirements

Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with Merit Overall

Which Creative University Award 2014  

Member of

Year one


Core units

  • Contemporary Fashion Marketing Strategies
  • Work-Based Learning  for Fashion and the Creative Industries
  • Major Project


  • Brand Development and Communication Strategies
  • Retail Management

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught using lectures, seminars, tutorials, live projects, workshops, on-site visits and assimilations.

Work Experience

The course has a keen focus on building employability skills through live projects. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved with our Re:So project, a first-of-its-kind student-run retail enterprise within the local Marlands shopping centre, or to help organise Southampton fashion week and other events, forging links throughout the fashion industry.

Follow the Re:So blog to find out more

The course is assessed via essays, reports, group and individual presentations, group and individual projects, assessments, in-class tests and a final major project.

Our facilities

Students have access to retail equipment for practical activities based around visual merchandising and product analysis.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Meet the Team

The course team consists of industry professionals and experienced academics with a varied wealth of experience. 

UCAS codes


  • 1 Year Standard entry NFN5

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

This course is designed to give you all the skills you'll need to develop a career behind the scenes of the fashion industry, combining your interest in fashion with a creative approach to business and management.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Fashion PR
  • Retail operations
  • Fashion forecasting
  • Fashion merchandising
  • Fashion buying
  • Account management
  • Product management
  • Fashion marketing
  • Store management
  • Visual merchandising
  • Sales.

Links with industry

Some units are co-delivered by industry experts. Southampton Solent University has relationships with a range of retail and fashion companies including TM Lewin, Tesco, Next, Fat Face and Rapanui. These businesses contribute to course content, ensuring the units you study remain up-to-date and relevant.

Industry experts also provide guest lectures. Recent speakers have come from BHS, Schuh, TM Lewin and Ted Baker.

On the four-year version of the course, you’ll have an opportunity to spend a year working in the fashion industry, drawing on the University’s employer network to find a placement.

You’ll be able to get involved in university projects such as Southampton fashion week, which is organised by final-year students. This high-profile project provides opportunities to work in many roles including market research, event organisation, fashion design, contract management and community involvement.

Transferable skills

Creative thinking, writing, presentation, project management, communication, portfolio preparation, industry knowledge, evaluation and problem-solving.

Further study

Solent offers a range of postgraduate courses, giving you a chance to build on the knowledge and skills you’ve developed on this degree, including MA Fashion Merchandise Management


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements

  • Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with Merit Overall (55 per cent), or 240 CATS points from a relevant three-year degree.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Other costs

Compulsory portfolio folder, printing of magazines, books and final output work costs: £200

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.


How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.


UCAS codes


  • 1 Year Standard entry NFN5


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