L4 Intensive Buying and Merchandising
• 12 week programme to fast track your career in fashion retail
• Includes unrivalled two week work placement to gain invaluable experience with a major fashion brand
• Over 90% of former FRA students go on to full time employment or further studies
This brand new intensive course is aimed at students who want to start or progress a career in fashion retail in the shortest time possible, avoiding the cost of lengthy University courses, to enter job roles at graduate level.
This 12 week course, delivered five days per week will prepare you for a buying role within a head office environment. Buyers work closely with merchandising teams to maximise profit and ensure that stock is exciting, contemporary and sells well in a competitive market. You will balance practical and creative skills with theoretical studies to include communication, negotiation and presentation alongside supply chain, marketing and external factors which influence the development of a commercial product range.
A two week work placement with a major fashion brand will provide you with experience of real time challenges facing the industry today and current on the job experience, to secure your future in fashion ensuring you are job ready by September.
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Some of the key subjects covered include; customer profiling and consumer behaviour, trend history and development, turning trends into commercial range plans, garment technology, use of fabrics, costing and sourcing, manufacturing regions and critical path management. You will also study how Buyers respond to the ever changing fast pace on both in store and online fashion. Merchandising is a key unit and students will learn how to interpret data using excel to Industry standard.
You will be invited to attend a range of masterclasses from some of retails biggest names. Previous speakers have included ASOS; Chloe Miles – Fashion Blogger; Zalando; FRA Alumni Sorcha Kelly, Junior Merchandiser - Accessories at NET-A-PORTER; TK Maxx & New Look. During these sessions held in our state of the art lecture theatre, fashion retail experts advise and inform about a range of subjects affecting the industry with an interactive Q&A session at the end to enable students to have their say.
Your day may include researching current trends using industry websites such as WGSN and Style sight in order to put together mood boards, to working with current product to develop ranges for different customer profiles.
You could be out comp shopping on the high street in order to prepare a report of recommendations for an industry head office team or listening to exciting industry speakers to inspire your journey towards becoming a Buying Admin Assistant (BAA).
This course includes a two week internship at a high street brand aimed at developing on the job skills to enable graduates to go straight into the workplace with unrivalled hands on experience.
This course is a direct route into industry and can lead to a variety of career paths including BAA, MAA, Allocators, Buyer’s Clerk, Sourcing & Supply Chain.
Awarding Body: University Arts London
Age Requirement: 19+
Start date: W/C 26th June
Term dates: TBC
Course duration: 12 weeks full time, five days per week
Entry Criteria: 1 A-Level or the equivalent grade C or above and 5 GCSE’s grade 4/5-9 including Maths and English or 5 GCSE's A*-C grade including Maths and English, or a BTEC National Diploma or NVQ level 3, or a one year one year foundation diploma in Art and Design plus 5 GCSE’s grade 4/5-9 including Maths and English or 5 GCSE's A*-C grade including Maths and English. Please provide us with a NARIC Statement of Comparability, if you have any non-UK qualifications. We will not be able to process your application without this information.
Applicant Guidance: Applicants should demonstrate an interest in fashion and retail, looking at high street trends. Numeracy, literacy, ICT and computer skills including word and excel.
Fees: If you are 19 or over at the start of your course your fees are £4220 per annum. For a full list of course fees please visit our Fees page. Advanced Learning Loans will be available for anyone aged 19 or over. Click this link to find out more about course fees.