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Fashion Buying and Merchandising: Buying Techniques Short Course

Course description

This course follows on from our Introduction to Fashion Buying and Merchandising Short Course and will give you the tools you need to follow into the buying pathway in your career. Through the use of up-to-date case studies, lectures and workshops this fashion buying course will explore the more complex aspects of the 'fashion buyer' function.

The projects you'll be asked to undertake involve mathematical formulae, therefore it's essential you have an understanding of maths to GCSE level C or equivalent.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean
  • New methodologies will be explained or demonstrated
  • We also offer learning resources for you to access outside of the classroom

All our on campus courses include:

  • Networking opportunities and the chance to share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access to the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Access to our college shops for any materials you might need
  • The chance to ask questions to your tutor in real time
  • Feedback and critique on your assignments
  • The opportunity to experience the many sights of London on your down time

All our online short courses include:

  • Live and interactive online lessons with classmates from around the world
  • The same course content and learning outcomes as our face to face courses 
  • Lesson recordings, for review, so you never have to miss a class 
  • Access to the virtual learning environment with course content 
  • Forums for support 
  • 2 weeks online access to the recordings of the live classroom sessions 
  • The opportunity to ask questions to your tutor in real time 

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your CV

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered:

  • The role of the 'fashion buyer'
  • Preparation pre planning
  • Understanding your customer
  • Identifying demand
  • Sales analysis
  • Understanding product lifecycles
  • Pricing
  • Profit and margin control
  • Emerging Markets
  • The impact of new technology
  • Supply chain and distribution


On campus materials

In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • Laptop/ iPad/ tablet
  • Notepad and pen
  • Pocket calculator
  • Please bring 2-3 magazines (lifestyle/ fashion/ home) that you are willing to cut up

Online materials

To take part in the online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

Please bring for the first session:

  • Notebook and pen
Meet the Tutor:

This short course explores buying techniques in the fashion industry, with a focus on developing up-to-date practical skills and knowledge in this exciting field.

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