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Fashion Buying and Merchandising Intensive Online Short Course

Course description

Are you looking for a career in fashion business management? Perhaps becoming a buyer or merchandiser but not sure how to go about it? Then this course is a great place to start.

The course will answer those fashion questions you have been thinking about. Who decides what we are wearing next season? How do the products arrive in stores? Why are some retailers successful but others are not?

This is all down to the fashion buyers and merchandisers, the main drivers of any retail business or brand and very influential decision makers.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Available dates

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


Topics covered

  • What do buyers and merchandisers actually do in retailers and brands?
  • How do they set the prices that they sell to the consumer?
  • How do they calculate the price that they will buy from the supplier?
  • How are they organised and how do they operate within the company organisation?
  • How do they manage the create skills of the designers? 
  • How do they plan supplier lead times, and delivery schedules?
  • How do they calculate how many garments they expect to sell?
  • How do they calculate how many they intend to buy?
  • How do they organise distribution to their shops?
  • How do they sell on their website?
  • How do they manage sales and stock during the selling season?

The course is a combination of discussions and practical tasks. At the end of the week you will have:

  • Produced your own range plan of garments
  • Created a sales forecast for it
  • Created a buying plan and buying budget for it
  • Bought it in a competitive game played against the tutor
  • Allocated it to your stores, after the buying campaign is complete


Online short course 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:

Our Fashion Buying and Merchandising: Intensive course covers what to expect if you plan to start your career with an established retailer, or if you have recently started in a fashion buying or merchandising and want to understand 'best practice'.

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