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Fashion Buying and Merchandising Merchandising Techniques Short Course

Course description

The role of the Merchandiser or planner is to work alongside the buyer to plan and deliver a range or ranges, and make sure that they are brought in the right quantities, arrive at the right time and work to ensure that they are given the best opportunity to sell through. The course is an ideal follow on from our Introduction to Fashion Buying and Merchandising course and will give a really good understanding of Merchandising terms and tools and how you can use them on a day to day basis. It will also help those who have started their career in Merchandising and want to understand best practice.

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 methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down 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.

This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face to face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements.

Available dates

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


Topics covered:

  • The role of the fashion Merchandiser
  • Tools that are used in every day merchandising covering: Understanding the key measures within Merchandising, including Availability, R.O.S and Margin.
  • Understanding Profit and markdown
  • Key terms on stock delivery and shipping, supply chain and distribution
  • Allocating and stock replenishment
  • What is a “WSSI” ? What it does, why it’s important and how to manage it.
  • Understanding OTB
  • Understanding Financial planning, Range planning, SWOT analysis and KPIs
  • The role of the Merchandiser and commercial planning


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

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