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Introduction to Fashion Buying and Merchandising Short Course

Course description

This course will introduce you to the roles with fashion buying and merchandising and what to expect if you plan to start your career with an established retailer.

With the emphasis on larger retailers, this course will help you understand what it takes to succeed as a buyer or merchandiser, and the many exciting and challenging aspects of the roles. You will also start to build a comprehensive reference file on the subject.

Once you've completed this course you might consider moving onto our intermediate level courses.

Who is Introduction to Fashion Buying and Merchandising Short Course for?

This course is suitable for beginners and for those who have recently started in a buying or merchandising role and want to understand best practice. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required. 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 complement your CV

Available dates

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


The course will cover:

  • Industry structure
  • Marketing research
  • Customer profiling
  • Branding
  • Buying & merchandising roles/responsibilities
  • Buying calendar
  • Critical path
  • Competitor shop
  • Buying strategy
  • Range planning
  • Product development
  • The quality process
  • Purchasing budgets
  • Stock management
  • Margin
  • Pricing
  • Negotiations


On campus materials

In order to get the most out of this course you should bring the following materials to your first session:

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

In order to get the most out of this course you should bring the following materials to your first session:

  • Notepad and pen

Meet the Tutor:

This fashion buying short course will help you to make that leap forward into the fast paced world of fashion retail.
You will learn all about what a buyer and merchandiser actually do and the everyday challenges that you will be faced with at all levels of the market.

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