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FdA Fashion Buying and Merchandising

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  • Objectives
    This dynamic programme will offer you the chance to gain the skills, knowledge and experience that you will need to enter a career in fashion buying or merchandising. Fashion buying encompasses working within budgets to select ranges from conception through to sourcing and production. Fashion merchandising involves planning budgets, managing and allocating stock and markdown to maximise profit.
  • Entry requirements
    You should: * have 1 A level at grade C or above plus 4 GCSE passes at grade C or above (including Maths and English) or * have a BTEC National Diploma, or Advanced GNVQ in Business or AVCE double award in a fashion related subject plus 4 GCSE passes at grade C or above (including Maths and English or * have Level 3 Diploma in Fashion Retail at grade Merit or * have successfully completed a relevant Access course, 48 credits at level 3 or equivalent qualifications * have IELTS level 5.5 or equivalent if you are an International student/EU and English is not your first language
  • Academic Title
    FdA Fashion Buying and Merchandising
  • Course description
    FdA Fashion Buying and Merchandising


    The two year course will introduce you to the theory, principles and practices involved in a modern buying and merchandising operation within a fashion retail operation. It covers both theoretical and practical approaches relevant to current practice in the UK. It will introduce you to fashion buying and merchandising, supply chain management, product development, IT and communications. Initially you will study the market context in which fashion buyers and merchandisers function and the commercial implications for product ranges.

    The curriculum will address practical and professional skills in communication, negotiation, and presentation. You will have the opportunity to tailor your course through the selection of elective units relevant to your current course of study.

    At the end of the course you will undertake your Final Integrated Project, which will provide you with the opportunity to apply the range of skills and knowledge developed on the course to a simulated professional buying and merchandising scenario requiring research and analytical skills. Assessment is continuous and methods include written reports, case studies, essays, presentations and integrated projects.

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