Level 4 Fashion Buying

Fashion Retail Academy

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  • College Courses
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Includes a work placement with a High Street retailer
70% of graduating FRA students go into jobs within the fashion industry
Supported by over 140 High Street Retailers

This one year course (delivered over two days per week) will prepare you for a buying role within a head office environment. Buyers work closely with merchandising teams to maximise profit and ensure that stock is exciting, contemporary and sells well in a competitive market. You will balance practical and creative skills with theoretical studies to include communication, negotiation and presentation alongside supply chain, marketing and external factors which influence the development of a commercial product range.

Your day may include researching current trends using industry websites such as WGSN and Stylesight in order to put together mood boards, to working with current product to develop ranges for different customer profiles. You could be out comp shopping on the high street in order to prepare a report of recommendations for an industry head office team or listening to exciting industry speakers to inspire your journey towards becoming a Buying Admin Assistant.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Some of the key subjects covered include; customer profiling and consumer behaviour, trend history and development, turning trends into commercial range plans, garment technology, use of fabrics, costing and sourcing, manufacturing regions and critical path management. You will also study how Buyers respond to the ever changing fast pace of both in store and on line fashion. Merchandising is a key unit and students will learn how to interpret data using excel to industry standard.

You will be invited to attend a range of masterclasses from some of retails biggest names. Previous speakers have included ASOS; Chloe Miles – Fashion Blogger; Zalando; FRA Alumni Sorcha Kelly, Junior Merchandiser - Accessories at NET-A-PORTER; TK Maxx & New Look. During these sessions held in our state of the art lecture theatre, fashion retail experts advise and inform about a range of subjects affecting the industry with an interactive Q&A session at the end to enable students to have their say.

During these sessions held in our state of the art lecture theatre, fashion retail experts advise and inform about a range of subjects affecting the industry with an interactive Q&A session at the end to enable students to have their say.

This course is in its 7th year and has developed over 600 graduates with job roles in the industry.

COURSE CRITERIA

Awarding Body: University Arts London

Age Requirement: 18+

Start date: September 2018

Course duration: One year (two days per week)

Entry Criteria: 1 A-Level or the equivalent grade C or above and 5 GCSE’s grade 4/5-9 including Maths and English or 5 GCSE's A*-C grade including Maths and English, or a BTEC National Diploma or NVQ level 3, or a one year one year foundation diploma in Art and Design plus 5 GCSE’s grade 4/5-9 including Maths and English or 5 GCSE's A*-C grade including Maths and English. Please provide us with a NARIC Statement of Comparability, if you have any non-UK qualifications. We will not be able to process your application without this information.

Applicant Guidance:  Applicants should demonstrate an interest in fashion and retail, looking at high street trends.

Fees: Fees for this course are £4,220.  Advanced learning loans are available. 

Free if under 19 on 31st August the year your course starts.

 

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