11/12/2018 Fashion Retail Academy 2019-02-21T00:00:00+00:00 Fitzrovia, London W1T 1QL

Level 4 Fashion Buying

  • Sector: courses, creative digital media, retail
  • Location: Fitzrovia, London
  • Level: 4
Level 4 Fashion Buying

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About the Provider

If you are looking for an apprenticeship but haven’t found one suitable, our courses offer an ideal alternative.  You will study two days a week enabling you to work part-time alongside, gaining valuable retail experience at the same time.  During our October progression week, our retail partners come in to look for temporary and permanent staff, helping you to find the perfect part-time job.

When you join The Fashion Retail Academy (Ofsted outstanding) you will get much more than just a fashion qualification – you will gain a unique, industry led college experience in the heart of central London. Founded by retail giants, we are dedicated to offering you a range of exclusive Fashion courses with unparalleled industry involvement to ensure you gain the skills and contacts needed to successfully progress into employment.

Our courses are 1-2 years in length and are aimed at mixing classroom learning with vocational experience, so you are job ready on completion.  Most of our level 3 and all of our level 4 courses come with a guaranteed three week fashion work placement

Level 4 Fashion Buying

This Fashion Buying course is an excellent alternative to an apprenticeship, running two full days per week enabling you to work part-time whilst you study.

The role of a fashion buyer is highly collaborative, as they work alongside merchandisers to maximise sales and measure performance, as well as the design teams to develop new products and take them from initial concept through to completion.  This role is also responsible for negotiating the best deals with suppliers to boost a brand’s bottom line. Essentially, the function of a Buyer comes down to getting the right products, at the right time, at the right price. Learn more about the life of a Buyer here.

You’ll be equipped with all of the skills you’ll need to succeed in a Head Office environment. Communication skills are at the foundation of the course, as many buyers work as part of a team and are also required to negotiate with suppliers, share ideas and research with stakeholders. As a Buyer, you’ll be involved at many points of the supply chain, so during the course, you’ll follow the journey of a garment from trend history and development to creating commercial range plans. Students will learn all about the outside influences which must be taken into account when devising a range of clothing and also gain essential marketing skills.

Additional areas covered include Supply chain management, Garment technology, Use of fabrics, Costing and sourcing, Manufacturing regions, Critical path management, Merchandising.

It combines theoretical study and hands-on experience teaching you both practical and creative skills. Students will also have the opportunity to complete an invaluable three-week work placement with a recognised high profile fashion brand.

Upon completion you’ll be in an ideal position to apply for our Degree courses, additionally graduates from our Fashion Buying course are ideally placed to pursue careers as BAA (Buyer’s Administrative Assistant), MAA (Merchandising Administrative Assistant), Allocator and Buyer’s Clerk roles, or a career in the sourcing and supply chain.

Entry criteria


1 A-level (or the equivalent Level 3 qualification) and 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above, including Maths and English.

Course Duration

1 year, 2 days a week

Start Date: September

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