Level 4 Merchandising For Fashion
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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 Merchandising For Fashion
This Merchandising course is an excellent alternative to an apprenticeship, training you two full days per week enabling enough time to work part-time whilst you study. This one-year course is exclusive to the FRA, and is designed to equip you with all of the theory and practical skills you’ll need to land a job in merchandising successfully.
The course is taught by industry specialists and combines theoretical learning with hands-on placements, workshops and masterclasses.
Merchandisers are key to every life cycle of a garment, and this field is a varied, pivotal and exciting one to be in. You’ll be sitting right at the heart of the action, at the intersection of business and creativity, deciding how to sell products to customers. It’s a Merchandiser’s job to boost sales and maximise profits, and this can include making sure that stock is monitored and available, working with Buyers to advise on successful lines, and working with Operations to agree on production stock levels, and much more.
Over the duration of this unique course, you’ll explore the impact of historical, social and cultural factors on fashion retail, the merchandising environment on a global scale, and the impact of globalisation on the industry. You’ll gain a solid understanding of the importance of financial data and how to use this to forecast future trends, and will also be taught to use a range of systems to prepare you for future merchandising job roles. The course also offers a number of broad and transferable skills; in various modules, you’ll develop your collaborative, presentation and critical thinking abilities. Your independent study and research skills will be improved by an individually negotiated fashion retail project and a work placement with a recognised high street fashion brand.
You’ll also experience an exclusive three-week placement with a renowned high street brand. During this time, you’ll develop on-the-job skills, meaning you’ll go straight from our London fashion college into a merchandising role with unrivalled experience. Work placements are full-time for 3 weeks, you will be expected to make your own travel arrangements.
Upon completion you’ll be in the ideal position to apply for one of our specialised degree courses, additional opportunities available to you will include a role as an Allocator, although some companies have Administration Assistants called MAA’s. Progression is often very quick due to high industry demand for Merchandisers. We’ll help you to create the perfect portfolio and CV, putting you head and shoulders above the competition.
1 A-level (or the equivalent Level 3 qualification) and 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above, including Maths and English.
Course duration: One year full time, two days per week
Start date: September
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