Postgraduate Fashion Retail Programme: Buying, Merchandising & Management

Fashion Retail Academy (FRA)

Program Description

Postgraduate Fashion Retail Programme: Buying, Merchandising & Management

Fashion Retail Academy (FRA)

Postgraduate Fashion Retail Programme: Buying, Merchandising & Management

This 6-week course provides a unique and in-depth insight into the retail business covering subjects such as:

<ul> <li> Analysis of retail organisations and business models</li> <li> Brands and image</li> <li> Retail roles and responsibilities - buyer, merchandiser, manager</li> <li> Buying and range-planning</li> <li> Merchandising</li> <li> Consumer behaviour</li> <li> Management and professional skills</li> <li> Technology and the future of retail</li> <li> Core skills: interview, negotiation, presentation, team building, and networking</li> <li> Targeted CV preparation and career planning</li> <li> Retail store, head office visits</li>

Opportunities are provided for networking and career planning, culminating in practise interviews conducted by HR specialists working in the industry. The course is popular with both UK and international students and has become recognised within the retail industry as offering a gold standard of retail training.

The course will provide you with an understanding of how the fashion retail business operates including analysis of different business functions and will provide opportunities for you to complete research into key fashion retail organisations. Analysis of the different roles and responsibilities within retail, including Buyers/Merchandisers and Managers will enable you to consider different career paths, so that you can develop an individual and informed career plan.

<ul> <li> <strong>Merchandising</strong> – forecasting and range plans, seasonal calendars, sourcing and costing, margin and mark-up, in-season allocation, promotions and markdowns, integration with buying</li> <li> <strong>Buying</strong> – customer profiling trend analysis, luxury sector and high street, range planning, product development, critical path, integration with merchandising</li> <li> <strong>Professional and Management Skill</strong>s – targeted CV development, interview, presentation and negotiation skills, personal development plans, communication in retail</li>

The course will include industry visits and presentations to enable closer examination of retail organisations. Opportunities to develop your individual skills set will be given, including developing skills in presentation, interview technique, negotiation, working as a team, organisational and networking abilities and targeted CVs. Tutorial support and coaching will assist in the development of the portfolio/reference file and preparation for interviews.

The course will culminate in you taking part in a practise industry interview and assessment centre with one of the Academy fashion retail contacts.

Teaching and Learning

All tutors at the FRA have experience in the retail industry and will deliver lectures and seminars on key subjects using the different interactive learning facilities and formats available at the FRA. Learning will be based around individual and group work and several research projects. Lectures will also be given by visiting lecturers from industry and master classes delivered by key industry figures. Periods of individual study time will be included.

Assessment will be on-going focusing on the production of a personal retail reference file. This will include information collated during the course, individual business research, and analysis of job roles, personal career path projections, and a targeted CV.

Feedback from the practise interview/presentation will also contribute to the overall assessment.

Suitable for:

UK and international graduates, those with retail experience

Pre-course prep

Please bring with you:

  • Pen and notebook
  • USB stick
  • A copy of your CV (paper and electronic version)


Students are scheduled to attend 5 days a week, Monday - Friday 10am - 4.30pm for 6 weeks.

On occasion the timing may be adjusted to facilitate a particular visit, presentation or self-directed study time.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 3, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
6 weeks
Full time
2,750 GBP
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 6 weeks
Price 2,750 GBP