Taught course

PG Cert Fashion: Buying and Merchandising

University of the Arts London - London College of Fashion

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • a good first degree (2.1 or above) (or equivalent) in fashion or business plus GCSE Mathematics grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • or sufficient relevant experience in the fashion industry (retail or manufacturing)

We would also expect applicants to be able to demonstrate competence with IT.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience (Fashion retail or manufacturing)
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • OR a combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This dynamic course equips students with product, market and consumer insight, an understanding of the supply chain and strong negotiating skills for a career in fashion buying and merchandising.

In 15 weeks of intensive teaching and learning the PG Cert Buying and Merchandising equips students with the relevant skill set to successfully apply for market entry positions in Buying and Merchandising.

The course develops vital knowledge of current practice in the UK in addition to professional communication, presentation and negotiation skills.

The course develops a knowledge of issues relevant to current practice in the UK buying and merchandising sector, integrated with practical professional skills in communication, negotiation and presentation. The relationships within the supply chain, and critical path management will be an important part of the curriculum. Distinctive features of the course are the strong links established with retail buying and merchandising offices in London.

LCF’s Move
From September 2023, this course will be taught on our new single campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This is part of a new development for London, prioritising culture, education and innovation, known as East Bank.

London College of Fashion, UAL, leads the world in fashion business, media and design education. We’ve been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. With our philosophy of open and inclusive education, we encourage students to examine the past and question the present. To develop inventive, assertive ideas that challenge social and political agendas. And we give them the skills, opportunities – and above all, the freedom – to put those ideas into practice.

Information for international students

IELTS level 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English Language Requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

You can also find out more about the Postgraduate Masters Loan (Home students only) and other types of funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    full time
    4 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

London College of Fashion