Taught course

Postgraduate Certificate Fashion: Buying and Merchandising

University of the Arts London - London College of Fashion · University of the Arts London - London College of Fashion

Entry requirements

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) IT skills Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors. Student selection criteria: What we look for: The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate: an enthusiasm for fashion and awareness of current ideas knowledge of the fashion industry and a strong vocational interest in buying and merchandising an open minded approach and commitment to self development through analysis and willingness to experiment with new ideas an ability to successfully complete a business numeracy test computer literacy, preferably on a Microsoft Windows platform English language requirements: All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol. The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill. Please visit the UAL Language Requirements page. Read carefully and look at the relevant documents. Interview advice: At interview, applicants will be expected to demonstrate an awareness of fashion and business in general and buying and merchandising in particular. You will be asked to complete a business numeracy exercise under test conditions.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate Fashion: Buying and Merchandising is a fashion business course with a vocational focus on buying and merchandising. It combines a post graduate level academic experience with the vocational realities of retailer buying and merchandising operations. The course covers a range of vocational knowledge and skills for students seeking a career in fashion buying and merchandising, and develops knowledge of both theoretical and practical issues relevant to current practice in the UK buying and merchandising sector. This is integrated with practical professional skills in communication, negotiation and presentation. Distinctive features of the course are the strong links with fashion buying and merchandising offices in the UK and the opportunity afforded by the practical emphasis on skills negotiation in the final project.

The course is designed for graduates aiming at a first career position in fashion buying or merchandising but who need to supplement their first degree with a more relevant academic qualification. The course may also be suitable as a preparation for higher level postgraduate study in related subject areas.

The Postgraduate Certificate Fashion: Buying and Merchandising course is based at High Holborn, adjacent to Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Other green spaces in the area include Gray’s Inn Gardens and Coram’s Fields. Situated nearby are Sir John Soane’s Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, and the British Museum in Bloomsbury. Markets worth visiting are the weekday lunchtime markets in Leather Lane and Exmouth Market. Covent Garden, with its numerous shops, bars and restaurants, the Royal Opera House and many of the West End’s theatres, is a ten minute walk away. The John Prince’s Street site, with the library, Oxford Street and Regent Street, is two tube stops along the Central line.

Information for international students

If you have a question, you can contact our International Recruitment Office by calling +44 (0)20 7514 7656 / 7678 / 7629.

Qualification and course duration


full time
4 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 7514 7344/7582/7563