Fashion Retail Academy

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Falmouth University

Buying & Merchandising for Fashion (2 Year Accelerated Degree)

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Course summary

BA (Hons) Buying and Merchandising teaches you the essential skills you need for a successful career as a fashion buyer or merchandiser. You’ll examine the whole supply chain from product concept to consumer, learning how to plan and trade a successful fashion season. We’ll teach you the creative, commercial and analytical skills you need to thrive in these fast-paced, exciting roles. Why choose the Fashion Retail Academy? Our accelerated undergraduate degrees are taught over three teaching semesters a year, so you’ll graduate in two years instead of three, saving you time and money

  • Our courses are developed alongside our 140 retail brand partnerships, to make sure our graduates have the skills they need for a successful career
  • You’ll get unrivalled industry enrichment, including up to 3 months of industry experience with one of our brand partners
  • We'll match you with a personal mentor, who is currently working in industry, for help and guidance
  • Talks, masterclasses and projects set by brands


  • Learn the vital role buying and merchandising teams play in a fashion brand
  • Discover how the departments work together to deliver commercially profitable collections
  • Determine which products and styles to buy and where to source them
  • Analyse data to inform your business decisions
  • Explore the importance of good stock management and the impact it has on sales and profit
  • Examine the effect consumer behaviour and other environmental factors have on the industry
- Develop trend forecasting skills and make informed, commercial decisions that deliver on a brand’s business goals

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications from international (non-EU) applicants who require a Tier 4 Student Visa.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, we'll need to see academic proof of your level of written and spoken English. We require a minimum International English language testing system (IELTS) score of 6.0 (or recognised equivalent*). This test must have been taken no earlier than two years before you start at the Fashion Retail Academy. *Recognised equivalents include: Trinity (taken in the UK) - 111, Cambridge ESOL Exams - CAE or FCE, Cambridge English - scale 176, or Common European Framework - C1 or C2

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £11100 Year 1
England £11100 Year 1
Northern Ireland £11100 Year 1
Scotland £11100 Year 1
Wales £11100 Year 1
Channel Islands £11100 Year 1

Additional fee information

Each academic year, you might need to pay one-off costs between £50 and £200 for day trips, final portfolios or shows etc. You might also need to pay up to £300 a year for optional study trips and placements. (Costs are approximate)
Buying & Merchandising for Fashion (2 Year Accelerated Degree) at Fashion Retail Academy - UCAS