Level 4 Merchandising for Fashion
Awarding BodyUniversity of the Arts London
Course Duration1 year
Start DateSeptember 2022
Gain the knowledge to become a Fashion Merchandiser on this one year, fully funded course. With industry projects and a three-week industry experience, you will be job ready to fill the huge demand for Merchandisers in the fashion industry.
Find out what it's like in the Day in the Life of a Merchandiser.
Preparation for Progression in Fashion Retail: Through a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops, you’ll develop the skills which will help you to maximise career progression, including writing a CV, preparing a portfolio and analysing job descriptions. You will be taught how to research and approach entry level merchandising positions and assess their suitability.
As part of this unit, you’ll hone your presentation abilities to effectively communicate to appropriate audiences and learn to work in a team to become an effective member of a workforce.
Individual Negotiated Fashion Retail Project: In this unit, you will develop research, creative, and analytical skills relevant to a career in merchandising. Through a mixture of taught and self-directed study, you will learn how to use your presenting, critical thinking and negotiation skills, as well as how to create a viable business proposition.
History and Context of Fashion Retail: Develop your knowledge of fashion regarding its historical, cultural, and contemporary influences. Analyse key ideas and concepts key to the evolution of fashion and enhance your research, critical thinking and academic writing skills.
You’ll learn about producing fashion, consuming fashion, fashion and representation, sustainability and much more.
Fashion Retail Environment – Merchandising: You’ll research, evaluate, and interpret the context of the fashion retail industry, as well as different merchandising environments. You’ll understand sales strategies in a global context, and explore the relationship between Buyer and Merchandiser, and understand the function of the Merchandiser in different businesses.
Find out more about globalisation and customer profiling, as well as the importance of financial report information.
Fashion Retail – Merchandising Concepts: In this unit, you’ll be introduced to the importance of accurate data, the principles of planning, trading, and the retail Merchandiser’s function. Among other learnings will be: target market management, merchandising mix, ethical issues, retail law, and supply chain management.
Fashion Retail Merchandising Systems and Skills: Gain competencies in relevant merchandising software and systems. You’ll learn how to interpret data and create your own spreadsheets. The unit is underpinned by financial information and theoretical concepts.
Using these systems, you’ll be taught how to forecast data, how to use this to plan strategically, and the relationship between financial planning and the planning and trading process.
A three week remote/blended experience that assigns you to an Industry Manager who will brief you on specific tasks. This could be within one team or across multiple areas of the business. You will be expected to work independently with the support of your assigned manager. Working remotely and in some cases within the brand environment, you will gain an understanding of the specific role and wider fit within an organisation.
A Visiting Industry Expert will stage an intervention during a set project to give contextual direction and specific feedback on a task, aimed at offering real-time insight to support and cement your knowledge around a specific project and provide guidance to achieve a successful outcome.
A typical day might begin with learning how to bring data to life and make commercial decisions based on your findings. You may then visit a high street store, to gain a visual understanding of how your decisions affect the real-life shops, followed by a masterclass by from an industry leader. The day might end with a critical look at some best-selling items to forecast stock volumes and figures for a new line.
Job opportunities typically start as an Allocator, although some companies have Administration Assistants called MAAs. Progression is often very quick due to high industry demand for Merchandisers.
Awarding Body: UAL
Qualification Title: Level 4 Diploma in Merchandising for Fashion Retail
Age Requirement: 18+
Start date: 6 September, 2021
Course duration: One year (two days per week)
Entry Criteria: 1 A-level (or the equivalent Level 3 qualification) and 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above, including Maths and English. If you have any non-UK qualifications, please provide us with an ENIC Statement of Comparability, as well as, the IELTS test for English language (our entry requirement is 5.5 overall and in all sections) if you have not studied in the UK or English speaking country.
If necessary, please contact IELTS prior to booking your test to confirm how they are testing during the current pandemic of COVID-19.
Assessment: The course is 100% coursework via termly assignments that measure a student’s knowledge and understanding.
Offers: After completing our online form, your application will be processed and you will receive the outcome by post and e-mail within 5-10 working days. If we decide you would benefit from an interview, we will contact you with an invite. Your offer will be based on your predicted grades and is only secure after enrolment.
Applications are processed in the order they are received and you may be required to attend an interview.
If you are 16-18 as of 31st August in the academic year of which your course starts and are a UK resident you will be eligible for full fee remission and do not have to pay any tuition fees.
If you are 19 or over at the start of your course your fees are £4220 per annum. For a full list of course fees please visit our Fees Page. Advanced Learning Loans are available for anyone aged 19 or over.
Disclaimer on fees: Tuition fees are subject to change - the fees due are effective at enrolment.
Induction Week: 29 August - 2 September, 2022
*Term Dates are subject to change.