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Beauty Buying & Merchandising - Part Time Evening

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7 months


QQI Level 5


Awarding Body

Beauty Buying & Merchandising - Part Time Evening

We are working remotely and are available to support you with any queries you have - please email Brandon at or call him on 01-8920035. 

Our academic delivery teams are all also working remotely and are supporting our students to continue with their studies through online learning or to get started for those just commencing their learning journey.  

In their role Beauty Buyers and merchandisers are required to constantly keep updated and on track within one of the world's fastest moving industries. By analysing  sales and market trends it is their job to plan seasonal ranges along with constantly evolving with introducing new product lines to develop and grow lines within the beauty and make up offering. As a beauty buyer your job will be to attend shows held in the fashion capitals of the world, forecast trends, buy the right products at the right time, ensuring sales growth and supporting the brand mission of the company.

The unique to Portobello Institute, part time Beauty Buying and Merchandising course covers all the essential elements to turn a passion for beauty and makeup and a keen eye for trends in beauty and makeup into a career in the fastest growing industry in the world while at the same time becoming a makeup specialist.

Portobello Institute Certificate in Beauty Buying & Merchandising

Portobello Institute Certificate in Skincare, Eye Treatment & Makeup

QQI Level 5 Minor Award in Visual Display


This course is by direct entry to the college.  There are no previous academic requirements

This is a part time course delivered over 30 weeks -1 evening per week for 10 weeks each module

Module A -Beauty Buying & Merchandising

1.    Roles & Responsibilities
2.    Customer Profiles
3.    Range planning
4.    Trend forecasting
5.    Sales analysis

Module B - QQI Level 5 Retail Visual Display

1.    Fundamentals of visual display
2.    In store merchandising and counter display
3.    Window and POS display
4.    Seasonal promotions
5.    Event planning

Module C – Skincare, Eye Treatment & Makeup

1.    Basics in makeup application
2.    Understanding the products and function
3.    Skin analysis
4.    Day/eve look and techniques
5.    Photographic and Bridal look and techniques

Course Price €2,486 or €995 for individual modules


One key highlight was the term spent completing visual display and learning all about display with an abundance of opportunity to be creative.

I found the course to be well rounded and the perfect mix of buying, design and visual, ticking all the boxes across fashion to secure the right job in industry. Full story

Amy Griffin


“The vast array of knowledge I learned as part of the course gave me a basis of understanding buying specifically as it relates to fashion and seasonal buying which has brought me to where I am today.” Read more

Sinead Frew

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