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This is an industry led, one-year course, equivalent to four GCSEs, which will allow progression to the Level 3 course or employment. This one-year course is designed to introduce you to the fashion retail industry, and its many career paths. The course will give you a comprehensive view of the industry. This option is perfect for those who aren't sure which specific area of fashion retail or design they would like to go into, as it covers a diverse spectrum of subjects

  • What will I learn?

    During this course you will cover both the creative and business side of the industry. The level 2 programme combines theoretical classroom learning with practical workshops and live projects to give you a well-rounded foundation. We will develop your analytical and creative skills through a variety of projects, from live briefs to group projects. This experience will give you a taster of life in the fashion industry and the challenges involved.

    The level two course acts as a springboard for further study. Your teaching team will help you to identify your interests and enthusiasms as well as your strengths and weaknesses. Upon completion of the course, you will be in the ideal position to go onto a more specialist L3 course or an apprenticeship with a fashion brand.

  • Example modules

    • Visual Merchandising
    • Digital
    • Buying
    • Branding
    • Marketing
    • Fashion Retail
  • How will I be assessed?

    The University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Fashion, Business and Retail Diploma is assessed through a series of projects that are designed to broaden students skills, experience and expertise. The first 7 units are delivered with a Pass or Fail outcome. A final project (The FMP) decides the students overall grade for the year which is graded at: Pass, Merit or Distinction. Student work is externally assessed and scrutinised by External Verifiers from the University of the Arts London to ensure that academic standards are adhered maintained.

  • Entry Requirements

    We require you to have 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) and will need to show a portfolio or sketchbook of creative work at interview.

  • Progression & Career Opportunities

    Successful completion of this course will allow you to progress on to the Level 3 Fashion Retail and Communication course, a suitable apprenticeship or entry level position within a Fashion Retail business. Working within an exciting and fast paced Fashion Retail career, as a Buyer, Merchandiser, Visual Merchandiser or Fashion promoter.

  • Additional Information

    A studio fee of £220 is required to cover course materials and trips.

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Course Details

Qualification Level Level 2
Study Mode Full-Time Course
Start Date September
Duration 36 Weeks
Course Code FFASHL2DP-1
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