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If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

About the course

Learn about all aspects of the fashion business and retail industry, including the diversity of roles and activities within the fashion retail sector, and the skills needed for a career in fashion. You will study buying and selling, production and visual merchandising. At the end of the course you will devise an assignment of personal interest and prepare for progression within a chosen discipline.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 3 or D. English and maths GCSE grade 3 or D preferred

You do not need to have studied GCSE Art or a creative subject to do this course. However, if you have, we would like to see a portfolio of your work at interview. All applicants will be sent a short interview task to complete.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

£50 contribution to the cost of trips.

£50 iPad deposit.

Who is it suitable for?

The qualification deliberately draws upon approaches to teaching and learning that have proven successful in targeting students that enjoy and learn through practical activity. Through an immersive and demanding curriculum, it will support the transition from general to more specialised study through practical assignments, teamwork and live briefs.

Awarding Body

UAL (University of the Arts London)

Why study?

The Level 2 Award and Diploma in Fashion, Business and Retail has been developed in response to an identified need for learners studying for qualifications in fashion retail to have a broad diagnostic experience that provides them with an understanding of fashion business and retail and prepares them for the reality of the sector and progression and paths available to them. The qualification has been designed to incorporate a strong element of vocational learning to provide young people with the understanding, knowledge and skills identified as necessary for future progression and employment, underpinned by the broad transferrable skills that will enable learners to demonstrate qualities of adaptability, self-reliance, collaboration, dependability, imagination and creativity.

Where will this course take me?

You could progress onto Level 3 courses at Harlow College eg Level 3 Diploma Fashion retail or Level 3 Diploma Fashion Design.

Employment – Visual merchandising, fashion buying and merchandising, brand management, garment technology.

Core modules

  • Unit 1 - Introduction to fashion retail
  • Unit 2 - Introduction to contextual research for fashion retail
  • Unit 3 - Introduction to communication skills for fashion retail
  • Unit 4 - Exploring production and operations for fashion retail
  • Unit 5 - Exploring buying and selling for fashion retail
  • Unit 6 - Exploring business and marketing for fashion retail
  • Unit 7 - Exploring visual merchandising for fashion retail
  • Unit 8 - Personal project and presentation in fashion business

How will I be assessed?

Assignment based course. There are no formal exams.

Units 1 - 7 are Pass/Fail only.

Unit 8 is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and will determine the overall final grade for the qualification.

Will I have to provide anything?

£50 contribution to the cost of trips

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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