Fashion Retail and Enterprise - FdA [Full Time]

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Art and Design

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  W234

UCAS Code  W234


This pioneering new course has been designed to prepare students for a career in the fields of Fashion Retail, PR and Brand Marketing, Buying, Styling and Creative Direction. It has been constructed to meet the needs of a fashion industry which is highly competitive and operates within a constantly changing set of business challenges, including expanding global markets.
The industry requires well-informed, commercially-minded people who have learnt the skills to support the growth within this industry. You will develop the technique of maximizing productivity in the face of international competition, demanding customers and the ever-changing and evolving nature of consumers’ buying habits and behaviour. The curriculum is also directed towards developing your individual creative and innovative thinking.
Throughout the course the students will be supported to develop their business acumen, achieve their creative potential and to fully realise the practical skills which are increasingly essential for working within the global fashion market place. Applicants to this course will be creative and forward-thinking individuals who are able to demonstrate a global perspective. You will also need to be able to adapt your skills to meet the differing needs of any size or kind of retail environment, whether virtual or physical.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 17/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

 As part of our work ready guarantee we will give you the opportunity to undertake an exciting work placement with organisations such as Top Shop, Urban Outfitters, London Fashion Week, John Lewis and Alexander McQueen, to name but a few. You will also have the opportunity to work on live briefs from industry which will give you an idea of what it is like to work in the sector.  

The most recent live briefs have been with Top Shop, Jules B, Vivienne Westwood, Kurt Geiger and Love Niche.

Who the course is for

The Foundation Degree in Fashion Retail & Enterprise is ideally suited to those who would like to learn the fundamental principles of this discipline whilst developing their business skills.

Qualification Gained

On successfully completing the course, you will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Fashion Retail and Enterprise.

"This course has really helped me understand the fashion and retail industry and it has given me a real understanding of fashion enterprise."

Jack Hodson
FdA Fashion Retail and Enterprise (Full Time)

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Fashion Retail Merchandiser - £18,000-£20,000

Middle Level Role

Experienced Fashion Retail Merchandiser - £25,000-£35,000

Senior Level Role

Senior Fashion Retail Merchandiser - £45,000-£65,000

How to Apply

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

Applications received for Art and Design and Digital Arts courses will require an interview and portfolio check.

Course Content

Year 1

• Personal Development
• Academic Study Skills
• Work Related Learning
• Contextual Studies 1
• Practice Enrichment
• Branding and Corporate Image,
• Range Planning, Merchandising and Distribution
• Skills for Making 1.

Year 2

• Professional Development
• Work-Based Learning
• Alternative Techniques
• Contextual Studies 2
• Skills for Making 2
• Portfolio Development
• Developing a Negotiated Brief.


Learning Methods

We aim to provide high quality learning opportunities using a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies. Methods vary from classroom delivery to seminar, case-studies, work-based learning and team learning. Underlying this is a philosophy of initial support leading to greater independence in your skills acquisition and use.
Work experience opportunities and industry-led projects and collaborations are features of the course.


Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through the outcomes of the modules you will study. A range of practical and theoretical activities will determine your final grades.

Progression Opportunities

Academic progression is available through a specialist subject pathway of our BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise (Top-Up). You could also pursue a career in teaching and progress to study onto a Masters or PGCE qualification.

Career Opportunities

Career paths range from visual merchandisers and buyers, brand managers and range planners. Opportunities for employment exist within a range of in – house design companies specialising in menswear and womenswear and emerging retail outlets with on line stores, Previous graduates have progressed to work for designers and within CAD, in-buying, retail and management roles.


Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Pass in Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) .
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 5.5 or the nationally recognised equivalent.


Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

There will be additional costs throughout the programme from the purchase of specific equipment for this discipline. A basic equipment list will be given to you at the start of the course outlining what is needed to successfully complete your studies.

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.