Fashion Business and Retail - Level 3 (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Art and Design

Attendance Full-Time


Fashion is a vibrant and flourishing industry with a wide range of career opportunities. This course concentrates on a wide range of areas within the fashion industry, such as fashion retail & marketing, visual merchandising/installation, design concept, fashion styling and product development. The course would introduce you to the basic principles of the fashion visualisation process, as well as exploring different trends and market levels. A wide range of illustrative processes are explored including traditional art & design techniques in conjunction with image manipulation through digital software. Projects also include contextual studies which cover historical and contemporary artists and designers and external influences on the fashion industry.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2019. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course would be suitable for those who are inspired by the world of fashion and are serious about a career within the industry. You need to be a creative individual with a passion for every aspect of fashion. This course is ideal if you are looking for a practical, challenging and career-focused alternative to A levels. It is suitable for anyone who would like to progress to Higher Education with a view to pursuing a career within a fashion based industry.

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the course you will gain a BTEC Extended Diploma in Fashion & Clothing (Business and Marketing).

"I now have an enhanced understanding of safety in relation to Engineering, the tutors were extremely knowledgeable and personable."

Regina Parton                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 BTEC EXTENDED DIPLOMA IN FASHION (BUSINESS & MARKETING)

Industry Average Salaries

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

Junior Level Role

Junior Fashion Buyer - £18,000-£25,000

Middle Level Role

Experienced Fashion Buyer - £30,000-£45,000

Senior Level Role

Senior Fashion Buyer - £55,000-£70,000

How to Apply


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

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

The course introduces you to a variety of areas, which should enable you to decide which option you would like to develop and pursue as a career.

Many of the projects are practical whilst others require a more analytical approach. Creative work will be produced using digital media, a skill much in demand from employers. Areas covered include;

  • • Fashion Visualisation
    • Fashion Presentation Techniques
    • Fashion Styling
    • Computer Applications in Art & Design
    • Collaborative working in Art and Design
    • Fashion Marketing
    • Fashion Branding & Promotion

Learning Methods

You will learn through a series of taught sessions, lectures, workshops and one to one tutorials.

You will put together a portfolio of work, evidencing the units of the qualification, which is internally assessed and externally moderated as the course progresses.

Assessment Methods

You will put together a portfolio of work, evidencing the units of the qualification, which is internally assessed and externally moderated as the course progresses.

Progression Opportunities

You could continue your studies by progressing to a Degree, Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma in a related design discipline.

Career Opportunities

Previous students from this course have progressed to careers in Fashion Buying, Retail, Merchandising and Marketing.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSE’s at grade C or above to include Maths and English. If you do not have GCSE Maths at grade C or above you must be prepared to work with the essential skills team in order to achieve the equivalent.

Art or Textiles GCSE or level 2 equivalent would be an advantage but is not essential.

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

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.