Fashion, Business and Retail - Level 3
Start Date: 5th September 2022
More about the course
There are hundreds of diverse job roles available in the UK’s fashion industry, making fashion a fun and dynamic career choice.
This Fashion, Business and Retail course will give you an introduction to the roles and give you hands-on experience. You will have the opportunity to style fashion shoots, create visual merchandising, design editorial, plan catwalk shows and work on product development for the likes of Beamish Museum.
You will get a sneak peek at the new lines for brands like Jaegar and Topshop and design merchandise displays and 'look-books' for their Newcastle-based stores.
The course was developed with UAL, a renowned creative school ranked second in the world for Art and Design.
- 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above.
- 1 GCSE grade 3 in English or maths
- 1 GCSE grade 4 in English or maths
You will be invited to meet the teaching team to make sure Fashion, Business and Retail is the right course to help you achieve your ambitions.
What will I achieve?
This is a two-year programme. You will achieve a qualification after successful completion of each year.
In year one you will receive a Level 3 UAL Diploma Fashion Business Retail.
In year two you will receive a Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma Fashion Business Retail.
What will I learn?
You could study the following topics on the Diploma and/or Extended Diploma.
- Principles of fashion business and retail
- Communication for fashion business and retail
- Critical and contextual awareness
- Fashion production and supply chain
- Fashion buying and merchandising
- Fashion management and marketing
- Visual merchandising for fashion retail
- Collaborative fashion retail project
- Fashion retail environments
- Fashion futures and sustainability
How is the course taught?
- Practical lessons in the studio
- Group projects
- Group critiques
- Experience of work
- Independent study
How am I assessed?
Work experience opportunities
We have regular guest speakers visit from industry to speak to our students and give them first-hand insight. Speakers have included famed stylist and alumni Jo Shippen and womenswear designers for Cos and Topshop.
We have live projects with Jaegar, Reiss, Topshop and Urban Outfitters.
This year students designed merchandise for sale in Beamish’s 50th Anniversary available online and in their stores.
English and Maths
English and maths skills in the fashion industry are essential. We will support you to achieve your qualifications and enhance your existing skills.
You will use maths in practice when you undertake buying unit, devise marketing strategies and measure and scale in design softwares.
You will enhance your writing skills and will learn how to communicate more effectively in a range of medium like journals, report writing, journal keeping and presentations.
Where can I progress?
Many of our students have progressed on to fashion degrees at top design schools, including our own FdA in Fashion, Retail and Enterprise.
Many students go on to work in Fashion PR, visual merchandising and branding, as well as entry level positions as stylist assistants and buyer assistants.
If you are aged 16-18 when you begin your course you are likely to be eligible for free tuition. Detailed information can be found within the financial support section.
If you are aged 19+ the cost of the course will depend on your circumstances. Our support pages can help you determine your suitability.
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What can I do with a qualification in Fashion?
Managers and directors in retail and wholesale
- Examines quality of merchandise and ensures that effective use is made of advertising and display facilities.
- Authorises payment for supplies received and decides on vending price, discount rates and credit terms.
- Oversees the maintenance of financial and other records and controls security arrangements for the premises.
- Ensures customer complaints and queries regarding sales and service are appropriately handled.
- Ensures that adequate reserves of merchandise are held and that stock keeping is carried out efficiently.
- Liaises with other staff to provide information about merchandise, special promotions etc. to customers.
- Appoints staff, assigns tasks and monitors and reviews staff performance.
Median Salary£27,635 View more
- Produces works on commission basis for clients.
- Markets and sells finished work directly to customers.
- Liaises with writers and publishers to produce book illustrations.
- Uses artistic skills to restore damaged artworks.
- Approaches managers of galleries and exhibitions in order to get finished work displayed.
- Builds up composition into finished work by carving, sculpting, etching, painting, engraving, drawing, etc..
- Prepares sketches, scale drawings or colour schemes.
- Selects appropriate materials, medium and method.
- Onceives and develops ideas and ways of working for artistic composition.
Median Salary£26,452 View more
- Produces or oversees creation of the final product.
- Liaises with other parts of the production team to ensure graphic design fits with other elements, processes and timescales.
- Prepares specification and instructions for realisation of the project.
- Prepares sketches, scale drawings, models, colour schemes and other mock-ups to show clients and discusses any required alterations.
- Undertakes research into project, considers previous related projects and compares costs of using different processes.
- Liaises with client to clarify aims of project brief, discusses media, software and technology to be used, establishes timetable for project and defines budgetary constraints.
Median Salary£28,115 View more
Product, clothing and related designers
- Observes and manages intellectual property issues.
- Specifies materials, production method and finish for aesthetic or functional effect, and oversees production of sample and/or finished product.
- Submits design to management, sales department or client for approval, communicates design rationale and makes any necessary alterations.
- Prepares sketches, designs, mock-ups and storyboards for consideration by theatre/film director or client.
- Prepares sketches, designs, patterns or prototypes for textiles, clothing, footwear, jewellery, fashion accessories, set props, wigs, ceramics, plastics, motor vehicles, domestic appliances and engineering products.
- Undertakes research to determine market trends, production requirements, availability of resources and formulates design concepts.
- Liaises with client to determine the purpose, cost, technical specification and potential uses/users of product.
Median Salary£30,535 View more
Chartered Architectural Technologists
- Manages health and safety and carries out design stage risk assessments.
- Evaluates and advises on refurbishment, recycling and deconstruction of buildings.
- Administers contracts and certification and manages project handover.
- Monitors compliance with design, statutory and professional requirements, undertakes stage inspections.
- Prepares and presents design proposals and manages and coordinates design team.
- Advises on environmental, regulatory and legal requirements and assesses environmental impact.
- Advises clients on methods of project procurement and forms of contract.
- Develops construction project briefs and design programmes.
Median Salary£38,856 View more
Construction Project Managers and Related Professionals
- Writes reports for funding bids and planning authorities and acts as expert witness.
- Examines accident 'backspots' to improve road safety.
- Assesses schemes to manage traffic such as congestion charging and parking controls.
- Forecasts the impact on traffic and transport of new developments (e.g. shopping centre).
- Records, monitors and reports progress.
- Identifies defects in work and proposes corrections.
- Regularly inspects and monitors progress and quality of work, ensures legal requirements are met.
- Hires and may supervise site staff, establishes temporary site offices, takes delivery of materials.
- Plans work schedules for construction projects based on prior discussion with architects, surveyors etc..
- Assembles information for invoicing at the end of projects.
Median Salary£38,394 View more
Architectural and Town Planning Technicians
- Checks that completed work conforms to specifications.
- Issues development permits as authorised.
- Surveys land and property uses and prepares report for planning authority.
- Liaises with engineers and building contractors regarding technical construction problems and attends site meetings on behalf of architect.
- Prepares building plans, drawings and specifications for use by contractors.
- Investigates proposed design with regard to practicality, cost and use.
Median Salary£29,711 View more
- Measures, cuts, pins, sews and trims fabrics to make curtains, cushions, loose covers and similar soft furnishings.
- Replaces covering, padding, webbing or springs to repair upholstered furniture.
- Encases bed springs and padding with selected covering material by hand or machine stitching and fits castors where required.
- Operates machine to compress padded spring assemblies and inserts them into mattress covers.
- Pins sections of coverings together, joins by sewing and inserts trims, braids and buttons as required and fits upholstery unit to frame.
- Pads springs and secures padding by stitching, stapling, tacking, etc..
- Tacks and staples or otherwise secures webbing to furniture frame.
- Measures frame to be covered or examines drawings or other specifications and cuts material with shears, knife or scissors.
Median Salary£24,787 View more
Textiles, Garments and Related Trades n.e.c.
- Performs other tasks not elsewhere classified, for example, forms mounts for wigs, makes buttons, shapes hat brims, and staples seams of industrial gloves.
- Shapes and steams fabric into hats or hoods and gives final shape to fibre helmets and felt hats.
- Examines sketches and draws out patterns for the manufacture of garments and upholstery.
- Fills and stuffs cushions, quilts, soft toys and furniture.
- Marks out, cuts and sews corsets, light clothing and hoods and aprons and makes and repairs sails, boat covers and other canvas goods.
Median Salary£19,744 View more
Glass and Ceramics Makers, Decorators and Finishers
- Applies decorative designs and finishes to glassware, optical glass and ceramic goods by grinding, smoothing, polishing, cutting, etching, dipping, painting or transferring patterns or labels.
- Cuts and joins unfired stoneware pipes to form junctions and gullies, moulds sealing bands on clay pipes, prepares and joins porcelain or earthenware components and assists crucible makers and stone workers with their tasks.
- Throws, casts and presses clay by hand or machine to form pottery, stoneware or refractory goods such as bricks, crucibles, ornaments, sanitary furnishings, saggars, cups, saucers, plates and roofing tiles.
- Makes models and moulds from moulding clay and plaster for use in the making and casting of pottery and other ceramic goods.
- Makes artificial eyes, laminated glass sheets or blocks, glass fibre tissue, wool, filament and matting, marks optical lenses and assembles rimless spectacles.
- Uses hand tools and operates machinery to heat, bend, shape, press, drill and cut glass.