Fashion Business Retail Extended Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course is for those who have an interest, passion and desire to work in the fashion industry within commercial roles. The aim of the course is to build your confidence, knowledge, communication skills and develop them within a fashion business context in order to prepare you for progression to further study at university or your first steps into the industry. You may have already worked in the fashion retail sector either full-time or part-time, or completed an appropriate Level 2 qualification.

You will learn about the fashion industry, from buying and setting trends, to the marketing and promotion of garments and designs. Gain experience within the areas of business for fashion, creative thinking and application of skills, and also the manufacture of retail focused garments.

Topics include:

  • The fashion retail environment
  • Industry and history
  • Planning and developing ranges
  • Designing visual merchandising
  • Garment production
  • Styling
  • Developing marketing campaigns
  • Branding

You will have access to trips and residentials, visiting speakers and professional facilities. Work placements and work readiness take place throughout the course to ensure you are ready to progress your studies or enter the workplace. There is a mixture of practical, academic and work experience sessions on the course.

We also offer an A Level in Fashion & Textiles that you can find here.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is through a portfolio of reports, presentations, creative projects and a final major project at the end of the year.

Progression Options

On successful completion you could progress to a university course, Higher Apprenticeship, seek employment in the fashion industry or start up your own business/ entrepreneurial activities.

Course Summary

Course Title Fashion Business Retail Extended Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 (A* to C) range including maths and
English, or a relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit grade. Entry will also be
subject to a successful interview.

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An apprenticeship has been the best option for me since I benefit from working in the industry as well as gaining a qualification. College days give me time to work on my assignments and explore features in the software I haven’t covered at work. During the rest of the week, I develop client relationships which help build my confidence and improve my ability to express ideas.

Heidi Prole - Level 3 Apprenticeship in Graphic Design

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