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

Course Overview

This course is an excellent choice for those who want to develop a sound business understanding and learn how to apply this to the creative, global and innovative fashion industry. The aim of the course is to explore the diverse careers available in this sector by working through projects that consist of research and investigation, plus enable core practical and creative skill development to develop ideas and produce exciting, professional outcomes.

You will be taught by subject specialist lecturers with wide ranging industry experience and receive input from current employers. You will learn about opportunities and current practice within the fashion industry including trend forecasting, manufacture, styling and promotion. You will have access to facilities including sewing and textiles studio, photography studio and Mac suites to learn key creative presentation techniques. These facilities will allow you to build a strong portfolio of visual and theoretical work in preparation for your personal progression.

The course also focuses on key transferable skill development such as building confidence, communication and presentation skills.

Topics may include:

  • The fashion retail environment
  • History and key developments of the industry
  • Buying and merchandising
  • Visual merchandising
  • Marketing and brand management
  • Communication for fashion and retail
  • Styling
  • Production techniques and supply chain
  • Environmental impacts, ethics and sustainability
  • Progression for future study and careers.

Assessment Methods

There is a mixture of practical, academic and work experience sessions on the course. 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 such as Fashion Business, Marketing or Creative Fashion & Textile courses, Higher Apprenticeship, seek employment in the fashion industry or start up your own business/entrepreneurial activities. You could also progress into our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or an HNC/HND in Business course to aid and support your application to university the following year.

Course Summary

Course Title Fashion Business & Retail Extended Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 range including maths and English, or a relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit grade.
Entry will also be subject to a successful interview and a portfolio of examples of your work.

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I’ve learned so much and the tutors helped me work out what I’d like to do after College. When I complete my course I’m going to Nottingham Trent University to studying International Business with a language.

Chloe Callaghan

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