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This course explores the fashion retail industry as a whole, so students gain an understanding of the fundamental areas from head office to point of sale. You will develop a strong foundation for many careers and develop key creative and academic skills working to industry related assignments. Students will receive a wide range of feedback from industry professionals working in the heart of London to continue to support their professional learning. The programme prepares you for the reality of the sector including progression paths available in higher education as well as career opportunities in the fashion industry.

Career Destinations

Many students will have identified a specific career in the creative industries that they wish to progress to.

This course is tailored for these learners own personal and professional interests, whether that be buying, merchandising, retail operations, styling, photography, fashion communication, marketing or others.

What can I do next?

After successfully completing the UAL Level 3 Diploma in Fashion Business and Retail you can progress to the second year of specialist study on the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fashion Business and Retail.

What will I be doing?

You will study:

  • Communication 
  • Fashion Marketing 
  • Promotion
  • Photography
  • Trend Forecasting
  • Sustainability
  • Buying
  • Range Planning 
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Retail Management

Added Extras

  • Enrichment programme of trips and visits to London museums, galleries, and major retailers
  • Employer engagement including live industry briefs and competitions
  • Visiting speakers, including student alumni and practitioners from the creative and retail sector
  • Development of communication and presentation skills
  • Contribute to professional exhibitions in our purpose-built art gallery, studios and glazed displays
  • Selling your own and other students' products and merchandising our Creative Arts 'Pop-Up' shop
  • Charity Fundraising and community engagement opportunities

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through practical work for a number of industry-based assignments, producing presentations of your designs and proposals for a range of products. One of the units will be externally assessed.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C, one of which must be English, or a Level 2 Art and Design Diploma at merit grade and English GCSE grade 4/C.

Applicants are asked to provide examples of art and design work at interview, or alternative work to demonstrate good presentation and an interest in the subject.

What do I need to bring?

You may be required to purchase your own equipment.  You should expect to replace some materials as you progress on the course.

£90 is payable on enrolment as a contribution towards the cost of study trips and additional specialist materials.

Students at HRC who meet the eligibility criteria can apply to the Bursary Fund for support towards essential kit, visit and material costs. Please note - bursary funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application. For further information contact the Information Centre on 01992 411411 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee Information

Free to Home students under 19 on 31st August 2023.
If you are a Home student aged 19 or over on the 31st August 2023, you may be liable to pay approximately £2,500 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £5,000 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the tuition fees for 2022/2023 and could be subject to change for 2023/2024).

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free tuition if the course you choose is on a government-approved list and the qualification is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.

If you are aged over 24 and you have not achieved a full Level 3 qualification you may be entitled to free tuition if the qualification is listed on the Government Free courses for jobs list. Similarly, if you already hold a Level 3 qualification (or above) and meet the Adult Education Budgets definition of unemployed or are in receipt of low wage, you may also be entitled to free tuition.

You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

These fees are indicative of the 2024-25 costs and may be subject to change


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