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The level 2 in Fashion, Business and Retail covers the whole process of retail; from trend forecasting, identifying market levels, research, design conception, sustainability and supply chains through to its end destination, whether a retail environment or online shop.

You will develop the skills required to offer creative solutions to an ever-changing selling environment, gaining an overview of modern fashion business functions and retail practice, its roles and basic business strategies. The course includes practical elements such as; prop-making, photography and 3D scale model making to support a range of visualising skills, creative problem solving and business presentation methods.

Most jobs in fashion related industries are in the retail sale of clothing. This industry provides 75 percent of all fashion related jobs, with 414,000 people working in the retail sale of clothing.

Career Destinations

  • Buyer
  • Style Influencer
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Display person

What can I do next?

Students can progress to our UAL Level 3 Applied General Art and Design in Visual Merchandising, or any of the alternative art and design pathways, a business-related level 3 Apprenticeship or employment.

What will I be doing?

Fashion and lifestyle retail is now predominantly online, with supporting mall-based 'experiential' retail, Pop-up shops, customer interactive events, and a reduction in traditional High Street stores. This course includes a digital, fashion and lifestyle-based approach that is related directly to newly established and emerging retail trends. Topics covered include:

  • Buying
  • Merchandising
  • Visual merchandising
  • Retail management
  • Design
  • Trend forecasting
  • Style hunting
  • Influence
  • Sales
  • Branding
  • Social media
  • Blogging
  • Journalism
  • Sustainability within fashion and lifestyle retail
  • Specialist Design software

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

  • 136 GCSE entry points including English at Grade D (Grade 3 of the new 16/17 GCSE grading structure)


  • UAL or BTEC Level 1 Diploma at Merit level with Functional Skills English Level 1
  • You will need to provide examples of art and design work at interview

What do I need to bring?

You will be required to purchase a course kit at approximately £60, a kit list will be provided; this will give you everything you need for the first term at college but you should expect to replace paints, sketchbooks and some materials as you progress on the course. £50 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 those under 19 on 31st August 2021. If you are 19 or over on 31st August 2021, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee paying new entrant you will pay approx. £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £5500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2020/21 and could be subject to change for 2021/22). Fee paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £3500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2020/21 and could be subject to change for 2021/22). If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable. For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These fees are indicative of the 2021-22 costs and may be subject to change


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