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Fashion Business & Retail — Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma

Business and Professional Services|Fashion, Art and Design

Course ID: 173948

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • This exciting course is only offered in Birmingham, London, and here at our College in Liverpool.
  • 100% progression into Higher Education.
  • 2 year course.
  • Access invaluable support from our experienced teaching staff.
  • Level 3 qualification.
  • You'll learn and develop your skills in an inclusive and supportive environment.

What to expect from the course

This programme is designed to provide you with a broad experience and understanding of the breadth of career opportunities available within the Fashion Retail Industry, and prepare you for employment.

You will learn a range of industry skills such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Excel. You will have the opportunity to work on live briefs in and around a range of retailers in Liverpool.

Year 2 of the course allows you to specialist in your chosen area and prepare you for Higher Education or industry.

This course is only offered at Birmingham, Liverpool and The Fashion Retail Academy in London.

2017 saw a 100% of students progressing into Higher Education, and 100% of this year's cohort are due to progress into either Higher Education or employment within the industry.

Year 1 Diploma coverage includes:-
• Principles of Fashion,
• Retail Communication for Fashion,
• Retail Critical and Contextual Awareness,
• Fashion Production + Supply Chain Fashion Buying & Merchandising,
• Collaborative Fashion Retail Project.

Year 2 Extended Diploma coverage includes:-
• Specialist Study in Fashion Business and Retail,
• Fashion Retail Environments,
• Preparing for Progressions,
• Fashion Futures and Sustainability,
• Extended Project.


Year 1 UAL Level 3 Diploma Fashion Business & Retail
Year 2 UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Fashion Business & Retail

Why study with us?

The City of Liverpool College is the only College in the North West to offer this programme and works with the awarding body closely to ensure that is it relevant, current and meets the need of the industry.
The course offers a range of live project briefs enabling students to work with employers and develop a relevant and current portfolio for progression. Industry speakers and educational visits are key elements of the programme and enrich the student experience. for example, Visiting speaker, Matalan, John Lewis.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

A gym, including treadmills and exercise bikes.
Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

Employment within the Fashion Retail sector or progression to Higher Education.
UAL Level 4 Diploma Buying & Range Planning for Fashion Retail
HNC/HND Fashion

Example careers

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

Designed for all learners with 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above and/or a level 2 qualification at grade Merit or above. You must have at least one GCSE in Maths and/or English at grade 4 or above.

Learners aged 19 and over with an outstanding portfolio of artwork will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free.

19 years old or over at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for24/25 is 4170.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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