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Fashion Business & Retail — Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma

Course information

This programme is designed to provide learners with a broad diagnostic experience and understanding of the breadth of career opportunities available within the Fashion Retail Industry, preparing them 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

This course leads to...

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

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE qualifications at grade 4/C or a full level 2 Qualification at Merit grade or above. Please note that you must have achieved English and/or Maths at Grade 4/C or above in order to be accepted on this course.

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.
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Further Information...

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Course ID: 163478

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


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 for21/22 is 4170.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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