UAL Diploma & Extended Diploma in Fashion Business and Retail



Units and indicative content Level 3 Diploma
Unit 1 Principles of fashion business and retail
Unit 2 Communication for fashion business and retail
Unit 3 Critical and contextual awareness
Unit 4 Fashion production and supply chain
Unit 5 Fashion buying and merchandising
Unit 6 Fashion management and marketing
Unit 7 Visual merchandising for fashion retail
Unit 8 Collaborative fashion retail project
Units and indicative content Level 3 Extended Diploma
Unit 9 Specialist study and preparation for progression in fashion
business and retail
Unit 10 Fashion retail environments
Unit 11 Fashion futures and sustainability
Unit 12 Project proposal in fashion business and retail
Unit 13 Extended project in fashion business and retail

Course Content - What will I learn?

• Fashion marketing: Sell a product, promotion, social media, e-commerce and advertising.
• Buying and Merchandising: Stock into store, choosing the product, making a profit.
• Visual merchandising: Stock Presentation, Window Display, Store layouts and design.
• The supply chain: Working with suppliers, Logistics and delivery
• Retail management: Management Principles, Team leadership and Customer Service
• Garment Technology: Fabrics and internals, fit and form, pattern construction.
• Digital: Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator for Fashion Promotion.
• Store Design: Interiors and exteriors
• Sustainability: product design and supply chain

Am I right for the course?

This course would be suitable for those who are inspired by the world of fashion and are serious about a career within the industry. You need to be a creative individual with a passion for every aspect of fashion. This course is ideal if you are looking for a practical, challenging and career-focused alternative to A levels.

A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade 9 – 4 including maths and English or a full Level 2 with a merit profile and grades 9 – 4 in English & maths.

What Next?

Progression onto another course at Oaklands college – such as Level 4 fashion retail if possible in future, or if not a level 4 at a different college such as FRA.
Careers in – Fashion Retail, Buying, Visual Merchandising, Management & Marketing, Fashion communication
University – subjects such as buying, merchandising, communication, styling, journalism, marketing, visual merchandising, supply chain etc

All of our Art, Fashion & Design courses prepare you for an exciting career within the creative industries, with many students going on to study degrees at prestigious universities.

Potential careers:

  • Animator
  • Costume Designer
  • Ceramicist
  • Fashion/ Clothing Designer
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Fine Artist
  • Games Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Interactive Web Designer
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Model Maker/ Special Effects
  • Photographer
  • Product Designer
  • Stage/Set Designer
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Textile Designer

Ready to take the next step?

Reaching your career goals is just a click away.


16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

In need of more advice?

Contact our Admissions team to find out more about student fees and how they might apply to you.

Experience what the future
has to offer at Oaklands College

Studying at Oaklands is about finding out what you enjoy learning, with a huge range of courses including A Levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships our students are given the opportunity to make their own academic choices, and thrive in a subject they enjoy.

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