Extended Diploma in Fashion Business & Retail*

Pre-degree

2017 entry

The two-year Extended Diploma in Fashion Business & Retail at UCA Epsom will provide you with an introduction to the business and retail world of fashion taught in a university environment.

Open to students aged 16 and over with a fashion, business or management interest, you’ll explore the fashion retail world and learn about the business through practical and theoretical projects, supporting your personal progression and helping you develop your skills.

From global supply chains to merchandising and media marketing, you’ll learn about the business of fashion and retail, how to time manage, solve complex problems as well as take responsibility for development and research. You’ll have full access to our industry-standard facilities where you’ll work with other students and professionally trained academics and technicians with backgrounds in the business, retail, fashion and design industries and experience working with major brands.

*Course subject to validation.

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Length of study:

Two years full-time

Starts:

September 2017

Campus:

UCA Epsom

Course overview:

In your first year you’ll learn about the business of fashion and how technology, marketing and the retail process come together. You’ll gain valuable knowledge through visits, collaborative projects and individual study. During your second year, you’ll progressively specialise in an area that interests you where you’ll have the freedom to develop ideas and discover your personal strengths and abilities to present ideas confidently. Most students will undertake a short placement to foster vocational and personal skills.

You’ll have the opportunity at the end of your second year to progress to one of a number of related degree courses at UCA with the skills you have learned or you may decide to choose an exciting career path in the fashion retail and business industry

UCA offers students several popular fashion and business related degree courses that help you make industry connections, where you’ll work with top fashion designers and brands through our work experience placements. Previous UCA graduates have been offered positions at Balenciaga, Stella McCartney and Burberry.

Course content - 2017 entry

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Introduction

    You’ll be introduced to the fashion retail and business world including the personal and professional characteristics required to pursue a career in the industry

  • Digital tools

    From messaging to analysis, you’ll learn how to convey information to audiences using original ideas and digital tools including social media

  • Research for fashion and retail business

    You’ll research factors influencing the fashion and retail business as well as buying, garment production, the global supply chain and technologies used in the sector.

  • Explore visual merchandising

    You’ll explore visual merchandising for fashion retail in-store and online, and study the important sales process within the industry

  • Project skills

    You’ll develop a range practical and digital skills through project work providing you with further insight to your own interests and strengths.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Individual and group projects

    You’ll begin to apply your knowledge of business and retail practice with entrepreneurial and vocational skills and participate in a range of individual and group projects.

  • Historical and contextual studies

    You’ll develop an historical and contextual appreciation of fashion retail and business, how technologies have influenced their development and how to analyse and evaluate consumer and market insights.

  • Explore sustainability and ethical issues

    You’ll research the environmental impact of global supply chains and markets exploring solutions to sustainability and ethical issues.

  • Final major project

    You’ll research the environmental impact of global supply chains and markets exploring solutions to sustainability and ethical issues. The course will help you identify your personal strengths and ambitions to prepare you for higher education or future employment.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

How to apply - 2017 entry

I am a UK or EU citizen ...

When should I apply?

Our equal consideration application deadline is 31 March 2017. We guarantee that we'll consider all applications received by this date. If places are still available after this date, we'll consider late applications.

Entry requirements - 2017 entry:

Entry requirements

Normally five GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2). One of the GCSE should be in either art, design, media, business or technology (including IT) related subject.

OR Higher Diploma (Level 2) in a related subject area

OR Access Diploma (in an appropriate subject)

OR BTEC National Award.

Your portfolio

This is not a design course and a portfolio of artwork is not essential for all students. At your interview you will be asked to provide evidence that shows an interest and/or ability in either design, business or retail preferably relating to fashion. This could include: creative work in a variety of media including digital; written work that shows an understanding of any of the following: business planning, business structures and organisation, product/ brand analysis, marketing or merchandising; promotion and advertising using print or social media.

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