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Fashion Retail Level 2 Diploma at Basingstoke College of Technology

Course description

This qualification is unique within this sector and the course is assessed using a variety of methods which directly relate to the type of work students could obtain on completion of the course. The assessment approach ensures students have a fulfilling experience in developing their personal attributes as well as the skills and knowledge to excel in the fashion industry and develop entrepreneurial talent. A career in retail represents a future of unlimited potential, responsibility and personal development.

Students will receive instruction, guidance and encouragement to practise and develop the skills necessary to achieve the award. The course covers a wide range of subjects including:

  • Customer Service and Selling
  • The Fashion Retail Market Place
  • Introduction to Visual Merchandising (window design and store presentation)
  • Buying and Merchandising for Fashion Retail
  • Fashion Trends and Forecasting
  • Market Research and Branding
  • Technology for Fashion Retail
  • Professional Development in Retail
  • Understanding the Store Environment


Students may also choose to study for a GCSE to increase their qualifications, or to resit a previous GCSE subject to improve a grade. To enhance employment opportunities the course may also have additional qualifications built into the programme.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade D or above including English and Maths with an enthusiasm for working in fashion retail, or a design portfolio.


The course is continuously assessed with some external assessment and testing through written and practical assignments and/or tests.

Financial information

If you are aged 16-18, tuition and registration fees are free. 
If you are aged 19 or over, tuition and registration fees are payable at the start of each year of study; please ask for details.
If you are aged 24 or over, you may be eligible for a Student Loan to assist with your fees; please ask for details.

Future opportunities

This course is a recognised route into a full-time Level 3 course, employment or an Apprenticeship. Typical progression routes might include ABC Level 3 Diploma in Fashion Retail, Advanced Retail Apprenticeship, or employment in a supervisory role within a fashion retail store.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Basingstoke College of Technology directly.

Last updated date: 28 January 2016

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