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Fashion Retail Level 2 Diploma at Fashion Retail Academy

Course description

Level 2 Fashion Retail is a one year course that includes a broad range of subjects to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of both the creative and business sides of the fashion industry. This course enables students to explore different areas of the industry to determine which career route they are most suited to, acting as a feeder to a more specialist level 3 course.  

You will study Visual Merchandising, Personal Styling, Fashion Buying, Sales, Operations & Production, Marketing and Fashion Retail.  Students will learn about the different roles and responsibilities within the industry whilst improving teamwork, confidence, time management and organisation skills. The course incorporates all 3 fashion routes – Graphics, Design and Business, to enable you to make a more informed decision about your future career path.

As part of this course students attend both practical workshops and theory based lessons as well taking part in live industry projects to provide a proper understanding of what it is like to work in a busy and successful fashion business.

The course is fun and allows students to explore a variety of job roles and responsibilities within the industry. As well as creative and analytical skills you will learn organisational and time management skills, build confidence how to work together as part of a team. 

Course content

This course is divided into distinct subjects to ensure you gain a comprehensive overview of the many different areas of fashion retail.  These include:

Introduction to Fashion Retail - to look at the different components that contribute to the fashion retail environment.

Contextual Research - to provide an introduction to the history of fashion retail and develop an awareness of the importance of research to gain knowledge and generate ideas.

Communication skills - teaches the specific skills, attributes and methods to communicate ideas to a wide ranges of audiences in the fashion retail environment 

Production and Operations - to integrate and apply knowledge gained so far into a production and Operations context gaining an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Ops team and the basic principles of production for fashion.

Buying and Selling for Fashion Retail - understand the multiple dynamics and complexity involved to create a successful fashion range

Visual Merchandising - You will be taught the display principles required to enhance sales in fashion, using creative methods and techniques to plan and present ideas for a store display. 

You will be invited to attend a range of masterclasses from a variety of Senior Fashion Retail Executives. Previous speakers have included Carolyn Springett from Jaeger, Belinda Earl from Marks and Spencer, David Walker-Smith of Fenwick and Hilary Riva, formerly of the British Fashion Council. During these sessions held in our state of the art lecture theatre, fashion retail experts advise and inform about a range of subjects affecting the industry with an interactive Q&A session at the end to enable students to have their say.

Entry requirements

4 D’s at GCSE including Maths and English

Future opportunities

Students completing this course often progress to a more specialist L3 fashion course, choosing to progress either the creative or business route after experiencing what each can offer. Some graduates choose to go into entry level job roles such as Sales Supervisor with a high street brand.

Further information

Students from this course have previously created a log book of three high street retailers.

They visited these retailers monthly to collect information about shop windows, visual merchandising, promotions in store, seasonal fabrics and trends as well as the retailer’s ethical responsibility.

L2 Fashion Retail students also took part in a Hestia t-shirt project – to design t-shirts for the charity to raise awareness of domestic violence resulting in a catwalk show in front of a panel judges. The best designs won £30 worth of Zara vouchers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Fashion Retail Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016
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