The Advanced Level 3 Fashion Retail and Creative Business pathway has been specifically designed for students wishing to study Fashion Retail alongside work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.
The qualification is designed for students aged 16 years or over who have already achieved GCSE grade 4 [C] in both English and Maths and want to progress into further education, training or employment on a management training programme within a fashion retail company.
The pathway provides a minimum of 540 GLH, and attracts the following UCAS tariff points [dependent on the length of study, qualification components and grades achieved].
The Fashion Retail and Creative Business pathway provides opportunities for integrated learning through practical application and academic activities. The delivery and assessment approach ensures you have a fulfilling experience while developing personal attributes and the skills and knowledge to excel in the fashion retail industry. It will also nurture your entrepreneurial talent.
As identified by the sector, a career in retail represents a future of unlimited potential, responsibility and personal development. The programme provides a unique opportunity to progress within the sector or into higher study (to a HNC or honours degree) and a fulfilling career within fashion retail.
The Advanced Fashion Retail and Creative Business course has been designed holistically and provides complementary components to further aid your progression and employability.
The Creative Business component of the course equips you with specialist knowledge and skills, enabling entry to an apprenticeship, employment or progression to higher education. It will provide opportunities for you to find out from employers how the skills and knowledge you acquire are used in the workplace.
Typically, you will have at least four GCSEs graded A*- C, including GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths at grade 4 [C] or above. Alternatively you may have a relevant intermediate qualification at Merit grade or above, along with GCSE grade 4/C English Language and Maths.
Importantly a university application will probably require both English Language and Maths at grade 4/C or above.
In addition to these entry requirements, you will potentially need to attend a taster activity, where your practical skills and potential will be assessed.
The Fashion Retail component will:
The Creative Business component will:
To successfully complete the Fashion Retail component, you must achieve five units in total:
To successfully complete the Creative Business component, you must achieve a total of two units consisting of one mandatory unit and one optional unit.
Units 1, 2 and 3 are assessed by exam and marked by the Awarding Body. Your teacher will internally assess the other units and the Awarding Body will moderate them.
The qualification is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.
You will be required to purchase a basic toolkit costing approximately £25 based on a list provided at enrolment (concessions are available subject to status). You will also need a journal or notebook at all times throughout the course.
Students who successfully complete the Intermediate Fashion Retail and Creative Business programme can progress to:
Fashion enthusiast Richard Auzins has used his Diploma in Visual Merchandising as a springboard to working with Marks & Spencer
Richard has started out as a warehouse operative at the company’s distribution centre in Castle Donington, with a view to progressing his merchandising career within M&S. He especially enjoys dealing with the online sales side of the operation.
Richard had originally considered university but then discovered the specialist advanced course in Visual Merchandising at Derby College. Keen on keeping up with latest fashion trends, the course enabled him to translate his passion for fashion into a career.
Although I’m working in logistics, I’m still involved with fashion and homewares every day. The Derby College course helped me get the job and having a qualification in retail merchandising has made me more confident in sharing my ideas at work.
I’d like to move into visual merchandising one day but at the moment I enjoy what I do and M&S is a great business to work for.