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Level: 2

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

If you are interested in exploring the potential of a career in fashion retail, this one-year course is for you. It is designed to enable you to develop your creative skills and pursue a career in a fun and energetic environment.  

You will gain a general overview of the fashion retail sector, the opportunities within the sector, the potential career progression and the skills needed to succeed in a fast-paced industry.

The course includes visits to large retailers and related organisations as well as a team building day - as team work is crucial within the fashion retail industry.  In addition, you will play a crucial part in our pop-up shop team and undertake lots of practical activities including personal shopping, style advice and window installations.  

You will also develop your maths and English skills, which will support your progress within the programme and help in your future career.

Entry requirements

The course is designed for learners who have a minimum of four GCSEs at grade D or above, including English or Maths.

Candidates will be invited to College for an interview and a screening test as part of the application process. You will need to demonstrate that you are interested in working in the retail sector and that you have good communication skills.  It is also essential that you show a commitment to maintaining high standards of attendance and meeting deadlines.

Course Content

During the programme, you will develop your knowledge in:

  • The evolution of the fashion retail market
  • Fashion retail selling skills
  • The fashion retail business
  • Customer service
  • Working in a fashion retail store
  • Handling payment

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be carried out using a variety of methods. Learners are expected to produce a portfolio of evidence for each unit. Assessment will include presentations, practical activities, discussions and assignments.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be given a fashion kit list when you enrol, from which you will need to buy items ready for your first lesson. There will also be a nominal charge for trips and visits.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You can progress to the Advanced Diploma in Fashion Retail or to an apprenticeship.


You can pursue a career in many roles in the fashion retail environment.


This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Richard Auzins

Richard Auzins

Starting out in a retail career with M&S

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.
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