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Level 4 Diploma in Fashion Retailing
Course Overview

Industry links

Work placement - a minimum of one week’s work placement is an essential part of the course. While the college cannot provide the placement, students will be supported to secure one.

Work simulated projects - each unit will include a work simulated project to encourage learners to meet employer’s needs and standards.

Guest speakers.

Collaborative projects with Fashion Retail related companies.

Final fashion retail business project: Potential live project with retailer.

Course Content

A one year fashion industry related course consisting of the following 6 units

Consumer Behaviour and Customer Service in Fashion Retail - branding marketing and consumer behaviour. Investigates how customer service is developed and delivered through fashion retail case studies.

Contextual Studies for Fashion Retail - developments in fashion history, social, historic and cultural factors that influence the fashion retail industry.

Fashion Retail Management - topics include Human Resources, development of technology in retail operations and retail strategies for business growth.

The Fashion Retail Environment - structure and functions of a fashion retail business from a management perspective to achieve competitiveness, efficiency and profitability. Topics include, social and environmental responsibilities.  Developing buying and merchandising skills in store and online visual merchandising principles.

Preparation and Progression in Fashion Retail - Career planning.

Individual Negotiated Fashion Retail Project - Generate and fully develop a new innovation or business concept. Research, develop idea, present business plan.

Entry Requirements

Must be aged 18 or over
Hold a relevant Level 3 qualification and/or
Relevant work experience
Successful interview with course leader
GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above
For international students there is an ESOL requirement/IELTS score of 6 (minimum of 5.5 across every element).


Students are assessed through written reports, creative projects, essays, presentations, research projects and the observation of work based scenarios.


Visits include fashion trade fairs, design studios, visual merchandising companies, London retail head offices , garment factories, London Fashion Weekend, Victoria and Albert museum  and other areas of student interest or course relevancy.

What does this course lead to?

Once you have completed this course you can move directly into employment or potentially join the second year of a relevant degree programme at a university offering a compatible course.

Equipment Required

Each student is responsible for purchasing general stationery items including folders for art work costing approximately £15.

Any trips organised will be at an additional cost but this will be made clear as they are organised.

Financial Information
If you are aged 19 or over, tuition and registration fees are payable at the start of each year of study.
Staged Payment
A staged payment plan is available to help with course fees.
If you are unable to pay any of the course costs, or need financial assistance you may be eligible to receive a college bursary.
For further details on fees and financial help please contact Student Welfare on 01256 306393.
How to Apply
Apply via the college's online application system at www.bcot.ac.uk.