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Professional Cookery, Hospitality, Retail and Events

Certificate in Retail Fashion, Branding and Marketing

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 5

Study mode Full time

Duration 20 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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Course overview

This course is designed to give you the essential knowledge and skills which will enable you to start your journey in the interesting areas of both fashion and retailing.  Linking with the London Fashion Retail Academy, this is for people who enjoy being creative and working across many different areas of fashion and retail, looking at trends, using the power of brands and marketing to see just what stimulates people to buy what they do and when they buy it!  Looking at colours and seasons, seeing how visual communication and merchandising can make or break a business.

What you will learn

  • Working in Retail
  • Fashion Retailing
  • Retail Fashion Industry
  • Branding and Marketing
  • Digital Retailing
  • Planning and Implementing a Retail Event
  • Maintaining, Storing and Replenishing Stock
  • Retailing: Satisfying Customer Needs
  • Retail buying
  • Fashion merchandising: an introduction

How the course is assessed

 The course is assessed on an ongoing basis through the following methods -

  • Open book assessments
  • Closed book assessments
  • Portfolios
  • Projects
  • Practical observations

Number of days per week

  • The course is delivered over three days 

Entry requirements

  • A group of Nat 4's or equivalent one of which should be English.
  • If you do not meet these criteria but have relevant work experience we welcome your application.

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • You will be invited to meet one of the team to discuss the course in more detail. 

English Proficiency Requirements

IELT's 5.5 or equivalent

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • After successful completion of level 5 units in semester one, you will move up, in semester two, to Level 6, which will also give you the National Progression Award in Customer Service which is included in this course. 
  • From there you can move onto HNC Retail (with Fashion), and from that, should you wish, you can move up to year two of the BA (Hons) degree in Fashion Branding and Promotion at Heriot-Watt University.

Career options

This first-line qualification will give you a firm grounding in the essential skills for working at the Sales Advisor level in any retail environment and although there is an emphasis on fashion, all areas of retail are touched on by the course thereby expanding your options in retail.  We also aim to give you the skills to look towards advancing in your career to supervisor and beyond. 

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Full time 29/08/22 20 Weeks

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