• LevelLevel 2
  • Age group16-18
  • Duration1 year
  • Awarding bodyUAL


This course will give you an understanding of all aspects of fashion business and retail and will prepare you for the reality of the sector and the progression paths available to you.

You will develop creative, practical and theoretical skills in the following areas: fashion buying, marketing, visual merchandising, design, contextual research, communication, styling, fashion history and culture as well as studying fashion trends at couture, designer and high street levels.

Course Information

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For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Modules offered may vary.

Modules will include:

  • Introduction to Fashion Retail
  • Contextual Research
  • Fashion Communication
  • Fashion Production & Operations
  • Exploring Buying and Selling for Fashion Retail
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Personal Fashion Project

In addition English and maths will be developed and assessed.

September- June

Entry requirements

You must have achieved an appropriate Level 1 vocational qualification and /or 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including written assignments, presentations discussion, sketchbook development, mood boards and oral questioning.

You can progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Fashion Buisness and Communication, other Level 3 qualifications or directlty into employment.

Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances. 

Many people qualify for free tuition fees, for more information please contact Course Information on 01642 333333. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time students.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk

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Fashion Business & Communication

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Fashion Business & Communication students will be based in our specialist classrooms with a range of resources to complement their studies. They will take part in a range of projects such as fashion shows, styling models for photo shoots, taking part in charity sales and decorating window displays.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.