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UAL Level 4 Fashion Business and Retail

The UAL Level 4 Diplomas in Fashion Business and Retail has been designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress into higher education or further training. The skills developed throughout the qualification may also support students intending to progress directly into employment in the fashion retail sector.

These 5 qualifications offer broad but in-depth knowledge and skills in preparation for work in the fashion retail sector. The qualification has been designed to balance practical and creative skills with theoretical studies. Work placement opportunities and industry-led projects are key elements of these qualifications, and will support students to gain a comprehensive understanding of employment opportunities in the sector.

Please read the UAL Awarding Body statements of purpose for these qualifications:

Statement of purpose - Fashion Retail (PDF 137KB)

Statement of purpose - Garment Technology (PDF 135KB)

Statement of purpose - Merchandising (PDF 136KB)

Statement of purpose - Visual Display and Branding (PDF 135KB)

Statement of purpose - Buying and Range Planning (PDF 135KB)


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Qualification at a glance


  • Level - 4
  • Units - 3 common; 3 qualification specific; 18 in total
  • TQT (Hours) - 1200
  • GLH - 600
  • Typical course duration - 1 year
  • UCAS points (Pass/Merit/Distinction) - n/a
  • QAN - Fashion Retail: 603/3270/0; Garment Technology: 603/3271/2; Merchandising: 603/3272/4; Visual Display and Branding: 603/3273/6; Buying and Range Planning: 603/3274/8
  • Typical progression - visual merchandising, fashion buying and merchandising, brand management, garment technology
Student constructing their fashion piece in a production room.
Birmingham Metropolitan College, Photo by Liz Carrington Caption

Specification and documents

UAL Level 4 Diploma in Fashion Retail (PDF 1.7MB)

UAL Level 4 Diploma in Garment Technology (PDF 3.4MB)

UAL Level 4 Diploma in Merchandising (PDF 1.8MB)

UAL Level 4 Diploma in Visual Display and Branding (PDF 1.7MB)

UAL Level 4 Diploma in Buying and Range Planning (PDF 2MB)

Stakeholder support

This qualification has been developed in collaboration with subject practitioners and further education colleges to ensure that it provides learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to prepare learners for employment and/or support a role in the workplace.

Letters of support for this qualification are available on request by emailing

Working with us

Interested in delivering the UAL Level 4 Diplomas in Fashion Retail?

Visit the Working with us page for information on the approval process for new and existing centres.

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