Introduction (SCQF Level 6)


1 year


04 Jun 2024


  • Art, Design & Photography
  • Business & Management


  • Aberdeen City Campus

Why take this course?

This course will introduce you to essential knowledge and skills required in the business of Fashion.  You will undertake projects to engage with the importance of appreciating current trends in order to forecast fashion ranges for new seasons and to inspire target markets.

You will also learn how fashion brands use merchandising techniques to enhance sales on the high street and various market levels.

These essential skills will be supported with industry standard application of digital presentation, the exploration of the history of fashion and a look at how real life has shaped style over the decades.

What you will experience

The course consists of four SQA units at SCQF Level 6.

Fashion Forecasting: An Introduction

In this unit you will learn how to identify fashion trends and how to interpret trends and develop a fashion ‘look’. The unit will involve research and drawing skills.

Fashion: An Introduction

In this unit you will investigate historical and environmental factors which have influenced fashion over the years. You will also be able to explore the process of how a fashion concept seen on the catwalk will become a high street fashion garment.

Throughout the unit, you will use a range of research methods and will learn key terminology that is used in the fashion industry.

Fashion Merchandising: An Introduction

In this unit you will investigate how fashion is branded, displayed and promoted and the role of the marketing mix in fashion. You will compare different approaches used in the industry and will also be able to present your own merchandising ideas.

You will experience a variety of teaching methods and practical activities. The course will be delivered at the College’s Aberdeen City Campus.

You will be expected to demonstrate/develop the following essential skills for the workplace:

  • Good time keeping skills;
  • An ability to work independently;
  • Planning and preparation skills;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • An ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with others.

Assessment will take place on an ongoing basis throughout the course.