Introduction to
Fashion Business SCQF Level 6

Learn the skills involved in forecasting fashion trends and how merchandising is used on the high street.


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.

Digital Fashion Illustration: An Introduction

This unit will introduce you to fashion illustration software. You will learn how to use basic functions and software tools to generate flat drawings of garments and to render garments.

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.

female drawing in creative environment

Key facts

Entry requirements

Evidence of successful study at SCQF Level 5 will be required, particular in Art or Textiles. Pupils should be able to study at SCQF Level 6 to participate in this course.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Whilst you are taking part in the course you will be expected to:

  • Always be ready to start your class at the given time;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning and self-study;
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

Please note that eating and drinking are not permitted in workshops and classrooms. Drinking water is available from water dispensers in the corridors within the College buildings.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course you may be able to progress to one of the following full-time courses at North East Scotland College:


For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.


Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.