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QQI Level 6


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October 2020

Confirm Progression - Year 2

We are working remotely and are available to support you with any queries you have - please email Brandon at or call him on 01-8920035. We are hosting entrance interviews via Skype at this time.

This page is for full-time fashionbuying students who have just completed year 1 and wish to confirm their progression to year 2 - the full-time Fashion Management programme.

This Fashion Management  programme has been designed by our experienced programme management and tutoring team in consultation with leading retailers to offer you the opportunity to advance your skills and progress to the next level in the business environment of the global fashion industry. The relevant field trips, events and guest lecturers all enhance your opportunity to gain further relevant and practical experience.  You will learn to develop a complete fashion range for a season from the initial design concept through to delivery in-store, measuring the success and reaction of consumers. This is a comprehensive course which prepare graduates to undertake a variety of roles within the world of fashion, business and retailing.

Qualifications Gained

The awards issued upon successful completion of this programme are as follows;

  • Portobello Institute Diploma in Fashion Buying & Merchandising
  • QQI Level 6  in Management Studies (6M4587)

Application Process

As a graduate of Portobello Institute's Fashion Buying & Merchandising programme, you may advance directly into this programme by completing the online booking form.

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once the deposit of tuition fees have been received.

This programme is 24 weeks in duration and is delivered over 2 semesters with examinations at the end of each semester. Practical classes are delivered in a fully equipped training rooms with theory classes taking place in one of the many theory rooms within Portobello Institute. During Covid-19, some classes will be streamed online to support social distancing measures.

Semester 1

The first semester runs for 12 weeks from 12/10/19 to 22/01/21.

Examinations & Assessments take place during the week commencing 25/01/21

Christmas break from 18/12/20 - 11/01/21

Semester 2

The second semester runs for 12 weeks from 01/02/21 to 23/04/21.

Examinations & Assessments take place during the week commencing 26/04/21

The internship programme takes place during semester 2. The schedule is determined by the needs of the company the student is placed with.

International internship placements take place at the end of semester 2.

The aim of this programme is to give students the skills to progress their career to a management position within the fashion industry. This programme builds on the key topics covered in first year that are specific to working in fashion management. These include buying, merchandising, trend forecasting, range planning, advanced design skills including garment specification. The content of this programme also supports the development of the generic management skills need to work in a management position in any business environment.

  • Fashion Buying & Planning
  • Advanced Design Skills
  • Retail & Visual Merchandising
  • Business Management
  • Business Planning
  • Leadership
  • Human Resources Management
  • Business Law
  • Finance
  • Marketing Management

Putting into practice the skills learned in class is key to gaining employment in the fashion industry. Portobello Institute has established strong links with many of the main fashion buying and merchandising departments within some of Ireland's largest retailers.

Paid Internship with Primark

This year we are delighted to announce such is the success of past pupils working for Primark in their buying and merchandising department, Primark are now offering the opportunity of a  full 1 year paid internship within their business. This is a siginificant opportunity to gain experience within a global brand that is fast growing and is renowned to be the best within its segment of the fashion industry. The selection of the candidate to participate on this internship is based on their performance during this programme, followed by a competitive interview process as set down by Primark. 

Work Experience Placement Programme with Fashion Companies in Ireland

Portobello Institute also offers a work experience placement programmes with many other leading brands some of the participating companies are listed below;

  • Arnotts
  • Brown Thomas
  • Harvey Nichols
  • Primark
  • Dunnes Stores
  • Lifestyle Sports
  • Jack & Jones
  • Junarose
  • Mamalicious
  • Name IT
  • Noisy May
  • Only, Only & Sons
  • Postyr
  • Pamela Scott
  • Selected
  • Vero Moda
  • Vila Clothes

International Work Experience Placements

Portobello Institute is delighted to support students seeking to broaden their experience with an international work experience placement programme. This programme is optional and commences at the end of semester 2. Students participating on this programme are required to take a placement for a minimum of 3 months and those placements are availavble in the UK, Sweden, Spain, Portugal and the US. Students seeking to avail of placements in the US must meet the necessary visa requirements.

Course price is €4995

Protection for learners insurance fee: €200
Materials for course: Approx €350 throughout the course.

Payment - 40% = €1,998 of course fees due upon acceptance, balance and protection for learners fee due on 25th August 2020.

Easy Payment Plan

Acceptance of place - 40% = €1,998

Balance in to 6 instalments of 10% equal to €549 commencing 25th September '20.

Instalment fee  payable - €295 spread across 6 payments, included in figures detailed above

Protection for learner fees are due on 25th August 2020

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once the deposit of tuition fees has been received.

Apply Now

Course Code Location & Info Price
FFM2-F01-DS-OC-20 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

Option 1 - Balance of tuition fees due 25th Aug '20
€1998 Book Now
FFM2-F02-DS-OC-20 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

Option 2 - Balance of fees due in 6 instalments commencing 25th Sept. '20
€1998 Book Now
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