FAQs We have answered the most commonly asked questions below: Where in London is The Fashion Retail Academy? How do I get there? The Fashion Retail Academy is located at 15 Gresse Street, London W1T 1QL close to Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road, in the heart of London's fashion retail district. The nearest tube stations are Tottenham Court Road (Northern Line & Central Line), Goodge Street (Northern Line) and Oxford Circus (Central Line, Bakerloo Line & Victoria Line). There are numerous bus stops nearby. How do I find out which of the FRA courses is right for me? Go to the Courses page on our website. If you click on the box most appropriate to you (adult, school leaver etc) you will find a brief description of what is involved and a list of courses available. You can also register on our website to attend an Open Day, hear talks about the courses that interest you, see our facilities and chat to our staff and current students. Have a look at our upcoming Open Days here: https://www.fashionretailacademy.ac.uk/events/ On our careers page you can also look at a selection of roles within the fashion industry to find out more about the sort of careers our courses can lead to. These will give you an insight into what they do and what people currently in these roles have to say about them. Alternatively you can call our main reception on 0300 247 4000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to recieve more information. When are your Open Days? Our upcoming Open Days are listed here: https://www.fashionretailacademy.ac.uk/events/ Can I speak to an adviser? What course can I study? You can contact the Fashion Retail Academy during normal working hours on 0300 247 4000 or by email: email@example.com to talk to one of our advisors. How do I apply for a course? You will need to apply online for all of our courses at the Fashion Retail Academy. This includes Full Time, Fast Track and Short Courses. Follow the Apply Now button on the individual course page. If you are having trouble submitting your on-line application please call 0300 247 4000 and ask to speak to Student Registry. When should I apply? Full Time and Fast Track courses You can apply throughout the academic year for Full Time courses and Fast Track courses. Applications are received and processed throughout the academic year and you will be informed of the progress of your application at each stage. FRA Short Courses You can apply at any time for a course that has a published date and are welcome to book one or more course at a time. What is the Application Process? Apply online via our website at fashionretailacademy.ac.uk(email acknowledgement will be received once your application is submitted) Invite to interview will be sent via post and email. Please note that although most of our applicants will be interviewed, there may be a possibility that a decision is made solely on the application form Final decision will be sent (via post and/or email) within 2 weeks of attending the interview or submitting the application (if a direct decision has been made) We will require you to accept your offer of admission (within 2 weeks) and pay the deposit payment of £350, if you are 19 or over on the 31st of August (within 4 weeks) Further information on enrolment will be sent closer to the start of the course. I am an overseas applicant, how do I apply? The FRA welcomes international students on Level 4 courses with approval from the UK Visas and Immigration. Please apply via the Fashion Retail Academy website: www.fashionretailacademy.ac.uk For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 247 4000 Do I need to have met the entry requirements when I apply? You do not need to have every entry requirement when making your initial application. However, you will need to be sure you can attain all requirements before you enrol on the course. If you are studying or re-taking a qualification you should show these as "pending" on your application form. I have changed my mind about which course I want to study, but have already submitted an application, what can I do? Please contact Student Registry on 0300 247 4000 immediately for advice. If there is availability on your chosen course we should be able to transfer your application. How shall I prepare and what shall I bring to an interview? After reviewing your application, you may be invited to come to the FRA for a brief interview. We can tell you more about the course, check that it is suited for you and that you understand the course content. If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed on the following criteria: Enthusiasm for and understanding of the fashion retail industry Awareness of contemporary fashion news Suitability of the course choice in getting them where they want to be Background and journey (educationally/professionally) to date I needed particular grade/s to enrol on my course but I haven't achieved them, will I still be able to do my course? Please get in touch as soon as your exam results are published, you may still be able to do that course with some conditions and we may be able to help or advise you. I have just received my exam results, but have not yet applied for an FRA course, is it too late? If you are applying for a full time or fast track course, contact us as soon as possible. We will let you know what course places are available, depending on the time of year. When can I enrol for my course? If you applied for a Full Time or Fast Track course you will be invited to come on a specific date to complete your enrolment. You will be asked to bring a form of identity with you, proof of your exam results and means to pay your fees if applicable e.g. Debit or Credit card. I have received a letter inviting me in to enrol on my chosen course, but I am on holiday during enrolment week/s, what should I do? Please try to take holidays before the enrolment and induction weeks, as these are important times for you to settle in to the FRA, make some new friends and get all the information you need to give you a head start. However, if you are in this situation, please contact Student Registry to discuss with them. What will my timetable be and when will I get my timetable? You will be advised of your timetable during your induction. Timetables are given to you at the beginning of term so that you can plan your work commitments and other activities around your studies. How much will a course cost per year? Please go to the Fees page for further information. How do I pay my deposit? You have the following options to pay the deposit: Send a cheque payable to Fashion Retail Academy of £350 to Fashion Retail Academy, Finance Department, 7-15 Gresse Street, London W1T 1QT, or; Contact the Finance Department on 020 7307 2352 or 020 7307 2361 and pay by credit card or; By bank transfer to: Bank of Scotland, account name: Fashion Retail Academy, Account number:06079978, Sort Code: 80-20-00, Reference: your firstname and surname How can I get funding for my course? There are a range of Government funding and bursaries that can support you with your tuition fees as well as the cost of travel and study. These include an Advanced Learning Loan for learners aged 19 and over and our Discretionary Learner Support Fund. We aim to do our best to ensure that our industry recognised courses are accessible to all and that cost is not a barrier. For further information please go to Tuition Fees and Bursaries and discretionary student support. If you would like to talk to someone about funding, please contact Student Services on 0300 247 4000. Does the FRA offer any bursaries? Small bursaries are available after enrolment depending on personal circumstances and the student having demonstrated commitment to their studies. Further information about the different types of funding available can be found Tuition Fees & Bursaries and discretionary student support For further information contact Student Services on 0300 247 4000. If I have a question or query who do I contact? For further information contact Student Services on 0300 247 4000 during normal working hours or by email: email@example.com What do I do if I have non-UK qualifications? If you have non-UK qualifications we require you to submit a NARIC Statement of Comparability. Click here for more information and instructions on how to apply.