The Fashion Retail Academy (Ofsted Outstanding) is a unique, industry led college. Founded by retail giants, we offer a range of exclusive Fashion courses with unparalleled industry involvement to ensure you gain the skills and contacts needed to successfully progress to employment.
We know that choosing the right college is an important decision that can shape your entire future. To help you make that decision, below are just some of the reasons that make the FRA such a special place to learn.
The Fashion Retail Academy, a unique employer led college with charitable status born out of the industry, has reached the pinnacle of public assessment by being officially recognised as outstanding by Ofsted. The FRA received an overall Ofsted Outstanding grade after a full Ofsted Inspection in September 2016 and was awarded the highest possible rating on every area of the CIF.
90% of our students progress into roles within the industry or continue studying. Our Level 4 and Degree graduates go into a range of roles such as Assistant Buyer, Merchandising Admin Assistant or Visual Merchandiser at high street, luxury and online brands including ASOS, River Island and Ted Baker. Our Level 2 & 3 Diploma graduates usually continue studying either with us, progress to University or go on an apprenticeship.
We work with over 140 brands to ensure all of our courses have regular input from industry, enabling you to gain a real insight and understanding of the fashion retail environment through industry mentors, industry lead projects and masterclasses. We work with industry each year to develop new courses and to ensure the content of each matches employer expectations which helps you secure a job and hit the ground running.
All of our courses benefit from a project set by a well-known fashion brand. Often you will present your work to the retailers’ management team, giving you exposure to high profile industry leaders combined with the opportunity to work on a live industry challenge. Projects have been set by a wide range of retailers including Top Shop, Converse, Lipsy, River Island, Diesel, Next and Marks & Spencer.
All students at the FRA benefit from the money can’t buy opportunity to hear directly from some of retails biggest names through our successful Masterclass programme, with presentations and a Q&A session. Previous guests have included ASOS; Chloe Miles – Fashion Blogger; Zalando; FRA Alumni Sorcha Kelly now Junior Merchandiser - Accessories at NET-A-PORTER; TK Maxx & New Look.
We offer courses to suit all time frames, abilities and budgets. Our fully funded one and two year courses are available to students aged 16-18 at Level 2, 3, 4 and Degrees across a range of subjects. Adult learners (19+) can choose from our Traditional (starting in September with term breaks built in), and Fast Track (delivered two days per week over 22 weeks for those who wish to carry on earning whilst they are learning).
Our tutors have all worked in the industry in their chosen field (many still do) and come with a vast amount of knowledge, experience and contacts to support students at every stage of their development. Our tutors have worked at brands such as Selfridges, Austin Reed, River Island, House of Fraser and include Senior Buyers, Visual Merchandisers and Designers.
State of the Art Facilities
Our state of the art modern facilities just minutes away from Oxford St, Tottenham Court Road and other major rail stations, has benefited from a £2 million facelift. This includes a new Mac suite within our Digital Hub, extensive specialist library with dedicated quiet zones for study, Degree Hub and hot desk hubs for hire.