We consider you an adult learner if you’re over the age of 19 when you start studying with us.
We understand you may have breaks in your education for many reasons. You might be looking to retrain and start a career in an industry you’re truly passionate about, or want to upskill from your existing role in fashion. You might also be wanting to restart your career after some time off.
We welcome students of all ages and backgrounds on our courses. We recognise that adults returning to education are some of our most successful students, bringing attributes and skills they’ve gained through employment and other life experiences.
All our courses are taught over two full days a week, meaning you can continue to work part-time whilst you study.
Our accelerated undergraduate degrees take just two years to complete, instead of three. We deliver our degrees over three teaching semesters a year, instead of the traditional two. Studying on one of our accelerated courses will save you time and money compared to a traditional degree format, without compromising on your education.
Level 4 Diplomas
Our Level 4 specialist higher diplomas are an excellent degree alternative. These are one-year programmes that prepare you for a particular role or department at a fashion brand. Just like our Fast-Track courses, all our Level 4 diplomas come with our Level 4 Job Guarantee.
If you can't travel to London, you can even kickstart your career in fashion from the comfort of your own home. Our brand-new online courses fit perfectly around your other commitments, and you can keep working full-time whilst you study.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR ADULT LEARNERS
We review each application individually. We welcome applications from those working in employment who may not have the academic qualifications we have specified but can demonstrate they have the experience and ability to be successful on our courses.
If you don't meet our entry requirements or have been out of education for several years, we recommend that you contact our Admissions team to discuss your personal circumstances. Send an email to email@example.com or call 0300 247 0039
FUNDING & Support
Returning to study as an adult can present its own challenges. At the Fashion Retail Academy, we have lots of support available for our adult learners.
Our Wellbeing Team offers all our students personalised mental health and wellbeing support, considering each individual and their specific needs. All our services are free for students to access.
FUNDING YOUR STUDIES
You may be eligible for funding support or loans from the government to help cover the costs of studying with us.
- You could get a Student Loan to help fund your undergraduate degree
- You might be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan, if you choose to study one of our Level 4 courses
See our Fees & Funding page for more information
ADULT LEARNER OPEN EVENINGS
We hold exclusive Level 4 & Undergraduate Open Days for adult learners. We usually hold these on weekday evenings after the work day has finished.
Our central London location means we’re extremely easy to get to. We’re just a few minutes' walk from Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus and Goodge Street tube stations.
Visit our Open Days page for more information, and to register for upcoming events.
Our accelerated, two year undergraduate degrees save you time and money by condensing your learning into two semesters instead of three
BA (Hons) Buying & Merchandising
Studying BA (Hons) Buying & Merchandising, you’ll discover how to plan and trade a fashion season from concept to customer. Discover how trends, customer profiling and consumer behaviour can help inform your business decisions.
BA (Hons) Fashion Business
BA (Hons) Fashion Business will teach you the different ways of doing business within the fashion industry. You’ll learn about the financial, commercial and ethical factors that impact brands, combined with all skills you need to start and manage a successful business.
BA (Hons) Marketing & Communications for Fashion
BA (Hons) Marketing & Communications for Fashion will teach you the skills you need to design effective marketing campaigns. We’ll teach you to combine your creative and analytical expertise to identify new opportunities for brands to communicate with their audiences.
Our Fast-Track diplomas are perfect for those looking to break into fashion after studying or working in an unrelated industry. In this 22-week conversion course, you'll learn everything you need to secure a role at a fashion brand and launch a brand-new career. Our Level 4 Fast-Track courses provide some of our fastest routes to a job in the fashion industry, and all come with our Level 4 Job Guarantee.
Level 4 Fast Track Buying & Merchandising is a condensed, 22-week course that will prepare you for entry-level roles as either a Merchandising or Buying Admin Assistant. This is the perfect choice for those looking to upskill or retrain whilst continuing to work part-time. It's also a great conversion course for those with an undergraduate degree looking to quickly enter the fashion industry.
Level 4 Diplomas
Specialist higher diploma courses are a great degree alternative, preparing you for an entry-level industry role in industry in just one year.
Level 4 Fashion Buying
Our Level 4 Fashion Buying diploma will teach you the essential skills you need to start work as an entry-level Buyers Admin Assistant. You'll learn how to source garments from across the world, and how to design range plans that maximise sales.
Level 4 Data Analytics for Retail
Level 4 Data Analytics for Retail teaches you to collate, analyse and report data for the fashion industry. Start a career at the forefront of a brand, supporting vital business decisions and solving critical issues. As a new and expanding area of industry, job roles are rapidly evolving and there are many opportunities for career progression.
Level 4 Digital Marketing for Fashion
Studying Level 4 Digital Marketing, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of how marketing strategies are created and implemented by fashion brands. You'll learn about all the different areas of digital marketing, and how to effectively target customers.
Level 4 Fashion Retail (with Marketing)
Studying Level 4 Fashion Retail (with Marketing), you’ll explore the fashion retail industry as a whole, learning about the entire product lifecycle from head office to store. This course is perfect if you aren’t sure which fashion career path you’d like to take.
Level 4 Garment Technology
Study the UK's only Level 4 Garment Technology diploma, and master the skills you need for a successful career as a garment technologist. Learn to improve and refine garment designs, making sure products fit perfectly and that details are consistent across a range of sizes and colours.
Level 4 Merchandising for Fashion
Level 4 Fashion Merchandising teaches you all the skills you need for an entry-level role as a Merchandising Admin Assistant. You’ll learn the methods for buying product in the right quantities, making sure it arrives in stores at the right time to maximise sales.
Level 4 Visual Merchandising
Level 4 Visual Merchandising will teach you a wide range of digital and design skills for visual display and branding. Learn to create dynamic physical and digital assets for brands retailers, from window displays to social media content, using trend forecasting skills to support your ideas.
Study remotely from the convenience of your own home, around other commitments, with our brand-new online courses
Buying & Merchandising [Online]
Studying Buying & Merchandising [Online], you'll learn the essential skills you need for a career as a fashion buyer or merchandiser. Discover how to plan and trade a fashion season from concept to customer; and how trends and consumer behaviour inform your business decisions.
Data Analytics for Retail [Online]
Endorsed by M&S, Data Analytics for Retail [Online] teaches you the key skills you need for a career in this rapidly growing area of the industry. Work at the centre of a fashion brand, identifying problems, recommending solutions and spotting trends to inform key strategic decisions to drive the future direction and growth of a business.
Fashion Business & Retail [Online]
Studying Fashion Business & Retail [Online], you’ll learn about the structure of businesses within the fashion industry. You’ll discover all the roles and careers available and how they work together to achieve business goals. Learn the key skills fashion brands are looking for, including consumer behaviour and data analysis.
UX/UI Design [Online]
Developed in collaboration with ASOS, UX/UI Design [Online] will teach you how to enhance the customer journey, making it easy and intuitive. You'll learn how customers engage with brands, and how more useable products can improve a brand’s image and encourage customer loyalty.
My first career was in banking, but I always knew that I wanted to work in fashion. After a brief career break, I found the Fashion Retail Academy. My overall experience has been really great, everyone was really welcoming. I’ve not quite finished my course yet, but I’ve already started my first full-time job in fashion as a Merchandising Admin Administrator for Whistles!
Level 4 Fast Track Buying & Merchandising and MAA at Whistles
Any time is the right time to change your career. Studying at the Fashion Retail Academy has shown me I’m really passionate about fashion and it’s the industry I want to work in long-term. I just had a call from ASOS offering me a job as a Buyer's Admin Assistant - that’s the reason I enrolled at the Fashion Retail Academy!
Level 4 Fast Track Buying & Merchandising and BAA at ASOS