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.
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
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.
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