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Clearing at the Fashion Retail Academy

  • BA (Hons) in Business Management for Fashion
  • BA (Hons) in Marketing & Communications for Fashion
  • BA (Hons) in Buying & Merchandising - NOW FULL, we are no longer accepting applications for Buying & Merchandising

How do I apply?

Applying through Clearing to The Fashion Retail Academy is a quick and easy process. Simply complete this application form and email the PDF to

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If you have any questions or would prefer to speak to an advisor please contact us directly on our clearing line 0203 040 3162 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm)

What is clearing?

Clearing is a UCAS process that starts every year from July until the end of August to advertise courses and degrees which still have spaces available. 130,000 students are placed each year through clearing.

Am I eligible for clearing?

You can apply through clearing if you do not meet your existing offer entry requirements and the Universities you have chosen won't accept you with your lower grades.  You can also apply through clearing if you are not already holding an offer or want to change your university course.

What is your clearing process?

  1. When you call us one of our advisors will explain the options available to you and they will complete an application form for you over the phone
  2. You will receive an immediate offer in principle over the phone (subject to conditions)
  3. Your application form and the outcome will then be passed on to Falmouth University who are the awarding body for our degrees, it will take up to one working day for a response
  4. If you haven’t previously filled out a UCAS application, Falmouth will help you with this and explain what to do next

Why choose a degree with the FRA?

  • Two year fast track delivery
  • Three semesters instead of two to increase the pace of learning
  • Guaranteed head office work placement each year
  • Dedicated industry mentor

Our exclusive two year degree courses have been created by working with over 50 fashion retail companies to include the very latest skills, knowledge and insights to ensure you secure an industry role upon graduation.


You can find out everything you need to know about fees, funding and student loans here. You won't need to pay back your student loan until you earn £25,000+ per year.


The BA (Hons) in Business Management is designed for those with a keen interest in business. You will study various topics to cover all aspects of the fashion industry. You should be confident to lead and manage projects and people within the fashion industry, have strong analytical skills and an eye for detail. Topics covered will include, brand management, examining fashion brands and their strategies, retail management, business economics, data and analytics and professional strategies.

Find out more about why you should choose a degree with the FRA here.


The BA (Hons) In Marketing and Communications is ideal if you are creative, have a visionary talent, are interested in the latest trends and can interpret them uniquely. You must have a good head for business and a good work ethic! During the course, you will study multiple facets of marketing and communications in depth, understanding best practice to ensure your success in a future marketing role within the fashion industry on graduation. Topics covered will include, brand management, marketing fundamentals, creative digital skills, visual communications, promotions, PR and communication, internalisation and globalisation, digital and social media.

If you're not sure whether a career in marketing is right for you, click here to find out.


The BA (Hons) in Buying and Merchandising requires strong commercial and analytical skills and in contemporary retail a deep understanding of the main factors effecting business operations and profitability. Alongside the commercial acumen needed for a successful career, you will also develop a range of creative skills to provide you with broad experience in this specialist subject area to ensure that you are work ready and your skills are future proofed.

Find out more about Buying and Merchandising, the difference between them and career options by reading our Complete Guide to Buying and Merchandising.


The Fashion Retail Academy is based in the heart of London, a few minutes from Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus and Goodge Street tube stations. 

Below is a list of accommodation providers:


Independent organisation providing accommodation to students in London. We have dedicated rooms (in mixed university accommodation) for FRA students located at Kings Cross, starting from £299. To enquire call: 020 7042 7890 or email:

Chapter Living

Private provider with nine accommodation sites located within zones 1 & 2 and in close proximity to major London universities

Unite Student Housing

Independent organisation offering studio rooms and flat shares for up to 5 people less than 25 minute walk away from the FRA

IQ Student Accommodation

A private provider offering seven  accommodation sites in central, east and north London

Independent marketplace, who specialise in helping international students find accommodation

My Student Halls

Aggregated search engine to help you look for and compare potential student accommodation


These Fast Track degree courses have been exclusively developed in partnership with Falmouth University, which has been ranked gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the new classification of degree teaching standards. Gold is reserved for institutions where teaching, retention and graduate outcomes are consistently outstanding and are of the highest quality found in the UK. Falmouth University has a 115 year history at the leading edge of creativity and is now at the forefront of drivin innovation and entrepreneurialism across the creative economy with its mission of “doing it for real”.