The Fashion Retail Academy, awarded Ofsted Outstanding, is the quickest route to a career in fashion retail. We offer one or two year fully funded Diploma courses and two-year accelerated Degree courses across a range of head office roles including Buying, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, Design, Digital, Merchandising and Retail Management.
Our Degrees and Level 4 Diplomas include a three-week industry experience, a remote/blended experience that assigns every student to an Industry Manager who will brief them on specific tasks. This could be within one team/dept or across multiple areas of the business. Students will be expected to work independently with the support of their assigned manager. Working remotely and in some cases within the brand environment, student will gain an understanding of the specific role and wider fit within an organisation.
Working closely with over 140 fashion brands, our Level 3 Fashion Retail Diploma includes an industry enterprise initiative. This provides you with the unique opportunity to look at different aspects of a business. If taking Level 3 Fashion Design, you will work in small groups alongside an industry mentor in your second year to provide coaching and development.
We also provide our students with a range of meta-skills like problem solving, critical thinking, and project management which all work together to make them job-ready on graduation. Our success speaks for itself with 90% of our graduates going into industry job roles or continuing their studies upon graduation.
Level 2/3 Diplomas
Our Level 2 and 3 Diploma courses provide the chance to earn a nationally recognised qualification while providing the quickest route possible into employment in the fashion industry. Level 2 courses are one year, with Level 3 courses running over two years. Each course is taught two days a week.
Level 4 Diplomas
Our Level 4 Diploma courses are ideal for 18+ Students that are looking to get into their dream career in less time. Our Level 4 Diplomas are only one year and provide the chance to earn a nationally recognised qualification, at the same time as gaining an invaluable three-week industry experience with a major fashion brand.
Two year accelerated Degree courses developed with industry input to ensure you are studying exactly what the Fashion Industry requires. Each degree comes with an annual three-week industry experience, Industry mentor and exclusive masterclasses from Industry leaders.
An alternative to traditional studying, apprenticeships combine part-time study (usually one day per week) with full-time work. We offer a range of apprenticeship schemes across the year, in subjects such as Buying, Merchandising and Retail.
Aimed at students who are 19+, our six month fast track Diploma courses aim to get you there quicker. Condensed to two days a week (except during industry experience) you will have the opportunity to continue working part-time whilst studying for your dream job.
Level 4 Diploma courses are available to International students across a range of specialist fashion subjects including Buying, Merchandising, Visual Merchandising and Digital Marketing.
If you are unsure what career path is most suitable to you, browse the most popular fashion retail roles to help you understand the industry and the most popular positions on offer. For further careers advice and information on our courses please call us on 0207 371 2345.