International Students


Thank you for expressing interest in applying to the Fashion Retail Academy! Unfortunately, we aren’t able to accept international applications for the academic year 2021/2022. However, we hope to accept applications for 2022/2023. Please contact for further information.



International applicants can only apply for our Level 4 Diploma courses. You have the option of applying for the traditional one year Level 4 Diploma Course, which start in September, taught over 2-3 days per week.  Classes start at 9.00am and end approximately at 5.30pm.  Or you have the option of a Level 4 Fast-Track Diploma Course, taught over 2-3 days per week over 22 weeks. Classes start at 9.00am and end approximately at 5.30pm.  Please see below the list of Level 4 Diploma courses we have available: 

Level 4 Fashion Business (with Marketing)

Level 4 Fashion Buying

Level 4 Visual Merchandising

Level 4 Garment Technology for Fashion

Level 4 Merchandising for Fashion

Level 4 Digital Marketing for Fashion

Level 4 Fast Track Buying and Merchandising

Submitting an Application

Please ensure when completing your application, you remember to:

  • Include all qualifications you would like the Academy to consider against your application and write the complete title of the qualification(s) displayed on your certificate.
  • Your IELTS grade will need to be 5.5 or above to be considered to support your application.
  • If this is the first English accredited course you have enrolled for and your qualification(s) are issued from a non-English speaking country. You will need to submit an IELTS certificate alongside your application in order for it to be considered.
  • If you are using international qualification(s) to support your application, you will need a ENIC Statement of Comparability to confirm the UK equivalency.
  • Once you have completed your application, our Registry Department will process your application and contact you within 10 working days confirming the next steps to complete your application.

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IELTS - International English Language Test System:

An ENIC Statement of Comparability must be submitted alongside all international qualifications to help support their application. They will not be accepted without a ENIC Statement of Comparability.  The cost of an ENIC Statement of Comparability is £49.50 + VAT. 

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If you have any enquiries regarding making an application please email:


International students can only apply for the Level 4 Diploma courses including the Level 4 Fast-Track Diplomas. Unfortunately, we aren't able to accept international applications for the 2021/22 academic year. We hope to accept applications for 2022/23. 

The average time to process an application (from the moment you submit your application to receiving your unconditional offer) is approximately 8 – 10 weeks.

Once you have been issued an unconditional offer from the Academy, you are required to pay a £350.00 deposit.  This will secure your place on the course with the notion to pay the remaining balance before you start. The course fee will need to be paid in full, 2 weeks before the course starts.

No, you must have £1265.00 available in your bank account each month (as a minimum) for the duration of your course.  This is to confirm you can financially support yourselves whilst you are studying in the UK.  Please see below for the minimum amount you will need to have in your account for the duration of the course.

  • Traditional Level 4 Diplomas are 9 months long = £18,385.00
  • Fast-Track Level 4 Diplomas are 6 months long = £14,590.00

The course fee for an International student studying a Level 4 Diploma course is £7000.00.

IELTS assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and at play, in your new life abroad. The IELTS test is developed by some of the world's leading experts in language assessment.

If you’d like to study at an English speaking university/college or apply for a working visa, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) qualification can help you gain professionally recognised evidence of your English language skills.

IELTS General is easier than Academic. The Academic format is, broadly speaking, for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or Institutions of Higher and Further Education. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test.

The IELTS General qualification.

If necessary, please contact IELTS prior to booking your test to confirm how they are testing during the current pandemic of COVID-19.

CAS Number - A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is a unique reference number given to you by your immigration sponsor (usually your educational institution) to study in the UK. A CAS number is required for the applicant to complete Tier 4 visa application.

UK ENIS is the designated United Kingdom national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills. It performs this official function on behalf of the UK Government.

International students from outside the UK must apply for a Tier 4 student visa. You can only apply for a student visa if you intend to study a Level 4 diploma course at the FRA.