International Students Thank you for expressing interest in applying for the Fashion Retail Academy, as an International student the application process is slightly different but we hope this user guide will answer any questions to help you along the way. Courses 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 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 Retail (Marketing and Business) 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 Visual Merchandising 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) were 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 NARIC report/statement to confirm the UK equivalency. Once you have completed your application, our registry department will process your application and contact you within 7 working days confirming the next steps to complete your application. Virtual Tour Click here to take a virtual tour of our newly refurbished facilities. Useful Links IELTS - International English Language Test System: www.ielts.org NARIC reports/statements must be submitted alongside all international qualifications to help support their application. They will not be accepted without a NARIC report/statement. The average cost for a NARIC report/statement is priced £49.00 to £60.00. www.naric.org.uk/naric If you would like to know more information about the Tier 4 Visa, please use the link: www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa If you have any enquiries regarding making an application please email: International@fra.ac.uk FAQs: What courses can International students apply for? International students can only apply for the level 4 diploma courses including the level 4 fast-track diplomas. How long does it take to process an international student’s application? The average time to process an application (from the moment you submit your application to receiving your unconditional offer) is approximately 8 – 10 weeks. Do I need to pay a deposit? 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. Can I apply for a student loan to help pay for my living expenses whilst I am studying? 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 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 diploma are 6 months long = £14,590.00 What is the fee of the level 4 diploma course for International students? The course fee for an International student studying a level 4 diploma course is £7000.00. What is IELTS? 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. Why do I need to have an IELTS qualification? 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 recognized evidence of your English language skills. What is difference between academic and general IELTS? 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. Which IELTS qualification do I need? The IELTS General qualification. What is a CAS number? 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. What is a NARIC? UK NARIC 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. What is a Tier 4 Visa? International students from outside the UK or EU must apply for a student visa. You can only apply for a student visa if you intend to study a full-time degree course in the UK.