BA (Hons) Business Management for Fashion*
Course Duration2 years
Awarding BodyFalmouth University
Entry CriteriaBetween 104 and 120 UCAS points
Fees£11,100 per year
Start DateSeptember 2021
Study on the UK's only two-year Fashion Degree, saving you time and jumpstarting your career in the fashion industry. You'll have a dedicated industry mentor throughout your degree, benefiting from a three week industry experience both years of study.
This exclusive, accelerated two-year Degree course, in partnership with Falmouth University, has been designed with input from fashion industry employers (from high street to high end and pureplay) to create a new breed of graduate who will become the next generation of business intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs, fashion innovators and pioneers.
It will equip you with the strategic decision-making, leadership and problem-solving skills to become an entrepreneurial and visionary fashion business leader of the future. The aim of the course is to develop highly effective, talented and committed fashion graduates.
You will work closely with fashion industry professionals, role models and mentors to gain a wide and clear understanding of the business. The course offers inside knowledge of industry strategies and cultures globally, combined with key business skills and essential fashion industry management knowledge.
The programme is also designed to develop your entrepreneurial skills across multiple subjects and incorporates areas such as brand management, business innovation, product development, business economics, leadership and management. Through class and seminar lectures, research and guest speakers, students will receive the most current information available, pertaining not only to the apparel industry, but also to global trends in finance, economics, management, marketing, technology, and other disciplines which impact fashion industries around the world.
Delivered in an accelerated model over 2 years, you will utilise the summer period to study over three study blocks instead of two. The structure of this course has been designed around study at Level 4 (developing foundational knowledge and awareness), Level 5 (high levels skills development and synthesis of information) and Level 6 (your launch pad for your career.
All degree courses are assessed through course work. The assessment types include written work such as reports, articles, and blogs and visual work such as presentations, videos, and apps. Most assessments are individual but all courses will require you to work in a team for some assignments.
Business Management Core Modules are:
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES
How to lead and manage people and projects in the fashion environment. A diverse range of topics include understanding the concept of management and leadership, personal and professional development, IT technologies for communication and management, organisational behaviour, business policy and strategy. Look at the broad issues facing leaders today and how to operate in an ethical environment. Industry specialists will share advice on the role of a leader in today's global market.
Explore the ever changing balance of market stability within the fashion industry and compare the performance of individual companies which operate within the four market structures. Understand the behaviour of businesses, both domestic and international, through economic theory as well as policies that have an impact on the industry and the world.
FASHION RETAIL MANAGEMENT
Utilise current knowledge to develop research skills, creative and analytical approaches, alongside the application of technical skills to support an active role in the fashion retail industry. Gain an understanding of the operational and financial skills used within fashion retail management. Examine management challenges within the sector and the use of data analysis to inform HR and organisational business strategies.
Look at the process, rationale and mechanisms used to create new products including the influences of new design directions, stylistic decisions, brand DNA and commercial considerations which influence the architecture for a specific season. Understand how brands at different market levels adopt different methodologies in constructing seasonal collections depending on their role as directional/commercial pioneers.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION
Appreciate the fundamental role that entrepreneurship plays in the business world in terms of economic contribution. Understand the different tools, mindset and values required as an entrepreneur in the fashion industry and how creative problem solving can be applied in the environment. Evaluate the business and personal skills required from creative response and risk analysis to positive self-belief and tenacity. This module combines business analysis with innovative thinking and demonstrates the need for balance between the two.
Common Modules which are taught across each degree are:
CULTURAL AND CONTEXTUAL STUDIES
The history of fashion including geographic locality, technology, sustainability, societal and cultural influences. You will look at the rise and impact of technology, sustainability and corporate social responsibility, all of which affect fashion at a strategic and operational level.
Incorporating retail trends, consumer behaviour looks at cultural, social, personal and economical behaviours that drive consumers to purchase, and what causes those consumers to develop product and brand preferences, to enable the successful development of a targeted, personalised marketing strategy within retail to appeal to the relevant target audience. This unit also includes the impact of digital and technological advances on conversion rate optimisation
FASHION RETAIL LANDSCAPE AND ENVIRONMENT
Understand the complex, diverse and continuously changing environment where product and consumer come together. With continued and rapid changes in the virtual world and an ever increasing appetite for online interactivity, the students have the opportunity to understand how the physical retail space has to undergo substantial adaptations to evolve as more than just a shop.
Develop a deeper awareness of self-positioning in the fashion industry through reflective practice for professionals including CV and LinkedIn writing workshops, support for business start-up funding and the development of a range of self-promotional material including websites, online portfolios and interview skills. Industry employers will share advice and guidance on how to contact relevant people and how to attract business funding whilst maintaining entrepreneurship and innovation.
INTERNALISATION AND GLOBALISATION
This unit includes the diversity, complexity and vibrancy of the international business landscape for fashion business. Understand the opposing advantages of presenting a consistent brand globally whilst maintaining a tailored, operational approach at local level. It provides a deep knowledge of how to manage a single brand in many different ways and the repercussions this has on marketing, distribution, advertising, store layout and visual merchandising. It also highlights the costs and risks associated using scenario-based planning.
DATA AND ANALYTICS IN BUSINESS
Look at business analytics and statistical analysis to support an evidence based approach to management decision making. Different stages of the analytics process are examined using case studies and practical applications. From loyalty schemes, social media and e-commerce, retailers have increasing access to an abundance of rich data on customer behaviour and business costs. Learn how to leverage that information to interpret the results and present recommendations for business objectives and sales to stakeholders.
*This course is due to be re-validated during the academic year 2020/21, so course content might change to align with current business needs to enhance employability on graduation.
Working with over 140 brands, each FRA degree includes highly practical, industry-focused content from some of fashion’s biggest names to ensure you learn valuable skills gain employment on graduation. We have a range of Visiting Industry Experts (VIE’s) who are injected throughout your course across a range of different activities:
Each student will be matched with their own dedicated industry mentor to meet with a minimum of once per trimester to support, guide and give insight to working life, sharing a wealth of experience and offering money-can’t buy personal access to some of the top names in fashion retail. Current students are working with mentors from businesses such as Jigsaw, Whistles, Burberry and Lipsy.
Click here for a list of our current mentors.
Three-Week Industry Experience
Every student is assigned to an Industry Manager for a three-week period, who will brief them on specific tasks. This could be within one team/dept or across multiple areas of the business. Working remotely and in some cases within the brand environment, students will gain an understanding of a specific role and its wider fit within an organisation.
Example brands include Fortnum and Mason, Next, John Lewis, Whistles, Harvey Nichols
Bootcamp Assessment Centre
All graduating students will pass through the FRA assessment centre, aimed at preparing you for industry interviews. You will learn what to expect and how to prepare, how to stand out from the crowd and what talent acquisition teams are looking for.
The FRA Business Management for Fashion Degree has 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 driving innovation and entrepreneurialism across the creative economy with its mission of “doing it for real”.
The course will be delivered wholly at the FRA in London by it's team of dedicated academics and industry professionals. As well as being a student of the FRA, you will also benefit from having joint studentship with Falmouth University, which gives you access to Falmouth University’s extensive online library collection and resources. You will also become a member of the FXU Students’ Union.
Based on abilities and acquired skills, these are some examples of roles that graduates qualify for:
- Retail Manager
- Brand Manager
- Strategic Planner
- Finance Manager
- Account Manager
- Client Director
- Freelance Project Managers and Entrepreneurs in the fashion and luxury fields agencies
- Founder and CEO of your own business
Our state of the art modern facilities just minutes away from Oxford street, has benefitted from a £2million facelift. This includes:
- A new Mac suite within our Digital hub
- Extensive specialist library with dedicated quite zones for study and group working areas
- A pop-up shop to expose students to a real life retail situation
- A new technology suite
In addition, our Higher Education students will have:
- Dedicated classroom zones, study pods and breakout spaces.
- Access to Falmouth University’s extensive online library collection and resources.
- Membership to the Falmouth Students’ Union
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 independent accommodation providers, any agreement with property providers is direct and not endorsed by the FRA.
Independent organisation offering student accommodation in Bowden Court, Notting Hill. A mix of single rooms from £103 per week and double rooms £289 per week/£60.50 per night. Options to book for one night, with prices ranging from £46-£49. Call 020 7834 1545 quoting Fashion Retail Academy to benefit from our discounted rates.
Private provider with nine accommodation sites located within zones 1 & 2 and in close proximity to major London universities
Independent organisation offering studio rooms and flat shares for up to 5 people less than 25 minute walk away from the FRA
A private provider offering seven accommodation sites in central, east and north London
Independent marketplace, who specialise in helping international students find accommodation
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Independent organisation providing accommodation to students in London.
All applications are processed through UCAS. You will need to register, provide a personal statement (up to 4,000 characters) and one reference. A single application is £13 and multiple applications are £24.
A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. GCSE English and Maths grade C/4 or above is recommended but not required for this course.
You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator.
Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you.
If English isn't your first language, we'll need to see academic proof of your level of written and spoken English. We require a minimum International English language testing system (IELTS) score of 6.0 (or recognised equivalent*). This test must have been taken no earlier than two years before you start at the Fashion Retail Academy. * Trinity (taken in the UK) - 111 Cambridge ESOL Exams - CAE or FCE Cambridge English scale 176 Common European Framework - C1 - C2.*
If necessary, please contact IELTS prior to booking your test to confirm how they are testing during the current pandemic of COVID-19.
£11,100 per year – 2021/22 UK home students
Typical Course Costs
£70 - recurring annual cost.
£50-£200 - One off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc).
£300 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration. Additionally, if you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your induction
Please refer to our fees and funding page for additional information on student loans and funding your studies.
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Induction Week: 12 September, 2022
Freshers Week: 19 September, 2022
Term 1 Start Date: 26 September, 2022
Christmas: 12 December, 2022 – 2 January, 2023
Term 2 Start Date: 23 January, 2023
Easter: 3 – 14 April, 2023
Term 3 Start Date: 29 May, 2023
End of Year: 8 September, 2023
*Term dates subject to change.