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L3 Fashion Retail

   •  Includes unrivalled three week work placement to gain invaluable experience with a major fashion brand

   •  Over 90% of former FRA students go on to full time employment or further studies

   •  Course equivalent to 3 A-Levels and worth up to 168 UCAS points

This two year course, equivalent to 3 A-Levels, encompasses all relevant areas of fashion retail, giving students the opportunity to explore a wide range of career options within the industry.

You will cover topics including Fashion Marketing, Buying, Visual Merchandising and supply chain learning the skills required for a number of different roles including Retail Management, Styling and Display.

The course will prepare you for working life, providing you with the essential skills and knowledge to carve out a successful career upon graduation, should that be the route you decide to take. With the Level 3 Fashion Retail course you will be able to go onto a specialist Level 4 course at the Fashion Retail Academy, university or an entry-level job. Level 3 is also an alternative to an apprenticeship scheme and gives you the introduction you need if you wish to go onto an apprenticeship in the fashion industry.

Want to know more about what you would do in your first term on this course? Find out here.

The Fashion Retail Diploma has been designed to give students an introduction and overview of varied areas within the industry. Students will work on dynamic projects created to inspire and expand individual knowledge of the current and commercial market.

Students will explore and learn different skills including technical, creative, practical and theoretical and be able to put those skills I to practice through completion of projects.

Projects may include creating a digital look book, designing pop up shops for existing brands, taking part in a real time styling photo shoot, exploring all facets of fashion history and recognising their influences on current trends and researching the online retail market.

You will be invited to attend a range of masterclasses from some of retails biggest names. Previous speakers have included ASOS; Chloe Miles – Fashion Blogger; Zalando; FRA Alumni Sorcha Kelly, Junior Merchandiser - Accessories at NET-A-PORTER; TK Maxx & New Look. During these sessions held in our state of the art lecture theatre, fashion retail experts advise and inform about a range of subjects affecting the industry with an interactive Q&A session at the end to enable students to have their say.

Previous Fashion Retail students have been tasked with creating a new ‘on-line exclusive’ brand image for Primark's womenswear A/W 2015 range, inspired and endorsed by a well-known celebrity. They were required to consider the following aspects:

  • Consumer Profile and Brand Image of Primark
  • Target Market
  • Packaging
  • Brand Logo

Students worked in teams of 4-5, putting together a presentation that outlined their ideas. They were tasked with creating an initial moodboard and conducting both primary and secondary market research into the target customer and celebrity of their choice. The initial presentations were peer assessed, with the top 8 teams presenting to a team of senior management from Primark.

The overall winners selected by the Primark Senior Management Team were invited to spend a day at their Head Office, providing students with an invaluable insight into the industry and their chosen careers.

Your day may start with a research trip to one of our neighbour high street stores in central London, which would then provide the inspiration for your first project.

You could spend the morning taking photographs, and the afternoon completing online research to delve in to the history and marketing of the brand to support a specific project

This course includes a three week work placement at a high street brand aimed at developing on the job skills to enable graduates to go straight into the workplace with unrivalled hands on experience.

Students studying this course have a number of routes open to them. Many choose to progress to a more specialist Level 4 course, some go on to study at University whilst others go straight into industry roles, such as Stylist Assistant, Junior Merchandiser or Shop Floor Assistant.

Awarding Body: University Arts London

Age Requirement: 16+

Start date: Week commencing 11th September 2017 *Induction/enrolment will commence from the 22nd of August 2017.

Course duration: Two years, delivered over two days per week

Entry Criteria: 5 GCSE’s grade 4/5-9 including Maths and English or 5 GCSE's A*-C grade including Maths and English. Please provide us with a NARIC Statement of Comparability, if you have any non-UK qualifications. We will not be able to process your application without this information.

Applicant Guidance:  Applicants will be invited to the Academy for an interview, giving you the opportunity to ask questions about the course and at the same time show us your self-motivation, commitment and passion for fashion retail.

Fees: If you are 16-18 as of 31st August in the academic year of which your course starts and are a UK resident you will be eligible for full fee remission and do not have to pay any tuition fees.

If you are 19 or over at the start of your course your fees are £4220 per annum. For a full list of course fees please visit our Fees page. Advanced Learning Loans will be available for anyone aged 19 or over. Click this link to find out more about course fees.

Disclaimer on fees: Tuition fees are subject to change - the fees due are effective at enrolment.

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Meet The Tutor

Meet The Tutor

Judean Hallier, L3 Fashion Retail Tutor.


"Judean has worked within the Retail Operations side of the industry with UK brands Whistles, Dune and LK Bennett, in a career spanning 12 years, before finding her vocation in professional career development and vocational coaching. She has worked within a variety of educational settings including Apprenticeships, delivering Retail, Management and Customer Service training to young people. Her specialist teaching includes starting a business, customer service and retail operations."




Arrdena Taylor-Cassell, Graduated 2015, studying Fashion Business & Promotion at Birmingham City University.

"The FRA has helped transform me from a High School student to a forthcoming University student. The teachers and the college have given me the knowledge, skills and work experience needed to progress to a higher level. I have matured throughout my 2 years at the FRA and gained more self confidence in my abilities and for that I am very grateful."



Annabella Sharpe, Graduated 2015.

"The FRA has offered me opportunities to expand my knowledge of the fashion industry. It allowed me to gain advice from some of the best. Not only was I able to attend a master class from Richard Storer - the Global head of PR at Topshop; but I was then given the opportunity to apply for one of the most incredible first jobs doing an internship at Arcadia. With the help of my lecturers who had all the industry experience and exposure, alongside some determination, it just went to show that I could achieve something in which I never would have dreamed possible without the help and support of FRA. My advice for future students is to definitely grasp all the experiences the college has to offer and you always get out what you put in. Work hard, get job placements onto your CV and you can be on the road to an unimaginable career."


Meet the Marketing Manager

Meet the Marketing Manager

Michelle Attmore, Marketing Manager, Hunter.

"I started my career at Arcadia Group as a Marketing Assistant, before moving to become Marketing Executive at Giorgio Armani. I worked for Armani for five years, becoming a manager after two years. I have recently moved to a new role as Marketing Manager for Hunter Boots. Working in a marketing department offers many great opportunities, and I love the challenge of balancing creative ideas with strategic planning."

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