We’ve saved a space just for you! Clearance 2017...


If you didn’t quite get the grades you were expecting, don’t panic – you don’t have to give up on your dream fashion career! There are plenty of ways to get on to the course you’ve had your eye on, and one of them is through a clearing course with the Fashion Retail Academy.

What is clearance?

Every year, certain courses still have space available for students to fill. The clearing process usually takes place between July until the end of August, with the aim of filling these still-available places to students who didn’t manage to get into the course they originally had their eye on.

When you apply through clearing, you can search for courses similar to your original choice. Or if you have decided that the subject you initially applied for isn’t the best choice for you anymore, clearance gives you the opportunity to browse other courses and find something more suitable.

We have put a process in place so that during clearing you can apply for one of our exclusive two-year fast track fashion degrees: BA (Hons) in Business Management for Fashion, BA (Hons) in Buying and Merchandising for Fashion, and BA (Hons) in Marketing and Communications for Fashion.

Am I eligible for clearing?

Clearing is a great option for those who didn’t quite get the grades or qualifications for their firm or insurance choice. If the college or university you applied for doesn’t lower these entry requirements, you will automatically go through UCAS clearing. However, FRA courses fall outside of UCAS.

How to apply for a degree at the FRA through clearing:

Once you’ve had a look below our fashion degrees and the benefits of studying at the FRA, all you need to do to apply is is call 0203 040 3153 with details of your qualifications to hand. One of our advisors will then explain the options available to you and complete a short form with you over the phone before making you an immediate offer.

If you’re accepted, you’ll then receive an email from Falmouth University who are the awarding body for our degrees, confirming your place.

Learn more about our degrees

Our new and exclusive two-year degrees are created in partnership with Falmouth University,which has been ranked gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the new classification of degree teaching standards. We also created these degrees in collaboration with fashion retail employers, to ensure that all of our content is as relevant and accurate as possible.

Our degrees provide you with a fast-track route into your fashion retail career, at two thirds of the time and two thirds of the cost of a university degree. We currently offer three degrees at the FRA – read on to choose the one that’s right for you.

BA (Hons) in Business Management for Fashion

This course is designed to thoroughly prepare you for a career in business management. Generally, someone in business management is responsible for achieving corporate goals and increasing profits. This might include anything from studying customer behaviour to creating and implementing sales strategies.

The BA (Hons) in Business Management for Fashion aims to provide you with future-proof skills, so that you might keep up with the fast pace and ever-changing nature of the fashion retail industry.

During the course, you’ll learn by a mixture of theoretical and practical, hands-on learning, and there is a great deal of industry involvement, from masterclasses to work placements. At the end of the course, you’ll be well prepared to pursue a wide range of disciplines, making this course ideal if you haven’t quite decided what you want your future fashion retail career to look like yet.

Find out more about our BA (Hons) in Business Management for Fashion degree.

BA (Hons) in Marketing & Communications for Fashion

The BA (Hons) in Marketing & Communications for Fashion gives you a comprehensive insight into a wide range of marketing best practices, aiming to thoroughly prepare you for a future marketing career. Marketers are primarily in charge of advertising products to the consumer with the aim of increasing profits. Topics covered in the degree will include:

  • Consumer behaviour
  • Marketing concepts
  • Branding and brand management
  • Promotion, PR and communications
  • Digital and social media
  • Fashion retail environment
  • Digital skills
  • VM/Styling/trends

This degree will open a number of exciting career paths from PR to digital marketing and blogosphere management.

Find out more about the BA (Hons) in Marketing & Communications for Fashion degree.

BA (Hons) in Buying & Merchandising

Buyers and merchandisers are ultimately responsible for deciding which products reach store shelves, based on competitor and customer research. It’s about getting the right product to the right customer, at the right time. To succeed in this field, you’ll need good commercial and analytical skills, and a knowledge of the factors which might impact operations and profitability. On this course, you’ll hone your creative and business skills to ensure you’re prepared to apply for buying roles straight away, and are future-proofed in this dynamic industry.

Whether you have your eye on buying or merchandising, the course lays a comprehensive foundation for both. During the course, you’ll develop awareness of the supply chain, negotiating skills, brand awareness and global retail.

Find out more about the BA (Hons) in Buying & Merchandising degree.

Why study at the FRA?

The degrees we offer at the FRA cover all of the same content of a traditional degree delivered in a two-year, condensed format. What’s more, you’re guaranteed an interview at the culmination of your course, providing you meet the necessary grades.

As part of your degree, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake live industry projects, which are led by employers, to help you build a portfolio and get some hands-on experience. In addition, for each year of your course you’ll take on a work placement led by one of our 130 retail partners. That’s not all, all of our tutors are industry professionals and you’ll be provided with an industry mentor throughout the duration of your course.

Students have access to state of the arts facilities and the FRA is situated in the heart of London, just minutes away from Oxford Street, London’s retail hub. Enjoy the brand new Mac suite or make use of our dedicated study zones for some quiet time. When you enrol on to one of our degrees, you’ll also have access to Falmouth University’s extensive online resources, and become a student union member.

Aside from the nature of our degrees, the FRA is a unique college, rated “outstanding” by OFSTED, operating with unrivalled industry input to provide students with the real-world knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the retail industry.