How to apply for one of our 2020 degrees through UCAS

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We have exciting news – applications are now open for 2020 admissions to our new degree programmes. We’re thrilled to offer prospective students three comprehensive degrees, all of which provide a fast-track route into the fashion retail industry. We have also put together a PDF to help you write your personal statement, click here to download it.

Read on to find out more about each of our degrees, as well as simple instructions on how to apply through UCAS.

Degrees at the FRA

Our degrees are designed to get you on the career ladder in a faster and more cost-effective way than traditional university degrees. Taking place over two years, these programmes have been developed in partnership with Falmouth University. Your studies will take place at the FRA in Central London, but for the duration of the course you’ll have access to Falmouth University’s extensive online resources and can become a member of their lively student union. When you graduate, you’ll receive a prestigious degree from Falmouth University, which has been ranked gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the new classification of degree teaching standards.

Our degrees bring together classroom learning with live industry projects to give you hands-on experience with high street brands, as well as masterclasses and workshops from key players in fashion retail.

In addition to getting you into a fashion retail career at two-thirds of the time and two-thirds of the cost of other degrees, you'll have an experienced industry mentor to guide you throughout your course, as well as a guaranteed head office work placement with a high street brand. The knowledge you'll pick up and the contacts you'll make during this time will stand you in good stead when the time comes to apply for entry-level roles.

What’s more, upon graduation, you are guaranteed an interview or assessment centre to help you get started (subject to attendance guidelines). At the Fashion Retail Academy, we currently offer three degrees. Find out more about each one below.

BA (Hons) in Business Management for Fashion

This course is ideal for those with an interest in the business side of fashion. We will delve into topics such as data and analytics, brand management and business economics, giving you a comprehensive overview of the industry.

New and improved business models are essential to keep brands competitive and developing at the same pace as emerging technologies. This course has been created to provide you with the future-proofed economic skills you'll need to help devise these agile strategies and succeed in competitive management roles. You'll learn how to analyse and cope with trading environments as we cover key areas like consumer behaviour, product development, and globalisation.

With a broad breadth of knowledge, the general nature of this fast-track degree means you’ll be ideally placed to apply for a wide range of job roles in areas such as analytics, digital and technology, strategy, and supply chain management.

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

BA (Hons) in Marketing and Communications for Fashion

Marketing is a broad and ever-developing sector of the fashion retail industry, making it a wise career choice. Those in the marketing and communications field are essentially responsible for making sure a garment sells, both in-store and online. This takes into account the brand website, social media channels, advertising and the way the brand speaks to its customers. If your skills span both business and creative aptitudes, then marketing and communications might be the right choice for you.

This two-year course will equip you with the vocational and academic knowledge you’ll need to succeed, covering fundamental disciplines such as creative digital skills, visual communications and promotion and PR. Upon graduation, you might choose to apply for roles in blogosphere and influencer marketing, social media, digital marketing or promotion and PR.

Find out more about our BA (Hons) in Marketing and Communications for Fashion.

BA (Hons) in Buying and Merchandising for Fashion

Fashion buyers and merchandisers are involved in every stage of a garment’s life-cycle – from the initial idea, to its eventual purchase by a consumer. This makes buying and merchandising a fascinating and challenging career choice. To succeed, you’ll need strong analytical skills, as well as a sound knowledge of consumer buying behaviours and the commercial landscape. You’ll need to keep on top of all current trends and competitors, and able to understand data to devise merchandising strategy.

This degree aims to equip you with these essential skills – and more. Buying and merchandising are two functions which are merging together, so this course will thoroughly prepare you for progression in either area.

We'll focus on how online shopping and mobile browsing have impacted the fashion retail landscape, as well as taking you through the identification of seasonal trends and how to reduce the risk of buying decisions. At the conclusion of the course, you'll be competitively placed to apply for positions such as Buying Admin Assistant, Allocator or Online Assistant Merchandiser.

Find out more about our BA (Hons) in Buying and Merchandising for Fashion.

How to apply

To apply, all you'll need to do is follow the process set out by UCAS. To make this as streamlined for you as possible, we've detailed the simple steps you'll need to take below:

  • Registering

The first thing to do is to visit and register with Apply, their online portal. All you need to do is create a password, and Apply will then generate a username for you. 

Use these details to login and fill in more details about your application. These will include personal details such as your email and mailing address, education and employment details, and which course from the FRA you’ve chosen to apply for. Always mark “2020” for 2020 entry. A checklist on the left of the page helps you to keep track of your progress; red ticks will show next to the sections you’ve marked as complete.

  • Personal statement and references

As part of your application to us, you’ll be expected to attach a personal statement. This is can be up to 4,000 characters written in your own style. When putting together your personal statement, think about your previous experience, your ambitions, skills and what you’d like to get out of the course.

To help you write your personal statement, UCAS have put together a web tool where you simply answer the questions they have provided. The tool has been created to help you think about the most important things to include and how to structure it, including how many characters you’ve used. Once you have answered all the questions in each section you can download it as a PDF. To access the tool click here.

UCAS advise that you write your personal statement first and paste it into your online application once you have finished.

The next section to fill out is your references. If you're applying straight from school or college, ask a tutor or teacher to write your reference. Those applying independently should provide the details of one contact who is able to report on your suitability for the course. If you click on the link to request a reference, we'll send an email to your referee with instructions on what they need to do.

If your referee is not sure how to write your reference send them the UCAS guide on writing an undergraduate reference:

  • Submit

You're almost there! When you've filled in all of the sections and feel confident with your application, click "view all details." Have a good look over the entirety of your application and keep an eye out for any errors or spelling mistakes. When you're ready to submit, mark this section as complete.

All that's left to do now is to read, sign the declaration and pay. A single application costs £13, whilst multiple cost £24. Once you've clicked "make payment," your application will be sent to UCAS (arriving at your school or college first for them to add the reference if applicable).

We will view your application on UCAS and contact you with an interview date. Still have questions? Learn more about applying through UCAS.

Are you ready to apply for a degree with a difference at the FRA? Find all of the information you need, as well as a link to the application process, here.