Fashion Retail Academy

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Introduction to Fashion Retail Academy

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"We train people aged 16+ who are interested in a career in fashion through funded vocational courses in areas including merchandising & buying"


The Fashion Retail Academy offers a range of  fully funded, part-funded and paid specialist fashion courses . A vocational  course at the FRA is the quickest route to fast track your career into fashion retail and with our support over 75% of graduating students go in to job roles in the industry.

Developed to provide the student with a combination of in-depth knowledge of Fashion Retail with hands on practical experience, we have a wide choice of courses whether you are new to the sector or already working in Fashion.  

Most full-time courses provide a guaranteed work placement with a major high street brand to ensure  students graduate with a wide range of skills and experience to take them into the workplace.  All courses include Industry projects set by a Fashion Retailer and regular master classes to provide regular contact and exposure to people already in the industry.

We work with over 140 retailers to create courses which meet the current recruitment needs of the fashion retail sector.  Our tutors are a combination of experienced teachers and industry experts with up to date knowledge of  the skills needed to work in the ever changing environment of Fashion Retail.

We offer full-time one and two year courses, fast-track 20 and intensive 10 week courses plus a range of specialist short courses

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What's on offer

We offer

  • L2 Fashion Retail
  • L3 Fashion Design
  • L3 Fashion Retail
  • L3 fast track Fashion Retail
  • L4 Buying
  • L4 Merchandising
  • L4 Visual Merchandising
  • L4 Fast track Buying
  • L4 Fast-track Visual Merchandising
  • L4 Garment Technology
  • L4 Fashion Retail with Business and Marketing
  • L4 Digital Marketing
  • L4 Fast track Digital Marketing
  • L4 Fast Track Fashion Retail
  • L4 Intensive Buying and Merchandising
  • L4 Intensive Visual Merchandising
  • Level 4 Fast Track E-commerce for Fashion

The Fashion Retail Academy also has a Short Course Programme which is designed to meet current industry needs, building on or developing new skills for clients:

  • Introduction to Buying and Range Planning
  • Introduction to Visual Merchandising

  • Introduction to Fashion PR & Marketing
  • Post Graduate: Buying, Merchandising & Management
  • Introduction to Merchandising
  • Introduction to Buying and Merchandising 5-Day Intensive

These courses are delivered by the FRA lecturers who each have a diverse retail experience offering a huge wealth of knowledge about the industry. Courses are ongoing. Visit this page  for more info.

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The FRA is located in a fantastic building just off London's Oxford Street in the heart of the fashion retail district. Close to Kings Cross, Charing Cross and Euston, the nearest tube station is Tottenham Court Road. It is truly an inspirational and innovative environment to realise your potential.

Open days

At an Open Day you will have the opportunity to gather information about our course offer, go on a tour of our state of the art building with our current students and hear one or more course presentations given by the FRA Course Leaders.

It is a fantastic opportunity to speak to various courses leaders and answer any questions you might have. Student Registry will be on hand to offer adviceand answer questions about your application, discounted transport and finance.

To register to attend our next Open Day, please complete the form on our website and indicate the course you are most interested in. Once you have completed the form you will be sent a confirmation email to the email address given on this form - ensure you type your email address correctly.

Please visit our website for our upcoming Open Days.

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Student story

Sorcha Kelly, Junior Merchandiser at Net a Porter – Studied Level 3 Fashion Retail & Level 4 Merchandising

“I studied the Level 3 Fashion Retail Diploma and then progressed onto specialise in Buying and Merchandising on the Level 4 course. Since graduating I have secured roles within Selfridges, The Outnet and Net a Porter”

Contact details

Fashion Retail Academy
2 15 Gresse Street 
Telephone: 0207 307 2345

Nearest Train/Tube Station: Tottenham Court Road