Level 3 Fast Track Fashion Retail

Fashion Retail Academy

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22 week Fast Track Programme
Includes a three week work placement with a high street retailer
70% of graduating FRA students go into jobs within the fashion industry
Supported by over 140 Fashion Retail brands



Our new fast-track courses starting in 22nd February 2016 are aimed at 19+ learners who wish to further their expertise in a specialist area or develop new skills for a change of job or career. Taking only 22 weeks and delivered over two days per week, graduating students will be job ready for a role in the fashion industry by Summer 2016. Your learning will be a combination of theory and practice, including a hands on three week work placement to give you a greater understanding of roles within the retail environment. Our close industry links enable us to hold regular master classes from industry experts who share their first-hand experience and knowledge, providing advice and support on how to make the most of your new career.

Course information

The Level 3 Diploma in Fashion Retail provides a unique opportunity to learn and experience an overview of the multiple elements of fashion retail, including working with/managing retail teams, looking at environmental issues which influence consumer behaviour such as disposable income and seasonality. You will be planning and developing new product ranges for retail such as Menswear or Accessories. Other subject areas covered include Visual Merchandising to understand the impact of in-store and external display, Marketing, PR and Styling. The course is ideal for those who want to progress into onto employment in a junior retail role, or fast-track on to a more specialist Level 4 programme starting in September 2016.

Your day

You might spend the morning in master class from a Topshop Executive followed by a high street store visit to understand the retail environment, and your afternoon working on an idea for a pop-up shop, choosing celebrities to define your chosen brand. No one day is the same at the FRA.

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Course duration 

22 weeks plus 3 week work placement

Entry criteria

The programme for the Level 3 Diploma in Fashion Retail is aimed at a broad range of people from a variety of backgrounds.

For entry to the Level 3 Diploma, you should:

• be 19 or older the year the course starts

• have 5 GCSEs including Maths and English Language (Grades A-C)

• OR an equivalent Level 2 qualification e.g. Level 2 Diploma in Fashion Retail

• display aptitude and enthusiasm for fashion retail

• possess literacy, Maths & ICT Skills

• show motivation to succeed on the course

In some cases exceptions to these requirements can be made if you can demonstrate relevant workplace or similar experience.

Funding support


Fees for this course are £4,220.  Advanced learning loans are available.  Go to https://www.fashionretailacademy.ac.uk/about-fra/fees-funding-and-support/diploma-course-fees/advanced-learning-loans/ to find out more

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