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
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.
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
- 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 L4 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: September 2017 *Enrolment will commence from the 17th of August.
Term dates: Autumn Term, 5th September - 16th December 2016. Spring Term, 3rd January - 7th April 2017. Summer Term, 24th April - 9th June (2nd year students), 23rd June 2017 (1st year students).
Half Term Dates 2016/17: 30th May - 5th June, 24th - 30th October, 21st - 28th December, 13th - 19th February, 27th March - 12th April
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.