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L4 Fast Track Fashion Retail

   •  22 week programme to fast track your career in fashion retail

   •  Includes unrivalled three week internship to gain invaluable experience with a major fashion brand

   •  90% of graduating FRA students go into jobs within the fashion industry


This brand new fast track L4 Course is aimed at students who want to start or progress a career in fashion retail in the shortest time possible, avoiding the cost of lengthy University courses, to enter job roles at graduate level. 

Delivered over two days per week, your study will combine theory and practice, encompassing multiple subjects across a range of fashion retail disciplines. A three week internship with a major fashion brand will provide you with experience of real time challenges facing the industry today and current on the job experience, to secure your future in fashion so you are job ready by February.

You will explore all of the internal and external factors influencing today's fashion retailers and gain an overview of store operations including E-commerce, Retail Analytics, Digital skills, Buying, Merchandising and Visual Merchandising.  This course follows the product life cycle from conception through to shop floor and all the different departments that contribute to its success.

You will also work on consumer profiling to identify target markets and develop a strategy in order launch your own small business.  

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The L4 Fast Track Fashion Retail course will cover multiple subjects influencing today’s fashion retail head office including marketing & promotion, consumer profiling, HR, finance, digital presentation, management skills and running a business. You will also look at topics impacting the retail environment such as visual merchandising and customer service giving you all round retail experience to progress multiple career options.

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.

A standard day on this course could include a trip down Oxford Street to experience cutting edge retail including store tours to introduce and inspire you to a fashion retail environment. During your trip you will explore the competitive mix, store layout & design, promotional activity and consumer profile to collect information for a business project.

This course includes a three week internship 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.

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
  • Packaging
  • 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.

Graduates from this course have a wide range of opportunities within the fashion retail sector including Ecommerce, Marketing, PR, Merchandising, Buying, Allocators, Management Roles and running your own business.

Awarding Body: UAL (University Arts London)

Age Requirement: 19+

Start date: February 2018

Term dates: TBC

Course duration: 22 weeks, two days per week

Entry Criteria: 1 A-Level or the equivalent grade C or above and 5 GCSE’s grade 4/5-9 including Maths and English or 5 GCSE's A*-C grade including Maths and English, or a BTEC National Diploma or NVQ level 3, or a one year one year foundation diploma in Art and Design plus 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:  Interest in the world of fashion and retail, knowledge of emerging trends on the high street and up to date knowledge of issues on the high street

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.

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Meet The Tutor

Meet The Tutor

Helen Farrington, L4 Fashion Retail & Garment Technology Tutor.

Helen Farrington studied at London College of Fashion and after completing a design course very similar to current Fashion Courses at the FRA, spent 30 years in the Industry, including running her own small business.



Leah Pask, Graduated 2015, works at Arcadia.

"Without FRA I wouldn't be where I am now. Before starting in September 2014 I didn't know which career route I wanted to take. The Fashion Retail Academy opened my eyes to career paths that I had never even thought of before and allowed me to be prepared to go in which ever direction I wanted within the retail world. Without all of the theory I gained through lectures with knowledgable lecturers, as well as the work experience I was offered there I wouldn't be in my dream job role at Arcadia, fulfilling my dream in the world of fashion which I have completely fallen in love with."



Ciara Healy, Graduated 2015, works at Primark.

"I was a Level 4 Fashion Retail student who graduated in June 2015. I am now currently working as a Supervisor in Primark and love my job! I have high career expectations within Primark and within the Fashion Retail industry. The Academy gave me so much experience and invaluable knowledge to get me the job I am in today. What is learnt within the academy can help you when looking for a job or are in current employment, and vice versa as they work in complete sync with each other."

Meet the MD

Meet the MD

Wendy Hallett, MD, Hallett Retail


“Being an MD is a non-stop job that faces you with lots of challenges and hard work but at the same time is great fun and incredibly rewarding. I love that every day is different, from working with my internal teams to working with our fantastic retailers and brands.”

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