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Fashion Retail Level 3 Diploma Fast Track at Fashion Retail Academy

Course description

This 22 week full time programme delivered over two days per week will provide you with a sound foundation in the broader aspects of Fashion Retail. The course is ideal for students who want to fast track on to one of our more specialist level 4 courses in time for a September start, or for anyone not sure which career path to take as it covers multiple facets of the retail industry including marketing, buying, ecommerce, visual merchandising, store operations, fashion evolution and management skills.

Course content

The course covers both theoretical and practical elements relevant to current practice in the fashion industry and a variety of fashion retail related subjects providing you with a choice of pathways. Your inclusive 3 week work placement will give you real life hands on experience of Fashion Retail to reinforce what you have learnt and put it into practice.  

All students share a common desire to develop existing knowledge of fashion to a more complex level, covering the retail process from head office to shop floor and will be introduced to a wide range of retail topics delivered by lecturers with specialist expertise.

You will be invited to attend a range of masterclasses from a variety of senior fashion retail executives such as Carline Springett from Jaeger, Belinda Earl from Marks and Spencer, David Walker-Smith of Fenwick and Hilary Riva, formerly of the British Fashion Council. 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.

This course includes a three week work placement at a High Street brand or agency aimed at developing on the job skills to enable graduates to go straight into the workplace with unrivalled hands on experience.

Entry requirements

  • be 19 or older on the 31 August 2016
  • 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.

Applicant Guidance:


  • Interest in the world of fashion and retail
  • Knowledge of emerging trends on the high street
  • Up to date knowledge of issues on the high street
  • Problem solving skills

Future opportunities

This course is ideal for anyone wishing to complete a level 3 course over the spring and summer in time to start a more specialist level 4 course in September. It would also suit people wishing to continue education with a desire to develop a career in fashion retail and go straight on to a job role. 

Different career pathways are available to you on including Junior PR, Marketing, Buying, merchandising and Visual Merchandising positions or store management and management training schemes.

Further information

Projects are set by one of our industry partners and could include creating a marketing campaign for a new product launch, developing a celebrity based range plan, designing a new store concept or writing a business plan for a new brand launch. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Fashion Retail Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016
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