Fashion Retail Academy Course Information

 
Fashion Retail Academy Course Information
Fashion Retail
Academy
Course Information

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Fashion Retail Academy Course Information
Welcome to the FRA

The next step you take could shape the rest        We are committed to providing you with
of your life; we want to help you make sure        the best learning experience possible
it is the right one. We continue to be the first   and, whatever your age, background or
choice for young people across London, the         qualifications, we are sure that we can help
Home Counties and beyond, who wish to              you to realise your aspirations. We welcome
enter the retail industry.                         all students whether returning to study after
                                                   a break or continuing your education direct
The courses we offer here at the FRA are
                                                   from school or college. We welcome and
designed to take you to where you want to
                                                   encourage diversity at FRA, offering extensive
be. We provide you with masterclasses with
                                                   support to all students with disability, special
industry professionals, work placements and
                                                   learning needs or other requirements.
industry-led projects to ensure you are ready
for a career in the industry. We constantly        At FRA we are passionate about teaching
review and improve every course we offer,          and learning and its ability to transform
taking feedback from students and most             lives. Working closely with the industry is
importantly, from the industry itself to ensure    our business and so is providing learning
their currency.                                    opportunities for all.

We can give you a student experience that          We provide learning for every stage, up
you will find nowhere else; it is absolutely       to employment level and beyond. This is
unique. Our superb facilities and dedicated        excellent news for you because we can offer
staff enable us to deliver our programmes in       progression routes from the first step of the
an environment that is intimate and friendly.      learning process to a university
We endeavour to create an atmosphere               or employment.
where you can feel relaxed and comfortable,
which allows you to really get to know your
tutors and get the most from your study.           Lee Lucas - Principal and CEO

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Fashion Retail Academy Course Information
Contents

P5 – 13.    Full Time Courses
            Level 2 Fashion Retail Art & Design Diploma
            Level 3 Diploma in Fashion Retail
            Level 3 Extended Diploma Fashion Design
            Level 4 Fashion Retail Merchandising Diploma
            Level 4 Fashion Retail Buying and Range Planning Diploma
            Level 4 Fashion Retail Diploma
            Level 4 Visual Merchandising for Fashion Retail Diploma
            Level 4 Fashion Garment Technology Diploma

P14 – 18.   January Fast Track Courses

P19 – 22.   Short Courses

P23.        Training for Retail Businesses

P25 – 27.   FAQs

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Fashion Retail Academy Course Information
Courses – September 2015

                    For anyone aged 16+ we have a wide
                    range of Level 2, Level 3 and Level
                    4 Diplomas on offer at the Fashion
                    Retail Academy. Our courses are
                    fully funded if you are under 19 with
                    funding options available for those
                    aged 19+. With a range of courses
                    to choose from, you will be able to
                    specialise in an area of your choice
                    and benefit from work placements
                    and projects set in conjunction with
                    our retail partners to make you job
                    ready for a career in fashion.
                    The following courses are on offer:
                    Level 2 F
                             ashion Retail Art &
                            Design Diploma
                    Level 3 Diploma in Fashion Retail
                    Level 3 Extended Diploma
                             Fashion Design
                    Level 4 Fashion Retail
                             Merchandising Diploma
                    Level 4 Fashion Retail Buying and
                             Range Planning Diploma
                    Level 4 Fashion Retail Diploma
                    Level 4 Visual Merchandising for
                             Fashion Retail Diploma
                    Level 4 Fashion Garment
                             Technology Diploma

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Fashion Retail Academy Course Information
Level 2 Fashion Retail
Art & Design Diploma

During this one year course you will study         At the end of the course you will have
a broad range of fashion related topics            enough insight into the industry to enable
to gain a greater understanding of the             you to confidently decide whether to
industry in both the business and creative         continue your studies at the FRA with a
fields. Subjects covered include styling,          Level 3 Diploma or go into employment.
visual display and window dressing, trends
through the decades and understanding              “The facilities they have on offer are to
roles within the industry.                         the highest standard and the overall
Your day might include a trip to Carnaby           environment has a homely and friendly
Street to make notes on the latest trends to       feel.” – Lucinda Crowhurst, Former FRA
designing a range for a top fashion house          Student
such as Alexander McQueen and learning
how to display these designs in your own
shop window.

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Level 3 Diploma in Fashion Retail

This brand new full time, two year course           photographic research to design a diffusion
explores all areas of the fashion retail            line for a major brand.
industry. Students will be introduced to a
                                                    Most students progress from this course
wide range of key retail topics which will
                                                    onto a more specialist Level 4 FRA course,
be delivered by lecturers with specialist
                                                    leading them to a career in fashion retail.
expertise in industry such as PR, buying
and supply chain. The course will offer             “Masterclasses were a great experience
students vocational skills such as store            and listening to CEO’s and other
retail management, styling and visual               influential names from the industry was
display and includes a work placement with          inspirational.” – Faye Richards, Former
a well-known high street name.                      FRA Student

A typical day may include planning a retailer
range, creating a website for a high street
store and visiting flagship stores to collect

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Level 3 Extended Diploma
Fashion Design

This exciting two year course will give you           “To experience a real live fashion show
the opportunity to explore many elements             and to see my work walking down the
of garment design for fashion. It will cover         catwalk was extremely exhilarating and
areas such as clothing construction,                 nerve racking. To see my collection
use of textiles and leading technological            that I had worked so hard on for so
developments such as digital print for               long come together was amazing and
fabrics. During your second year you will            a moment to remember.” – Lucinda
be challenged to explore your own creative           Crowhurst, Former FRA Student
instincts through a final major design
project set by Industry leaders such as
Top Man, Drapers and The Textile Forum.
Including both theory and practical
elements, this course will arm you with
relevant current practices in the industry to
enable your progression into fashion retail
employment.
A typical day could be working on flat
patterns for a white shirt industry challenge,
then moving to the digital design studio to
create a range of motifs to decorate your
shirt, then spending the afternoon working
on construction of button detail and pocket
design which will be presented to industry
professionals for feedback. At the weekend
you could be supporting from The X Factor
stylists on the live shows.
This course leads to industry roles in
design and production, or progression
on to a Level 4 course such as Garment
Technology, Buying and Merchandising or
Visual Merchandising.

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Level 4 Fashion Retail
Merchandising Diploma

Retail merchandisers and their teams ensure         to gain a comprehensive overview of the
that the right products appear in the right         merchandising role.
place, at the right time, at the right price
                                                    A typical day on this one year course
and in the right quantities. Merchandisers
                                                    could be a master class with Sir Philip
work closely with buying and store
                                                    Green (Head of Arcadia) who may set you
operations teams to maximise profit and
                                                    a mystery shopper project to analyse the
ensure that stock is properly monitored and
                                                    competition. You may spend the afternoon
available. They ensure that underperforming
                                                    looking at best sellers from a range of
lines are stopped and stock of popular
                                                    garments and use technology and systems
products is increased. Merchandisers
                                                    used in the industry to forecast stock
analyse information including sales figures
                                                    volumes and figures for a new line.
and devise strategies to boost sales
and maximise profits, including planning            From this course you may choose to go
promotions with marketing and PR teams.             straight into employment within the industry
                                                    or further your knowledge with another
The course balances practical and creative
                                                    specialist Level 4 course.
skills with theory based studies and includes
a work placement

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Level 4 Fashion Retail Buying and
           Range Planning Diploma

           This one year course will prepare you                                          current product to develop ranges for
           for a buying role within a head office                                         different customer profiles. You could be out
           environment. Buyers work closely                                               comp shopping on the high street in order
           with merchandising teams to maximise                                           to prepare a report of recommendations for
           profit and ensure that stock is exciting,                                      an industry head office team or listening to
           contemporary and sells well in a competitive                                   exciting industry speakers to inspire your
           market. You will balance practical and                                         journey towards becoming a Buying Admin
           creative skills with theoretical studies to                                    Assistant.
           include communication, negotiation and
                                                           “The FRA made me career ready by
           presentation alongside supply chain,
                                                           enabling me to experience the job
           marketing and external factors which
                                                           role in full. From the in-depth training
           influence the development of a commercial
                                                           I received, the hands on workshops
           product range.
                                                           I took part in and the valuable work
           Your day may include researching current        placements I had in the buying offices
           trends using industry websites such as Range Plan
                                                           at Marks and Spencer and ASOS.” –
           WGSN and Stylesight in order to put             Emma Woodrow, Former FRA Student
           together
       Organza Kimono mood boards, to working with
       £49.50
       COO: India
       Comp: 100% Polyester

       Skinny Jean            Oversized Jumper                Off the Shoulder Top          Peplum Hem Dress      Sleeved Playsuit
       £35.00                 £35.00                          £29.50                        £39.50                £45.00
       COO: China             COO: Turkey                     COO: Turkey                   COO: Turkey           COO: India
       Comp: 100% Cotton      Comp: 48% cotton, 45% acrylic   Comp: 100% Cotton             Comp: 80% Polyester   Comp: 100% Polyester
                              and 7% polyamide                                              20% Elastane
       Cropped Vest Top       Midi Skirt                      Culottes                                                                   V Neck Jump Suit
       £22                    £35.00                          £35.00                 10                                                  £39.50
       COO: China             COO: India                      COO: China                                                                 COO: India
       Comp: 80% Polyester    Comp: 100% Polyester            Comp: 100% Cotton                                                          Comp: 80% Polyester, 20%
       20% Elastane                                                                                                                      Elastane

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Level 4 Fashion Retail
Diploma

This one year Level 4 course explores                you will explore the competitive mix, store
all of the internal and external factors             layout and design, promotional activity and
influencing today’s fashion retailers and            consumer profile to collect information for a
offers an overview of store operations               business project.
and management functions. It also
                                                     This course includes work placements to
examines consumer behaviour such as
                                                     enable students to experience first-hand
disposable income and popular culture
                                                     some of the roles available in the retail
and how retailers are responding to the
                                                     industry leading to a job within the trade.
ever changing environment. You will gain
valuable knowledge of the industry with              “I feel I have received an excellent
both work placement and industry set                 specialist education at the FRA, which
projects as well as master classes from              I cannot begin to compare to that
renowned successful retail experts.                  of other establishments. I have had
                                                     endless opportunities to learn from
A standard day on this course could
                                                     experienced tutors and use industry
include a trip along Oxford Street to
                                                     standard resources and software.” –
experience cutting edge retail including
                                                     Dawn Sampson, Former FRA Student
store tours to introduce and inspire you to a
fashion retail environment. During your trip

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Level 4 Visual Merchandising for
Fashion Retail Diploma

This one year course is designed for              costume from lengths of fabric, before
students who wish to gain employment in           rushing off to Selfridges to check out the
a Visual Merchandising role. In department        latest windows.
stores and fashion multiples, the Visual
                                                  Students on this course will progress
Merchandiser ensures windows and
                                                  to Visual Merchandising roles within the
interior displays promote the company’s
                                                  industry.
brand values. They are responsible for
understanding floor layouts and fixture           “The FRA is hands down the most
requirements, managing in-store graphics,         exciting place for people who are young,
signage and designing and commissioning           inexperienced yet confidently creative. It
displays and windows.                             is a place for talented people who want
                                                  to ignite their own career path into the
Your day may include putting on overalls
                                                  exciting world of fashion retail.” – Daniel
and painting, dressing mannequins around
                                                  Swanepoel, Former FRA Student
the Academy or creating your own couture

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Level 4 Fashion Garment
Technology Diploma

On this one year course you will work                 “The FRA’s relationship with the fashion
as part of a team focusing on product                 industry and the specialised nature of
development for mass production. It will              the courses on offer make it different
guide you on how to suggest modifications             to other colleges. The enthusiasm of
to garment designs, advise on fabric                  the staff reflects the vibrancy of the
suitability, source new technology fabrics,           FRA and the students that go through
ensure the most appropriate construction              its doors.” – Alex Murray, Former FRA
methods are used to keep production                   Student
within budget, oversee fabric testing and
fit sessions. You will develop team working
and negotiation skills and have an in-depth
understanding to prepare you to work and
communicate effectively with factories,
pattern cutters, graders, buyers and design
teams. You will study the implications of
globalisation and the affect this has on
how retailers operate. You will take part in
extended practical workshops and projects
combined with work placement to gain
invaluable industry experience.
Your day may include researching different
retail markets and clothing products to look
at how their designs and fit differ, going
to trade shows to source new fabrics and
visiting factories to understand capabilities,
limitations and the ethical issues
surrounding production methods.

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January 2015 Fast Track Courses
For anyone aged 19+, our brand new fast              The following courses are on offer:
track Level 3 and Level 4 courses enable
                                                     Level 3 Fashion Retail Diploma
you to enrol in January 2015 and condense
your course into just 20 weeks, giving you           Level 4 Visual Merchandising Diploma
the opportunity to graduate and be in full
                                                     Level 4 Buying and Merchandising
time employment by summer 2015! With
                                                     Diploma
a range of courses to choose from, you
will be able to specialise in an area of your        To find out more visit:
choice and benefit from work placements              fashionretailacademy.ac.uk
and projects set in conjunction with our
retail partners to make you job ready for a
career in fashion.

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January Fast Track Level 3 Diploma
in Fashion Retail

The Level 3 Diploma in Fashion Retail                Awarding body
provides a unique opportunity to learn and           ABC Awards
experience an overview of the multiple
elements of fashion retail, including working        Course duration
with/managing retail teams and looking               26th January 2015 for 20 weeks plus 3
at environmental issues which influence              weeks work placement
consumer behaviour such as disposable
                                                     Entry criteria
income and seasonality. You will be
                                                     The programme for the Level 3 Diploma in
planning and developing new product
                                                     Fashion Retail is aimed at a broad range of
ranges for retail such as Menswear or
                                                     people from a variety of backgrounds.
Accessories. Other subject areas covered
include Visual Merchandising to understand           For entry to the Level 3 Diploma, you
the impact of in-store and external display,         should:
Marketing, PR and Styling. The course is             • be 19 or older on the 31 August 2014
ideal for those who want to progress into
                                                     • have 5 GCSEs including Maths and
onto employment in a junior retail role, or
                                                       English Language (Grades A-C)
fast-track on to a more specialist Level 4
programme starting in September 2015.                • OR an equivalent Level 2 qualification
                                                       e.g. Level 2 Diploma in Fashion Retail
You might spend the morning in a master
                                                     • display aptitude and enthusiasm for
class from a Topshop Executive followed
                                                       fashion retail
by a high street store visit to understand
the retail environment, and your afternoon           • possess literacy, Maths & ICT Skills
working on an idea for a pop-up shop,                • show motivation to succeed on the
choosing celebrities to define your chosen             course
brand. No one day is the same at the FRA.
                                                     In some cases exceptions to these
                                                     requirements can be made if you can
                                                     demonstrate relevant workplace or similar
                                                     experience.

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January Fast Track Level 4 Diploma
in Visual Merchandising for Retail

The Level 4 Diploma in Visual Merchandising              Awarding body
will lead you to your first position in a visual         ABC Awards
merchandising role, providing you with the
opportunity to create a portfolio for prospective        Course duration
employment and to establish your career                  26th January 2015 for 20 weeks plus 3
aspirations in this specialist area of retail.           weeks work placement

During this fast track course you will                   Entry criteria
explore how visual merchandising is a                    For entry to the Level 4 Diploma in Visual
key part of the marketing operation for                  Merchandising fast track, you should:
major retailers. In department stores and
                                                         • be 19 or older on the 31 August 2014
fashion multiples the visual merchandiser
                                                         • have 1 A Level Pass plus 3 GCSEs
ensures windows and interiors promote the
                                                           C grade or above or an equivalent
store’s brand identity. Visual Merchandisers
                                                           qualification or an equivalent Level 3
are responsible for designing and
                                                           qualification e.g. Level 3 Diploma in
commissioning windows and in-store
                                                           Fashion Retail, National Diploma etc
display schemes, understanding floor
layouts and fixture requirements as well as              • have equivalent qualifications or
managing in-store signage and graphics.                    professional experience
All of these subject areas are covered in                • show motivation to succeed on the
our 20 week course, plus the opportunity                   course
to gain unique first-hand knowledge and                  • demonstrate a creative interest in Visual
experience of visual merchandising through                 Merchandising
a three week work placement.
                                                         In some cases exceptions to these
You may start the day by putting on
                                                         requirements can be made if you can
overalls to make and paint props, then
                                                         demonstrate relevant workplace or similar
rush to Selfridges to check out the latest
                                                         experience.
store windows, before joining a master
class with Marc Bolland (M&S CEO).
During the afternoon you could be dressing
mannequins around the Academy or
making costumes from a length of fabric
with added embellishments. No one day is
the same at the FRA.

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January Fast Track Level 4 Diploma
in Buying and Merchandising for
Fashion Retail

The Level 4 Diploma in Buying and                      used in the industry to forecast stock
Merchandising will lead you to your first              volumes and figures for a new line. No one
position in a Head Office role, providing              day is the same at the FRA.
you with the opportunity to build a portfolio
                                                       Awarding body
for prospective employment or build on
                                                       ABC Awards
existing experience to establish your career
aspirations in this specialist area of retail.         Course duration
The focus of this course is to offer you               26th January 2015 for 20 weeks plus 3
the opportunity to learn about fashion                 weeks work placement
retail Head Office functions. The course
                                                       Entry criteria
is delivered using a range of techniques
                                                       For entry to the Level 4 Diploma in Buying
to ensure students gain a practical
                                                       and Merchandising fast track you should:
understanding of fashion business skills.
You will be introduced to the buying and               • be 19 or older on the 31 August 2014
merchandising functions, studying the                  • have 1 A Level Pass plus 3 GCSEs
market context in which fashion Buyers                   (including Maths and English Language)
and Merchandisers function along with                    at C grade or above or an equivalent
the commercial implications for product                  qualification or an equivalent Level 3
ranges. Delivered in both a theoretical and              qualification e.g. Level 3 Diploma in
practical way, you will also learn a variety of          Fashion Retail, National Diploma etc
professional skills including communication,           • have equivalent qualifications or
negotiation and presentation.                            professional experience
One of the unique characteristics of an FRA            • show motivation to succeed on the course
course is our strong links with fashion retail,        • demonstrate good communication and
enabling us to provide you with a three                  calculation skills
week Head Office work placement.
                                                       In some cases exceptions to these
A typical day on this course could be                  requirements can be made if you can
working on a project set by a high street              demonstrate relevant workplace or similar
retailer to analyse the competition in the             experience.
morning, then spending the afternoon
looking at best sellers from a range of
garments using technology and systems

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Financial support for
January Courses

Aged 19-23 (before 31st August)                    Aged 24+ (before 31st August)
without a previous Level 3 Diploma or on           Your course fees are £5,000 but you will
benefits* Your course will be fully-funded         pay only £830 at the time of enrolment if
and you will not have to pay any of the            you apply for an Advanced Learning Loan.
£5,000 tuition fees.                               You will only start paying the Loan back
                                                   once your salary is over £21,000. Click
                                                   here for more details on the Advanced
Aged 19-23 (before 31st August)                    Learning Loan.
with a previous Level 3 Diploma Your               *Job seeker’s allowance (JSA), Employment
course fees are part-funded, so you will           and Support Allowance (ESA) and in work-
only pay half of £5,000 tuition costs,             related activity or University credit.
bringing your fees down to £2,500. Flexible
payment plans are available. Contact
Student Registry for further information.

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Short Courses
Would you like to develop new skills or         experience and want to take that first
find out more about a particular area of        step, we have something for you!!
the fashion retail industry? Or maybe
                                                Why choose an FRA Short Course?
you would like to pursue a particular
                                                Subjects and topics are delivered
passion or start your own business?
                                                by FRA lecturers with considerable
If so there is a short course at the FRA        industry experience so that content and
for you!                                        materials remain up to date and in line
                                                with industry requirements. The courses
We offer a unique selection of courses
                                                make use of the FRA’s excellent
available at introductory, intermediate
                                                facilities in the heart of London’s West
and advanced levels designed to suit
                                                End and draw on the extensive FRA
your interests, knowledge, experience
                                                fashion industry contacts and business
and time commitments. Our courses
                                                networks.
vary in duration and range from 1
day workshops to 6 week intensive               To find out more visit:
programmes, so whether you are                  fashionretailacademy.ac.uk
working in the industry currently and           /short-courses
want to up-skill or have no previous

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Our range of Short Courses

Intermediate Buying and Merchandising
Start Dates: 26 January 2015 / 23 March 2015 / 18 May 2015 / 06 July 2015 / 24 August 2015
Price: £675.
A 5 day intensive course which provides a more in-depth study of the practical realities of buying and
merchandising in the fashion retail business.

Advanced Buying and Merchandising
Start Dates: 01 December 2014 / 10 February 2015 / 30 March 2015 / 21 July 2015
Price: £350.
A 3 day intensive course which provides advanced study of the practical realities of buying and
merchandising in the fashion retail business.

Retail Maths
Start Dates: 02 February 2015 / 10 April 2015 / 12 May 2015 / 14 August 2015
Price: £199.
A 1 day workshop of what, how and why analysis and statistics are used by fashion Buyers and
Merchandisers to maximise commercial success.

Excel for Retail
Start Date: 15 December 2014
Price: £199.
A 1 day intensive which demonstrates why Excel is vital to fashion retail and how to use it. The
course is structured around real-life business scenarios to put the theory into context.

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Our range of Short Courses

Sales & Stock Management – The WSSI
Start Dates: 03 February 2015 / 08 April 2015 / 13 May 2015 / 19 June 2015 / 13 August 2015
Price: £199.
This 1 day course provides an introduction to retail intake, sales and stock management – The WSSI.
The WSSI is the most commonly used fashion retail stock control system, as well as being a key
merchandising operating tool. It is used by companies to plan, monitor and optimise sales and stock on
a controlled weekly basis.

Creative Buyer
Start Dates: 04 January 2014 / 17 February 2015 / 08 June 2015
Price: £199.
This 1 day workshop is suitable for anyone working in buying as a Buyer or a Buyer’s Assistant to
help develop greater levels of creative skills in their work.

Luxury Fashion
Start Dates: 05 December 2014 / 16 February 2015 / 16 March 2015 / 09 May 2015
Price: £199.
This 1 day course is suitable for retailers who would like an insight into buying luxury brands or for
those wanting to develop a career in the luxury retail business.

Introduction to Fashion PR and Marketing
Start Dates: 28 January 2015 / 10 March 2015 / 20 April 2015 / 13 July 2015 / 26 August 2015
Price: £330.
A 3 day course which provides an insight into the role of public relations and marketing in the context
of the fashion mix. It includes topics such as brand strategies, use of media, how to write a press
release and planning pr budgets.

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Our range of Short Courses

Introduction to Personal Styling
Start Dates: 20 January 2015 / 04 March 2015 / 13 April 2015 / 29 June 2015
Price: £330.
A 3 day course providing an introduction to the world of fashion and styling from subjects such as
personal shopping to celebrity styling.

Intermediate Visual Merchandising
Start Dates: 30 March 2015 / 18 August 2015
Price: £330.
This intensive 3 day course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the role of a Visual
Merchandiser in a fashion retail business. You will have the opportunity to obtain practical experience
of creating a retail display, as well as learning commercial visual merchandising theory.

Start up and run your own business
Start Dates: 08 December 2014 / 23 March 2015 / 04 May 2015 / 17 August 2015
Price: £675.
This intensive 5 day course will provide you with all the tools necessary to start your own fashion retail
business. The course includes the study of the elements involved in the start-up process including;
brand positioning, shop and stock selection, finance and forecasting, market research, display and
customer service.

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Training for Retail Businesses

Retail companies are increasingly utilising the expertise, skills and
experience we offer at FRA for the design and delivery of in-house
company training.
Course programmes are designed to reflect specific requirements for
different areas of the business and for different budgets. Programmes are
interactive with the emphasis on practical learning and are delivered by FRA
trainers who have considerable expertise within their particular fields.

Courses can be scheduled in different formats              retail business whether luxury, high street or
over different time periods, to best suit the needs        online and in a variety of different skills areas
of the business.                                           and at different levels. Best practice workshops
                                                           can be delivered in a number of business
Learning assessment forms part of the criteria
                                                           functions including the areas of: buying, maths
for measuring success of the courses. The on-
                                                           and merchandising, retail store management,
going development of practice and continued
                                                           visual merchandising, personal styling, customer
learning in the workplace, is incorporated into
                                                           service, successful selling, fashion art direction,
the delivery.
                                                           store operations, ethical sourcing and online
Training is available in the different areas of the        retail concepts.

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Training for Retail Businesses

Training examples include:

Essential Maths for Retailers

This programme identifies successful ways to ensure that staff have the required level of maths skills
to calculate and interpret data and reports effectively. It can be used to provide consistency within
the business amongst staff from different functions, not just in levels of ability but also in the use of
terminology and the performance of calculations.

Customer Profiling and Trend Research

An ideal course for assistant Buyers and Merchandisers covering all aspects and principles of
customer profiling and the different approaches to trend research. A successful way to encourage
junior staff to consider the wider context of profiling and a greater depth of understanding of research
ideas. It is also a way of encouraging buying and merchandising teams to integrate and share key
information and different perspectives in these areas.

Store Management – Key Skills

This programme covers best practice for store managers incorporating strategies for maximising
sales within teams. This is an ideal way to ensure consistency and pro-active management
approaches within a business, to establish best practice and ensure successful retail sales.

Other programme options:
• Retail Operations – best practice area                 • Accessories and Shoes – adding to ranges,
  management, retail standards, stock, HR                  differences in buying and merchandising
• Creative Buying – fabric choices,                      • Understanding Fashion for IT and Finance
  embellishments                                           Departments

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FAQs
What is the Application Process?                            • Term will start in early September 2015
• Applications accepted from November
                                                            • Timetables are issued upon enrolment; you will
  onwards for Further Education full time courses
                                                              need to be available Monday-Friday for all our
• Once received, application processing can take              full time courses
  several weeks

• You will receive an email acknowledgement                 Do I need to meet the entry requirements
  advising that we have received your application           when I apply?
                                                            You do not need to have every entry requirement
• If you meet the course requirements, you will             when making your initial application. However,
  receive a letter/email inviting you to interview –        you will need to be sure you can attain all
  we try to give 2 weeks notice                             requirements before you enrol and your
• Those not meeting course requirements will be             course starts. If you are studying or re-taking a
  contacted by phone or email                               qualification, you should show these as “pending”
                                                            on your application form.
• Interviews take place from January onwards at
  the FRA
                                                            I needed particular grades to enrol on my
• Offer or rejection letter issued within                   course but I haven’t achieved them. Will I still
  3 weeks                                                   be able to do my course?
                                                            Please get in touch as soon as your exam results
• You need to confirm acceptance of your place
                                                            are published. You may still be able to do that
  within 14 days
                                                            course with some conditions and we may be able
• You will receive an e-card advising your                  to help or advise you.
  confirmation of acceptance has been received

• You will receive in the post general information          Accommodation and Travel
  such as term dates, fees                                  We do not offer any accommodation through
  & funding and travel information from May                 the Academy, but support you to help with the
  onwards                                                   search. The FRA is registered with Transport
                                                            for London to provide discount travelcards for
• You will receive a letter advising enrolment              students. This provides holders with cut-price
  details closer to the commencement of the                 travel on buses, tubes and trams in and around
  course                                                    London.
• Enrolment for courses is in September and you
  will be required to attend in person

• Information about induction will be given at
  enrolment

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FAQs cont.
Funding                                                     Professional and Career Development Loans
Our courses are fully funded if you are under 19            (CDL) (Age – 18+)
on the 31st of August in the academic year that             Professional and Career Development Loans are
you begin your course, and you are a home or                bank loans to pay for courses and training that
EU student. You do not pay fees for a course you            help with your career or help get you into work.
start in September. In addition all 24+ learners are
                                                            You may be able to borrow between £300 and
eligible for student loans. For more information
                                                            £10,000.
please go onto https://www.gov.uk/advanced-
learning-loans/overview                                     Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest
                                                            rate and the government pays interest while
Further Education Courses: Home/EU Students
                                                            you’re studying. Read more at https://www.gov.
(19-23 years of age) £2, 500 per year unless on
                                                            uk/career-development-loans
benefits.
                                                            24+ Students
Bursary
                                                            Two Year Courses (24 and over)
For those who are on a low family income and
who have to relocate to London to take up their             Level 3 Art & Design, Fashion & Clothing Diploma
place at the Academy studying a Level 2 or a                £8,583 for the two years.
Level 3 course aged 16-18, there is a scheme
                                                            Level 3 Business for Fashion Retail Diploma
called the Residential Bursary, which provides up
                                                            £6,602 for the two years.
to £4,000 towards the cost of accommodation.
Further details can be obtained at http://                  Level 4 One Year Courses:
moneytolearn.direct.gov.uk/residentialbursary/
                                                            All courses - £5,000
Depending on your circumstances and low
                                                            24+ Advanced Learning Loans
household income, we can also offer bursaries
                                                            Aged 24 or over? If you’re starting a course on
and financial assistance for students to help
                                                            or after 1 August 2013 you may qualify for a 24+
them as they continue full time education. This is
                                                            Advanced Learning Loan. These loans help you
intended to contribute to the cost of books, travel
                                                            to pay the course fees. Most learners aged 24
and other resources that are needed, in order to
                                                            and over, studying at Level 3 or Level 4 will qualify
be successful at Academy.
                                                            for these new loans from the UK government. It’s
We also offer all 16-18 year olds who study at our          easy to apply, your household income isn’t taken
Academy free lunches and discounted travel to               into account and there’s no credit check. You
minimalise financial worries while studying with us.        won’t have to pay anything back until your income
                                                            is over £21,000 a year.

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For more information see visit                           Travel payments go direct to your school or
nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/                    college - they’ll either pay you or arrange travel
advancedlearningloans                                    for you.

Tip: search for ‘funding’ on the National Careers        Payments end when:
Service website                                          • you stop attending your course

The Care to Learn                                        • you reach the end of your course
The Care to Learn scheme can help with childcare
                                                         • your child stops attending childcare
costs while you study. You must be aged under
20 at the start of your course.                          You can get Care to Learn if:
                                                         • you’re a parent under 20 at the start of your
You can get up to:
                                                           course
• £160 per child per week if you live outside
  London                                                 • you’re the main carer for your child

• £175 per child per week if you live in London          • you live in England

Care to Learn can help with the cost of:                 • you’re either a British citizen or a national of a
• your childcare, including deposit and                    European Economic Area (EEA) country
  registration fees
                                                         • your course qualifies
• a childcare taster session for up to 5 days
                                                         • your childcare provider qualifies
• keeping your childcare place over the summer
                                                         For further information please go to: https://www.
  holidays
                                                         gov.uk/care-to-learn/overview
• taking your child to their childcare provider
                                                         Local County Council
Childcare payments go directly to your childcare         If you are over 16 and under 19 at the start of
provider.                                                your full time course; some local County Council
                                                         run subsidised travel schemes to help students to
Before they can be paid:
                                                         get to college.
• your childcare provider needs to confirm your
  child’s attendance                                     If you meet the set criteria you may be guaranteed
                                                         help with getting to College through a discounted
• your school or college needs to confirm that
                                                         travel scheme. Please check with your local
  you’re attending your course
                                                         county council.

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