Fashion Retail Academy

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Fashion Retail Academy
Fashion Retail Academy, London.jpg
15 Gresse Street

London W1T 1QL

United Kingdom
TypeVocational training college
Established1 August 2005 (2005-08-01)
Department for Education URN135800 Tables

The Fashion Retail Academy is a vocational training college in the Tottenham Court Road area of London, England.

It was founded as a National Skills Academy in 2005,[1] with government funding and a contribution of £5 million[2]:126 or £12 million[3]:119 from Philip Green, chairman of the Arcadia Group. It opened in 2006 with about 200 students. It trains people to work in clothes retailing. Students spend approximately equal amounts of time studying in the classroom and gaining work experience on the shop-floor.[2]:126

Fashion Retail Academy is classed as a "listed body" on the UK Government website, meaning that it cannot award degrees; students at a listed body may receive their degrees from a "recognised body", one authorised to award degrees.[4] The academy has a partnership with Falmouth University.[5] Diploma courses run from six months to two years, and degree courses are condensed across two years.[citation needed]

In April 2017, students from the college took part in the Future Retail Challenge at the World Retail Congress in Dubai.[6][7]


  1. ^ John P. Wilson (2011). The Routledge Encyclopaedia of UK Education, Training and Employment. London; New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781317796510.
  2. ^ a b Liz Barclay (2010). The Unauthorized Guide To Doing Business the Philip Green Way: 10 Secrets of the Billionaire Retail Magnate. Chichester: Capstone. ISBN 9780857080226.
  3. ^ Francis Beckett (2007). The Great City Academy Fraud. London: Continuum. ISBN 9780826495136.
  4. ^ Check if a university or college is officially recognised: Listed bodies. Accessed January 2017.
  5. ^ "Fashion Retail Academy". Falmouth University.
  6. ^ "London fashion students take on global challenge at World Retail Congress 2017". A1 Retail Magazine.
  7. ^ "Future Retail Challenge". World Retail Congress.

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