Professional Development in Retail Management - Cert in HE, Foundation Degree and BA (Hons)

Why choose this course?

  • This retail management degree framework is ideal for organisations looking to develop their talent pipeline.
  • This programme has been developed in consultation with our current partners within the retail industry, ensuring it is fit for purpose.
  • The framework develops your employees in the workplace and will be adapted to your strategic business needs.
  • It gives your employees more confidence in their leadership skills to improve sales and manage their teams.
  • Our talent development programme with retail organisation, Aurora Fashions, delivered a 146% return on investment.
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Start date(s): September, January and April. Additional enrolments in between these times can be arranged for cohorts of 15 staff or more.

Course length: Certificate in Higher Education can be completed in 12 months on a part time basis. Top up to the Foundation Degree with an additional 12 months of part time study. Top up to the full Honours degree with an additional 12 months.

About this course

Retailing is a large and diverse industry that contributes significantly to the overall UK economy, as well as something that consumers experience regularly as part of their everyday lives. Understandably, the retail industry attracts a lot of attention from governments, the media and consumer groups.

According to the British Retail Consortium, in 2010 the retail sector generated approximately eight percent of the UK's GDP, with sales over £293 billion. The sector is a major employer with over 2.9 million people currently working in retailing, equating to 11 percent of the total workforce.

In recent years retailers have had to deal with increased levels of competition, the growth of the internet, new forms of technology and consumers looking for better value together with higher quality of service. As a result, retailers require managers with the necessary skills to tackle and meet these challenges.

This programme specifically address the needs of those who wish to explore and contextualise their profession within a broader business framework and also gives the opportunity to buld on previously acquired business knowledge and skills.

The programme is designed to further enhance your skills and professional development in retail management within the workplace and as the course is designed to run alongside your job, this will enable you to put your learning into practice on a day to day basis. The programme is work based and will add real value to you for your future career in retail management.

The programme is designed to further enhance your knowledge and skills in retail managemenet and will give you more confidence in your leadership skills to improive sales, ffectively manage your team and develop further your retail setting as a commercial business. You will also gain transferable skills in problem solving, analysing your workplace and communication.

What's covered

The framework covers different levels of employee role and can be studied as one programme, or in smaller pieces. THe qualifications build up to a full honours degree.

CertHE Professional Development (Retail Management)

This level 4 certificate of higher education is for sales advisors, supervisors or team leaders making their first start in management. It covers personal development planning, principles of marketing, business skills and dealing with people in organisations.

FdA Professional Development (Retail Management)

The level 5 foundation degree is for team leaders or new middle managers who have responsibility for managing budgets, performance reviews and team output.  It covers advanced business skills (including performance management and KPIs, coaching and mentoring and organisation design), people management and marketing management (including buyer behaviour, managing products, distribution and pricing, and brand and customer relationships).

BA (Hons) Professional Development (Retail Management)

The level 6 degree is for middle managers who have autonomy in their role, team direction and budget scoping. It covers strategic marketing and business planning as well as HR management, leading and coaching  and issues in retail management. It culminates in a work based project which brings together the learners knowledge of retail management whilst addressing an issue of relevance to the organisation.

How you'll learn

This is a work based programme. Learners study through a combination of online study and work based learning.

Fees and finance

Please contact us to discuss costs for enrolling your staff on this programme.

Entry requirements

Where will I study?

Part time, online and through work based learning‌