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Level: 2

Location: Workplace

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

For anyone working in a retail environment, this course is an ideal way to get ahead. Students will expand their knowledge and gain wider skills base, boosting not only their confidence but also their promotion prospects.

Entry requirements

You will be required to undertake an initial assessment before enrolling on the course. You will need to be working in a role within a retail organisation.

Course Content

  • QCF Diploma in Retail Skills Level 2
  • Certificate in Retail Knowledge Level 2
  • Functional Skills English Level 1
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 1
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in the work place by an assessor who is assigned to you. A variety of assessment styles will be used including written questions, work books, observations and professional discussion, work products and witness testimony. In addition you will receive individual advice, support and guidance from your assigned assessor who will visit and review your progress every 12 weeks.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No extra costs

What can I do after this course?

Further Study
Students can progress to a course at a higher level, such as Advanced Apprenticeship in Retail, with the opportunity to specialise in areas such as management, sales and merchandising. They will also benefit from gaining more experience and will possibly be given more responsibility at work.

In the vast and vibrant retail sector, there are many opportunities for career progression from sales and customer service roles into management, buying and merchandising.


Richard Auzins

Richard Auzins

Starting out in a retail career with M&S

Fashion enthusiast Richard Auzins has used his Diploma in Visual Merchandising as a springboard to working with Marks & Spencer

Richard has started out as a warehouse operative at the company’s distribution centre in Castle Donington, with a view to progressing his merchandising career within M&S. He especially enjoys dealing with the online sales side of the operation.

Richard had originally considered university but then discovered the specialist advanced course in Visual Merchandising at Derby College. Keen on keeping up with latest fashion trends, the course enabled him to translate his passion for fashion into a career.

Although I’m working in logistics, I’m still involved with fashion and homewares every day. The Derby College course helped me get the job and having a qualification in retail merchandising has made me more confident in sharing my ideas at work.

I’d like to move into visual merchandising one day but at the moment I enjoy what I do and M&S is a great business to work for.
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