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Level: 3

Location: Workplace

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

With the advanced apprenticeship students can take their skills and experience to the next level. They will gain a greater expertise, knowledge and understanding of retail management. For individuals who have first line management responsibilities in a retail environment. They will benefit from the advanced skills taught on this course. They will learn how to manage teams, deliver services more effectively, helping their organisation to improve its efficiency and implement change.

Entry requirements

You will be required to undertake an initial assessment before enrolling on to the course. You will need to be working in a role that allows you to make managerial and operational decisions within the organisation.

Course Content

  • QCF Diploma in Retail Management  Level 3
  • Certificate in Retail Knowledge Level 3
  • Functional Skills English Level 2
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 2
  • 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 broaden their skills further still by progressing to a Foundation Degree in Retail Leadership and Management. Derby college staff will be happy to advise.

It will provide you with an ideal grounding for management in the retail sector.


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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