The ABC Award qualification has been developed in association with the Sector Skills Council for the retail sector to provide an accessible programme of study for those wishing to enter the retail industry or for those already in the industry wishing to follow a professional development programme.
In order to support your main programme of study, future progression and life skills, you will develop skills in maths and English, complete work-based activity, undertake personal professional development and plan your learning with a personal coach.
You need to be under 19, have limited achievement at GCSE (grades E-G) and have a sound interest in retail. All applicants will be interviewed and will undertake an initial assessment of their maths and English.
Available units include:
Units involve workplace assessment of occupational competence which will be internally assessed and internally and externally moderated via a student's portfolio and other related evidence.
Additional costs associated with the qualification include:
Students who successfully gain the ABC Introductory Award in Retail Skills can progress to:
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.