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Retail Level 3 Apprenticeship at Reading College

Course description

Retail covers a wide range of businesses, from department stores and national chains to independent shops and market stalls. 

The Retail Advanced Apprenticeship builds on your basic retail and customer service skills and furthers your experience within the retail sector.

You will gain a nationally-recognised qualification whilst gaining the skills and experienced required to pursue a career within the retail sector. The advanced apprenticeship allows you to develop the skills specific to your role or speciality within retail.

Course content

The Retail Advanced Apprenticeship is made up of the following elements:

• City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Retail Knowledge
• City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Retail Skills
• Functional Skills in Maths and English Level 2
• Employer Rights and Responsibilities
• Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

You will be learning the knowledge elements of the award through directed study and one-to-one drop-ins with your assessor, and this will include practical sessions. You will also work on your Functional Skills, ERR and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this apprenticeship. However, you will ideally have either completed the intermediate apprenticeship in retail or have demonstrable experience within the retail sector. 

Upon application you will be invited in for an interview and initial assessment to ensure that you are at the right level of learning for the course.


Formal assessment is through assignments, projects, presentations and practical assessments which are set at regular intervals throughout the course, and you receive regular feedback. The Functional Skills are assessed by an external exam and portfolio work.

Future opportunities

The advanced level apprenticeship allows you to handle more responsibility and develops your management skills. The retail sector offers many opportunities for early career progression – you might think about job roles such as senior sales assistant, team leader and store manager.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reading College directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.