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Retail Business Diploma (Higher) 14-16 at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

The Diploma in Retail Business takes you behind the shop front to explore every stage of the retail process, from source to supply to sale. Not only that, it will equip you with an understanding of what it takes to set up and run your own business. You’ll also get lots of practical experience and develop the confidence, motivation, enterprise and creativity that you’ll need to flourish in this ever-changing environment. What will I learn? The Diploma in Retail Business covers a broad range of topics, including: Retail operations: Looks at sourcing products, merchandising, stock control, selling and customer service. Business management: Looks at marketing, strategies for change, HR and team dynamics. Supply chain: Looks at the journey of a product from its source through transportation and storage to disposal, including recycling. Creative and design: Explores store layout and visual merchandising. Embedded throughout these topics are essential skills and knowledge like engaging with people, technology, business administration skills, and safety and security, as well as wider issues such as globalisation, sustainability, and ethical and environmental considerations. How is the Diploma made up? Principal learning (subject learning you have to do) At the heart of the Diploma are your core retail business subjects. These will teach you the main things you need to know about the sector. You’ll learn about the issues that are affecting the industry today, how it works and what skills you need to have to work within it. Activities you might do in your principal learning: At Higher level, you’ll look at the external factors that lead to change and investigate the relative merits of different retail channels. You’ll focus more closely on how a retail outlet’s layout and presentation affect sales, and look at stock control systems and processes. You could create promotional materials for a real retail channel or develop a new brand. As a group, you might develop an extension to a product range that matches customer profiles. You could analyse a retailer’s distribution chain and describe how they can maximise capacity and make it more efficient. Additional and/or specialist learning (Choices you can make) As part of the diploma you will be able to study additional subjects. Functional skills in English, Maths and ICT Like all Diploma students, you’ll develop a good standard of English, maths and ICT. These subjects are essential to succeed in any business or learning environment, whether you decide to continue in the retail business sector or not. Personal, learning and thinking skills All Diploma students will develop personal, learning and thinking skills, such as team-working, creative thinking and self-management. These are vital skills in both life and work, and will be useful to you in the future, no matter which path you take. Work experience Your Diploma will give you the opportunity to do at least 10 days’ work experience. This could be in a large retail chain of high street stores or with a small independent retailer, shadowing a visual merchandiser or a buyer for a department store. Whatever you do, this is a great way to use the knowledge, understanding and skills you have learnt in the classroom, and experience what work is like from the inside. Student projects During your Diploma, you’ll complete a student project to demonstrate the skills and knowledge that you have learnt. You might decide to explore the ethics of sourcing products from international manufacturers. Or you could design a new retailer to enter into the UK market or compare how a range of online retailers promote and sell their products.

Entry requirements

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Future opportunities

A Diploma in Retail Business will give you the skills you need for either university or work, and is a first step towards a career in the sector. It could lead you to a university degree in business and management, logistics or retail buying. Or it could help you begin a career in health and safety, HR, packaging or product design, sales or visual merchandising. However, the Diploma in Retail Business doesn’t mean you have to opt for a career in this sector. Because a Diploma teaches a mix of subjects, it will give you the skills that will be welcomed by colleges, universities and employers, no matter what you choose to do.

Further information

This course is offered by the Cambridge Area 14-19 Partnership

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years