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Retail Apprenticeship Level 3 at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

Apprenticeships are a vocational training programme leading to a series of qualifications, offering the opportunity to earn while you learn using real working life experience. To become an apprentice, you must be employed in a suitable position.

Course content

Work Based Learning Element - Retail NVQ Level 3: NVQs are work based qualifications that you will complete in your work place. An assessor will be assigned to help you select the modules which best fit with your work and will visit you regularly to help you compile a portfolio of evidence to show your competence. As the NVQ is tailored to the individual, the time taken to complete your portfolio will depend on how quickly you collect the evidence. Normally, an NVQ Level 3 will take a minimum of 12-18 months to complete.


College Element - Technical Certificate Level 3 & Functional Skills: 


 There will be some College attendance in order to support you as an individual through the knowledge elements of your framework and also assist you to complete your functional skills.  Each apprentice will be provided with an individual plan which will be discussed with you and your employer and your timetable will be designed around your specific needs.  You will cover topics including:

Masterclasses - We also offer monthly Masterclasses which covers topics that will assist you to understand knowledge element of your qualification and for you to become a better employee.

 You will cover topics including: 

  • Health and Safety in the workplace
  • Communications skills
  • Team work
  • Legislation

Entry requirements

Level 2 NVQ in Retail or experience in a suitable position.

Full time employment in a suitable position.

Employers who recruit via the college are usually looking for candidates with good GCSE grades. However, attitude, flexibility and a willingness to learn and progress through the apprenticeship programme are as important as qualifications.

Apprenticeships are currently not available to those who have a degree, HNC, HND or equivalent level 4 qualification.

If you are at all unsure of your eligibility for this programme then please contact us for advice.


Assessment is a combination of portfolio evidence and online and written testing, supported by your assessor and employer.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship programme, you will be given advice and guidance about opportunities for further study

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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