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Pathways to Retail at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

Course description

The course is designed to support a Pathway into Retail; it will embed the essential expectations of an FE College into a programme of study that will include Maths, English, Gym/Fitness and Tutorial, alongside the main subject, Retail. Within the Retail subject, students will cover topics on health and safety practices within the workplace, customer care and setting up enterprise projects. They will also be given the opportunity to work in a shop gaining real life experience. This course will give students the opportunity to develop confidence and aspirations for future employment within the retail sector.

The course is the third step on our 3 year curriculum of the vocational progression route (for those that would eventually like to secure employment).

This course will develop your Maths and English by embedding essentials into every learning session. You will also spend time in streamed Maths & English groups working towards national Functional Skills qualifications.

During your study programme, you will be able to develop your retail skills in theory and practice. You will gain practical experience working in a shop in order to develop a range of skills such as customer care, communication and teamwork skills. You will also have access to a fully equipped Gym where you will create your personal training and fitness plan.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements; however suitability will be discussed at interview and based on individual circumstances.


All students will compile a portfolio of evidence that will contain a mixture of photographs, witness statements, personal statements and course work. The portfolios are internally assessed and verified prior to external verification by an Awarding Body. Some students complete a portfolio which records their progress and development using RARPA (Recognising and Recording Personal Achievement), these portfolios are internally verified. Most students will be entered for Functional Skills English and Maths live assessments at the level indicated during initial assessments and verified through continuous diagnostic assessments.

Future opportunities

If students successfully complete this programme of study they can progress onto Year 4 options within Inclusive Learning. The options are:

  • Project Search Supported Internship

  • Mainstream Options

Progression subject to students meeting eligibility criteria

Further information

All students will participate in small group sessions comprising no more than 10 students. The study methods are a mix of practical, theory and independent research completed by students with appropriate support.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017