Retail Management (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Retail Management (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    5 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    M234; Short form: BA/RMfe

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Retail is critical to the future growth and development of the global economy. This sandwich degree focuses on management rather than marketing, encouraging you to develop project management and consultancy skills to focus on business improvement. It is stimulating, creative and challenging to anyone with retail in mind as a destination career. You’ll gain a good knowledge, from managing shop floors and stores/regions to head office functions and planning, underpinned with strong theoretical frameworks of consumer knowledge, technology, business modelling and multi and omni-channelling to name just a few.

Entry Requirements

80 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Pass, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Merit, Merit
Pass Access to HE with 80 Points
International Baccalaureate - 24P
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at Grade C including Maths and English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

Clearing 2017 - Secure your place

Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Managing Business Information (Year long)
  • Skills for HE (Year long)
  • Business in Context (Semester 1)
  • Introduction to Enterprise Skills (Semester 1)


Choose two from:

  • Accounting and Economics (Semester 2)
  • Managing People and Organisations (Semester 2)
  • Marketing and Retail (Semester 2)

Year 2 and 3

  • Introduction to Business Functions
  • The Business Environment
  • Business and Management Project Essentials
  • Retail Consumer and markets

  • Retail Operations and Research
  • Retail Strategic Analysis and Tools
  • Employment and Employability
  • Management Skills
    + 2 options

Year 4

  • Retail Strategic Issues and Analysis
  • PDP3

+3 options

Option Module list

  • Introduction to Buying
  • Strategic Buying
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Introduction to the Fashion Industry
  • Contemporary Issues in Fashion
  • Creative Fashion Project
  • Marketing Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Enterprise in Practice
  • Dynamic Web Page design
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Advertising Management
  • Marketing of Services International Marketing

Further Information

The course is designed to equip you with the domains of knowledge and skills necessary for the retail industry. It provides an in-depth theoretical base to managing retail organisations, but also focuses on solving the day-to-day operational and strategic issues faced by a retail manager. There will be opportunities to meet with successful retail managers from industry and also opportunities to engage in client based projects which will allow you to relate theory to practice, along with the chance to study retail businesses at close quarters.

You will get to grips with the fundamental knowledge of retailing, its relationship with the economy and the makeup of the sector. Through this common first year you will investigate important issues in management, covering all the necessary background functions as well as looking in depth at retail markets and marketing.  You will have the chance to undertake a retail project which will allow you to review how retailers manage and plan their resources.

You will concentrate on the operational aspects of retailing and you will be involved in many live projects working either alongside retailers or in a consultancy style scenario. You may be redesigning a local wedding store, investigating stock issues for a national department store, mystery shopping, two competing retailers, or looking at the psychology of shopping. Whatever it involves, there will be plenty of opportunity to practise your retail management skills. You will be supported in your placement search by dedicated staff both on the programme and within the Lancashire Business School Placement Unit.

As a Retail Management (Sandwich) (sandwich programme spec) student, you will have the opportunity to continue development in the absence of a formal learning environment by completing a 48-week work placement in industry. Please contact the course leader for more information. Your final year centres on a more strategic analysis of retail and your own personal and professional skill development.  However, there is plenty of space for you to shape your own preferred study options, focussing on more general areas in management or more specific specialisms such as buying, fashion or marketing.  

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The course gave me specific skills which meant I could apply for niche jobs where there is a demand for employees.

Howard Blacksmith

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For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Apply Now

You can apply through Clearing now to start this September. Call us on 01772 830777

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £6,400 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

Students engage with employers, both in the classroom (eg. Marks and Spencer and NEXT) and on placements (eg. Debenhams, Matalan, TESCO and ASDA Head offices). Students are involved in retailer projects researching footfall, customer traffic and consumer and retailer opinion. They often have the opportunity to work alongside tutors in live consultancy work such as experience-touch mapping for multi-channel retailers and high street development projects.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The staff on the programme are friendly, experienced and supportive, and this combination leads to a degree programme which is stimulating, creative and challenging to anyone with retail in mind as a destination career. Learning will involve workshops, simulations and role-plays as well as the traditional lectures.

Coursework, essays, reports, presentations, portfolio, group work and examinations. In the final year, students can undertake a Management dissertation or in-depth report module allowing them to undertake substantial independent research.


You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside tutors in live consultancy work such as experience-touch mapping for multi-channel retailers and high street development projects, and visit trade fairs to meet suppliers and retail professionals.

You could pursue a variety of in-store or online career opportunities in retail, service or business environments, including store management, logistics or merchandising, for example. Among our graduates we have senior merchandisers at Debenhams and Next, a cosmetics buyer for Harvey Nichols and a product manager at Co-op’s head office.


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