Retail Management (Buying, Fashion, Marketing) BA (Hons)

Retail Management (Buying, Fashion, Marketing) BA (Hons)

School of Management


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  • Duration:

    Full-time: four years with 48-weeks industrial placement in Year 3; Part-time: five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    Various - more information; Short form: BA/RM

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

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. 

National Student Survey 2016

Management subjects at UCLan have been ranked first in the UK in the 2016 National Student Survey, based on overall satisfaction.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*Distinction*
Pass Access To HE with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P
IELTS: Grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5.
GCSEs: 5 at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access to HE with 112 Points
International Baccalaureate 28P
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C inc Maths and English or equivalent.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Commercial Awareness
  • Managing Retail Resources
  • Leadership and Motivation
  • Retail Marketing
  • Understanding the Retail Customer
  • Plus an Elective module


Year 2
  • Retail Operations
  • Human Resource Management
  • Research Methods and Skills
  • Introduction to Strategic Analysis
  • Transition to work
  • Plus 1 option from LBS portfolio

Year 3

  • 48-week work placement
  • Course at a glance fourth year
  • Exploring Retail Strategy
  • Management Dissertation, or Management Project
  • Plus 4 Lancashire Business School 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



You will get insight into the influence of culture, media, politics and social change on fashion over the decades. This includes visits to archives holding textiles, magazines images and patterns of those fashions. From this you will be able to identify fashion cycles and use your knowledge to forecast trends for future fashions. This is followed by the study of contemporary issues such as the use of prohibited materials in fashion, ethical supply and body image to name just a few. You will then have the opportunity to produce a creative fashion project of your own.

Fashion programme spec



You will take on the role of a junior buyer in a simulation in which you will select a range of products for a store. This will include a visit to a trade fair to look at trends and prices as well as discuss with suppliers and other national buyers. You will undertake detailed range reviews and debate international supply issues

After your year in the workplace the final year of your studies concentrates on making strategic level decisions which drive retail businesses forward. You will complete a management dissertation or project which specialises on a chosen topic of interest. As a sandwich student, you can choose to create your own bespoke degree from a number of different option modules when you return from your placement year.

Buying programme spec



You will have the chance to study marketing management techniques within modules focussed on planning marketing activities in practical situations. In your final year you will study marketing communication techniques alongside options modules such as Advertising, Brand Management, E-marketing or Direct and Database Marketing to name just a few. You can use these options to shape your chosen career direction in marketing within retail.

Marketing programme spec

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.

Year 1 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 staffing, supply and Key Performance Indicators (KPI). This will be achieved by studying 'Commercial Awareness' and 'Managing Retail Resources' in which you will develop in-depth knowledge of contemporary management within retailing. You will be debating headlines from the weekly retail press and will be able to discuss confidently the issues of the day and their implications for British retailers.

Year 2 concentrates 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 in Year 3. Please contact the course leader for more information.

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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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Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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

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Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Sandwich (Optional):

£900 per year (UK / EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Case Studies

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. Students have the opportunity for visits to industry trade fairs and international travel with groups recently visiting India, Hong Kong and New York. This enables students to develop a broad knowledge of retail to adapt to any management problem.

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.

There are opportunities to study in California and other locations globally through the student exchange scheme or in Hong Kong, where we also deliver our programme. Students on the course have recently travelled to New York, Hong Kong and India as part of their studies.

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.


The Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings are in the middle of the campus offering a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including a cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms.

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NSS 2015 Results

Students who completed the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) and studied BA (Hons) Retail Management at UCLan were 100% satisfied with their course, with assessment and feedback scoring very highly.