Full-time: four years with 48-weeks industrial placement in Year 3; Part-time: five years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
N550; Short form: BA/RM
Preston (Campus code: U)
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.
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. 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.
Option Module list
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 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.
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. Year 3 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.
The course gave me specific skills which meant I could apply for niche jobs where there is a demand for employees.
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:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
£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
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
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.
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.
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.
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.