Retail Management BA (Hons)

Retail Management BA (Hons)

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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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:

    N550; 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.

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Management courses at UCLan. Top 15 in the UK for providing opportunities for students to apply what they have learnt.

Entry Requirements

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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1 & 2

  • 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 3

  • 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.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 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.

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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