An Introduction to the Retail Environment and Management

EQF Level 5


An Introduction to the Retail Environment and Management

Module Type
ECTS Credits

Module Description

The module aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the retail sector, its environment, and distribution channels. The students will also examine the market and management theories and forces which influence and shape the various models of change in retail sector and how retail entities react to this change. Furthermore, the module forms a contextual foundation upon which subsequent modules are built. 

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course must possess the following:

  • a qualification at EQF Level 4 (one ‘A’ Level or equivalent in any subject);


  • a pass in English Language* and Mathematics at EQF Level 3 (‘O’ Level or equivalent).

Preference will be given to prospective applicants having a year of work experience related to the study programme.

* Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

Target Audience

This course is targeted at:

• professionals seeking a management career within the retail industry;
• those working in management positions within retail or retail-related industries, and who wish to refine and improve their competencies and skills.

Career Paths

The possible positions for which this programme aims to prepare you for include, but are not limited to:

• retail manager
• visual merchandiser
• supply chain manager
• finance and accounting
• sales manager
• marketing manager
• commercial manager
• retail consultant


How you’ll be assessed

This programme may be followed both on a full-time or a part-time basis. The programme comprises a total of 10 modules. The method of assessment is assignment-based.

The course comprises:
• 6 lectures per module;
• 3-hour lectures;
• 12 hours of online content per module, comprising asynchronous online discussions, tutorials and/or videos.

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