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Retail Management HND

(SCQF level 8)

Marketing & Retail, Faculty of Business

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Mode of Study


Start Date

28th Aug 2017, 2 years

28th Aug 2017, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This exciting and challenging course provides you with the skills knowledge and understanding for a career within the dynamic and ever changing world of retail.

This course provides the foundation necessary to fill trainee management positions or run your own small retail business. It covers all aspects of the retail environment including Stock Presentation, Customer Care, Fashion Merchandising, Buying, Visual Merchandising and Consumer Behaviour. You'll also have the opportunity to develop your digital communication skills.

Your course lecturers will bring their individual background knowledge and experience of the retail industry to the classroom environment in order to enhance and improve your learning experience. Methods of teaching will include case studies reflecting real life retail scenarios, group discussion, projects, visits and guest speakers.

Within 2nd year, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a work placement with leading retailers e.g., New Look, House of Fraser, Schuh, Tesco, River Island, Matalan, M & Co and Marks and Spencer.

Upon successful completion you'll be able to apply to various universities for possible 3rd year entry dependent on your UCAS application, reference and Graded Unit results.

Previous students have successfully gained employment with such diverse retailers as House of Fraser, Michael Kors, Marks and Spencer and New Look.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:


Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two Higher Grade passes at grade C or above including English, (or a relevant Higher); OR
  • A National Qualification including Core Skills Communication Higher or an appropriate SVQ; OR
  • Relevant experience.


  • A genuine interest in retail management is needed and should be demonstrated in the application.


What you study

In Year 1, you'll study:
  • Marketing Reserach Theory.
  • Retail Environment.
  • Creating a Culture of Customer Care.
  • Stock Presentation.
  • Digital Imaging.
  • Stock Mangement.
  • Financial Accounting Statements: An Introduction.
  • Marketing Practice: An Introduction.
  • Retail Security.
  • Organisations and Management.
  • Retail Law.
  • Graded Unit 1.
  • Market Research Applications.
In Year 2, you'll study:
  • Behavioural Skills for Business.
  • Economics1.
  • Using Financial Accounting Statements.
  • Store Design and Layout.
  • Workplace Experience.
  • Graded Unit 2.
  • Consumer Behaviour and the Marketing Process.
  • Corporate Store Image.
  • Workplace Experience.
  • Comparative Retailing.
  • International Retailing.
  • Principles and Practice of Selling
You'll be able to choose one of the following optional subjects in Year 1 and 2:
  • Fashion Merchandising.
  • Principles of Retail Buying.
  • Marketing Planning for the Domestic Market.
  • Visual Merchandising Techniques/Digital Media.
  • Human Resource Management Practice.


After the course


This course prepares you for a career in retail at a supervisory, or junior management level.

Continuing Study

After completing this course you can progress onto third year entry to related Degree programmes at

  • Heriot Watt University. 
  • Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • Stirling University.
  • University West of Scotland.


How the course is taught

You'll be taught using a wide range of inventive and stimulating learning methods to ensure your engagement and learning experiences are relvant.

Assessment methods

A wide range of continuous assessment methods will be employed.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    28th Aug 2017, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome