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Foundation Degree in Retail Management

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Description

Retail is a dynamic, global industry – with innovative new markets constantly emerging to keep pace with increasingly sophisticated consumer behaviour. This foundation degree course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in this competitive world. You’ll gain a clear understanding of the key management functions of a retail business and its trading environments, together with a sound knowledge of business disciplines. From an organisational viewpoint, you will study retail operations; processes; structures and cultures; and wider considerations such as trading relationships, environments, and markets – investigating how all these inform retail management practices. From an individual viewpoint, you’ll explore the management and development of people within and beyond the organisation. The Foundation Degree in Retail Management will also help you develop an understanding of concepts and analytical approaches, problem-solving skills, and practical and professional skills that will enhance employability.

The programme of study for this foundation degree is also offered as the Diploma of Higher Education in Retail Management (W14). The diploma of higher education might be of particular interest to those living and working in Scotland.

Fees and facts

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Study method: Flexible, part-time study through distance learning.
Type of qualification: Foundation Degree
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Foundation degrees are nationally recognised qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession; they combine work place learning with academic study. Designed and developed with external partners, you must be working either as a paid employee or as a volunteer in a related work setting.

A foundation degree is equivalent to two thirds of an honours degree. They aim to enhance the professional and technical skills of staff within a profession or those intending to go into that profession.

You can use a foundation degree to:

  • change careers or progress your current career
  • gain technical and professional skills
  • gain professional recognition
  • achieve a full honours degree through further study.

Most of our foundation degrees are also offered as diplomas of higher education for those living and working in Scotland.

Code: X14

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.

Career relevance and employability

The skills and knowledge you’ll gain by studying this foundation degree course are recognised by employers as being of great value for work in the retail sector. They can also lead to opportunities in specialist areas concerned with offering guidance to managers or businesses – for example, management consultancy or any customer-facing industry.

The Foundation Degree in Retail Management will contribute to your career development by enhancing your cognitive skills – writing, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation – as well as ICT, presentation and numeracy skills. You’ll explore how theories and ideas in business, leadership and management influence how retail organisations think and work. You can choose to take other modules from a number of subject areas, which will further increase your skills set.

There’s more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.

Accreditation

This Foundation Degree in Retail Management is accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Register your interest

For academic year 2014/15, registration opens on 24/04/2014. If you would like to be kept updated, you can register your interest now.

Credit for previous study elsewhere

If you have already completed some successful study at higher education level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible, and before you register for this qualification.  

If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete this qualification. This may also mean that the next start date and the maximum time limit for this qualification are different to those shown above.

Visit our Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.

On completion

On successful completion of the required modules you will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Retail Management and will be entitled to use the letters FD (Open) after your name.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:

These regulations are also available on our Essential Documents website.

If you have a disability

Choosing the qualification that’s right for you is very important. Depending on your disability, long-term health condition, mental health disability or specific learning difficulty, you may need to consider any challenges posed by:

  • the learning objectives: for example, to gain an honours degree in a language you must be physically able to speak the language
  • how the modules are taught: for example, some of our science qualifications require that you complete laboratory work
  • any work-based competency requirements.

Choosing the right qualification can be a complex mix of the subject requirements and the support you may need. To help you assess whether the qualification you are interested in will work for you, further advice is available from:

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.

Distance learning

The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

For more information read Distance learning explained.

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