BSc (Hons) Retail Management

  • Award: Bachelor of Science with Honours
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Mode: Work Based Distance Learning
  • School: Lincoln Business School, University of Lincoln

Course Overview

The BSc (Hons) Retail Management programme is a work based distance learning programme designed to allow students to make maximum use of their work experience and previous learning within a higher education environment.  Successful study will provide you with a Degree which has the potential to boost your career opportunities.  Open to all qualified candidates, the programme comprises six key modules:  Study Skills for Distance Learning, Integrating Professional Retail Experience, Management of Change in Retail Organisations, Understanding the Retail Consumer, Operations Management in Retail Environment, and a Dissertation.

The programme takes into account the high levels of skills and learning that are demonstrated every day in the workplace and provides a degree framework to support and accredit this learning.
The University of Lincoln’s BSc (Hons) Retail Management programme is a 'top-up' degree programme. You can receive accreditation towards the first two years of the programme through existing academic qualifications and/or relevant professional experience. This distance learning programme can take between 18 months and 2 years to complete, depending on individual circumstances and work commitments.
 

What You Will Study

The final year of study on the BSc (Hons) Retail Management Degree comprises six modules designed to develop and enhance appreciation and understanding of a range of key business/management concepts from both an academic and a professional perspective.


Study Skills for Distance Learning

At degree level, learning moves beyond simply memorizing facts to the confines of academic argument, where personal opinions and evidence are supported with academic references and citations. 
This module offers you the opportunity to acquire and develop a range of skills including transferable, personal, interpersonal, academic and subject specific skills, that should allow you to succeed in your academic studies. The module aims to ensure that students acquire the essential knowledge, tools and ability required to successfully complete the Degree, whilst also making the most of the freedoms and disciplines involved in higher education and formal academic study. 
Subject specific skills are identified through reference to the relevant sector frameworks which are applied to the generic skill outcomes for final year undergraduate level. The module offers the opportunity to use reflective practice as a developmental tool. You will be expected to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the rigours and expectations of academic writing and critical analysis appropriate to final year undergraduate study. 


Integrating Professional Retail Experience

Reflection as a learning technique for enhancing educational development is an important  tool in a student’s professional development. Reflective practice involves  learning and evolving academic understanding through examining consequences of real-life experiences. A successful manager must open their professional practice to the scrutiny of others, becoming a more effective manager as a result. At an organisational level, reflection is the basis for maintaining the appropriate alignment of an organisation and forms the basis for strategic planning and organisational change.
This module provides a basic framework within which you will be required to reflect on your experiences during previous formal managerial training and within your past/present retail working environments. You will be encouraged to develop your own abilities to practice reflection in the practical arena by assessing your own philosophies against academic theories and models, which offers you the opportunity to challenge, perfect and increase your own individual management skills. This will be facilitated through the creation of a personal learning log, individual reading and study, and face-to-face or online dialogue with your module tutor.


Management of Change in Retail Organisations

This module aims to develop your workplace skills in the management of change through an investigation into your own or relevant organisation in relation to change management from a number of theoretical perspectives.
By considering your organisation’s business and market position, its structure and how it operates, there is the potential to develop an understanding of the context within which change happens. You will then consider how organisational structure and culture may enable or inhibit the process before critically investigating and evaluating change management theoretical models and exploring the impact of change upon people and the skills needed by effective change agents and organisations. Finally, you will use your learning to inform a study of change management in your organisation, making recommendations about change strategies for the future.

Understanding the Retail Consumer

The module places consumer behaviour in the context of the retail environment.  By understanding how consumer behave and the factors which affect their decision making process, organisations can introduce strategic planning to meet their needs.  As such, this module introduces consumer behaviour and explores the various factors that must be considered when planning a strategic approach to create and maximize retail opportunities.      
This module therefore aims at providing you with a critical understanding of consumers and the marketing strategies which organisations implement.  The module will focus on various aspects of consumer behaviour in retailing, such as the main influences of consumer buying behaviour and how consumers process information.  Using this understanding, you will apply aspects of the retail marketing strategy and customer loyalty techniques as an organisational response.  Using models of theory and practice, enhanced by personal experience, you will develop analytical techniques and problem-solving skills to provide recommendations to improve practice.  

Operations Management in a Retail Environment 

As technology develops, consumer behaviour changes, and economies transform, retail organisations must react to remain competitive.  As such, responding to developments in the macro and micro environment in addition changing patterns in consumer behaviour, operations managers can manipulate various operations functions to meet organisational objectives.  Therefore this module will introduce you to the operations encountered in retail organisations and supply you with the tools necessary to overcome operations issues within your organisation.  Elements of operation design, planning and control will be evaluated and then applied to your own retail organisation.
In relation to business objectives, organisational behaviour and micro-environmental resources, the elements of operation design, planning and control will be evaluated. Using models of theory and practice enhanced by personal experience, you will develop analytical techniques and problem-solving skills that can be applied in retail employment.  By evaluating existing complex operational structures, you will use literary evidence bases, arguments and assumptions to frame decision making and provide recommendations to improve practice.  

Dissertation 
This module offers the opportunity to demonstrate your capacity to work independently on a major project of your own choosing, utilising and building on skills and subject expertise developed in other modules of your degree programme. Working with your tutor, you will research, develop and present your independent study for assessment following the agreed formats prescribed by the Lincoln Business School and the University.

Course Outcomes
The BSc (Hons) Retail Management qualification is seen as the basis for further career development. Increasingly, employers are looking to recruit graduates who can demonstrate they have the necessary skills and abilities to succeed in the workplace, and this degree has been developed to offer you the opportunity to ensure you have that edge in your current role or when considering career development opportunities.  The potential benefits of the BSc (Hons) Retail Management programme include:
For individuals:
• Academic recognition for learning that you have already achieved;
• Programme delivery at a pace and place to suit you, the potential to work towards the degree when work and personal commitments allow and to break off from the programme when other pressures take over;
• Individual learning programmes focused on job-relevant learning;
• Direct access to specialist expertise to support work-based projects and extend the scope of your activities;
• Immediate opportunities to apply theory in practice;
• Improved performance and the ability to respond to change.
For organisations:
• Improved performance and competitive edge;
• Increased motivation, confidence and creativity of the workforce;
• Immediate benefits from availability of expertise and advice on work based projects;
• Customised programmes to suit your organisation.

How You Are Assessed

The assessments are designed to address the learning outcomes of all individual modules, utilising a range of assessment methods including essays, portfolios, reflective logs, presentations and reports. There are opportunities for formative feedback to aid learning and prepare students for submission of assessments on an on-going basis throughout the programme.  

The academic staff who deliver the BSc (Hons) Retail Management programme are committed to encouraging students to engage with the programme, and aim to help you demonstrate and apply the potential benefits of enhanced learning and understanding. 

Entry Requirements

Each programme is designed to meet the needs of students in any business who want to upgrade their operations skills and progress their qualifications to degree level.

To qualify for direct entry to the top-up degree we normally look for a recent level 5 qualification (up to 5 years old) and on-going employment in a relevant field to the course subject area.

We may also accept candidates with a level 4 qualification or extensive work experience under certain conditions.
If you are unsure of your suitability for the degree, please contact our Admissions team.

Career Benefits

Employers are increasingly looking to recruit graduates who can demonstrate that they have the skills and abilities to succeed in the workplace. This degree will give you that edge.

For You:

  • Academic recognition for learning you have already achieved
  • Study at a pace and place to suit you, the potential to work towards the degree when work and personal commitments allow and to take a break from the course when other pressures take over
  • Learning is relevant and focused on issues in your job
  • Direct access to specialist expertise to support work-based projects and to extend the scope of your activities
  • Immediate opportunities to apply theory in practice
  • Improved performance and the ability to respond to change.
For Employers: 
  • Improved performance and competitive edge
  • Increased motivation, confidence and creativity of workforce
  • Immediate benefits from availability of expertise and advice on work-based projects
  • Customised programmes to suit your organisation

Fees

2017/18

Programme delivery Work Based Distance Learning
UK/EU/International £7,000 fee for the duration of the programme
Payment Option 1 One instalment of £7,000 at enrolment
Payment Option 2  Two instalments of £3,500, first at enrolment and second in 12th month of study 
Payment Option 3  Four instalments of £1,750, first at enrolment and then every six months of study 

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