BSc (Hons) Business Management (Retail)

Digital technology is transforming the retail industry, revealing a wide range of opportunities for skilled managers with up-to-date knowledge and creative retailing ideas. Graduates of the University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Business Management (Retail) degree taught at our London Academic Centre by our learning partners Regent College London, also receive the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Business Management (Retail)

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

Regent College London

UCAS points:

104

UCAS code:

N560

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Business management qualifications open doors and are considered essential whether you are looking to pursue a career in business, or achieve higher levels of responsibility in your current work.

Our BSc (Hons) in Business Management (Retail) offers a strong grounding in an essential range of contemporary business management subjects combined with the opportunity to focus your studies in the final year. When you successfully complete the course you’ll also receive the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.

By studying core modules that are common between all our BSc (Hons) Business Management programmes, you’ll be exposed to key concepts in areas such as business law, leadership and people management, marketing, strategic management, information systems and big data, project management, finance, innovation and enterprise. This solid foundation will support your advanced studies into specialist areas including retail operations, global consumer behaviour and digital marketing strategy.

Developing your employability is a key focus of this dynamic and flexible programme. Real-life case studies, guest speakers and industry visits are designed to help you to understand the business environment and the needs of employers in local, national and international contexts. We’ll support you to develop sought-after skills such as communication, data analysis, time management, team working and problem-solving.

We also aim to help you develop lifelong learning skills so that you can take ownership of your professional development for the future, maximising your potential for success.

Highlights
  • Our team of highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic business management lecturers offer teaching sessions and academic support ensuring you can access help and advice when you need it.
  • On successful completion of this dual award course, you’ll receive both an academic degree and a professionally-recognised management qualification – the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management. You don’t need to take extra exams or coursework to achieve the diploma – we combine our degree module and CMI assessments streamlining your route to both qualifications.
  • This course is part of our BSc (Hons) Business Management suite of degrees. All students study the same modules at the first two levels of the course to gain an in-depth knowledge of the major business disciplines. At honours level, you can follow the specialist pathway in retail, choose to transfer to one of our other specialist pathways in marketing, finance, people management or supply chain management, or follow the core business management route.
  • Face-to-face sessions are offered by our team of highly experienced and enthusiastic lecturers.
  • The London Academic Centre and Regent College London offer excellent IT facilities, as well as WiFi and well-appointed teaching, learning and study areas.
Key Features
  • We use small group and tutorial teaching, so you have the opportunity to benefit from the excellent support offered by our teaching staff.
  • We regularly invite guest speakers who hold senior positions in industry and practice, enabling you to benefit from their knowledge and advice.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing you to prepare work at home and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • Contemporary research findings are woven into our teaching. We offer a robust academic underpinning to your studies of business management.
  • Our dedicated team will support you as you develop critical thinking and research skills and apply these during your final year dissertation.
  • Free Pre-sessional English classes are available if you need support to improve your English language skills to meet the English language requirements for your chosen course.
  • You'll benefit from dedicated student and academic support during your time at our London Academic Centre.
  • We offer Success, Character, Opportunity and Progress Enhancement (SCOPE) sessions that are designed to support your growth and enable you to develop wider thinking across your curriculum.
  • You'll be able to take advantage of our Thinking into Character (TiC) suite of educational programmes that focus on helping you to think bigger, aim higher and achieve your dreams.
  • A link tutor provides academic communication between our London Academic Centre at Regent College London and the University of Bolton’s academic school so that the experience you receive as an off-campus student is equivalent to that of an on-campus student.
  • As an off-campus student you'll also have access to the support of the University’s dedicated off-campus team and resources, to help make you truly feel part of the institution.
  • You’ll also have access to the University’s e-learning resources, an extensive e-library and the support of University librarians.
Professional recognition

Graduates of the BSc (Hons) Business Management (Retail) pathway will receive a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management from the CMI (Chartered Management Institute).

The Level 5 Diploma is the CMI’s benchmark qualification and offers the quickest exemption route towards Chartered Manager (CMgr MCMI) status. Chartered Manager status is only awarded by the CMI and is the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession.


  • 104 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language. If you didn’t study GCSEs or don’t have the required grade in English Language, please contact us for details of other acceptable qualifications.
  • If you have non-traditional entry qualifications and relevant experience, or a suitable portfolio of work that we consider a reasonable substitute for the qualifications we typically accept for this course, then we will be happy to consider your application.
  • Every application will be considered on its individual merits.
  • You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, please consider the BSc (Hons) Business Management (Retail) with foundation year course taught at our London Academic Centre by our learning partners Regent College London.
  • Please visit www.rcl.ac.uk to find out more about our London Academic Centre and Regent College London.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


Our dual award BSc (Hons) Business Management (Retail) course is designed to provide a broad understanding of business functions within the business and commercial world with the opportunity to develop expertise in the specific area of retail.

The course offers you a route into general management as well as the specialist area of retail, so you can tailor your skills and knowledge to pursue your chosen career. Areas such as business supply chain management, enterprise, finance, law, marketing and people management would also be open to you. The dual qualification gained on successful completion of this course is designed to enhance your employability in your preferred field of management.

In addition to nurturing academic and sector-specific knowledge, the programme aims to support your development of key employability skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving and data analysis. Overall, the course aims to give you an essential appreciation of the skills needed to thrive and adapt in the changing world of work.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduates with specialist retail knowledge underpinned by a broader understanding of how businesses and managers operate have a competitive advantage when entering employment or self-employment. As a graduate of this course, you’ll be equipped to enter a wide range of business and management roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Possessing retail-specific expertise and knowledge of the operational and staffing concerns relevant in a retail environment is valuable for roles where you advise organisations on retailing matters. You might also pursue a career as a manager within the retailing sector. Alternatively, you’ll be well placed to embark on careers in areas such as marketing, human resource management, finance, customer service management, advertising, merchandising, logistics and supply chain management and accountancy.

You may choose to undertake further study in order to develop your expertise in a particular area. A wide range of postgraduate and professional development courses are available in areas such as human resources, marketing, finance, law, computing and international business management. Studying for an MBA is also another option.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Hotel and leisure management
  • Public relations
  • Financial management
  • Information systems
  • Market research analysis
  • Product management
  • Health policy and information
  • Purchasing
  • Teaching and education
  • Media (TV, film, online, newspaper, magazine)
  • Self-employment
  • Banking
  • Auditing and quality assurance
  • Project management
  • Risk and insurance

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/25
2021£9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

This course is not currently accepting online applications

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk


Lectures will be used to introduce the core course content, while seminars will allow you to explore subjects in greater detail. Tutorials offer space for you to ask any questions you have, ensuring you understand the topics covered in the lectures and seminars. We use case studies and practical scenarios as a means to help you learn to apply academic theory to real-life practical scenarios, allowing you to gain insights into contemporary practice in a working business environment. You’ll also be expected to undertake considerable guided independent study; for instance, library research and background reading, preparing for seminar and tutorial activities, and working on assignments.

Furthermore, you’ll be expected to adopt work-based learning as part of your employment or during a work experience placement.

Guest lectures and presentations by a variety of visiting speakers from relevant employment areas will offer you the chance to further develop your knowledge and understanding.

In terms of assessment, you can expect time-constrained exams, essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These contribute to your final module mark and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes.

We also use other forms of assessment to help you learn, provide you with feedback, and inform your development. These do not, however, count towards your final module mark.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Professional and Academic Skills Development
  • Business Law
  • Business Environment
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing
  • Information Systems and Big Data Analysis
  • People and Performance
  • Business Management and Career Development
  • Leading and Managing Teams
  • Project Management
  • Enterprise, Innovation and Creativity
  • Financial Management and Decision Making
  • Strategic Management
  • Dissertation
  • Business Project
  • Retail Management
  • Global Consumer Behaviour
  • Integrated Digital Marketing Strategy
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 42%, Practical exams 32%, Written exams 26%
Level twoCoursework 67%, Practical exams 25%, Written exams 8%
Level threeCoursework 66%, Practical exams 15%, Written exams 19%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level twoGuided independent study 66%, Placement/study abroad 17%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 17%
Level threeGuided independent study 77%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 23%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Programme Contacts

Course Enquiries
Regent College London

info@rcl.ac.uk

+44 (0)203 870 6666

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