BSc (Hons) Business Management (Retail) with foundation year

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) with foundation year taught at our London Academic Centre by our learning partners Regent College London, also receive the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.

This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by July 2019 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

BSc (Hons) Business Management (Retail) with foundation year

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) with foundation year 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.

The foundation year is the first year of this four-year degree, offering an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of business and management alongside study skills development. It's designed to prepare you for degree level study.

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.

  • UCAS points: 48
  • Location: Regent College London
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: N561
  • Duration: 4 years

Course highlights:

  • Our team of highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic business management lecturers offer face-to-face sessions and one-to-one 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 during the first three years of this four-year degree 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 and one-to-one support is offered by our team of highly experienced and enthusiastic lecturers who have worked in a wide range of businesses ranging from multinational organisation to SMEs.
  • The London Academic Centre and Regent College London offer excellent library and 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.
  • 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.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 48
  • Location: Regent College London
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: N561
  • Duration: 4 years

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 5.0 with no less than 4.5 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. Where we think you’ll benefit from English language tuition, we’ll support you to improve your English language skills as part of your foundation year. This will help you to succeed at degree level. Find out more

Career opportunities

Our dual award BSc (Hons) Business Management (Retail) with foundation year 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 a 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

  • 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

Professional recognition

Graduates of the BSc (Hons) Business Management (Retail) with foundation year 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.

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/232023/24
2019/20 £8,100£8,100£8,100£8,100-£32,400
2020/21 -£8,100£8,100£8,100£8,100£32,400

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/232023/24
2019/20
2020/21

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.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

No hidden extras

  • There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme. ()

How to apply

Home/EU

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

International

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

Teaching & assessment

Teaching, learning and assessment

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.

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. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. 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.

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
    N561
  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Location:
    Regent College London
  • Award:
    BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
    48
  • Duration:
    4 years

Contact us

Course Enquiries
Regent College London
Email: info@regentcollegelondon.com
Telephone: +44 (0)203 870 6666