About this course
Created specifically for the retail and property industry, this de facto entry level qualification has been developed in conjunction with industry experts and the Revo Educational Trust. It provides retail place managers with the practical skillset and knowledge to manage and operate the retail and leisure assets that sit at the heart of our communities.
The retail and leisure industry is going through an unprecedented structural change. Retail is no longer retail - it’s a blurring of lines between retail, leisure, food and beverage; day time and night economy; and online, as the consumer searches for the ultimate all-round retail experience.
The traditional centre manager has turned into a commercial manager who needs to present, interpret financial data into strategy, facilitate the wider community partnerships, and much more.
This two year, part-time, Level 4 Diploma has been designed to fit in around your busy work and home life. Through a blended learning approach – face-to-face or online, and presentations or course work - this programme puts knowledge and confidence building at the heart of your learning experience.
The course starts with an introductory bootcamp. This is a compulsory introduction to the course which runs over a full weekend. The bootcamp consists of an induction to the course, an introduction to academic and personal development and a sets out the ‘golden rules of place management’ with a five credit unit: Introduction to Retail and Leisure Place Management.
Personal and academic development is very important, as well as the acquisition of skills, and you will be supported in developing your confidence and start on the road of becoming an independent learner. We encourage teamwork as a skill, which is highly valued by employers. Being able also to manage one’s own resources in individual work is also essential. Personal development is an important part of the curriculum the course aims to produce graduates who are confident, competent and capable independent retail place managers.
You will be given regular feedback to help support you, both academically and professionally, enabling you to gain confidence. This is helped by the small group teaching which features throughout our courses.
Why choose this course?
with state-of-the-art facilities to enhance learning and elevate your student experience.
Students will be taught by a range of academics with experience in property, retail, leisure, law and management. Colleagues from Revo will take part in the delivery.
What will I learn?
- Introduction to Retail and Leisure Place Management
- Principles of Retail and Leisure Management
A general introduction to the principles and practice in retail and leisure management.
- Management, Operations, Health and Safety
Building on and developing the operational topics introduced in Principles of Retail and Leisure Management, covering facilities and property management, operations and critical risk management, and health and safety.
- Fundamentals of Property Law and Data Governance
Providing an understanding of legal and statutory requirements and their application - essential for effective and competent professional practice for retail and leisure management professionals.
- Principles of Marketing
Developing an understanding of the key concepts and terminology used in marketing and introducing students to key principles in marketing focusing primarily on consumer marketing.
- Financial Management and Reporting
Providing an understanding of asset class, property economics, investment and the financial budgeting and reporting skills essential to a centre manager.
- Project: The Retail Place - The Future Leaders Project
Bringing together the learning from the course to date and providing an awareness of the retail and business innovations and new technologies being developed for use within the sector.
What does this course lead to?
A graduate from this course will be able to play a role in an industry that is constantly being challenged to get the best out of our assets in driving performance and value. Students will learn the additional competencies required of a traditional centre manager to transform them into a commercial manager able to present, interpret financial data into strategy, and facilitate wider community partnerships.
How you'll learn and be assessed
You will learn by:
- Directed Learning
- Collaborative Learning
- Guided Learning
You may be assessed by a combination of:
- Live briefs
- Project work
- Group work
Solent’s curriculum framework builds on our unique, creative and applied approach to teaching. The transformation of students’ lives is at the heart of our mission as a university, and our curriculum – informed by the latest theory – reflects this shared educational vision.Find out more
The 2021/22 fees are:
UK, EU and Channel Island fees: £9,250 (VAT free). Various payment options are available.
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.
For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.
Extra course costs
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Bursaries, scholarships and financial support
Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.
Key entry requirements
Applications are welcomed from students who do not have the academic qualifications listed below but may be admitted on the basis of relevant experience rather than standard qualifications.
16 points minimum from either 6-unit or 3-unit awards
- plus Level 2 English and Maths
- or BTEC/Edexcel Advanced GNVQ
- or National Certificate Diploma in a Building/Construction related discipline
- or relevant Access course
- or other qualifications which are considered to be equivalent of the above.
For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.
English language requirements
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:
- IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
- TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
- Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
- or equivalent.
Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.