On the foundation year there will be a practical focus with theory introduced gradually to encourage you to build on existing experience, knowledge and understanding. High contact hours are inbuilt to enhance the academic and support services offered to our students at this level. Teaching is conducted by a highly dedicated and supportive team, with specialist knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, and close links to business and industry. Contemporary research is used to inform teaching practice, to ensure that students are provided with a robust academic underpinning of the areas of Retail Business Management. Course materials are available online, allowing students to prepare work at home and also ensuring that in-class learning is highly interactive. The programme is informed by retail employers and recognises current developments in retailing. Career and life skills such as leadership, resilience, determination, team management and professional communication have been integrated into the programmes to develop and enhance employability. The programme has been designed specifically to nurture students' academic, professional and career development skills and opportunities. In addition to acquiring academic and sector specific knowledge relevant and applicable to the current retail industry developments this programme will provide students with the opportunity to gain practical experience by undertaking live retail projects embedded within the programme and work experience. Retailing is an exciting, fast-paced career option that is constantly transforming. Disruptive developments in digital media and shopping environments create graduate opportunities to help brands compete successfully in ever-demanding consumer markets. Designed in consultation with employers and our professional body partners, the course will enable you to explore contemporary retailing in a 24/7 globalised marketplace. Whatever your career aspirations, this courses aims to provide you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to apply for a variety of entry level roles – whether instore, online or operational fulfillment. The course is delivered by staff who use their own successful experience, and industry links to help you to develop vital employability skills and attributes, including leadership, team working, problem solving, flexibility and resilience.