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Retail Courses at DCG

Retail is a diverse, exciting industry in which to make a career. You could work in settings ranging from well-known high street names, supermarket chains, corner shops, newsagents and charity retailers through to specialist and online stores.

Is this you?

  • Well organised
  • Good communicator
  • Friendly, helpful and confident
  • IT and money handling skills
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Focused on customer service

Getting into Retail

  • Full time at College The range of Retail courses at Derby College includes general introductory courses and more specialist courses in Fashion Retail and Visual Merchandising. These courses can lead to retail roles with on-the-job training, to part-time further study or to university.
  • Apprenticeships With an apprenticeship, you will gain work experience and relevant qualifications in areas such as retail operations, retail skills, storage and warehousing, sales and customer service. For some apprenticeships, you will need GCSEs or Functional Skills in English and Maths.
  • Higher education Many managers working in the retail sector are recruited straight from university as most of the major companies have their own graduate training programmes. In most cases, any degree subject is acceptable but some companies prefer people with Retail, Business or Maths degrees. Some relevant work experience may also be necessary.
  • Jobs You can enter the retail sector straight from school. Employers may expect GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths, for sales assistants and they may expect basic English and maths skills for shelf fillers. Training will be given on the job or through part-time study. Many of the skills learned in one retail job will apply to another and you can move between areas. You will also learn transferable skills, such as teamwork and communication, which will be useful in any job.

Few industries offer such a broad spectrum of career opportunities as retail – so try a Derby College course for size. You’re sure to find something to suit your ambitions in what is a vibrant, energetic industry.

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Retail – Course Listings

Course Type: Adult and Community
Location: Distance Learning

Course Type: Adult and Community
Location: Workplace

Course Type: Adult and Community
Location: Distance Learning

Course Type: Adult and Community
Location: Distance Learning

Course Type: Adult and Community
Location: Workplace

Course Type: Adult and Community
Location: Distance Learning

Course Type: Adult and Community
Location: Distance Learning

Course Type: Adult and Community
Location: Distance Learning

Course Type: Adult and Community
Location: Distance Learning

Course Type: Adult and Community
Location: Distance Learning

Course Type: Adult and Community
Location: Distance Learning

Course Type: Adult and Community
Location: Distance Learning

Course Type: Apprenticeships
Location: Offsite

Course Type: Apprenticeships
Location: Workplace

Course Type: School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

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Key Information

At Derby College we believe the best tutors are usually those who have real world experience of working in the field they’re teaching. So, in most cases, you’ll be taught by someone who has worked in the industry that you wish to enter. As well as being able to share their knowledge and experiences with you, they have crucial industry connections, which is a huge benefit when it comes to helping you to secure a work placement in your chosen field.

As part of your studies at Derby College we offer a full range of assistance to ensure you have a great learning experience.

Discover our campuses and facilities here. Each campus page contains:

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  • A list of courses that are run at the campus
  • Student Success Stories
To find out more about our Retail courses attend our next course and career events or contact us on 0800 028 0289
Press the Apply Now button, that can be found at the top and bottom of every course information page and follow the instructions for the InTouch applications portal. If you are unable to apply online, contact Student Services who will help you complete your application form and will be able to help and guide you to make a decision on the course of study to meet your needs and ambitions.

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Retail – Success Stories

Dayne Yearwood

Apprenticeship

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Hadley Trueman

School Leaver Vocational

Hadley Trueman leaning on a clothes rack

Richard Auzins

School Leaver Vocational

Richard Auzins

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