SCHOOL OF ECONOMIC AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCES

PROGRAMMES

DIPLOMA IN RETAIL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Period of study: 3 Years

This diploma provides students with the knowledge, insight and skills needed to follow a successful management career in the retail or wholesale fields.

Retail and wholesale businesses strive to satisfy the needs of consumers by providing the necessary products and services. 

The retail industry offers national and international career opportunities for the graduate.

The variety of retail and wholesale businesses is enormous and includes departmental stores, hypermarkets, shopping centres, speciality stores, general dealers, chain stores, supermarkets, factory stores, boutiques and restaurants.

Retail managers are generally required to work in teams and the programme therefore focuses on the development of professional communication skills which prepares students to work both independently and as part of a team.

Strong emphasis is placed on problem solving and students are also exposed to good management practices in the field of retailing.

Our work integrated learning programme allows students to gain some retail management experience. 

Students are also exposed to uncompromising approaches in the ethical practice of this management discipline.

Minimum requirements

Minimum requirements for admission to the programme

  • NSC pass with Diploma Requirement
  • English HL: NSC Level 4 or English 1st additional language: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: NSC Level 3 or Mathematical Literacy: NSC Level 5
  • APS: Minimum 25 points

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Career opportunities

This qualification forms a base for further specialisation in fields such as buying, merchandising, store lay-out and merchandise planning. 

Graduates can choose from a wide variety of entry level positions, for example, as a trainee manager or a position in buying, stock control, merchandising, sales, administration, logistics, housekeeping or the finance section of a retail business.

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Retail managers are generally required to work in teams and the program therefore focuses on the development of professional communication skills which prepares students to work both independently and as part of a team.

Strong emphasis is placed on problem solving and students are also exposed to good management practices in the field of retailing.

Our work integrated learning programme allows students to gain some retail management experience.

Students are also exposed to uncompromising approaches in the ethical practice of this management discipline.

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