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Retail Practice

Course Code(s):  5M2105
QQI Award Code:  5M2105 Retail Practice
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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North Connaught College

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2105
QQI Award Code 5M2105 Retail Practice
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This is a one year course for those considering a career in retail settings. Work placement is a necessary part of this course.

What will you Study?

Retail Selling 5N1619
Customer Service 5N0972
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690

Options:
Retail Administration 5N1860
Retail Display 5N1861
Marketing Practice 5N1400
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Database Methods 5N0783
Retail Security 5N1777

Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

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BROXX 5M2105

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