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Retail Practice

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Course overview

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

Course Description

If you have a passion for selling, have good communication skills and have a passion to learn how to market yourself and a business this is the course for you. The course provides the fundamental skills and inspiration to become your own boss and to start your own business. Learners will develop key skills in marketing, customer service, retail display and much more.

What will you Study?

Core Elements
  • Communications
  • Retail Display
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Retail Selling
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • Digital Marketing
  • Marketing Practice
Minimum Entry Requirements Leaving Certificate preferable with an art subject. Mature applicants welcome All applicants interviewed Duration 1 Year full time Fees

€40 Registration fee plus €10 application fee
€200 Government levy
€200 Material fees

Certification

NFQ Level 5 award made by QQI and award from ITEC

Progression Routes

The course prepares students for progression to a NFQ Level 6 award made by QQI or to third level colleges such as NCAD, IADT, DIT, Institutes of Technology.

Career Options

The holder of a NFQ Level 5 award made by QQI in “Retail Practice” may progress to further study at Institutes of Technology/Universities or may take up employment in the retail industry. This course also provides the fundamental skills and inspiration to become your own boss and to start your own business.

Communications 5N0690
Retail Display 5N1861
Personal Effectiveness 5N1390
Retail Selling 5N1619
Customer Service 5N0972
Work Experience 5N1356
Digital Marketing 5N1364
Marketing Practice 5N1400
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

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
BROXX 5M2105

To calculate Points based on your QQI award results, use the PLC Points Calculator.

Further Research

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Property Manager   Managing Director  
HR Director - Human Resources   Human Resources / Personnel Manager  
Computer / Software Sales Assistant   Technical Sales Representative  
IT Salesperson   Computer Systems Sales Manager  
Pensions Administrator   Corporate Sales Manager  
Customer Service Agent - Insurance   Shipping Clerk  
Export Manager   Customer Services Manager  
Pharmacy Assistant   Visual Merchandiser / Window Dresser  
Call Centre Operator   Sales / Telesales Worker - Online  
Purchasing Manager - Manufacturing   Wholesaler   
Retail Sales Manager   Retail Store Demonstrator  
Area Sales Manager   Bookmaker  
Call Centre Manager   Customer Support / Telesales Agent  
Betting Shop Manager   Client Relations Manager  
Retail Merchandiser   Medical Sales Representative   
International Sales Representative   Estate Agent  
Dispensing Optician   Department Manager  
Customer Service Representative   Car Salesperson  
Procurement Officer / Buyer   Bar Manager / Publican  
Auctioneer   Purchasing Manager - Retail  
Retail Manager   Sales Representative  
Store Manager    Fundraiser  
Franchisee   Business Development Executive  
Consumer Scientist   Warehouse Manager   
Logistics / Supply Chain Manager   Train Station Assistant  
Antique Dealer    

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Sales, Retail & Purchasing
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.