SQA Advanced Diploma in Retail Management


Awarded by the SCOTTISH QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY, UK

Full-Time/Part-Time
Overview

Why Study Retail Management at DIMENSIONS?

Gold Standard Service Provider Award in Business Management

Honoured with the distinguished Gold Standard Service Provider Award in Business Management by JobsCentral Learning, Singapore, for two years in a row, it markedly bespeaks the outstanding educational quality of our Business and Management programmes.

As we understand that the business world is constantly evolving, we continuously forge partnerships with reputable educational institutions to furnish our students with global knowledge to enhance their employment prospects. Our pedagogical methods also enable students to gain predictive insights into the risks and successes of the dynamic business environments through case studies and quality sessions with skilled practitioners. Upon graduation, our students will be able to effectively contribute their academic knowledge and skills to the business world.

Scottish Qualifications Authority

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Scotland’s national body for qualifications, works across the UK and internationally with schools, colleges, universities and training organisations to develop and deliver their qualifications and assessments.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has changed the name of their SQA Higher National Diploma qualifications to SQA Advanced Diploma qualifications in countries outside of Scotland.

SQA provides a wide range of internationally recognised qualifications and associated services. SQA also awards a range of other qualifications, including customised awards to meet the needs of individual companies and organisations. In addition, SQA provides advice, support and services, such as expertise in assessment, that enable organisations to succeed in meeting a wide range of educational and workforce development challenges.

The SQA Advanced Diploma is a higher education qualification which enables advanced entry into many undergraduate degree programmes in Universities and Higher Education Institutions across the world. The SQA Advanced Diploma programme is widely recognised around the world as being equivalent to the first two years of undergraduate study. SQA has partnered with a number of highly regarded international institutions who will consider applications from SQA Advanced Diploma graduates.

For updated and accurate information of SQA, please visit their website at www.sqa.org.uk

Programme Introduction

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Retail Management is designed for students who want to enter into positions in a wide range of retail organisations at an operational, supervisory or team leader or managerial level with the aim to develop skills and knowledge in customer care and retail management. Students will have sound understanding of the everyday operation of the retail industry. Moreover, this programme also broadens and deepens the knowledge, understanding and skills of students in key areas of management, finance and marketing as well as managing, controlling and presenting stock.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded the SQA Advanced Diploma in Retail Management by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, UK.

DIMENSIONS International College is an SQA Approved Centre for the above programme.

The programme consists of two components:

I. Theory and practical lessons conducted at DIMENSIONS International College (18 months).
II. Industrial Attachment (IA)/ Work Experience*. Students will be attached to retail establishments (6 months).

Objective

This course is designed with the aim to equip students in the retail sector with the following learning objectives:

  • To acquire a sound apprehension of the current and future trends in the retail environment in which the retail sectors operate and their impacts on organisations
  • To gain well-rounded insights into the areas of corporate image and identity, comprehending their effects on a retail store
  • To broaden and deepen the knowledge in the principles and practices of merchandising, operations management, financial management and marketing
  • To grasp an in-depth understanding of the underpinning concepts of management and finance

Designed for

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Retail Management is a 2-year course, exclusively designed for students who are interested in careers in the retail industry, retailers, store managers, department managers, and students who set their sights on earning a degree in the near future.

Course Structure

Course Structure

SQA Advanced Diploma in Retail Management consists of 24 units.

Course Outline

  • Outline for Retail Environment
  • Outline for Stock Presentation
  • Outline for Retail Operations
  • Outline for Recruitment, Selection and Induction
  • Outline for Retail Law
  • Outline for Marketing Practice: An Introduction
  • Outline for Financial Accounting Statements: An Introduction
  • Outline for Organisations and Management
  • Outline for Consumer Behaviour and the Marketing Process
  • Outline for Retail: Graded Unit 1
  • Outline for Using Financial Accounting Statements
  • Outline for Economic Issues: An Introduction
  • Outline for Retail Corporate Image
  • Outline for Statistics for Business
  • Outline for Retail Customer Experience
  • Outline for Communication: Business Communication
  • Outline for Business Culture and Strategy
  • Outline for Contemporary Issues in Retailing
  • Outline for Managing People
  • Outline for Behavioural Skills for Business
  • Outline for Store Design
  • Outline for Retail Management: Graded Unit 2
  • Outline for Information Technology: Software Applications 1
  • Outline for Work Placement
* Internship / Industrial Attachment (IA) will be arranged for qualified students. Students must satisfy the following pre-qualifying requirements prior to school’s arrangement for their Internship / IA posting:
A. Students must be at least 18 years old at the time of the IA posting
B. Complete and pass the practical and theory assessments of your course
C. Achieve at least an attendance rate of 90%
D. Pass the Interview and Screening Test (comprising technical test and performance test)
Note:
  • Internship / IA posting is not guaranteed and will be subject to the approval of relevant passes by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). No further Internship / IA posting will be arranged if a student withdraws or is terminated from the IA centre.
  • Students who fail to secure an IA will have to successfully complete a Research Project.
  • Qualified students who have secured an Internship / Industrial Attachment (IA) with an organisation will have to successfully complete the IA. Students who withdraw or are terminated from the IA centre will result in a failed IA module. In order for students to graduate from this programme, students are required to retake the module in the form of a Research Project. Students are also required to pay a re-take fee for the module as well as the fee for the extension of the Student’s Pass

Scope of Study

This course is designed to provide learners with retail specific, professional and employability skills and attributes required to progress successfully in employment or education in the sector.

Delivery Mode

Lectures, tutorials, discussions and researches

Commencement Date/Intakes

To check the dates of Programme Intake for 2019, please click here.
To check the dates of Programme Intake for 2020, please click here.
DIMENSIONS reserves the right to change the intakes at any time without prior notice.

Course Fees

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Full-time

1. Application Fee (Non – refundable)

:S$

500.00

2. Tuition Fee

:S$

21,800.00

3. Registration Fee For Scottish Qualifications Authority

:S$

800.00

4. Administrative Fee

:S$

735.00

5. Examination Fee

:S$

1,000.00

6. Course Material

:S$

1,400.00

7. Medical Check-Up Fee

:S$

60.00

8. International Student Management Fee

:S$

1,000.00

9. ICA Processing and Student’s Pass Fee

:S$

120.00

7% GST

:S$

1,919.05

Total

:S$

29,334.05

Part-time

1. Application Fee (Non – refundable)

:S$

100.00

2. Tuition Fee

:S$

21,800.00

3. Registration Fee For Scottish Qualifications Authority

:S$

800.00

4. Administrative Fee

:S$

550.00

5. Examination Fee

:S$

1,000.00

6. Course Material

:S$

1,400.00

7% GST

:S$

1,795.50

Total

:S$

27,445.50

Please click here for more information on the fees which are likely to be incurred during the students’ course of study. Students are expected to pay for the stipulated fee(s) incurred, if necessary.

Note 1: All miscellaneous fees are inclusive of 7% GST.
Note 2: Total course fees paid (except application fee and GST) by students are protected under the Fee Protection Scheme (FPS).
Note 3: All students must sign the Advisory Note to Student before signing the Standard PEI-Student Contract.
Note 4: The Standard PEI-Student Contract must be signed by the student prior to making course fees payments to DIMENSIONS.
Note 5: The course fees shown above are effective from 1st January 2019. DIMENSIONS reserves the right to make necessary amendments to the course fees without prior notice.

Payment Mode

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For more information on Fee Protection Scheme (FPS), please click here.
For further details, please contact your Admissions Officer at 6334 0600.

Duration

18 months Institutional Training and 6 months Industrial Attachment (IA)* (Total 24 months)

Maximum allowed period for a student to complete the course is 36 months of Institutional Training excluding Industrial Attachment (IA) period.

Maximum Candidature Period

Student is not allowed to retake the course and/or request for a refund in the event if he/she fails to complete the programme within the maximum candidature period.

Opportunities for Further Education/Career Pathway

Students can look forward to servicing in these industries:

  • Retail
  • Customer Service
  • Merchandising
  • Business
  • Business Development

Notes:
Foreigner’s application for jobs in Singapore is subject to the approval from the Ministry of Manpower of Singapore (MOM). DIMENSIONS DOES NOT GUARANTEE any success rate of approval.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Local students Received a passing grade in at least one (1) GCE A-Level subject or DIMENSIONS’ Foundation Diploma in Business or other Certificate in Foundation programme (with equivalent entry requirements as Foundation Diploma in Business and subject to approval)
International students Equivalent to Year 12 from the respective home countries of the applicants

Note: Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis
English Proficiency : An IELTS score of at least 5.5 or DIMENSIONS’ Certificate in Academic English (CAE) Level 4 or passed DIMENSIONS’ English Proficiency Test at an equivalent level or its equivalent. English proficiency may be considered to have been met and an IELTS score may not be required if applicant possesses a highest qualification where English was the sole medium of instruction.

Assessment & Awards

Class Periods

Full-time

Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 11.30am and/or 12.15pm - 3.15pm and/or 3.30pm - 6.30pm

3 hours per session. All specific programme schedules will be reflected in the timetable.

Part-time

Weekday (Monday to Friday)
Sessions will be conducted from 7.00pm to 10.00pm

and/or

Weekend (Saturday and/or Sunday)
Sessions will be conducted within 9.00am to 6.00pm

3 hours per session. All specific programme schedules will be reflected in the timetable.

Examination Period

At the end of each semester or course

Assessment Methods

Coursework, project and portfolio

Assessment Grading Criteria

For Graded Units:
A: (70 marks and above)
B: (60 – 69 marks)
C: (50 – 59 marks)
Fail: (49 marks and below)

All other units: Pass / Fail

Assessment Weighting
100% Coursework with exception of the following units:

  • Retail: Graded Unit 1 – 100% Project;
  • Retail Management: Graded Unit 2 – 100% Project;
  • Work Placement – 100% Portfolio

Expected Examination Results Release Date

Not more than 3 months after the final assessment.
Note: All assessed marks shall be deemed provisional until such time they have been confirmed by an Awards Assessment Board of the Awarding Body.

Qualification Award

SQA Advanced Diploma in Retail Management awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, UK

Graduation Requirements

A “Pass” in all assessments of all units, including Industrial Attachment (IA) / Work Experience*

Teacher – Student Ratio

Average teacher-student ratio is 1:35
Note: The number of students in the classroom is subject to the maximum seating capacity.

Note 1: International Student must achieve at least 90% attendance rate (ICA Requirement).
Note 2: International Student must not be absent for more than 7 consecutive days without valid reason (ICA Requirement).
Note 3: Students who do not require ICA’s student’s pass must achieve at least 80% attendance rate.Our College only accept medical certificates as proof for absenteeism. Any other documents should only be accepted on a case-by-case basis with full justification and be acceptable by ICA.
Note 4: In the first week of studies, an induction session will be conducted. The students will be briefed by the Academic Staff on full details of the course including scheme of work, timetable, assessments and grading, assessment and exam dates and venue and many other academic matters.
Note 5: DIMENSIONS has the right to cancel a class/an intake if the minimum number of students enrolled is less than 10 for any programme per class. Students may enroll into a later intake, if any, or withdraw from course. (For refund, please refer to our Refund Policy).
Note 6: Students (both international and local) must achieve an attendance rate of 80% and above in order to qualify for examinations.
Note 7: Our courses will be conducted at one of the above registered premises of DIMENSIONS International College.