Course aims

This industry recognised course has been designed to provide an introductory qualification in retail which reflects employability skills identified as being important by many employers, including those within the retail sector. This course provides opportunities for students to develop general and practical skills as well as knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of retailing through providing a broad experiential introduction to the retail sector.

Course progression

  • National 5 Retail

Course description

The Course will be delivered within the school by school staff. Links with local employers will allow the work experience element to be completed, and visits to retail outlets will also support students learning as does the experience of visiting speakers.

This course consists of four Units. These are:


Assessment in this course will be based on both performance evidence through students performing a range of practical activities, supported by assessors observation checklists and written and/or oral evidence through candidates folio evidence, case study scenarios and question and answer. Students will also carry out self review and evaluation of their progress in employability skills.

Future Progression Routes in Subject

This course provides progression to Modern Apprenticeship in retail, Scottish Vocational Qualifications in Retail at SCQF level 6 or suitable training/employment.