Business and Retail Management BSc (Hons) – 2014 entry

The chance to be taught by lecturers and tutors who have been in the world of business first-hand creates a pleasant learning environment; something I feel could not be matched by other business schools.

What you'll study

The Business and Retail Management degree at Surrey was introduced in 1989, one of the first of its type. The degree has been designed to equip you with essential management skills, together with the specialist knowledge of the retail industry that you will need for a successful career.

Retailing is a dynamic industry, consisting of multiple sectors such as food, fashion, consumer goods, financial services and leisure, which include some of the largest companies in the world. This degree aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to be a successful retail business specialist (for example, retail analyst, retail buyer, brand communication manager or project manager). You will gain an excellent business education and the specialist approach needed for your chosen career. The programme is based around a core of business and management subjects, combined with industry-related retail modules.

In addition to studying a range of key business and management topics, you will study specialist areas that will develop your understanding of the working realities of retail management, operations and relevant retail concepts. You will learn to apply and evaluate appropriate techniques and frameworks that lie at the heart of successful retailing.

Programme overview

The programme consists of compulsory and optional modules which you study to earn credits towards your final degree. You will study for 120 credits per level, where each of the modules is worth 15 credits.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

In Year 1, all of the modules are compulsory. They will enable you to develop fundamental and retail-specific management skills and knowledge. A compulsory module, fundamental to management, such as Business Communication Skills, looks at a wide range of communication channels at work and how we interact with people and organisations effectively using modern technology. A retail-specific compulsory module, such as The Retail Industry, facilitates your understanding of the fundamentals of retail activity.

Compulsory modules:

  • Business Communication Skills
  • Business Environment
  • Business Information Skills
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Marketing Principles
  • Operations Management
  • Retail Industry and the Consumer
  • Retail Operations

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

In Years 2 and 3, you will study a combination of compulsory modules based on fundamental management topics, such as Consumer Behaviour and Business Strategy, and retail management-specific topics such as Managing Retail Locations and Retail Buying. You will be able to choose from a wide selection of optional modules based on a variety of management topics, including marketing, entrepreneurship, finance and international trade.

Compulsory modules:

  • Business Delivery Skills
  • Business Finance
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • International Fashion Marketing
  • Managing People in Context
  • Managing Retail Locations

Two optional modules

Professional Training placement (optional)

The optional Professional Training placement year allows you to consolidate the management education you have acquired and provides a platform to build on when you return to your studies. It gives you a valuable opportunity to put your management learning into practice in real organisations in the UK, with some placements available overseas. We have partnerships with companies such as Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser, Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Waitrose, Fortnum and Mason, and Majestic Wine Warehouses.

Level 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Compulsory modules:

  • Business Strategy
  • e-commerce in Retailing
  • International Retailing
  • Retail Buying
  • Retail Logistics

Four optional modules

Optional modules in Years 2 and 3 include:

  • Business Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
  • Ethics, Responsibility and Citizenship
  • Financial Management
  • Innovation and New Product Development
  • International Trade
  • Introduction to Management Science
  • Issues in Human Resource Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing Communications
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Operations Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Research in Marketing

Professional recognition

We are one of only 14 business schools in the UK to hold accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

This programme has been approved and accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing to provide entry onto The CIM’s Professional Diploma in Marketing.

Professional Training and placements

The optional Professional Training placement year allows you to consolidate the management education you have acquired and provides a platform to build on when you return to your studies. It gives you a valuable opportunity to put your management learning into practice in real organisations in the UK, with some placements available overseas.

We have partnerships with companies such as Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser, Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Waitrose, Fortnum and Mason, and Majestic Wine Warehouses.


Each of our modules is designed to involve 150 hours of student work. This time will be spent in lectures, laboratories and tutorials, and includes private study on your own or in small study groups. You will also write essays and assignments that draw on your understanding of a particular area.

Our staff members are innovative in delivering engaging learning sessions that bring together theory and practice for your intellectual and professional development.

Career opportunities

There is great demand for our Business and Retail Management students. Thanks to a degree programme that examines the most up-to-date issues in retail commerce, ample opportunities to learn from and interact with ‘real’ retail practitioners and the work experience gained during the Professional Training placement year, many of our students have undertaken successful careers within the retail sector. Our graduates are working in areas ranging from marketing and PR, buying and merchandising, and consumer analysis to supply chain, store operations and location planning.

Others have gone into banking, accounting and consulting. Overall, graduates of this degree have proven to be highly employable across a wide range of organisations, not just limited to retail.

Graduate prospects

Graduates over the last few years entered employment with organisations such as:                                                                                                

  • Argos – Buyer
  • House of Fraser – Department Manager
  • Tesco – Project Manager and Fashion Buyer
  • Verdict Research – Associate Retail Analyst
  • Monsoon/Accessorize – Assistant Manager
  • Aurora Fashions – Buyer’s Co-ordinator
  • Sainsbury’s Produce – Team Leader
  • Waitrose Ltd – Personnel Administrator

2014 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

74% (including 6 in Mathematics)

International Baccalaureate

34 points (including Mathematics grade 4 at SL/HL)

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

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Required subjects

GCSE English Language at grade C or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade B or above (or equivalent).

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-skill (or equivalent).

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

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Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years N240 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years N241 View KIS data set

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Professional Training Placement

Red Shoes

A short thought-provoking film following Olivia Cameron, an undergraduate Business and Retail Management student who undertook her placement year at Marks and Spencer in Camberley.

Why Surrey?

  • Surrey Business School has an excellent, established worldwide reputation
  • Academic staff with expertise in various areas: shopper psychology, fashion marketing, international retailing, planning and marketing of retail space, retail buying and merchandising, shopping centre marketing and management
  • Invaluable Professional Training placements with leading, internationally recognised retail companies, including Tesco, Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Sainsbury’s and Aldi
  • Business and Retail Management at Surrey was ranked in the UK’s top 20 for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2013
  • Exciting learning opportunities in the real business world, study tours to retail stores/warehouses, guest lectures by senior retail managers and regular visits from senior-level alumni now working in the retail industry
  • A comprehensive programme that enables you to learn the science and art of retailing
  • A strong entrepreneurial culture is encouraged throughout our programme
  • International student exchange opportunities in many exciting locations, including Australia, the United States, Canada and Hong Kong

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