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Retail - Oldham College

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What will I study?

Pathway to Vocational Level 1 you will progress to the Level 1 Certificate in Employability and select a specialism for 4 hours tuition in the vocational Faculty of your choice. The vocational areas you can choose from are: Sport; Construction; Motor Vehicle; Health & Social Care; Hair; Art; ICT and Retail.

All students will work towards GCSE or Functional Skills qualifications in maths and English. Your personal tutor will set and review individual targets to ensure you develop the skills that will enable you to succeed and progress on to higher level courses, Apprenticeships or employment. 

Course Content:

  • Pastoral/1-1 target setting   

  • Level 1 Award/Certificate in Employability

  • English GCSE or Functional Skills

  • Maths GCSE or Functional Skills

  • Life & Social Skills

  • Confidence-building, team-work and problem-solving

  • Enrichment & Enterprise projects.

  • Work experience.

What will I study? (Apprenticeship)

Diploma for Retailers

As an Apprentice in Retail, you will be engaging with customers in store or online. You will gain the following skills and knowledge, customer care, how to deal with a range of customers, manage stick levels, how to maximise a sale, marketing techniques, when and how to adapt new practices to improve the business.

Entry requirements- English and Maths grades 3-9 or A-D, or working towards Functional Skills Level 1.

What will I achieve?

Diploma for Retailers

Level 2 Functional Skills

You will attend college half day per week and you will a minimum of 30 hours in the work place. Your College day will consist of maths and English delivery. Theory and practical will be delivered offsite at your employer’s premises.

Level 2 Apprenticeship in Warehouse and Storage

Level 2 Apprenticeship in Improving Operational Performance

On this apprenticeship, day to day responsibilities include taking deliveries, checking loads, storing goods, moving stock, packing orders and maintaining records. You will be using mechanical racking systems, materials handling equipment and pump trucks.

During your Apprenticeship you will gain an understanding of safe lifting and operating techniques as well as managing waste effectively and using packing materials effectively to reduce waste and costs. You may become familiar with IT applications and other relevant technologies, including warehousing management, data capture, radio and barcoding systems to ensure the safe and efficient processing of goods.


How will I be assessed?

Some class sizes will be small and much of your learning will take place through practical activities.

You will be taught by a highly qualified team of tutors, dedicated to ensuring your learning experience is fun, challenging and meaningful. You may be eligible for specialist additional learning support, but we will always strive to support your individual needs. You will have targets set specifically for your needs and end goals, which will be monitored and reviewed regularly with your Personal Tutor, to ensure your learning journey stays on track. We have strong links with family and professionals who are invited to be involved in all aspects of your education and progress.

Method of assessments are varied to meet your needs and abilities and will include written and verbal assessments, observation and witness statements, photographic and video evidence.

GCSE maths and English will be an externally set exam.

How will I be assessed (Apprenticeship)?

How will I be assed?

Assessment takes place within college, in the work placement and at End Point Assessment centre.

Continuous on course assessment involving:

Practical observations

Externally set written/online modular tests

Oral questioning

Mock EPA (end point assessment)

Gateway meetings

Final End Point Assessments is grade pass, pass or distinction

 

Warehouse & Storage

The Apprentice will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods as agreed with their assessor to ensure that the knowledge and skills they learn are applied consistently in their role.  The Apprentice will demonstrate their evidence by building an on line portfolio mapped towards the learning outcomes of the agreed units. Types of evidence will include written assignments, observation, and may also include questions and answers, professional discussion, witness testimonies and the examination of work products.  The Assessor is looking to confirm the integration of theory into practice in line with the qualification assessment criteria.    This will be quality assured to ensure it is authentic, sufficient and valid before quality assurance from the external Awarding Organisation.

What will this lead to?

Level 1-2 programme's in Vocational Faculties

 

Traineeships or Apprenticeships

Employment

Support Internship.

What will this lead to (Apprenticeship)?

What will this lead to?

Progression- Retail Team Leader/Team Leader

Career options you could working within any of the following business- Department Stores and Independent retailer shops, shopping centre, boutiques and online companies.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Programme: Skills for Life & Work

No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.

These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND).

Entry Level Programme: Skills & Employability

English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3

 

GCSE Re-sit Study Programme

You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & maths assessment.

 

Vocational Level 1 Programme

English & maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3.

 

Vocational Level 2 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including maths and English or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both maths and English. English & maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.

 

Vocational Level 3 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including maths and English) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both maths and English

How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -

To register your interest - https://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/

To apply for a vacancy - https://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeship-vacancies/

 

 

 

Cost

Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, but many students will be eligible for discounts on these.
  • If you're 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 (five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C/1-4; NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) or full Level 3 (an Access to Higher Education Course, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, or two or more A Levels or equivalent) qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees if you undertake a full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualifications.    
  • If you are 19 and over, undertaking an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course you may be exempt from paying tuition and exam fees if you receive an active benefit (e.g. Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance) and are seeking work.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study GCSE Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.
  • Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Cost (Apprenticeship)

Contribution Rules          

  • 16-18 Where the employer has under 50 employees and they are not a levy paying employer the learner is fully funded by the government, this rule also applies to 19-24 year old who are Care Leavers or in possession of an Educational Healthcare Plan
  • 16-18 Where the employer has 50 or more employees and they are not a levy payer there will be a 10% charge with the government paying the remaining 90%. The 10% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 16-18 Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme
  • 19+ All employers that are not a levy payers there will be a 10% charge with the government paying the remaining 90%. The 10% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 19+ Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme

Incentives

  • 16-18 The employer will receive £1,000 incentive, 50% at 90 days following enrolment and 50% at 365 days following enrolment assuming the student is still employed and active on the Apprenticeship. The employer will need to invoice the college for this at that time and confirm their eligibility to make the claims at that point. This applies to Apprenticeship Frameworks only and not new Standards.
  • 19-24 Where an employer has an Apprentice under the age of 25 where their earnings are below £43,000 per year the employer does not have to pay National Insurance Contributions (NIC's). Correct at the time of publication, check the HMRC section on gov.uk website

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

 

Overview

Title: Retail

Faculty: Retail and Warehousing

Attendance Options: Apprenticeship, Full Time

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