Minerva Learning Trust


Retail Business

What will my child learn in this subject?

Our Ethos

Retail Business offers a learning experience that focuses learning for 14-16 year olds through applied learning, i.e. acquiring and applying knowledge, skills and understanding through purposeful tasks set in the retail sector or subject contexts that have many of the characteristics of real work.

As business teachers we are giving students the opportunity to develop business knowledge and enterprise skills. We will broaden their experience and understanding of business and the world around them through external speakers from the local community. Pupils will develop key skills which can then be transferred into all progression opportunities.

The successful completion of this qualification, together with other equivalent qualifications, could provide the learner with opportunities to access a range of Level 3 qualifications including GCE, apprenticeships, employment and training and vocationally related qualifications.

What will students study?

Unit 1 - The business of retail

Students will be introduced to the business of retail and will explore the dynamic and competitive nature of the retail industry. They will also gain knowledge and understanding of different types of retail business and retail activity, as well as the impact of external factors on the sector.

Unit 2 – Customer experience

Develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles of customer service for retail business and have the opportunity to investigate the customer service experience across a retail organisation selected by you. 

Unit 3 - Merchandising and marketing of retail products

Students will be introduced to the importance of visual merchandising and marketing retail products, and how retail businesses use visual merchandising and marketing to achieve their aims. Students will apply knowledge and understanding to design visual merchandising installations and promotional materials.

What skills will students develop?

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Learning independently
  • Reseach
  • Taking on responsiblity
  • Time management 

Lesson and Coursework Access

All lessons and resources including all the necessary material for forthcoming end of year examinations can be found on your Teams assignments and OneNote.

Just go to https://teams.microsoft.com and log in with your username@eccoschool.com and their password.