Retail Knowledge (1013)

Last Updated: 17 Oct 2016
Providing the background knowledge needed to succeed in retail, these qualifications cover the essential concepts to help get a first retail job or advance a current role. Topics include customer service, selling, teamwork as well as health, safety and security issues.
These qualifications are for anyone who works in or would like to work in retail. You don't need any previous experience or prior qualifications.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • International

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

Retail Knowledge enables you to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the retail sector. The qualification covers customer service, selling and team work.

For this qualification, you may learn on the job or in a group setting with your training provider. You'll be assessed using online, multiple-choice tests.

Which level is right for me?

Level 1
You work or would like to work in the retail sector and would like to gain an insight and basic knowledge and understanding of the industry.

Level 2
You work or would like to work in retail. You want to increase your skills, perhaps to prepare for another qualification or a role where you have more responsibility.

Level 3
You work in a supervisory retail role or would like to develop your skills further, perhaps as part of your professional development in preparation for a management role.

 

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Achieving this qualification can help you work in a wide variety of retail roles including:

  • Antique dealer
  • Builder's merchant/Assistant
  • Confectioner
  • Greengrocer
  • Newsagent
  • Personal shopper
  • Pet shop assistant
  • Retail assistant
  • Retail buyer
  • Retail manager
  • Retail merchandiser.

If you'd like to get ahead in retail by combining training with plenty of practical, on-the-job experience, you may want to take a Retail Knowledge qualification as part of the Retail Apprenticeship. Learn more about apprenticeships.

If you'd like to advance further in your retail career by developing your skills, you may want to progress on to the Level 2 or 3 Award, Certificate or Diploma in Retail Skills.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

To deliver these qualifications you will need suitably qualified staff to carry out training and assessment.

You will also need suitable facilities to carry out the required training to enable learners to achieve industry standards.

You can choose to deliver this qualification in a group setting in the training centre or on the job. You'll assess learners using online, multiple-choice tests.

To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Anyone can take this qualification, but you must make sure all your learners can access the resources they need to complete it.

Level 1

Level 1 will suit you if you work, or would like to work, in the retail sector and want to gain basic knowledge and understanding of the industry.

There are two qualifications available at Level 1:

  • Award in Retail Knowledge
  • Certificate in Retail Knowledge.

You need to achieve a minimum of seven credits from a range of units for the award, and a minimum of 13 credits to achieve the longer certificate. Each unit is worth one or two credits.

Units include:

  • Understanding the business of retail
  • Understanding customer service in the retail sector
  • Understanding the retail selling process
  • Understanding retail consumer law.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Achieving this qualification can help you work in a wide variety of retail roles including:

  • Antique dealer
  • Builder's merchant/Assistant
  • Confectioner
  • Greengrocer
  • Newsagent
  • Personal shopper
  • Pet shop assistant
  • Retail assistant
  • Retail buyer
  • Retail manager
  • Retail merchandiser.

If you'd like to get ahead in retail by combining training with plenty of practical, on-the-job experience, you may want to take a Retail Knowledge qualification as part of the Retail Apprenticeship. Learn more about apprenticeships.

If you'd like to advance further in your retail career by developing your skills, you may want to progress on to the Level 2 or 3 Award, Certificate or Diploma in Retail Skills.

Level 1 Certificate in Retail Knowledge (1013-12)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 1 Certificate in Retail Knowledge

  • Accreditation No: 500/8210/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 13 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 87 - 90 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 in Retail Knowledge (Unit route) (1013-91)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 1 Certificate in Retail Knowledge

  • Accreditation No: 500/8210/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 13 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 87 - 90 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Award in Retail Knowledge

  • Accreditation No: 500/8405/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 7 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 40 - 55 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2

Level 2 will suit you if you work, or would like to work, in retail and you want to increase your skills, perhaps to prepare for another qualification or a role where you have more responsibility.

You can choose either a shorter award or a longer, more comprehensive certificate at Level 2.

You need to achieve a minimum of nine credits for the award. For the certificate, you need to achieve four core units, then choose enough optional units to give you at least five credits. Each unit is worth between two and four credits.

The range of units includes:

  • Understanding customer service in the retail sector
  • Understanding the retail selling process
  • Understanding how individuals and teams contribute to the effectiveness of a retail business
  • Understanding how a retail business maintains health and safety on its premises.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Achieving this qualification can help you work in a wide variety of retail roles including:

  • Antique dealer
  • Builder's merchant/Assistant
  • Confectioner
  • Greengrocer
  • Newsagent
  • Personal shopper
  • Pet shop assistant
  • Retail assistant
  • Retail buyer
  • Retail manager
  • Retail merchandiser.

If you'd like to get ahead in retail by combining training with plenty of practical, on-the-job experience, you may want to take a Retail Knowledge qualification as part of the Retail Apprenticeship. Learn more about apprenticeships.

If you'd like to advance further in your retail career by developing your skills, you may want to progress on to the Level 2 or 3 Award, Certificate or Diploma in Retail Skills.

Level 2 Certificate in Retail Knowledge (1013-22)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 2 Certificate in Retail Knowledge

  • Accreditation No: 500/7352/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 14 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 93 - 113 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Certificate in Retail Knowledge (Beauty) (1013-23)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Level 2 Certificate in Retail Knowledge (Beauty)

  • Accreditation No: 600/4820/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 16 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 134 - 134 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Awards in Beauty Retail Knowledge (1013-26)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2015

Level 2 Award in Understanding the retail sale of nail care products

  • Accreditation No: 600/5767/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 3 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 30 - 30 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Understanding the retail sale of perfumery products

  • Accreditation No: 600/5768/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 3 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 30 - 30 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Understanding the retail sale of cosmetics

  • Accreditation No: 600/5769/5 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 3 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 30 - 30 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Understanding the evolution of beauty retailing

  • Accreditation No: 600/5817/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 3 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 30 - 30 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Understanding the retail sale of skin care products

  • Accreditation No: 600/5818/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 3 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 30 - 30 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 in Retail Knowledge (Unit route) (1013-92)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 2 Certificate in Retail Knowledge

  • Accreditation No: 500/7352/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 14 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 93 - 113 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Retail Knowledge

  • Accreditation No: 500/7438/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 9 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 56 - 76 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3

Level 3 is ideal if you work in a supervisory retail role or would like to develop your skills further, perhaps as part of your professional development in preparation for a management role.

You can choose either a shorter award or a longer, more comprehensive certificate at Level 3.

For the award, you choose enough units from a range to give you at least five credits. Each unit is worth between two and four credits. For the certificate, you complete four core units, in addition to two units from a range of optional units.

Units include:

  • Understanding customer service in the retail sector
  • Understanding the management of risks to health and safety on the premises of a retail business
  • Understanding the retail selling process
  • Understanding the development of personal and team effectiveness in a retail business.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Achieving this qualification can help you work in a wide variety of retail roles including:

  • Antique dealer
  • Builder's merchant/Assistant
  • Confectioner
  • Greengrocer
  • Newsagent
  • Personal shopper
  • Pet shop assistant
  • Retail assistant
  • Retail buyer
  • Retail manager
  • Retail merchandiser.

If you'd like to get ahead in retail by combining training with plenty of practical, on-the-job experience, you may want to take a Retail Knowledge qualification as part of the Retail Apprenticeship. Learn more about apprenticeships.

Level 3 Certificate in Retail Knowledge (1013-32)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 3 Certificate in Retail Knowledge

  • Accreditation No: 500/7350/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 16 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 106 - 124 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 in Retail Knowledge (Unit route) (1013-93)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 3 Certificate in Retail Knowledge

  • Accreditation No: 500/7350/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 16 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 106 - 124 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Award in Retail Knowledge

  • Accreditation No: 500/7439/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 5 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 30 - 43 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Additional information for centres

Smart Screen

SMARTSCREEN IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS QUALIFICATION

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Learning Assistant

LEARNING ASSISTANT IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS QUALIFICATION

Learning Assistant is an innovative and cost effective e-portfolio solution that allows colleges and training providers to dramatically improve the delivery of their vocational qualifications.

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