Bachelor of Commerce in Retail Management

Learn skills and knowledge relating to the functions and management of a retail business and the key issues associated with understanding retail trading and environments with a retail management degree.

3 years
NQF Level 7
360 credits

Key Features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support
  • Retail Management Degree distance learning


The Bachelor of Commerce in Retail Management is an undergraduate degree that responds to the needs of students and the community through providing appropriate training in retail management and business skills. A qualification in retail management will provide skills and knowledge relating to the functions and management of a retail business and the key issues associated with understanding retail trading and environments.

It will allow for making changes in the retail environment from a corporate perspective. Retail managers focus on their customers’ experience within their store. They ensure that their products are merchandised for maximum exposure and that their employees are trained in excellent customer service and salesman skills. The programme content is designed to provide qualifiers with graduate-level knowledge, specific skills and applied competence (including the development of graduate attributes and qualities).

Who Should Apply?

  • School leavers who wish to pursue a career in retail management.
  • Managers of retail business and enterprises.
  • Persons wishing to become retail managers.


A Bachelor’s Degree is the minimum entry requirement for admission onto a Postgraduate Diploma or a cognate Honours degree.

Mode of Delivery

This programme is offered through online learning and digital support.

Career Opportunities

On completion of the programme, graduates can aspire to the following positions:
  • Retail Business Owner/ Manager
  • Franchise Manager/ Store Manager
  • Merchandising Representative
  • Procurement Administrator

Programme Structure

Duration: 3 years

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Business Management
  • Introduction to Retail Management
  • Microeconomic Essentials
  • Business Mathematics

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Functional Areas of Management
  • Retail Environment
  • Macroeconomic Essentials
  • Business Communication

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
  • Role and Responsibilities of a Retail Manager
  • Management Accounting
  • Business Law

Semester 2

  • Operations Management Practices
  • Consumer Behaviour in Retail Management
  • Computing Applications
  • Financial Accounting

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Ethics and Conduct in Retail
  • Retail Marketing Management
  • Organisational Strategy
  • Financial Planning and Control

Semester 2

  • Supply Chain Management in Retail
  • International Retail Management
  • Statistical Techniques in Business
  • Information Management

Admission Requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is the National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement; or
  • An equivalent NQF level 4 qualification with proven proficiency in English.
  • A Higher Certificate; an Advanced Certificate or Diploma
  • Applicants that did not achieve a Bachelors pass in Matric and are over the age of 23 years will be considered via mature age exemption
  • To be considered via RPL, applicants should be above the age of 23 years.
For further information on this alternative route, please contact a student advisor. All applicants with an international qualification will be considered in accordance with MANCOSA‘s institutional rules.

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Frequently Asked Questions

MANCOSA recommends a specialised qualification for this type of industry, which is the Bachelor of Commerce in Retail Management.

The Bachelor of Commerce in Retail Management at MANCOSA can be completed in three years. The retail management degree is offered through distance learning.

There are several different types of specialised retail management positions to pursue. Some of these include visual merchandisers, store managers, buyers and customer service consultants.

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