Diploma in Retail Management

Provided by DIMENSIONS International College


Awarded by DIMENSIONS International College

Course introduction


In this day and age, customers are becoming more well-informed and tech-savvy and hence, it is fundamental to keep abreast of the latest trends and fashion in order to cater to their every whim. The Diploma in Retail Management is particularly designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to flourish in the retail industry and establishments.

This course covers the modules in human resource management, merchandise management, financial statement and analysis and so on. Furthermore, you will be given the opportunity to put your theoretical knowledge into practice through a 6-month Industrial Attachment (IA) / Work Experience*.

Upon successful completion, you will be awarded with the Diploma in Retail Management by DIMENSIONS International College. This qualification broadens your employability in careers ranging from merchandising operations project manager, human resource generalist to department manager.

The programme consists of two components:

  • Theory and practical class lessons conducted at DIMENSIONS International College (6 months).
  • Industrial Attachment (IA) / Work Experience*, students will be attached to retail establishments (6 months).

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure


  • To equip students with the expertise to oversee the management and ensure the smooth running of the retail operations.
  • To provide students with the fundamental concepts of organisational structure, departmental functions and inventory management.
Designed for
  • O-Level graduates who aspire to start their own retail businesses or pursue a career in the retail sector in the near future.
  • Retail operations supervisors and managers who wish to enhance their skills and attain a better grasp of the retail planning processes and operations management.

Area of Studies

Course Structure
Diploma in Retail Management consists of 7 modules.

Course Outline

  • Outline for Introduction to Retail Operations
  • Outline for Principles of Management
  • Outline for Introduction to HR Management
  • Outline for Managing Merchandise Presentation
  • Outline for Understanding Financial Statement & Analysis
  • Outline for Business Environment
  • Outline for Work Experience
*Students must satisfy the following pre-qualifying requirements prior to school’s arrangement for their IA posting:

A) Students must be at least 18 years old at the time of IA posting
B) Complete and pass the practical and theory assessments of your Course
C) Achieve at least 90% attendance rate
D) Pass the Interview Screening Test comprising of:
  • Technical Test
  • Performance Test
  • IA posting is not guaranteed and will be subjected to approval of relevant passes by Ministry of Manpower (MOM). No further IA posting will be arranged if a student withdraws or is terminated from the IA centre.
  • Industrial Attachment will be arranged for qualified students. Students who are not secured with IA will have to successfully complete a Research Project.
Scope of Study
Theories and practices in retail management

Delivery Mode
Lectures, tutorials, discussions and researches

6 months Institutional Training and 6 months Industrial Attachment (IA)* (Total 12 months)
Maximum allowed period for a student to complete the course is 12 months of Institutional Training excluding Industrial Attachment (IA) period

Opportunities for Further Education/Career Pathway
Students may consider pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Retail Management or other options within this field of study.

Foreigner’s application for jobs in Singapore is subject to the approval from the Ministry of Manpower of Singapore (MOM). DIMENSIONS DOES NOT GUARANTEE any success rate of approval.

Entry Requirements

Academic Level:
Completion of GCE N-Level with a minimum 1 year of relevant work experience or GCE O-Level or 11 years of formal education or its equivalent.

English Proficiency :
At least IELTS 5.0 or CAE Level 4 or pass the English Proficiency Test at equivalent level conducted by DIMENSIONS or its equivalent. English proficiency may be considered to have been met and an IELTS score may not be required if applicant possesses a highest qualification where English was the sole medium of instruction.

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

Class Periods
Monday to Friday: 9.30am-12.30pm and/or 1.45pm-4.45pm
5 sessions per week, 3 contact hours per session

Weekday (Monday to Friday)
Sessions will be conducted from 7.00pm to 10.00pm
and / or
Weekend (Saturday and/or Sunday)
Sessions will be conducted within 9.00am to 6.00pm
4 sessions per week, 3 contact hours per session

Examination Period
At the end of each semester or course

Assessment Methods
Coursework, examinations and portfolio

Assessment Grading Criteria
For Graded Modules:
A: (70 marks and above)
B: (60 – 69 marks)
C: (50 – 59 marks)
Fail: (49 marks and below)

All other modules: Pass / Fail

Assessment Weighting
50% Coursework and 50% Examination with exception of the following module:

  • Work Experience: 100% Portfolio.
Expected Examination Results Release Date
Not more than 3 months after the final assessment

Qualification Award
Diploma in Retail Management awarded by DIMENSIONS International College

Graduation Requirements
A “Pass” in all assessments of all modules, including Industrial Attachment (IA) / Work Experience*
Students who have passed all the theoretical modules under the institutional training but fail in Industrial Attachment/Research Project can only be entitled to award the Certificate in Retail Management.

Note 1: International Student must achieve at least 90% attendance rate (ICA Requirement).
Note 2: International Student must not be absent for more than 7 consecutive days without valid reason (ICA Requirement).
Note 3: Students who do not require ICA’s student’s pass must achieve at least 80% attendance rate.Our College only accept medical certificates as proof for absenteeism. Any other documents should only be accepted on a case-by-case basis with full justification and be acceptable by ICA.
Note 4: In the first week of studies, an induction session will be conducted. The students will be briefed by the Academic Staff on full details of the course including scheme of work, timetable, assessments and grading, assessment and exam dates and venue and many other academic matters.
Note 5: DIMENSIONS has the right to cancel a class/an intake if the minimum number of students enrolled is less than 10 for any programme per class. Students may enroll into a later intake, if any, or withdraw from course. (For refund, please refer to our Refund Policy).
Note 6: Students (both international and local) must achieve an attendance rate of 80% and above in order to qualify for examinations.

Fees & Funding


1. Application Fee (Non – refundable) S$500.00
2. Tuition Fee S$8,500.00
3. Administrative Fee S$435.00
4. Examination Fee S$600.00
5. Course Material S$400.00
6. Medical Check-Up Fee S$60.00
7. International Student Management Fee S$500.00
8. ICA Processing and Student’s Pass Fee S$120.00
7% GST S$778.05
Total S$11,893.05

1. Application Fee (Non – refundable) S$100.00
2. Tuition Fee S$8,500.00
3. Administrative Fee S$400.00
4. Examination Fee S$600.00
5. Course Material S$400.00
7% GST S$700.00
Total S$10,700.00

Miscellaneous Fees:
1. Loss of Student’s Pass (For Student’s Pass holder only) S$278.20
2. Renewal of Student’s Pass (For Student’s Pass holder only) S$128.40
3. Administrative Fees for Extension / Replacement of Student’s Pass (For Student’s Pass holder only) S$535.00
4. Additional Book Fee Per Book S$107.00
5. Appeal for Result Fee Per Module S$160.50
6. Academic Status Certification Fee Per Certification Letter S$53.50
7. Late Payment Fee S$107.00
8. Documents Courier Services Fee Per Delivery S$53.50
9. Re-enrolment Fee S$535.00
10. Course Deferment Fee S$374.50
11. Graduation Ceremony Fee Subject to University / DIMENSIONS’ prevailing charges
12. Re-assessment Fee Per Module S$214.00
13. Re-take Fee Per Module S$1,070.00

Note 1: All miscellaneous fees are inclusive of 7% GST.
Note 2: Total course fees paid (except application fee and GST) by students are protected under the Fee Protection Scheme (FPS).
Note 3: All students must sign the Advisory Note to Student before signing the Standard PEI-Student Contract.
Note 4: The Standard PEI-Student Contract must be signed by the student prior to making course fees payments to DIMENSIONS.
Note 5: The course fees shown above are effective from 20th June 2017. DIMENSIONS reserves the right to make necessary amendments to the course fees without prior notice.

Payment Mode

For more information on Payment Mode, please go to : https://dimensions.edu.sg/current-students/types-of-fee-and-payment-modes/

For more information on Fee Protection Scheme (FPS), please go to : https://dimensions.edu.sg/current-students/fee-protection-scheme/

For further details, please contact your Admissions Officer at 6334 0600.