Retail and Merchandising

This is an excellent course for students with retail experience who would like to gain a recognised qualification in this area. In the fast growing retail sector, there are many opportunities for career progression.

Retail and Merchandising

The QQI Level 5 Certificate Retail and Merchandising is an exciting new course in Rathmines College with modules designed to link to the retail sector and online selling. Two specific modules – Retail Selling and Customer Care – will allow our students, and graduates to progress to a career in the dynamic retail sector in Ireland and abroad.

Key Information
QQI Level 5
1 Year
Full time
QQI Level 5 5M2102
September - May
Course requirements
  • Applicants should have Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent
  • Mathematics at ordinary level is desirable
  • Mature Applicants welcome
  • All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested at entry
  • Use of computer / laptop and Wi-Fi is desirable
Course modules
  • Retail Selling
  • Customer Service
  • Retail Administration
  • Retail Display
  • Digital Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Work Experience / Personal and Professional Development
  • Communications
  • Maths (Optional)
  • European Language (Optional)
Educational Progression

Students who complete the one-year QQI Level 5 Retail and Merchandising course have the opporyunity to progress through the CAO system to many Higher Education courses in particular Retail and Service Management in TU Dublin (TU925).

On successful completion of this course students have the opportunity to progress within Rathmines College to QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business, QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business – Legal and the Rathmines College Professional Accounting courses where they may choose from a range of ACCA and ATI accredited courses.

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Work Experience

Work experience is an essential part of all our programmes. The College assists students in finding suitable work placements and monitors and assesses their performance in the work place.

The module Personal and Professional Development may be taught instead of Work Experience.

Career Opportunites

Students who successfully complete this course are equipped to seek employment in a range of retail outlets – shops and online.


I really enjoyed my time in Rathmines College. I made friends for life while also getting a great understanding of the Business sector. I’m now studying a Business Degree in Maynooth University and I am so glad I chose Rathmines College.
Alex Deaton
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