The Revo Diploma in Retail & Leisure Place Management

About the diploma:

Created specifically for the retail and property industry, this de facto entry level qualification has been developed in conjunction with industry experts and the Revo Educational Trust and is delivered by Solent University with support from industry experts ensuring the teaching is up-to-date and covers both theory and practical application.

It provides retail place managers with the practical skillset and knowledge to manage and operate the retail and leisure assets that sit at the heart of our communities.

What does this course lead to?

A graduate from this Solent University course will be able to play a role in an industry that is constantly being challenged to get the best out of our assets in driving performance and value.


Who Should Apply?

  • Professionals in retail and property management seeking career advancement.
  • Recent graduates interested in specialising in retail and property management.
  • Individuals aspiring to enter the retail and property industry

Why should you apply?

A graduate from this course will have the knowledge and skills to play a greater role in an industry that is constantly meeting the challenge of getting the best out of its assets, being integral to their communities and driving performance.

Students will learn the additional competencies required of a traditional centre manager to transform them into a commercial manager able to present, and interpret financial data into strategy, and facilitate wider community partnerships. Students will also explore the drivers behind and practical impacts of ESG regulation and strategy in the context of centre management.

Roles of previous students include:

  • Centre Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Marketing Managers
  • Real Estate Management
  • Ops & Facility Managers

Explore, Learn, Succeed

By enrolling on the Revo Diploma in Retail & Place Management you will open the doors to take your education and career to another level:

  • Accelerate Your Career in Retail & Place Management
  • Learn the Skills to Thrive in the Evolving Retail Landscape and unlock new opportunities
  • Advance Your Knowledge with our 12-month Accredited Course
  • Hear from Industry Experts to Stay Ahead in the Competitive Retail Marketplace
  • Gain Real World Insights from Study Tours of Leading Shopping Centres
  • Connect with Industry Experts and Network with Fellow Professionals
  • Gain In-depth Knowledge and Practical Skills with Solent University Accreditation
  • Gain practical learning and university accreditation through this unique collaboration between Solent University and Revo
  • Open up a pathway to degree education following successful completion of the Diploma

What our students say…

“Being able to look at the same problem through various perspectives, to me, was a great learning tool.”Dariusz Piwowar, Operations Manager, JLL

“The virtual learning and support have been great. I have enjoyed every minute of the diploma.”Beatriz Muro, Marketing Consultant, Cushman & Wakefield, Spain

“The course has been really informative and has helped to build my confidence and my knowledge.”  – Stephanie Rogers, Retail Liaison, Savills

“Thank you for everything you have done for us during our course. Academia being at best, alien, and at worst the complete unknown to lots of us, [the teachers’] hard work and support in helping a load of old property managers deliver some credible academic work to this standard was crucial to many of us.”- Andy Godfrey, Retail & Services Manager, British Land

What the industry says…

“I have been so impressed by the students on the course – motivated, hungry to learn and supportive of each other. Seeing their development from Day 1 to Graduation makes being part of it a huge privilege.” – David Johnston, Partner, Wedlake Bell

What will you learn?

  • Introduction to Retail and Leisure Place Management
  • Principles of Retail and Leisure Management
    A general introduction to the principles and practice in retail and leisure management. 
  • Management, Operations, Health and Safety
    Building on and developing the operational topics introduced in Principles of Retail and Leisure Management, covering facilities and property management, service charge design and operation, environmental and community impacts of property management, operations and critical risk management, and health and safety.
  • Fundamentals of Property Law and Data Governance
    Providing an understanding of legal and statutory requirements and their application – essential for effective and competent professional practice for retail and leisure management professionals. This will include the fundamentals of Landlord & Tenant, current legal issues such as Green Leases and the effect of ESG regulations on retail and leisure property.
  • Principles of Marketing
    Developing an understanding of the key concepts and terminology used in marketing and introducing students to key principles in marketing focusing primarily on consumer marketing.

  • Financial Management and Reporting
    Providing an understanding of asset class, property economics, investment and the financial budgeting and reporting skills essential to a centre manager.

  • Project: The Retail Place – The Future Leaders Project
    Bringing together the learning from the course to date and providing an awareness of the retail and business innovations and new technologies being developed for use within the sector.

Who will teach you?

How is this course taught?

The Revo Diploma is taught ONLINE over 6 modules. 

A mixture of online lectures by Solent University, online masterclasses by industry experts and shopping centre visits.

  • 6 modules
  • 12 days between June 2024 and May 2025 (2 days per module, always a Thursday and a Friday)
  • Assessment due dates every 6-8 weeks
  • Feedback received within 3 weeks of due date
  • A mixture of online lectures by Solent University, online masterclasses by industry experts and shopping centre visits

How to apply:

UK, EU and Channel Island fees are £9,250 (VAT free).

Various payment options are available. To apply simply head to the Solent University website.

The Revo Educational Trust are funding 4 places at 50% of course fees. To apply for one of these places please ensure you complete the application form.

General Information

In order to mitigate against unconscious bias in consideration of the applications the Trustees will review Section 2 of the Application without receiving details of the applicant’s name or e-mail or, if applicable, where the applicant works. Section 2 of the Application should not refer to such details and the Trustees will not consider Applications that do so.


If the Trustees decide to make a grant this will be conditional on the balance of money required being secured, and paid from elsewhere. The Trust funds will then be paid direct to Solent University.  The payment is towards course fees only.


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