Supply chains deliver all our products and services that we consume – they also involve operations management, logistics, procurement and project management. It’s a growing, specialist area that is a key part of any business. Supply chain managers handle the majority of an organisation’s spending and they control international logistics and operations.
The BA (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and has been designed with input from leading professionals, so you can be confident you’ll graduate with commercial skills that will unlock doors to higher level jobs and impress future employers. You'll gain experience of working with industry, with the option of a year-long sandwich placement, giving you the ideal opportunity to develop practical experience and build a strong CV.
You’ll study essential business modules and specialist modules. These include commercial procurement, projects and operations management, logistics and materials management, strategic procurement and commercial relationships, and supply chain risk and sustainability.
This mix of general and specialist modules reflects real life, and enables you to learn about different parts of a business supply chain and the interconnectivity of suppliers, and how working together generates value. Through our strong links with industry, you’ll also learn methodologies and techniques used in the workplace. You will also have the opportunity to take part in industry visits, with recent examples including GE Aviation, Continental Teves, and Tesco Distribution Centres. You’ll gain the knowledge and ability to work in many areas, including supply chain management, operations management, purchasing and logistics. Our graduates have an excellent track record in relevant, well-paid careers.
Mae modiwlau cyfrwng Cymraeg yn cynnwys | Welsh Module options are:
Modiwlau Blwyddyn 1
Modiwlau Blwyddyn 3
* Mae’r modiwl hwn ar gael yn Gymraeg os yw digon o siaradwyr Cymraeg yn dewis ei astudio – This module is available dependent on student demand.
The BA (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management is also available as a four-year course including an integrated Foundation Year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme. Find out more: Foundation Year (Social Sciences)
The logistics and supply chain management course is taught by a team of renowned experts, who bring the latest developments and research direct to the classroom. You’ll also have regular input from reputable businesses who set student projects, so you can apply the supply chain theories you’ve learned in the classroom to solve actual real-life organisational problems.
Your studies will be underpinned by the latest research undertaken by the University’s Centre for Supply Chain Operation and Procurement Excellence and the Procurement Best Practice Academy. Many of our teaching staff are actively involved with our commercial and research centres and work closely with industry conducting research and consultancy. For you, this means you will be taught by academics who are at the forefront of their specialist field.
You will usually have to complete coursework as you progress, and normally sit exams at the end of each academic year. No module will have 100% examinations.
Our Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.
A year out on work placement, undertaking an internship as part of your course, or studying abroad is another great boost to your CV which can help you stand out from the crowd. Whether it’s studying abroad or gaining work experience, our experienced team will help you find a placement, in an area that interests you. You can spend up to a year in one of a range of local, national or international organisations or join a number of partner institutions across that world that provide access to study opportunities.
During your logistics and supply chain management degree you will be given plenty of opportunities to boost your CV in readiness for potential employers. This includes the chance to undertake a work placement following the second year of your studies in an established and reputable company. Typical placements include GE Aviation, Intel, Proxima, Lockheed Martin and GlaxoSmithKline.
Scott Parfitt, course leader
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
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Outlay of circa £300 per year of study on text books. Based on £50*6. Limited copies of texts are available in the Library.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Graduates with a Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree will have the knowledge and ability to work in many areas, including supply chain management, operations management, purchasing and logistics.
Our graduates have an excellent track record in relevant, well-paid careers, so you could find yourself working in a role responsible for everything from purchasing power to negotiating with suppliers and distributors, or controlling the international movement of goods.
Recent graduates have attained positions from graduate trainees to senior managers in the public and private sectors. These positions have been attained locally, nationally and internationally working for organisations including GE Aviation, Ministry of Defence, UKSBS, Crown Commercial Services, the NHS, BAE, Proxima, HSBC, Rolls Royce, Buy2Buy, National Procurement Service Wales, New Look, TATA Steel, Harvey Nicholls, Axiom, KPMG, Qatar Petroleum, Botswana Government, Proxserve, as well as numerous roles in local government.
Salaries for heads of purchasing are well ahead of the national average, and are generally more highly paid than marketing, HR, finance, IT and sales (Croner CIPS Salary Survey, 2015).
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.