BSc (Hons) Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management
91% of our BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management students were satisfied with their course. National Student Survey 2022
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.
The BSc (Hons) Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and offers a future facing and integrated business education covering the main disciplines and operational areas of business, whilst focusing on supporting students to develop the skills and competencies required in a contemporary and future labour market. In addition, with 3 years relevant work experience, you will be eligible for full membership with CIPS (MCIPS).
During your studies, you can apply for complimentary CIPS associate membership.
The overarching philosophy of our newly designed degree is to support and enhance progression, achievement and success, whilst challenging our students to become professional, aspirational and globally minded managers in a complex, dynamic economic environment. The course is a meaningful partnership between students, employers and the South Wales Business School, with clear innovations in work-based learning, assessment for learning and teaching and learning initiatives.
This course is also available through Network75, a combined work and study route.
The course is structured based on two blocks in each year, with immersive learning events happening at the beginning and end of each block of study at each level, recognising the University of South Wales’s belief that the development of an active approach to immersive learning achieves two key objectives.
Firstly, it gives the learner the opportunity to interact with fellow learners in teams; building identity and belonging. Secondly, it allows the ability to develop active learning strategies in a structured and supported environment. Academic and professional development is also supported throughout the course via the Centre for Academic Success.
For students enrolling on to this course in January, please note that you will be required to enrol for the second year of the course in September (of the same calendar year), subject to successful completion of year 1.
Year 1 - Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management
- People, Work and Society
- Economics, Law and the Business Environment
- Becoming a Professional; Critical Enquiry - Welsh provision available: Datblygiad Proffesiynol: Ymholi Beirniadol
- Principles of Supply Chain Management
- Marketing and Consumer Behaviour - Welsh provision available: Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
- Becoming a Professional; Enterprise Project
- Business Analytics for Management and Financial Decision Making
- Retail and Supply Chain Management
- Procurement and Strategic Sourcing
- Logistics and Material Management
- Commercial Procurement
- Management Projects and Operations
- Strategic Management
- Strategic Procurement and Commercial Relationships
- Supply Chain Management Risk and Sustainability
- Global Procurement and Sourcing
The 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 Supply Chain, Operations and Procurement Excellence (SCOPE) research group. 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.
Studying through the medium of Welsh
At least 40 credits of this course can be studied through the medium of Welsh, and specific scholarships, including the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Scholarships are available to students who choose to do so.
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, Procurement and Supply Chain Management degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.
You will be encourage to undertake a paid placement opportunity in year 3 of your study - maximising your employability. You will also benefit from the established practitioner relationships the South Wales Business School has developed over the past decade. This provides excellent opportunities for your professional practice through practitioner-led guest lectures, field visits, career development events, observational and practical research, student placements and scenario-led assessments.
The inclusion of placements, company visits and organisational engagement (through the South Wales Business Clinic and CIPS events and visits) provides the opportunity to engage with organisations and professionals and be involved in discussions with companies as they seek to provide solutions to real company problems and issues.
Your course leader will be Scott Parfitt.
We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
The entry criteria below reflect our standard entry requirements for the course for September 2023. However, all applications received by the University are reviewed holistically and individually. Entry criteria for September 2024 is changing and will be published on ucas.com from 8th May 2023. Entry criteria for September 2024 will be updated on our website from the end of October 2023.
We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.
Other qualifications and experience
We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.
To find out which qualifications have tariff points, please refer to the UCAS tariff calculator.
If you need more help or information or would like to speak to our friendly admissions team, please contact us here
Typical A-Level Offer
BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Typical Welsh BACC Offer
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).
Typical BTEC Offer
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Typical Access to HE Offer
Pass the Access to HE Diploma and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances
International Entry Requirements
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.
August 2023 - July 2024 Fees
Full-time UK: £9000
Full-time International: £14100
August 2024 - July 2025 Fees
Full-time UK: TBC
Full-time International: £14950
At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.
Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.
As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.
Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs
Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).
To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK 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.
International and EU students
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK.
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.You will also benefit from the established practitioner relationships the South Wales Business School has developed over the past decade. Typical placements include GE Aviation, Intel, Proxima, Lockheed Martin and GlaxoSmithKline.
Students on the BSc (Hons) Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management will also experience our Ignite programme. This is an intensive five day programme and is designed to take you on a journey towards becoming enterprising in your chosen domain; be this a business start-up, a social enterprise, the voluntary sector or within an established organisation.
The new BSc (Hons) Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management degree allows students to develop a range of highly important skills for industry including:
- Relationship management
- Strong negotiation skills
- Strategic thinking
- Ability to adapt to change
- Understanding of risk management
- Understanding of and ability to enhance sustainability across the supply chain.
- Project management
- Consultancy skills
- Digital skills
- People Management Skills
- Leadership skills in a global context
- Financial Decision-Making in complex procurement environments
Careers and Employability Service
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.