BSc Business & Supply Chain Management 

Aston University Construction Project Management

I believe going on a placement and gaining professional experience gives you the edge when it comes to looking for a graduate career."

Henry Crockett

Entry requirements


Students on this course develop a thorough understanding of the physical and managerial processes involved in logistics, and specifically the integrated management of the end-to-end supply chain. Graduates will possess specific academic and professional skills in demand by employers in the UK and internationally.

Equip yourself for a career in supply chain management or logistics
Benefit from Aston's close links and working relationships with industry
Improve your employability with a third year placement in the sector
Approval will also be sought fromChartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), with whom we enjoy a close relationship across all our programmes.
3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code:

Please note:

GCSE requirements: Maths Grade C and English Grade C
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Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements  

Typical offer level 

32 points.
DDD in relevant National Diploma.
A subject related Access to Higher Education with 45 credits at Level 3 and at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Tuition fees:

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2018/19)                             
£16,000 for Outside EU students (2018/19)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

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New for 2017, the BSc Business &Supply Chain Management course is an exciting opportunity for you to take your first step on the career ladder. 

Aston’s link with the Novus Trust group of companies gives students on this programme the opportunity to attend an assessment centre in their first year. On passing the assessment centre, students may be eligible to be part of the Novus programme, which offers professional mentoring, summer work experience, a guaranteed third year placement and (on achieving at least a 2:1) graduate employment. 

The BSc Business and Supply Chain Management has been designed to give you the skills and experience you need to excel in your career. You will have a company mentor throughout the course, as well as the chance to attend industry-led seminars and site visits.  

Students on this course could graduate with an honours degree, a guaranteed job and a year of professional experience - you'll be a step ahead of many other graduates!

Find our more about how the NOVUS courses work:

Year 1


  • Research Skills (EC113A)
  • Enhancing Employment Skills (EAS1ES)
  • Introduction to Business Management (SE1500)
  • Introductory Accounting for Business (BF1120)
  • Economic Environment of Business (BS1195)
  • Company and Contract Law (LT1305)
  • Introduction to Logistics (LT1301)
  • Transport Fundamentals (LT1314)
  • Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management (BH1117)

Year 2 

  • Purchasing Principles and Process (LT2321)
  • Operations and Process Management (LT2316)
  • Facilities Design and Management (LT1315)
  • Road Transport (LT2317)
  • Services Marketing (LT2320)
  • Project Management (LT2306)
  • Inventory Control (LT2102)
  • Modelling Simulation and Optimisation (LT2318)
  • Business Game (BN2225)
  • Developing Leadership & Management Capability through Enquiry Part 1 (LT2DL1)

Year 3 - Placement Year 

  • EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001)
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002)
  • EAS  Study/Work Placement (SEP003)

Final Year


  • International Trade Law and Policy (LT3315)
  • Contemporary Issues in Supply Chains (LT3320)
  • Supply Chain and Procurement Strategy (LT3104)
  • Strategic Financial Management (LT3322)
  • Supply Chain Integration (LT3SC1)
  • Supply Chain Planning (LT3105)
  • Developing Leadership & Management Capability through Enquiry Part 2 (LT3DL2)
  • Final Year Project (EC310A)

We employ a wide variety of teaching and learning styles on our degrees, and we place particular emphasis on project based learning and hands on experience. Visiting lecturers from the logistics profession bring real life experience to your learning.

Assessment is through a combination of project work, case studies, practical reports and coursework (approx. 50%), and exams (approx. 50%). Your final degree classification is not only based on your final year studies, but also on your second, and if relevant, your sandwich year.

Course Director

Dr Lucy Rackliff

Aston University's four year sandwich courses offer the opportunity to spend your third year in a paid industrial placement. The value a placement adds is immense – you will grow in knowledge, experience, confidence and maturity, and gain organisational and time management skills.

For those who are successful at the assessment centre, the BSc Business and Supply Chain Management course offers a guaranteed paid placement with one of the 25 companies supporting NOVUS.

Modules not only adopt the most appropriate approach in order to provide you with the best learning opportunity for that particular subject, but are also designed so that you to develop your presentation, report writing, teamwork and decision making abilities – life skills all employees demand. You can also obtain one-to-one support in all aspects of study and communication skills through the University’s Learning Development Centre.

CMI and CIPS accredit several existing programmes within our subject area. Accreditation from both CMI and CIPS will be sought upon final approval. It is expected that graduates will be eligible for the CMI Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership .

Approval will also be sought from CILT, with whom we enjoy a close relationship across all our programmes.

Aston University has developed strong partnerships with industry, whether they are project or research based, Aston's Engineering Systems and Management group offers programmes which are tailored to suit the industrial environment. This focus allows our graduates to build skills which are essential to industry, moulding them into highly employable industry ready graduates. These partnerships also further the knowledge of the working environment allowing lecturers to adapt their teaching methods to compliment the frequently changing industrial environment.

Graduates of this programme could work with leading companies across all major business sectors including:

Industry Links
One of the huge benefits to attending and passing the optional assessment centre is that you could be guaranteed graduate employment with a NOVUS company. You could begin your career in one of twenty five companies including Morrisons, DHL, PZ Cussons, asos, Sainsbury's, Travis Perkins plc, Müller and more.
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