FdSc Logistics

The Foundation Degree in Logistics enables professionals working within the Logistics or Supply Chain sector, with no dedicated qualifications or non-traditional qualifications to gain a valuable University degree. The programme has been informed by dialogue with the business sector and is accredited by the CILT (Chartered Institute for Logistics & Transport). The programme lasts two years and requires part-time block attendance

Key benefits of this course

  • To provide students with the opportunities to achieve their professional and academic potential through appropriate learning experiences
  • To develop an understanding of operational and managerial processes involved with procurement, movement, storage, distribution and use of resources throughout the supply chain
  • To provide students with appropriately structured curricula combining professional experience and teaching in theoretical and knowledge based principles
  • To produce graduates with the specific professional and academic skills required by logistics companies
  • To produce graduates with the generic transferable skills which enable them to make a valuable and long term contribution to the industry
  • To produce capable graduates who are highly valued by employers and who have the opportunity to progress onto the BSc Logistics & Operations Management programme (by blended distance learning)

This course will develop an understanding of operational and managerial processes involved. This includes procurement movement, storage, distribution and use of resources throughout the supply chain.

You will develop the specific professional and academic skills required by logistic companies, and gain generic transferable skills which will enable you to make a valuable and long-term contribution to the industry.

Royal Mail logistics students recently graduated from Aston with a Foundation Degree in Logistics.
To find out more about the course and what employers thought of the course click this link  

2 years full-time

Aston University

Typical offer level
Prior knowledge and skills equivalent to BTEC NC, NVQ or similar vocational awards

Specific requirements
Applicants should be in paid employment in which they can achieve the work based learning elements of the programme

Start Date

Fees (per annum)
£5,300 (Home/EU)   £11,750 (Outside/EU)


Subject guide & modules

Year 1

  • Introduction to Logistics
  • Personal Development and Leading People
  • Continuous Improvement within Logistics
  • Warehousing
  • Legal and Environmental Aspects
  • IT Systems and Project Management

Year 2

  • Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Data Analysis
  • Management Accounting
  • Work-based Project
  • Inventory
  • Sourcing and Procurement
  • Retail Logistics
  • Transport Operations
This programme is assessed by assignments, formal lectures, tutorial classes, work-based projects and examinations.

For further information, see the programme specification (PDF).

Applying online is a very simple process. By clicking on the ‘Apply now’ link below you will be taken directly to the online application form where you will be asked to create a new account in the system. You will be automatically logged in after this and be able to start your application immediately. You can elect to ‘Save and Return Later’ at any point of the process, at which point you will be emailed details on how to return to your application later.

Qualification transcripts and certificates

This is the only mandatory document that you are required to upload. You must attach a scanned copy of any qualification certificates you have that are relevant to your application. If you do not have a certificate to upload but have been approved to join the programme by either your company or the programme director, please simply upload a word document that states that you do not have any certificates but have been pre-approved for the course by your company.

Sponsor Letter

If you are being sponsored by your company then you need to upload a sponsor letter (if you need assistance formatting your sponsorship letter, then take a look at this template as a rough guide). If you are applying as part of a group of students from one company and are being sponsored then you need not upload anything as we will contact your company directly for this.

I can’t create a new account, what should I do?

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I’ve made some mistakes on my application form or supporting documentation, what do I do?

If you haven’t submitted your application form, you can change any of the documents you have uploaded and any of the information you have entered simply by logging into your application and making the necessary changes .

If you have submitted your application form, please contact the Foundation Degrees Office (a.w.k.yong@aston.ac.uk) with details of any changes you wish to make, along with any supporting documentation if applicable

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Once you have completed your application you will be automatically logged out from the system and emailed with confirmation that your application has been received. We will also email you a copy of your completed application form.

After this point, admissions staff at Aston will communicate with you via the email address you have provided regarding the outcome of your application and you will not need to log into the Online Application form again.

I haven’t received any emails from the application form, why is this?

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I haven’t heard anything regarding my application, who can I contact for an update?

If you have completed your online application and have yet to hear anything from Aston, you can email the Foundation Degrees Office (a.w.k.yong@aston.ac.uk) for more information.  Your query can be processed quicker if you can provide your Application Form Number, as provided on the email sent to you when you submitted your application form.

I chose not to automatically email my references at the end of the Application form, how do I provide Aston with my references?

Please contact the Foundation Degrees Office for more information on manually sending the references for your application. Please include the Application Form Number, emailed to you separately, on all correspondence.

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Graduate Profile

Graduate Profile

Kay Stevenson – Royal Mail
Graduate of FDSc Logistics
"I've been able to show my academic potential whilst working and gained a greater understanding of the operational and managerial processes required by logistics companies. The course lecturers were excellent and I would certainly recommend the course to any student who's looking to undertake work based learning to gain a valuable qualification."
Graduate Profile

Graduate Profile

Julian Morgan - Royal Mail
Graduate of FdSc Logistics
“I have found the course to be very interesting and worthwhile. It has been particularly insightful to explore the wider world of logistics, and to gain a real understanding of how the principles behind it work. Studying at Aston has been very enjoyable, and the facilities and tutors have both been excellent.”

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