Logistics with Supply Chain Management

BSc (Hons)

Launch an exciting career that explores the intricate network of activities involved in the production, distribution, and delivery from source to consumer. 

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type
Full-time
Entry requirements
Duration

3 or 4 years

UCAS code(s)

J9M9

Start date

Course overview

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport this course will allow you to develop a strong understanding of the strategic, operational, and technological aspects of supply chain management, understanding key principles such as procurement, inventory management, transportation and global logistics. Through our industry partnerships, you will develop the necessary analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills to excel in this dynamic field which offers diverse opportunities.
 

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"The quality of teaching and student support at Aston helped me to complete necessary goals, and I found my time at Aston challenging and very exciting.”

Turarbek Tokenov
Logistics Specialist

Why Logistics with Supply Chain Management at Aston University?

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Accredited
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
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Gold standard teaching
Aston University was awarded Gold- the highest possible rating for Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2023)
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Excellent student experience
Building was ranked 1st in the UK for student experience 2023 Sunday Times

Course description

BSc (Hons) Logistics with Supply Chain Management

Throughout this course, you will develop a thorough understanding of supply chain management and logistics, developing the techniques used to make processes work effectively, in order to meet strategic objectives such as minimum cost, maximum service level, and shorter cycle times.
 

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What we will provide
Designed in collaboration with industry experts and incorporating real-world case studies and projects, will provide you practical knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career. This degree is also linked to the NOVUS Trust, the scheme supports students through professional mentoring, industry seminars, site visits, and access to placement opportunities with their sponsor companies. You will have the opportunity to apply to join the NOVUS scheme in the second semester of your first year. Find out more about the NOVUS Trust here.

We are an Adobe Creative Campus meaning you will have access to top-notch software licenses, including Adobe and Solidworks, commonly used in industry. To find out more, visit here.

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What you will provide
We encourage our students to be adaptable, flexible with the ability to find innovative solutions which will ensure you optimise supply chain operations efficiently in a dynamic industry. With dedication, continuous learning, and practical experience, you will be encouraged to strengthen your abilities to analyse data, identify patterns and make strategic choices. It is also essential you have strong critical thinking skills, to make sound decisions in challenging situations.  

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What skills we teach
You will learn a comprehensive set of skills necessary for success in the field, including strategic sourcing, procurement, and supplier relationship management. You will also develop an understanding of information systems and build awareness of sustainability and ethics issues. 

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Placement year
The placement year is invaluable, offering you the experience to apply practical knowledge, gain networking opportunities, and enhance your employability prospects after graduation. Upon completion of your placement year you will be eligible to apply for the Chartered Fellow Membership. Previous students have successfully completed their placement year at renowned companies including  Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover and Clipper Logistics. 

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Career prospects
People with knowledge and skills in logistics and supply chain are in high demand as customers want more from retail and manufacturing companies. You will  have the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of roles including Supply Chain Planner, Logistics Specialist, Operations Manager and Category Manager. Through this course you could be part of the NOVUS scheme, which could guarantee you employment on graduation with one of 27 NOVUS partner companies including Wincanton, Arla, Sainsbury’s, DHL or Nestlé. Students on similar programmes have secured positions with companies such as DHL, Jaguar Land Rover, Kuehne Nagel, Dascher, Wincanton ,Unilever and GSK.

How you will learn

We encompass a variety of approaches to provide you with a comprehensive learning experience, this includes a blend of lectures, seminars, workshops, case studies, group projects, and practical exercises within laboratories. To complement your academic journey you can get involved in a variety of student societies including the transport society providing you with opportunities for networking, skill development, and social engagement. Our accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and close relationship with the president of West Midlands has given our students the opportunity to get involved in projects, events and engage with the local community.

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My Journey at GE Aviation Wales

My placement as a BSc Logistics with Supply Chain Management student 

Facilities

You will have access to our lecture theatres and seminar rooms, where theoretical content will be delivered. Students on this course will also have access to our computer facilities which you will be using for data analysis, modelling, and software projects. Our library will also provide you with digital and print resources to elevate your learning such as textbooks, reference materials, academic journals, and online databases. 

We may update our courses to reflect best practices and academic developments. If we do, we’ll let you know of any changes at the earliest opportunity by updating our course webpages. If you have already received an offer, we’ll write to you directly to let you know of the changes.


 

Entry requirements

  • A Levels

    BBC (any subject) or BCC when including one STEM subject
    BCC (any subject) or CCC when including one STEM subject (with an EPQ or Core Maths* at grade B)
    BBC or CCC when including one STEM* subject (contextual offer)

List of STEM subjects: Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Physics, Design Technology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Computer Science, Biology, Electronics. 

*List of core maths qualifications we accept:  AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies, City & Guilds Certificate in Using and Applying Mathematics, NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics for Everyday Life, OCR (MEI)* Certificate in Quantitative Problem Solving, OCR (MEI)* Certificate in Quantitative Reasoning, Pearson Edexcel Certificate in Mathematics in Context, WJEC Eduqas Certificate in Mathematics for Work and Life and Level 3 Core Math.

  • Contextual offers

    Aston Ready is our contextual offer scheme that could reduce your undergraduate offer by one or two grades. Assessed at the point of application, there are no additional forms to fill in.

Contextual offer criteria

  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (any subject): DDM
  • National Diploma and Diploma: DM plus 1 A-level at minimum Grade B
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma: DM plus 2 A-levels at minimum grade B
  • Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma: M plus 2 A-level minimum Grade B
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted
  • 29 points and above with 5, 5, 4 in higher level subjects if no science or technical subject studied.
     
  • 28 overall points with 5, 4, 4 in higher level subjects including a science or technical subject. 

Access (science or technical subject preferred but not essential) with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3.


Non-standard qualifications

Degree: 

  • Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.
     
  • Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme.
    Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.
     
  • Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3 

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

The following T levels are accepted qualifications for this course:

  • Accounting Grade D
  • Agriculture, Land Management and Production Grade D
  • Animal Care and Management Grade D
  • Building Services Engineering for Construction Grade D
  • Catering Grade D
  • Craft and Design Grade D
  • Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing Grade D
  • Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction Grade D#
  • Digital Business Services Grade D
  • Digital Production, Design and Development Grade D
  • Digital Support Services Grade D
  • Education and Childcare Grade D
  • Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control Grade D
  • Finance Grade D
  • Hairdressing, Barbering and Beauty Therapy Grade D
  • Legal Services Grade D
  • Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing Grade D
  • Management and Administration Grade D
  • Media, Broadcast and Production Grade D
  • Onsite Construction Grade D
  • Health Grade D
  • Healthcare Science Grade D
  • Science Grade D

Additionally to our Level 3 requirement, you will also need to have achieved:

GCSE Maths Grade C/4 and English Grade C/4 and above. 
 

Non-standard qualifications

Degree 

Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent Level 3) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference from your current institution.

Year 2 entry: Please note that second-year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space in that year of the programme.
Typically, applicants for second-year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have successfully passed (or be expected to pass) your first year with 120 credits on an equivalent programme at another recognised university with very similar module content.

The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference from your current institution.

Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3. 

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Qualifications in your country

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.

English language requirements

International students can enter at Year 2 of this course having completed an undergraduate year one programme at the required academic level with approved teaching partners ONCAMPUS Aston or NCUK.

Aston University provides a range of opportunities for international students to join our community and study on our campus. A key part of our strategy is our relationships with teaching partners, providing multiple pathways to Aston.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and, as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability. Our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Find out more about applying

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new Graduate Immigration Route which enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after you complete your studies to find work. This new post-study work visa applies to international students completing full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Graduate Immigration Route

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

UK students
(2024/25)

Annual tuition fees:£9,250
During placement year:£1,250

 

International students
(2024/25)

Annual tuition fees:£18,150
During placement year:£2,500

 

Fees listed are for 2024 entry. For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/UK students and £2,500 for International students. For Home students: Tuition fees for UK/Home students may change in line with government policy. When undertaking a placement year, a placement year fee applies. For International students: The International students fee is a fixed annual fee for the duration of the Programme, except whilst on placement when a placement year fee applies. 

More information on fees

For Home students: Tuition fees for UK/Home students may change in line with government policy.

For International students: The International students fee is a fixed annual fee for the duration of the Programme, except whilst on placement when a placement year fee applies.

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs.

Explore our scholarships 

Assessment

You will have a diverse teaching and learning approach and we place significant importance on project-based learning. You will have regular visits from guest lecturers industry who will contribute their real-world expertise to enhance your learning journey. You will be assessed with a  combination of coursework, presentations and exams. 
 

Career prospects

The practical skills you learn will place you at a competitive advantage with, opportunities in diverse industries, including logistics, operations management, procurement, and consulting, offering competitive salaries and advancement potential. Our graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in roles such as supply chain managers, transport analysts, operations, and consultants both nationally and internationally employed by companies including DHL, Jaguar Land Rover, Kuehne Nagel, Dascher, Wincanton ,Unilever and GSK.

Graduation

Be part of our community

Once you have joined us at Aston University, you’ll always be part of our community, even beyond graduation.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Logistics with Supply Chain Management at Aston?

Graduates with skills in these areas are in high demand in a growing industry.  If you’re part of the NOVUS scheme and achieve a 2:1 you’ll be guaranteed a job on graduation.  

How will a placement year benefit me?

We think that the knowledge you gain through your studies are best applied to real life and the most effective way to do this is by working in a company. As well as the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned, you’ll also gain invaluable communication and team skills. 

We have excellent links with industry and will help to arrange this placement for you. 

Is Birmingham a good place to study?

Our campus is based in the centre of Birmingham, the youngest major city in Europe and a great place to live, work and study.

  • Great music and entertainment with a vibrant nightlife. Bars, clubs, pubs, live music, festivals, concerts. Whatever your tastes, there's something here for everyone.
  • Fantastic food. Birmingham's diverse community means you can try anything from the famous Balti triangle, the Chinese Quarter, high street chains, halal and vegan food, and Michelin-star dining.
  • World-class shopping. The Bullring and Grand Central is a shopper's paradise. From the world's biggest Primark to luxury brands at the Mailbox.
  • Arts and culture. Museums, galleries, theatres, concerts and Birmingham's art collection is as wide as it is impressive - not to be missed.
  • Green, open spaces. One of the greenest cities in Europe, Birmingham has hundreds of publicly accessible parks and green spaces across the city.
  • Sporting action. Birmingham has some of the most exciting venues for watching or participating in sport in the UK.

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