Logistics with Purchasing Management BSc (Hons)

With skills, knowledge and experience in logistics and purchasing you’ll be in high demand, in this industry that continues to develop and grow.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Optional placement year

Duration

3 or 4 years

UCAS code(s)

J9M8

Start date

Overview
Explore Logistics with Purchasing Management at Aston University

Teaching staff from Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Purchasing Management talk about the highlights of studying one of our courses.

testimonial

“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
 

testimonial

“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
 

Course outline and modules

Purchasing has an overwhelming impact on the bottom line of any organisation. It accounts for over half of an organisation's spend and has a direct impact on the two forces that drive the bottom line: sales and costs.  
 
In any world-class organisation, it’s essential that purchasing is a core competency, finding and developing suppliers and bringing in highly valued expertise. 
 
Our course will prepare you for a career in purchasing or supply chain management, with an emphasis on the selection, engagement, development and performance measurement of suppliers.  

What you’ll learn

During your time at Aston, you’ll develop a thorough understanding of the key principles that underpin a career in purchasing or logistics as well as the strategic, operational and practical techniques needed to select, develop, contractually engage and monitor suppliers.  
 
You’ll learn how to use the technology and software packages used by companies across the country as well as how to manage risk, the methods for costing and acquisition  and the importance of corporate social responsibility.  
 
Our programme focuses on practical, real-life applications to develop a range of key employability skills including problem-solving, good communication with others, data analysis and organisation skills.  

Modules

Year 1

•    Study and Research Skills 
•    Building Professional Relationships 
•    Introduction to Supply Chain Management 
•    Transport and Engineering Economics 
•    Law for Engineers 
•    Introduction to Business for Logistics 
•    Introductory Accounting for Business 
•    Facilities and Systems 

Year 2

•    Operations and Process Management 
•    Air and Maritime Transport 
•    Land Transport 
•    Quantitative Tools for Supply Chain Planning 
•    Managing Engineering Projects 
•    Service Marketing
•    Purchasing Principles for International Supply Chains 

Year 3 - Optional placement year

Find out more about the Aston placement year.

•    EAS Study Placement Year 
•    EAS Industrial Placement Year
•    EAS Study/Work Placement Year 

Final Year 

Core modules:

•    Final Year Project
•    Developing the Procurement and Supply Function 
•    Contemporary Issues in Supply Chains 
•    Supply Chain and Procurement Strategy 
•    Management of Strategic Contracts and Suppliers 
•    Supply Chain Planning 

Optional modules:

•    Leadership and Human Resource Management
•    Strategic Management and Finance 
•    International Trade Law


Accreditation 

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). With additional professional experience after graduation, you will be eligible for Chartered Fellow Membership (FCILT). 
 
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 and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham, it’s also a great place to live. 

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 and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.  

Choosing to start your Aston journey with one of our foundation programmes will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey.

We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes. 
https://www2.aston.ac.uk/international-students 

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

A Level

ANY SUBJECTS: BBC: Standard offer BCC: If the student is also presenting either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) grade B BCC: Contextual/DTUS offer. 

OR; INCLUDING A SCIENCE OR TECHNICAL SUBJECT: BCC: including a science or technical subject - Standard offer CCC: If the student is also presenting either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) grade B CCC: Contextual/DTUS offer. 

Science or technical subjects include: Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Biology Further Maths, Design Technology, Engineering Science and Electronics, Geography and Geology.

IB
  • A science or technical subject is preferred but not essential
     
  • 28 overall points with 5, 4, 4 in higher level subjects including a science or technical subject
     
  • 29 points and above with 5, 5, 4 in higher level subjects if no science or technical subject studied 
BTEC, Access & other

BTEC 

  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma: DDM
     
  • National Diploma and Diploma: DD plus 1 A-level at minimum Grade B
     
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma: DD plus 2 A-levels at minimum grade B
     
  • Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma: D plus 2 A-level minimum Grade B
     
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted

Access to Higher Education

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.

GCSEs

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

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


View our Admissions Policy

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with lower predicted grades if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated above.

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.

International students

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. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Learning, teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning styles on our degrees, and place particular emphasis on project-based learning and hands-on experience. Visiting lecturers from the logistics profession bring real-life experience to your learning and you will have the opportunity to undertake site and company visits.

Your work will be assessed through a combination of coursework and tests and end of year exams. Your final degree classification will be determined by your performance in your second and final years. 

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £16,700*

During placement year: £2,500

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

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. Find out more about our scholarships here.

Career prospects

People with knowledge and skills in logistics and purchasing are in high demand as demand on retail and manufacturing companies from customers continues to develop and grow.

By the time you leave Aston, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of roles including Purchasing Manager, Logistics Specialist, Operations Manager and Category Manager. Potential employers include companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, DHL, the Royal Mail and TNT.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Logistics with Purchasing Management at Aston University? 

Graduates with skills in these areas are in high demand in a growing industry.  

What will I be doing on the Logistics with Purchasing Management course at Aston? 

You’ll explore the role of purchasing, manufacturing and logistics as well as the planning, organisation and resource management that is needed to manage a global supply chain. 

Why should I take a year in industry? 

You will have 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. 

What about accreditation?

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). With additional professional experience after graduation, you will be eligible for Chartered Fellow Membership (FCILT). 

Why should international students choose Aston University? 

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

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.  

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. 

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