BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management with foundation year

Logistics is all about ensuring the right goods get to the right place, at the right time and in the right condition. Our BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management with foundation year course offers you the skills to manage the web of national and international connections which make up complex supply chains.

Key information


BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:



4 years


The University of Bolton

UCAS points:


UCAS code:


Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Technology and globalisation have radically altered the way in which organisations operate. More logistics professionals than ever before are needed to keep the wheels of business turning.

Our BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) with foundation year course aims to educate multi-talented supply chain professionals and executives who can take a ‘big picture’ view of commerce, and the role their organisation plays within a collaborative network.

The foundation year is the first year of this degree, offering an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of business and supply chain management alongside study skills development. It is designed to prepare you for degree level study.

With this preparation, you’ll be ready to explore how international trade offers opportunities to achieve competitive advantage through effective communication, management and material flow within supply chain operations. We’ll explain how goods and services can be marketed on the basis of quality, service level, lead time and sustainability credentials – not just low cost.

Our dedicated team of experienced LSCM professionals and academics will support you to develop career and life skills, such as leadership, strategic thinking, team management and professional communication. These enhance your employability, maximising your potential for success in this fast-moving global industry.

  • Our scholarly activity, research and well-established links with industry professional bodies, help to make sure our course content is industry-relevant and introduces you to the latest thinking and innovations.
  • This degree explores the theoretical foundations of logistics and supply chain management and offers insights into current thinking and practices. You’ll have numerous opportunities to develop practical experience and build a strong CV.
  • This course is part of an integrated suite of undergraduate and postgraduate study opportunities in the area of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. A master’s programme and PhD research awards are available to graduates of this BSc (Hons) degree.
  • This course has an international reach, reflecting the reality of modern, global trade. We’ve over 10 years’ experience offering supply chain education with international partners.
  • We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes, purpose-built teaching facilities, and excellent student support and library services.
Key Features
  • We’re committed to helping you develop your employability and career network. You’ll be encouraged to attend guest lectures that enhance your learning, help you make contacts in industry and contribute to your professional development.
  • We want to work with you as an individual, giving you access to the help and support you need to succeed, and a learning experience that’s tailored to your personal development and career goals.
  • Our dedicated staff team have a wide range of professional experience, industry knowledge, technical expertise and academic credentials, offering you a variety of perspectives and broadening your horizons.
  • We use small group and tutorial teaching, so that you have plenty of opportunities to us ask questions and get help, as well as benefit from the ideas and support offered by your classmates.
  • Modules are designed to cover activities involved in planning, sourcing, making and delivering products and services. We’ll support you to develop the techniques used to optimise these processes to meet a range of strategic objectives such as minimum cost, maximum service and shorter cycle times.
Professional recognition

The programme is designed to comply with the professional body requirements of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

  • 48 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and a Science.
  • If you don’t meet the entry requirements above, but have significant relevant industry experience then we’ll be happy to consider your application. In such cases, you’ll be expected to attend an interview and undertake a diagnostic test.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • If you don't meet the entry requirements for this course please, consider our Access to HE Diploma (Business Management) or International Foundation Programme in Business and Management.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

Globalisation has created considerable opportunities for logistics and supply chain managers within organisations of all sizes and in all industries. There’s currently a shortage of skilled professionals within logistics and supply chain management, which is leading to competitive salaries and above-average pay increases. The UK average salary for all procurement and supply chain professionals is £45,159 according to the CIPS/Hays salary survey results*.

As a graduate, you will have tremendous opportunities awaiting you, whether you choose to focus upon logistics, operations, strategy, information technology or another aspect of the profession. The programme is intended to assist you in the pursuit of a managerial career in supply chain management, enabling you to develop professionally and operate effectively within a wide range of business environments.

* accessed on 30 March 2020

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduates of our Logistics and Supply Chain Management with foundation year degree possess a broad range of skills that are valued by a range of employers in the private and public sectors. As a graduate, you will have the knowledge and ability to work in many areas, including supply chain management, operations management, purchasing and logistics.

Your adaptable skills will enable you to fit into many roles including procurement and purchasing management, warehousing and inventory management, stores management, physical distribution management, logistics and transport management, manufacturing distribution and supply chain management.

A wide range of opportunities are open to graduates of this programme including working abroad or with an international customer base. There’s also the opportunity to work as a consultant with a variety of different companies, both nationally and abroad, offering tips and strategies on how to streamline processes.

Alternative career options

Graduates can typically go on to work in logistics and supply management for a company, although the managerial and leadership skills acquired when studying for a logistics degree can be applied to management or supervising job positions in many fields. Graduates can use the qualification as a stepping stone to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. They include:

  • Business sustainability
  • Environmental operations
  • Operations management
  • Project management
  • Research and development
  • Teaching and education
  • Retail management
  • Export/import operations
  • Warehouse operations
  • Consultancy

Course fees
Home EU Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/242024/25
International Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/242024/25

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021/2022.

For 2021/2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021/2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.


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For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

This course is not currently accepting online applications

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903

Lectures are used to introduce the core course content, while seminars allow you to explore subjects in greater detail. Tutorials offer space for you to ask any questions you have, ensuring you understand the topics covered in the lectures and seminars. We use case studies to help you learn to apply academic theory to real-life practical scenarios, allowing you to gain insights into contemporary practice in working logistics and supply chain management environments. You’ll also be expected to undertake considerable guided independent study; for instance, library research and background reading, preparing for seminar and tutorial activities and working on assignments.

Guest lectures and presentations by a variety of visiting speakers from relevant employment areas will offer you the chance to further develop your knowledge and understanding.

In terms of assessment, you can expect time constrained exams, essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These contribute to your final marks and allow you to demonstrate that you’ve met the learning outcomes.

We also use other forms of assessment to help you learn, provide you with feedback and inform your development, though these do not count towards your final marks. You’ll also receive feedback on assessment drafts. These will help to identify any areas which would benefit from extra attention on your part, or where you need extra support from your tutor.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Academic Skills and PDP
  • Supply Chain in Practice
  • Further Academic Skills
  • Supply Chain Business Environment
  • Applied Business Finance
  • Practical Digital Marketing
  • Professional and Academic Skills
  • People and Performance
  • Contemporary Issues in the Supply Chain Business Environment
  • Marketing ECommerce and Fulfilment
  • Purchasing and Negotiation
  • Business Law
  • Transport Operations
  • Supply Chain Operations Management
  • Inventory and Warehousing
  • Financial Management and Decision Making
  • Leading and Managing Teams
  • The Global Supply Chain
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Strategy
  • Procurement Management
  • Omni-Channel Retailing Strategies
  • Project Management
  • Project
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 78%, Practical exams 22%
Level twoCoursework 65%, Practical exams 18%, Written exams 17%
Level threeCoursework 45%, Practical exams 30%, Written exams 25%
Level fourCoursework 60%, Practical exams 10%, Written exams 30%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 55%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 45%
Level twoGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level threeGuided independent study 78%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22%
Level fourGuided independent study 78%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Mildred Brown-Houston
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903617

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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