BSc (Hons) Business Management (Supply Chain) top-up

If you've already completed a related foundation degree or HND, our BSc (Hons) Business Management (Supply Chain) top-up course offers you honours-level skills and specialist knowledge in logistics, supply and distribution. Graduates also receive a CMI Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management. This impressive dual-award course offers access to global career opportunities.

Business Management (Supply Chain) top-up

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

1 year

Location:

University of Bolton

UCAS code:

N335

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Business management qualifications open doors and are considered essential whether you're looking to pursue a career in business or achieve higher levels of responsibility in your current work. We'll support you to enhance your existing foundation degree or HND-level knowledge and skills, ready to achieve the status of BSc (Hons) Business Management (Supply Chain) top-up graduate. You can study advanced aspects of business management, supply and logistics, enhance your professional skills, and boost your employability.

Building on your prior studies, we'll guide you as you explore advanced topics, including logistics and operations, supply chain and information management. This honours-level programme will also support you in gaining knowledge of strategic management and developing critical inquiry and research skills to improve your work and enhance its quality. As a graduate, you'll also receive the CMI Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management, helping you stand out to employers.

Developing your employability is a key focus of this dynamic and flexible programme. Real-life case studies, guest speakers and industry visits are designed to help you to understand the business environment and the needs of employers in local, national and international contexts. We'll support you in developing sought-after skills such as communication, data analysis, time management, teamwork, and problem-solving.

We also aim to help you develop lifelong learning skills, empowering you to take ownership of your professional development for the future and maximise your potential for success.

Highlights
  • Our Business, Management and Marketing courses are ranked second in the UK and top in the North West of England for course and teaching satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2022.
  • The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 also ranks our Business, Management and Marketing courses second in the UK and top in the North West of England for student experience.
  • The Institute of Management Greater Manchester, and the wider University, provide a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes, purpose-built teaching facilities, and excellent student support and library services.
  • When you successfully complete this dual award course, you'll receive both an academic degree and a professionally-recognised management qualification – the CMI Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management. You don't need to take extra exams or coursework to achieve the Award – we combine our degree module and CMI assessments streamlining your route to both qualifications.
  • This course is part of our Business Management suite of degrees. At the honours level, depending on your prior studies, you can follow this specialist pathway in Supply Chain, choose the core Business Management route, or select one of our other specialist pathways.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support are offered by our highly experienced and enthusiastic lecturers who have worked in a wide range of businesses ranging from multinational organisations to SMEs.
  • We'll introduce you to your course and new study environment through a bespoke induction programme focused on helping you transition smoothly and effectively to honours-level study.
Key Features
  • You'll study in our vibrant Institute of Management environment in Bolton town centre.
  • We use small group and tutorial teaching, so you can benefit from the excellent support offered by our teaching staff.
  • We regularly invite guest speakers who hold senior positions in industry and practice, enabling you to benefit from their knowledge and advice.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing you to prepare work at home and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • We weave contemporary research findings into our teaching, ensuring a robust academic base underpins your business management studies.
  • Our dedicated team will support you as you develop critical thinking and research skills and apply these during your final year dissertation or work-based project (if you’re in suitable employment).
  • By choosing to study with us, you'll have the chance to enjoy Bolton's many shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Nearby Manchester is one of the UK's most multicultural and lively cities, and the Northwest of England is renowned for its beautiful countryside, coastline, and heritage.
Professional recognition

Graduates of the University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) Business Management (Supply Chain) top-up course will receive a Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management from the CMI (Chartered Management Institute).


  • Normally, you should possess a relevant Level HE5 qualification, such as a foundation degree or HND; for example, FdA/FdSc or HND Business Management. Alternatively, you may have a relevant professional qualification at an equivalent level.
  • 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.

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.


Our dual award BSc (Hons) Business Management (Supply Chain) top-up course is designed to consolidate and extend your understanding of business functions in the business and commercial world to the honours level, and develop your knowledge in specific areas of logistics and supply chain management.

The course offers you a route into general management and the specialist area of supply chain management. As a graduate, areas such as business accounting and finance, enterprise, marketing, law, retail and people management will also be open to you. The dual qualification gained on successfully completing this course is designed to enhance your employability in your preferred management field.

In addition to nurturing academic and sector-specific knowledge, the programme supports your development of key employability skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving and data analysis. Overall, the course aims to give you an essential appreciation of the skills needed to thrive and adapt in the changing world of work.

Completing your honours-level studies should prove valuable in helping you achieve your career goals.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduates with specialist supply chain knowledge underpinned by a broader understanding of how businesses and managers operate have a competitive advantage when entering employment or self-employment. As a graduate of this course, you'll be equipped to enter a wide range of business and management roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Knowledge of supply chain management, operations management and logistics is valuable for roles in the complex web of supply and distribution connections that underpin the modern commercial world. Alternatively, you'll be well placed to embark on careers in areas such as retail management, human resource management, marketing, customer service management, advertising, merchandising, business law and accountancy.

You may choose to undertake further study to develop your expertise in a particular area. A wide range of postgraduate and professional development courses are available in areas such as supply chain management, human resources, marketing, finance, law, computing and international business management. Studying for an MBA is also another option.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping stone into a range of other careers, bearing in mind that some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or postgraduate study. Some possibilities include:

  • Hotel and leisure management
  • Public relations
  • Financial management
  • Information systems
  • Market research analysis
  • Product management
  • Health policy and information
  • Purchasing
  • Teaching and education
  • Media (TV, film, online, newspaper, magazine)
  • Self-employment
  • Banking
  • Auditing and quality assurance
  • Project management
  • Risk and insurance

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2022/232023/24
2022£9,250-£9,250
International Year of study Total
Entry year2022/232023/24
2022£12,950-£12,950

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2022-2023 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2022-2023 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

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.

For 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton students.


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

If you wish to apply for multiple institutions or multiple courses at Bolton for September entry, then apply through UCAS

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £27. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £22.50 is applicable.

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

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
Web: www.ucas.com

If you wish to apply for a single course offered by the University of Bolton for any intake, you can apply directly

If you have carefully considered your course and institution choices and decided that this course is the best option for you, you may apply directly to the University using our online application form shown below.

A direct application to Bolton provides the following features:

  • Free of charge to apply

  • Secure, simple and streamlined

  • Contact us directly for any admissions queries

  • Regular updates on your application directly from the University

  • Invites to offer holder events and taster sessions where you can meet your future tutors and get a flavour of university life

NOTE: You cannot apply both through UCAS and directly to Bolton. Submitting an application to any university through UCAS during the same academic year will void any direct application you make to Bolton.

For courses starting in September, please be aware that we are required to share your information with UCAS if we accept you on this course. We will create a simplified UCAS acceptance record on your behalf and return this to UCAS. By submitting your application directly to the University of Bolton, you agree to these terms.

If you are ready to apply directly, please select your chosen start date from the list below.

Before applying, please read the entry requirements section of this page.

If your course runs at multiple locations or has various start dates, please be sure to select the correct application link from the list below.

Before beginning your application, you should have the following information to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history, including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already inputted.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or UGadmissions@bolton.ac.uk

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.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

  • Apply online: University of Bolton BSc (Hons) Business Management (Supply Chain) Top-up - 19 September 2022 (Intake not currently accepting international applications)

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For valued members of the University of Bolton Group and progressing students, we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible.

If you have carefully considered your course and institution choices and decided that this course is the best option for you, you may apply free of charge to the University. By selecting the appropriate link from the list shown below, you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this, and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

When you are asked to add a contact email address, please ensure you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address, we will be unable to identify you as a partner and offer you the benefits of being part of our group.

NOTE: You cannot apply both through UCAS and directly to Bolton. Submitting an application to any university through UCAS during the same academic year will void any direct application you make to Bolton.

For courses starting in September, please be aware that we are required to share your information with UCAS if we accept you on this course. We will create a simplified UCAS acceptance record on your behalf and return this to UCAS. By submitting your application directly to the University of Bolton, you agree to these terms.

If you are ready to apply directly, please select your chosen start date from the list below.

Before applying, please read the entry requirements section of this page.

If your course runs at multiple locations or has various start dates, please be sure to select the correct application link from the list below.

Before beginning your application, you should have the following information to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history, including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including email addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already inputted.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or UGadmissions@bolton.ac.uk

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


Lectures introduce the core course content, while seminars explore subjects in greater detail. Tutorials allow you to ask questions, ensuring you understand the topics covered in the lectures and seminars. We use case studies and practical scenarios to help you learn to apply academic theory to real-life practical scenarios, allowing you to gain insights into contemporary practice in a working business environment. We'll also expect you 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 various visiting speakers from relevant employment areas offer you the chance to further develop your knowledge and understanding.

Regarding assessment, you can expect time-constrained exams, essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These contribute to your final module mark and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes. We also use other assessment forms to help you learn, provide feedback, and inform your development. These do not, however, count towards your final module mark.

Modules

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.

  • Business Project
  • Dissertation
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic Information Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Logistics and Operations Management
  • Academic Language and Skills 5
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 66%, Practical exams 15%, Written exams 19%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 77%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 23%

Disclaimer

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

Andrew Kenny
Programme Leader

A.Kenny@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903969

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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