BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management [Eddie Stobart]

Logistics is all about ensuring the right goods get to the right place, at the right time and in the right condition. Working in partnership with Eddie Stobart Logistics PLC, the University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Eddie Stobart) degree offers you the skills to manage the web of national and international connections which make up complex supply chains.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management [Eddie Stobart]

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

UCAS points:

104

UCAS code:

N380

Start date:

20/09/2021

Course Details

Our dynamic partnership with Eddie Stobart Logistics PLC, the leading end-to-end logistics business, offers you an extraordinary opportunity to drive your career forward. 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 (Eddie Stobart) degree 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.

With specialist paid work placements reserved for our students*, exciting live projects and guest speakers from Eddie Stobart, you can be certain you’ll receive high-quality, industry-focused and career-relevant training. You’ll explore how international trade offers opportunities to achieve competitive advantage through effective communication, management and material flow within supply chain operations. You’ll also gain expertise in 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 logistics and supply chain management professionals and academics will support you to develop career and life skills, such as leadership, strategic thinking, team management and professional communication. Working together, the University of Bolton and Eddie Stobart will support you to gain both the professional and personal expertise to deliver results and achieve your potential in this fast-moving global industry.

*Eddie Stobart are guaranteeing graduate employment to 10 students before they enrol on the course. If you’re selected for one of the guaranteed jobs after completing the admissions process, you’ll need to achieve a minimum upper second class honours degree (2:1) and will have to successfully complete your allocated work placement(s) with Eddie Stobart. There are more places available on the course without the guaranteed work placements or guaranteed jobs.

Highlights
  • This pioneering partnership between Eddie Stobart Logistics PLC and the University of Bolton offers you the opportunity to gain one of 10 guaranteed graduate roles with the world-renowned logistics giant.
  • As a student on this course, you’ll gain insider knowledge of Eddie Stobart’s company and operations through dedicated live projects, case studies and talks from Eddie Stobart’s knowledgeable professionals.
  • If you secure one of the 10 ‘Eddie Stobart’ graduate roles outlined above after completing the admissions process, you’ll also benefit from a minimum of two months’ work experience during the first and/or second year of your course. These will be at Eddie Stobart or any of its subsidiary companies, and you’ll be paid at the current living wage and get expenses agreed with Eddie Stobart in advance.
  • All successful applicants to the degree will be guaranteed an interview with Eddie Stobart if they choose to apply for any of the company’s job vacancies during their final year.
  • 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 has an international reach, reflecting the reality of modern, global trade. The University of Bolton has over 10 years’ experience offering supply chain education with international partners.
Key Features
  • Your studies will be based at the University of Bolton’s new Institute of Management Greater Manchester in the centre of Bolton.
  • 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.
  • This course is part of an integrated suite of undergraduate and postgraduate study opportunities in the area of logistics and supply chain management. Master’s-level study and PhD research opportunities are available to our graduates.
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).


  • 104 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Please note that this course is only available to Home students.
  • 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.
  • You’ll also be required to successfully complete the following: A) Submit a satisfactory personal statement of no more than 500 words directly related to this course and Eddie Stobart. B) Pass an online psychometric test provided by Eddie Stobart. C) Pass an assessment day at Eddie Stobart HQ in Warrington.
  • We’ll consider your application if you don’t possess the above qualifications but have substantial relevant experience gained by working in the industry for at least two years.
  • 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.

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

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’ll find tremendous opportunities await you, whether you choose to focus on logistics, operations, strategy, information technology or another aspect of the profession. This programme is intended to assist you in the pursuit of a managerial career in logistics and supply chain management, focusing especially on the requirements of Eddie Stobart Logistics PLC. However, your training will enable you to operate effectively within a wide range of business environments, and take advantage of opportunities from organisations across the globe.

* https://www.cips.org/knowledge/procurement-topics-and-skills/people-and-skills/career-development/salary-guide-2019/ accessed on 30 March 2020

What can I do with this qualification?

During the admissions process for the BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Eddie Stobart), 10 candidates will be selected for a guaranteed graduate job role working for Eddie Stobart Logistics PLC (or one of their subsidiary companies). If you’re selected for a guaranteed graduate role, and you achieve the minimum upper second class honours degree (2:1) and successfully complete a work placement with Eddie Stobart, then your career will already be well underway. Your graduate role could be based at any UK location within the Eddie Stobart family of companies so you’ll need to be prepared to relocate.

If you missed out on one the guaranteed jobs, you’ll be guaranteed an interview with Eddie Stobart if you choose to apply for one of their vacancies during your final year of study. You’ll have the advantage of insider knowledge of the company, gained through your experience of working on case studies and live projects, as well as attending guest lectures from Eddie Stobart professionals.

Of course, as a graduate of our BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree, you’ll possess a broad range of skills that are valued by employers in both the private and public sectors. You’ll 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 excel in 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.

As a graduate of this programme a wide range of opportunities will be open to you, including working abroad or with an international customer base. You’ll also be able to seek 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 to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and 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 year2020/212021/222022/232023/24
2020£9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
International Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/24
2020£12,450£12,450£12,450-£37,350

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.

Bursaries

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


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
Web: www.ucas.com

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

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Technical College
University of Bolton

The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course 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.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address 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 you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

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


For formal study, you’ll be based at the University of Bolton’s Institute of Management Greater Management in central Bolton. Here, we offer a warm and friendly environment with relatively small class sizes, purpose-built teaching facilities, and excellent student support and library services.

We use a blended-learning approach. Lectures will introduce the core course content, while seminars will allow you to explore subjects in greater detail. Tutorials will offer space for you to ask any questions you have, helping to ensure you understand the topics covered in the lectures and seminars. We’ll use case studies and live projects 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. Many of these will be real-life examples of problems and opportunities faced by Eddie Stobart Logistics PLC, in sectors such as consumer, e-commerce, retail, and manufacturing, industrial and bulk. 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. Many of these speakers will be experts from Eddie Stobart, helping you gain valuable insights from the heart of the business.

If you’re successful in securing one of the 10 guaranteed graduate roles with Eddie Stobart, you’ll be expected to undertake a minimum of two months’ paid work experience. These placements will take place during the summer of your first and/or second years of study, and you’ll need to be prepared to temporarily relocate to where your placement is offered. Your placement could be at any UK location at Eddie Stobart or one of their subsidiary companies, and Eddie Stobart will provide as much assistance as possible to help you find temporary accommodation for this period.

In terms of assessment, you can expect time constrained exams, essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These will contribute to your final marks and allow you to demonstrate that you’ve met the learning outcomes. We’ll also use other forms of assessment to help you learn, provide you with feedback and inform your development, though these will 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.

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.

  • 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 65%, Practical exams 18%, Written exams 17%
Level twoCoursework 45%, Practical exams 30%, Written exams 25%
Level threeCoursework 60%, Practical exams 10%, Written exams 30%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level twoGuided independent study 78%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22%
Level threeGuided independent study 78%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22%

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

Satya Shah
Programme Leader

S.Shah@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903047

Sa Thin Wetsandornphong
Academic Partnership Manager

S.Wetsandornphong@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903319

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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