FdSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Logistics is all about ensuring the right goods get to the right place, at the right time and in the right condition. Our Logistics and Supply Chain Management Foundation Degree offers you the skills to manage the web of national and international connections which make up complex supply chains.

FdSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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. Long-distance trade is nothing new – the Silk Road provides evidence of continent-spanning supply chains dating back thousands of years. However, once shipping containers provided a common standard for transporting goods by road, rail and sea, trade was changed forever. Coupled with advances in information systems and communications, modern commerce can now be managed with unprecedented levels of efficiency and competitiveness.

Our Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Foundation 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. We’ll explain how international trade offers opportunities to achieve competitive advantage through effective communication, management and material flow within supply chain operations. You’ll explore 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, team management and professional communication. These enhance your employability, preparing you for success in this fast-moving global industry.

  • UCAS points: 64
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: FdSc
  • UCAS code: N282
  • Duration: 2 years

Course highlights:

  • 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.
  • Our course curriculum has been mapped to Trailblazer apprenticeship standards, which have been designed by groups of employers within their sectors to ensure that students gain workplace skills relevant to business and industry.
  • 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. 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.
  • On successful completion of this Foundation Degree, you’ll be eligible to apply for our BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Top-up) course. This allows you to complete your bachelor’s degree by studying for an additional 12 months full-time or 18 months part-time.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 64
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: FdSc
  • UCAS code: N282
  • Duration: 2 years

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. Find out more

Career opportunities

This course explores how the configuration and management of a modern supply network allow companies to address the requirements of sustainability while operating in a business environment that is subject to more risks, uncertainties and complexities than ever before. Logistics and supply chain work involves the safe delivery of goods and services to consumers. All types of businesses, big and small, need logistics managers to help with inventory and accounts.

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*.

The course aims to equip you to operate effectively within the supply chain, providing specialist knowledge of industry practices, plus you’ll have the opportunity to develop transferable skills and qualities including self-organisation, effective communication, leadership and strategy.

* 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?

Supply chain management professionals work in virtually every industry - manufacturing or service, governmental, educational or retail. Some of the more common job roles within this discipline include analyst, inventory control manager, logistics engineer, production manager, purchasing manager, supply chain manager, systems support manager, customer service manager, global logistics manager and operations director.

Once you have successfully completed this Foundation Degree, you’ll be eligible to apply for our BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Top-up) programme.

Alternative career options

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

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).

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2020/212021/222022/23
2020/21 £9,250£9,250-£18,500
2021/22 -nullnullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2020/212021/222022/23
2020/21 £12,450£12,450-£24,900
2021/22 -nullnullnull

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 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


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.

This course is not currently accepting online applications

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

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

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Teaching & assessment


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

  • Skills and Personal Development Planning
  • People and Performance in Organisations
  • Introduction to Contemporary Supply Chain Issues
  • Basics of Marketing, eCommerce and Fulfilment
  • Introduction to Purchasing and Negotiation
  • Business Law
  • Fundamentals of Transport Operations
  • Supply Chain Operations Management Foundation
  • Introduction to Inventory and Warehousing
  • Principles of Financial Management and Decision Making
  • Work Placement

Teaching, learning and assessment

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 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. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. 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.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (65%), Practical exams (27%), Written exams (8%)
Level Two Coursework (68%), Practical exams (26%), Written exams (6%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (63%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (37%)
Level Two Guided independent study (74%), Placement/study abroad (7%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (19%)

Contact The University

Key facts

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    The University of Bolton
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  • Duration:
    2 years

Contact us

Mildred Brown-Houston
Programme Leader
Email: M.E.Brown@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903617

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903