About the course'Logistics and supply chain management is regional, national and global - it is everywhere. Without it, the wheels of industry and ultimately the UK economy would grind to a halt. Logistics is a key part of the UK economy, contributing over £127 billion and employing 1.7 million people, around 5% of the workforce.' -Tracey Marshall, Head of School Business and Tourism.
5 GCSE at grade C/4 or above, including Mathematics and English at grade 5 or above; or an appropriate Level 2 qualification at Merit grade including GCSE Mathematics or English at grade 4 or above.
Open Awards Level 3 Extended Diploma in International Supply Chain Logistics
What you'll learn (core modules)
This is a career-focused qualification with industry endorsement enabling learners to develop underpinning knowledge, and technical and transferable skills that gain experience in a variety of different sectors of the industry. Mandatory modules will include:
- Geography for Supply Chain Logistics
- Introduction to Supply Chain Logistics
- Modes of Transportation for Supply Chain Logistics
Other units concentrate on a range of skills and knowledge to enable learners to work within the sector, including (but not limited to):
- Online and collaborative working
- Quality assurance
- Online career development
- Customer service
- Importing and exporting
- Freight forwarding
Benefits, skills and character strengths
Studying Logistics at West Suffolk College will also encourage learners to build upon the key character strengths that will contribute to their success in future study and employment. Activities built into the course will help learners to develop Self-control, Optimism, Confidence, Curiosity, Ownership, Resilience, Respect and Ambition.
How will I be assessed?
Learners will be required to complete a portfolio of evidence set and marked by West Suffolk College and externally quality assured. Candidates must provide sufficient evidence that they have the required knowledge, skills and understanding of the assessment criteria and that it is their own work. Types of evidence could include:
- Observation of performance
- Questioning (written or oral)
- Practical Activities
- Photographs or videos
- Personal statements
- Project work
- Witness testimonies
- Group discussion
- Recognition of Prior Learning
Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)
The course is delivered at the West Suffolk College's main campus that benefits from a wealth of learning and support facilities including computer rooms.
Where will the course take me?
Learners could progress into a variety of opportunities including:
- Progression to higher education at West Suffolk College
Working roles such as:
- Transport Planner
- Supply Chain Manager
- Port Worker
- Transport planner
- Traffic engineer
- Warehouse operative
Apprenticeships - for example:
- International Trade and Logistic or International Trade and/or Logistics Manager Further studies
- Level 5 in Supply Chain and Operational Management
- Level 5 in Logistics and Transport Management or similar higher education courses. Employers including Maersk and Peel Ports.
You may further improve your career prospects by completing the Transport Planning Professional qualification, or by getting chartered status with a relevant professional body.
Will I need any materials or equipment?
Stationary (notepad, pen/pencil, and ruler) and a storage device (memory stick). A home computer is not required but would be helpful to work at home. All other resources such as textbooks and software required for the course will be covered by the enrolment fee.
How much will it cost?
There is a £40 enrolment fee at the beginning of each year of the course to cover the costs of essential resources and field trips. There will be at least one field trip in each year of the course.
I'm interested. What should I do now?
Complete the online application and you will be invited to attend and interview for the course, when you will be able to view the facilities, meet some of the lecturers and ask questions.
If you have any questions why not attend one of our open events
Days & times
Starting September 2023