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This study programme is designed for 16 to 19 year olds (aged 19 to 24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan).

All courses take place on our Sixth Form Campus, therefore any applicants aged 25+ or over who do not have an Education, Health and Care Plan may be required to complete a DBS check as part of the conditional offer to West Suffolk College. The cost to the applicant for a DBS is £30.00 and the DBS check can be completed through the college.

Please visit our Adult EducationDegrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

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.


Why choose International Supply Chain Logistics?
With a dramatic increase in online business and e-commerce and high demand for skilled talent in the industry there has never been a better time to study Logistics.  Logistics businesses are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people are directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. If you have an analytical mind, curiosity about the world and ambition to grow this could be the course for you.

Where could it take me?
The maritime transport industry is a key growth sector in the UK, providing considerable opportunity for young people to develop a wide range of job skills and specialisms such as warehousing and storage, supply management, finance, marketing, HR, international trade, leadership in logistics operations, minimising the environmental impact of logistics operations, contributing to customer service and data analytics.  You could be working for a container terminal landlord, oceans carriers, operators, pilots or the logistics companies who handle incoming ships, look after passengers and shift boxes. 

The course - what is it all about?
To meet local demand, we are excited to be offering this pioneering new course, which is supported by Careers Colleges Trust and STC, a specialist Port Logistics Further Education College based in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  As such they well be delivered in close consultation and with input from logistics experts, providing enhanced enrichment opportunities such as research visits, industry placements and collaborative project- based learning both in the UK and abroad. 
The qualification has been designed to equip learners with knowledge and skills for the sector and lends itself to both classroom and simulated/work experience learning. The primary purpose of this qualification is to provide progression to a higher level of employment and/or study within the supply chain logistics sector.

Entry requirements

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
  • Leadership
  • Quality assurance
  • Online career development
  • Customer service
  • Importing and exporting
  • Automation
  • Sustainability
  • Freight forwarding
  • Warehousing

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

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