The objective of the OTHM Postgraduate Diploma in Logistics & Supply Chain Management qualification is to broaden learners’ understanding of logistics and supply chain management and is designed for those who wish to prepare for a first professional role and future career in the field. It is also suitable for logistics and supply chain professionals in the early stages of their career looking to enhance their knowledge and skills and move to the next level professionally.
Successful completion of this qualification will equip learners with the specialist knowledge and skills needed to further their career as a logistics and supply chain professional as well as the opportunity to embark on further study towards a relevant Master’s programme with advanced standing.Successful completion of this qualification will equip learners with the specialist knowledge and skills needed to further their career as a logistics and supply chain professional as well as the opportunity to embark on further study towards a relevant Master’s programme with advanced standing.
For entry onto the OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management qualification, learners must possess:
- An honours degree in related subject or UK level 6 diploma or an equivalent overseas qualification
- Mature learners (over 21) with management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre)
- Learner must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the course
- English requirements: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency.
OTHM qualifications at RQF Level 7 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to Master’s Degrees, Integrated Master’s Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Postgraduate Certificates.
The OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management consists of 8 mandatory units for a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 600 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.
- Principles of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (15 credits): provides learners with an introduction to logistics and supply chain management concepts, models and theories. The unit examines how logistics and supply chain management contributes to organisations’ competitive advantage, the relationship between business partners in delighting end-users, and supporting operational activities.
- Operations Design and Management (15 credits): provides learners with the knowledge and analytical skills to evaluate the influence of markets, raw materials, labour, government policy etc. on strategic decisions for location of manufacturing and service facilities in a dynamic global economy. Learners will develop the analytical skills necessary for the design of layouts which optimise performance, minimise operating costs, and support strategic marketing and business objectives.
- International Logistics and Transport (15 credits): provides learners with a thorough understanding of relevant operational and theoretical issues applicable to the management of logistics and transport in the global business environment, and in particular the requirement for business competitiveness and operational efficiency. The analysis of interdependencies between operational, technological and regulatory aspects is a key theme throughout the unit.
- Supply Chain Planning and Management (15 credits): provides learners with a thorough understanding of supply chain management and supply chain planning processes relevant to contemporary operations. The module focuses on concepts, processes, models and techniques, and emphasises the role of information integration and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
- Procurement and Purchasing (15 credits): provides learners with a thorough understanding of sourcing, procurement and purchasing. It provides learners with an appreciation and understanding of strategic sourcing, and the issues, decisions and techniques associated with this.
- Supply Chain and Operations Strategy (15 credits): develops learners’ understanding of supply chain and operations management, including the scope, impact and importance of supply chain and operations management and the strategic decisions that need to be made in today’s world of global supply and global markets, taking into account the major competitive drivers. The unit addressed supply chain and operations management practices and approaches in a range of contexts.
- Sustainable Logistics Management (10 credits): develops learners’ understanding and skills of sustainable logistics, including analysis of different sustainable and green logistics practices that are implemented by businesses. The unit focuses on organisational practices which impact on the environment, the benefits of reverse logistics, greenhouse gas reduction and carbon footprint reduction.
- Business Research Methods (20 credits): develops learners’ understanding of research principles including the formulation of research proposals, literature reviews, referencing, data collection using interviews and surveys, questionnaire design, statistical analysing using SPSS, qualitative data, and methods for drawing conclusions from the analysed data.
Duration & delivery
The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning.
The qualification is delivered through Distance Learning via our online learning portal.
Assessment & verification
All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.
To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.
The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.
Achieving the OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management qualification enables learners to progress into or within employment and/or continue their further study. As this qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), learners are eligible to progress to Master’s top-up programmes at many universities in the UK and overseas with advanced standing. For more information visit University Progressions page in this website.