Business and Supply Chain Management BSc (Hons)

Overview

Organisations work with partners and suppliers across the world to streamline their operations and increase their access to international markets.

On this BSc (Hons) Business and Supply Chain Management (SCM) degree course, you’ll learn about the tools and techniques businesses use to manage these complex networks.

Supply chain management is a profession where there's currently a skills shortage. So you'll be in high demand when start your career after the course.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Get hands-on experience of the SAP systems that supply chain management (SCM) professionals use to manage supply chains
  • Develop hands-on skills in our Business Simulation Suite, which features a corporate reception area, practice interview room and a boardroom with video-conferencing facilities
  • Cover topics valuable to your future career including procurement and supply, risk management in SCM, legal aspects of SCM and enterprise systems and processes
  • Develop transferrable skills such as communication, teamwork, and creative and critical thinking, which are valued by prospective employers
  • Combine your SCM studies with a foundation in accounting, economics and management to set you up as a well-rounded business professional

You can also:

  • Get valuable experience in the industry by taking on a work placement within a business
  • Study abroad at one of our partner universities
  • Expand your network by meeting professionals in industries related to your studies

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service will help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Business Accounting
  • Business Operations and Systems Management
  • Economics for Business
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Marketing Principles and Practice
  • Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis
  • Business Innovation Development Project

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules include:

  • Procurement and Supply
  • Risk Management and Supply Chain Vulnerability
  • Enterprise Systems and Processes (SAP)
  • Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
  • Legal Issues in Procurement and Supply

Optional modules for this year currently include:

  • Financial Decision Making and Control
  • International Business
  •  Electronic and Mobile Commerce
  • Approaches to Decision Modelling

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules include:

  • Operations, Strategy and The Supply Chain
  • Business Improvement and Creativity
  • Dissertation or Independent Study Project

Optional modules for this year currently include:

  • Project Management for Enterprise
  • Critical Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • Cross Cultural Awareness in Business
  • Business Intelligence  

Teaching

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • business suite sessions
  • one-on-one tutorials

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • projects
  • exams
  • reflective work
  • computer-based assignments

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 27% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 56% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 48% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 47% by coursework 

Careers and opportunities

The supply chain industry is currently facing severe shortfalls in qualified professionals, with 1.2 million new roles needed to meet demand by 2022 according to UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). So you'll have many career opportunities when you finish the course.

With your skills and knowledge, you'll be able to work in areas such as:

  • supply chain management
  • purchasing and procurement
  • procurement management
  • logistics analysis
  • distribution management
  • supply coordination

Roles you can do include:

  • supply chain manager
  • procurement manager
  • procurement buyer
  • logistics analyst
  • distribution manager
  • supply coordinator

You can also go onto study a postgraduate qualification.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry when you finish the course. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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