ST Mary's College

Level 7 Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

The Level 7 Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management is designed for managers who have the authority and personal inspiration to translate organisational strategy into effective operational performance in the field of business and manufacturing.

The Level 7 Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management has been developed to produce graduates with skills to understand logistics and supply chain management in which they operate and to align good strategic decision making to maintain their organisations competitive advantage.

Logistics and supply chain management bring together the business skills to manage the activities and flows of information between suppliers, manufacturers, logistics service providers, retailers and consumers. Successful completion of this diploma will enable learners to build on their strategic management and leadership skills and to focus on the requirements of implementing the organisation’s strategy.

Entry Requirements

Learner must fulfil at least one of the following criteria to be allowed entry to the qualification:

Possession of 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 regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)
English requirements: If the learner is not from a majority English-speaking country, they must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit English language expectations page.

Qualification Structure

Learners need to complete all 8 mandatory units that provide a combined total of 120 credits:

  • Principles of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (15 credits): provides an introduction to logistics and supply chain management concepts, models and theories; examines how logistics and supply chain management contributes to businesses’ competitive advantage; the relationship between business partners in delighting end-users; and supporting operational activities
  • Operations Design and Management (15 credits): provides learners with a thorough introduction to supply chain management and supply chain planning processes relevant to contemporary operations; focuses on concepts, processes, models and techniques, and emphasises the role of information integration and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems
  • Supply Chain Planning and Management (15 credits): provides understanding of how the effective strategic management of human resources supports the achievement of organisational purposes in different organisational contexts; seeks to analyse and evaluate the contribution of human resource management to competitive advantage and organisational strategy.
  • Procurement and Purchasing (15 credits): provides leaners with an introduction to sourcing, procurement and purchasing; provides appreciation and understanding of strategic sourcing, and the issues, decisions and techniques associated with this.
  • Supply Chain and Operations Strategy (15 credits): provides learners with an in-depth coverage of supply chain and operations management in the context of contemporary operations, taking into account the major competitive drivers; addresses the scope, impact and importance of supply chain and operations management and the major decisions that need to be made in today's world of global supply and global markets, by using the appropriate strategic frameworks; provides insights on supply chain and operation management practices and approaches in a wide range of industry/sector contexts
  • Sustainable Logistics Management (10 credits): analyses the different sustainable and green logistics practices implemented by businesses; focuses on the different types of sustainable logistics, organisational practices which impact on the environment, the benefits of reverse logistics, greenhouse gas reduction and carbon footprint reduction
  • International Logistics and Transport (15 credits): provides knowledge and understanding of relevant operational and theoretical issues applicable to the management of logistics and transport in the global business environment, in particular the requirement for business competitiveness and operational efficiency; analysis of interdependencies between operational, technological and regulatory aspects
  • Business Research Methods (20 credits): deals with principles of research including the formulation of research questions, hypothesis and objectives; covers 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 and 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 face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.

Assessment and Verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and 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, a learner must have successfully passed all learning outcomes for that unit.

The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the Learner’s overall achievement has been arrived at.


Passing the OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management enables learners to progress into or within employment and/or continue their further study. OTHM has progression arrangement with a number of UK universities that acknowledges the ability of learners after studying Level 7 qualifications to be considered for advanced entry into master’s top-up programmes