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Certificate in Supply Chain Management (Level 3)

Course Overview

Supply Chain Certificate Online

Supply Chain Certificate Online,  targets candidates with an interest in joining large and established businesses and organizations, or existing employees seeking advancement.  The globalization of most key industries has brought about a new age of complexity in the flow-management of funds, information and products, igniting widespread demand for those with the highest-level skills and talents in logistics and supply chain management 

This Supply Chain Certificate Online, has been designed to appeal both to those with existing experience and others approaching the subject for the first time. The content of the course has been divided into six easy-to-follow units, which begin with a comprehensive yet concise introduction to the supply chain and the concept of modern logistics. Candidates discover how supply chain networks can be used in the procurement, production and delivery of goods and services both domestically and on a global basis. The course moves onto deliver important insights on inventory management, transport management and the way in which technology is playing an increasingly important role in the advancement of supply chain management and logistics within the world’s most successful businesses.

Successful candidates already within the relevant industries will find their promotion prospects significantly improved, while newcomers to the subject may move onto exciting and rewarding positions with established businesses and various public sector organisations alike. 

Course Syllabus

Supply Chain Certificate Online: Key Topics

The course consists of the following six units:

Unit 1 – Introduction to Supply Chain and Logistics

The first unit delivers an insightful and important introduction to the concept of the supply chain and business logistics.  Candidates discover the basics of physical movements within the supply chain, the benefits of establishing dependable supply chains and where modern logistics fit in.

Unit 2 – Planning & Sourcing Operations

In this unit, the course shifts focus to forward planning and forecasting, introducing candidates to a variety of forecasting methods, aggregate planning and operations planning. The unit also touches upon the core subject elements of credit risk-management and procurement.

Unit 3 – Managing Procurement

The third unit delves deeper into procurement, covering the subjects of sourcing suppliers, supplier performance monitoring, the various purchase types within the procurement cycle and logistical interfaces. Candidates begin to build an understanding of the supply chain in motion. 

Unit 4 – Managing Manufacturing Operations

In the fourth unit, the course focuses on the management of manufacturing operations, covering product design, the scheduling of product production and the management of product delivery schedules. 

Unit 5 – Inventory Management

Candidates are introduced to the importance of inventory management and balance in unit 5, which incorporates the maintenance of a workable supply and demand buffer, stock control techniques, stock types and the concept of safety stock. 

Unit 6 – Transport Management

The sixth and final unit moves onto the physical transportation of goods/services, incorporating an investigation of transportation services, modes of transport and the management of physical logistics. 

Fee & Payment Options

Paying in Instalments: £395 (Interest FREE Instalments)

Deposit: £95

No of Instalments: 12

Each Instalment: £25

Pay in Full: (£80 Discount) £315


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievementfrom ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Brentwood open learning college has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Brentwood open learning college to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards/Certa endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Career Path

Successful completion of this course can significantly enhance the career prospects of existing and prospective supply chain workers. Typical positions include those of purchasing manager, buying planner, materials manager, operations manager and purchase coordinator, with salaries ranging from £20,000 to £50,000+.

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Newcomers pursuing entry-level careers
  • Existing workers targeting career advancement
  • Candidates looking to enhance their CVs and employability
  • Anyone interested in a rewarding career change
  • Candidates interested in going on to higher-level studies

Course Level
Level 3

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
200 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
There is no particular entry requirement for this course.

Start Date

  • Discover the benefits and value of effective supply chains
  • Study supply chain planning and forecasting
  • Explore product manufacturing and procurement
  • Build advanced inventory management skills
  • Study logistics and transport management 

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