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Supply Chain Management Course (Level 1)

Course Overview

Supply Chain Course

The contemporary business supply chain has the potential to be extremely complicated.  Every step of the process between initial harvesting of materials to the final products entering the hands of the end user represents a link in the supply chain.  As such, the efficiency and effectiveness of every link in the supply chain will contribute to its overall viability.  Inefficient supply chains have the potential to cost businesses an extraordinary amount of time and money – they can even drive a business to failure.  On the other side of the coin, outstanding supply chains can minimise losses, maximise revenues and help steer a business toward success.  It is hardly surprising therefore that the skills and talents of qualified supply chain managers are in consistently high demand, all over the world.

Brentwood Open Learning College is proud to offer Level 1 supply chain course  – available through 100% home study.  As champions of affordable and accessible distance learning opportunities, we are committed to providing quality courses covering a wide variety of important contemporary subjects.  As with all of our online supply chain management courses, every required material is provided by us and there are no time restrictions or geographical limitations.  Wherever you are and however busy your schedule may be, our flexible distance learning opportunities fit in around your life and your rules.

Over the course of three highly detailed modules, you will gain a much deeper understanding of how contemporary business supply chains work, along with their importance in driving business success as a whole.  You will explore effective and efficient supply chain strategies, the basics of logistics and ultimately how to become a valuable and responsible supply chain manager.

Upon completion, you will have the opportunity to apply for an accredited and recognised ABC Awards certificate to enhance your CV and employment prospects.

Course Syllabus

Course Content

This supply chain course is divided into three modules:

Module 1 - Introduction to Supply Chain Management

Course content starts out with an introduction to contemporary supply chain management, along with its primary purpose and value from a corporate perspective. The business supply chain is broken down into its core elements and explored in-depth, along with the essential contributions of various human resources and service providers that make up the effective supply chain.

Module 2 - Planning for Supply Chain Operations

The second course module focuses on the critical importance of comprehensive planning, in order to develop efficient, effective and viable supply chain strategies. The planning process is broken down and dissected, along with how accurate forecasting and aggregate planning contribute to overall success in any given supply chain strategy.

Module 3 - Manufacturing & Delivery Operations in S.C.

Bringing the course to a conclusion, Module 3 turns attention to manufacturing operations and the logistical elements of the contemporary business supply chain. Subtopics of fundamental importance are introduced, including budgeting and cost control, logistics management and tailoring strategies in accordance with market research and industry trends.

Fee & Payment Options

Paying in Instalments: £180 (Interest FREE Instalments)

Deposit: £40

No of Instalments: 10

Each Instalment: £14

Pay in Full: (£40Discount) £140


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 1 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

This entry-level course paves the way for further study of the subject at a higher level. It is also ideally suited to those already working in a supply chain environment, where a recognised qualification could assist with career advancement. 

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Candidates interested in an entry-level subject overview
  • Existing supply chain workers pursuing promotion
  • Anyone looking to continue studying at a higher level
  • Those looking to enhance their CVs and career prospects

Related Links:

Diploma in Logistics & Supply Chain Management (Level 4)

Certificate in Inventory Management (Level 3)

Certificate in Supply Chain Management (Level 2)

Course Level
Level 1

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
80 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
There are no particluar entry requirements

Start Date

  • Explore the basics of the business supply chain
  • Begin building strategic planning skills
  • Study the various HR roles that make up the supply chain
  • Pick up basic forecasting and aggregate planning skills
  • Lay the groundwork for more advanced study 

Customer Reviews

Total Reviews: (2)


The provision of clearly detailed and printable materials which favored my flexible time table.Even the support team which was active always to respond to any inquiry placed on board by student



The course highlighted me more about versatility of Supply chain management. It gave me a full understanding of supply chain management and enhanced my job performance as a procurement officer. Planning, cost saving, inventory management and forecasting that are so vital in any supply chain organisation are the most topics among others that have boosted my supply chain knowledge and are a key in my current credited performance.


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