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IoSCM Level 3 Qualification in Supply Chain Operations



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Distance learning, self-paced
6 months
Level 2 Award in Supply Chain Management
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Achieve an internationally recognised and accredited qualification, from the UK’s leading Institute for Supply Chain Management. Begin your journey with IoSCM from as little as £51.55 a month, using an interest-free installment plan. Online training, no examinations, access to noted industry professionals and networking

The Institute of Supply Chain Management (IoSCM) provide online learning qualifications, supported by their team of industry expert Tutors and student support team. IoSCM offers a unique learning journey, allowing you to tailor the qualification around your specific interest, training requirements and preferred study plan; you select your units and hours of study, as well as how you’re assessed – use your knowledge, evidence from your working role, or past qualifications.


Level 2 Award in Supply Chain Management

Regulated by Ofqual


Core Units

Warehousing Operations

  • Warehouse Departments
  • Bridge Between Supply and Demand
  • Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)
  • Types of Warehouses
  • Warehouse Location Factors
  • Health and Safety
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Housekeeping
  • Receiving Goods
  • Contingency Plan

Transport Planning Operations

  • Role of Transport
  • Transport
  • Principles of Transport Planning
  • Legislation & Regulations
  • Health & Safety Measures
  • Transport Equipment
  • Transport Planning
  • External Influences
  • Demand Types
  • Planning with Regard to Modal Choice

Supply Chain Operation

  • The Supply Chain
  • Relationships
  • Supply Chain Components
  • Logistics
  • Integrated Systems
  • Risks to a Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain Performance Measurement
  • Lean
  • Benchmarking
  • Supply Chain Integration

Purchasing Processes

  • Organisations Involved in the Purchasing Role
  • Relationships
  • Markets
  • External Factors
  • Purchasing
  • Sourcing Suppliers
  • Suppliers Requirements
  • Law

Ports and Shipping

  • Types of Ports
  • Port Functions
  • Seaport Connection and Transhipment
  • Maritime Network Considerations
  • Port Considerations
  • External Factors
  • Infrastructural Requirements
  • Challenges

Manufacturing and Production

  • Organising Production
  • Level of Demand
  • Competitors
  • Sales Forecasting
  • Production Planning
  • Planning using Buffer Stocks
  • Productivity
  • Quantity of Inputs
  • Materials Development
  • Analysis Tools
  • Lean


  • Logistics Services
  • Aim of Logistics
  • Transport
  • Policies and Influence
  • Organisational Requirements
  • Tools

Inventory Processes

  • Inventory
  • Purpose of Inventory
  • Inventory Control Process
  • Alternatives to Holding Inventory
  • Stock
  • Customer Service
  • Alternatives to Holding Stock
  • Financial
  • Inventory Systems


  • Role of Freight
  • Transport
  • Route Plan
  • Environmental
  • External Influences
  • Legislative
  • Freight Performance

Business Improvement Techniques

  • Need and Application of Business Improvement
  • Improvement Activities
  • Improvement Activities Resources
  • Communication


  • Range of Business
  • Business Functions and Departments
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Communication
  • Legislation
  • Health and Safety
  • Marketing

Optional Units

Customer Service

  • Managing Customer Relationships
  • Customer Focused Culture
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Managing Customer Complaints

Freight Forwarding

  • Role of Freight
  • Transport
  • Route Plan
  • External Influences
  • Legislative
  • Freight Performance

Human Resource Management

  • The Meaning and Importance of Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • The Meaning and the Role of Human Resource Planning (HRP) in Organisations
  • The Meaning of Human Resource Development (HRD)
  • The Recruitment and Selection process

Improving Team Performance

  • Team Development
  • Effective Characteristics
  • Issues Encountered
  • Team Building
  • Team Evaluation
  • Communication

Introduction to International Trade and Freight

  • Trade
  • Freight
  • Goods Identification
  • Freight Organisations
  • Trade Legislation and Regulations
  • Trading Documentation
  • Customer Requirements
  • Freight Systems


  • Leaders
  • Objectives
  • Leadership Theory
  • Leaders Mistakes/Challenges
  • Communication

Lean Manufacturing

  • Lean Techniques
  • Lean Principles
  • Eight Deadly Wastes
  • External Factors
  • Internal Factors
  • Implementation Process

Production Planning and Control

  • Production Planning
  • Business Plan
  • Manufacturing Capacity
  • Resources
  • Improvements
  • Product Planning Control and Flow
  • Financial Resources
  • Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)
  • Shop Floor Control
  • Management
  • Process Design Techniques

Road Freight Operations

  • Road Freight Key Drivers
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Regulation Requirements
  • Legislative
  • Transportation Documentation
  • Trade Barriers

Client and Supplier Relationships

  • Internal and External Relationships
  • Effective Supplier Relationships


  • Customs and Excise
  • Terms
  • Compulsory stops
  • Clearing goods

Environmental Issues in Manufacturing

  • Environmental issues in manufacturing
  • The factors that influence environmental issues in manufacturing
  • The importance of organisational infrastructure requirements for environmental issues in manufacturing

MRP/ERP Systems

  • Components of a MRP System
  • Components of an ERP System
  • Implementation of MRP & ERP Systems
  • Business implementation
  • Monitor MRP/ERP Systems

Introduction to Ports and Shipping

  • Types of Ports
  • Port functions
  • Seaport connection and transhipment
  • Maritime network considerations
  • Port considerations
  • External factors

Purchasing in Action

  • The role of Purchasing and Procurement
  • The sourcing and Procurement cycle
  • Contracts and Service Level Agreements (SLA)

Secure Cargo

  • Legal responsibilities
  • Air Freight:Air Waybill
  • Container Transport
  • Lashing

Understanding the Purchasing Environment

  • The Role of Purchasing
  • Purchasing and Business Strategy
  • Purchasing Contexts

Who is this course for?

As with most supply chain sectors, the roles and responsibilities of those in a Supply Chain Management and Operations position can be varied. IoSCM’s Supply Chain Academy enables those in industry to develop their skills through bespoke distance learning courses.


There are no previous requirements needed to study this course and IoSCM will evaluate whether this is the right course for you, ensuring you don’t waste valuable time and resources studying the wrong course.

Career path

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the supply chain industry allowing them to further their knowledge and progress within their role.

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What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.