Diploma in Supply Chain Management

Our Diploma in Supply Chain Management is a recognised levels 4 and 5 Diploma and is equivalent to the first two years of a 4-year Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Supply Chain Management from Northwood University.

Therefore, on completion, students can progress to the third year of a degree course at Northwood University in the USA. Taught in small groups either in one of UniHaven’s campuses or in our virtual online classroom, the courses offer an attractive, economical, and time-saving route to a US degree. Northwood pathways are aligned to the requirements of the UK regulator Ofqual. The courses are also self-standing qualifications which will improve your knowledge and enhance your career opportunities.

In line with Northwood universities business degrees, the UniHaven Diploma in Supply Chain Management is designed to be worth up to 60 college credits towards the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Operations and Supply Chain Management from Northwood University. This pathway will provide students with a potential two-year degree pathway through UniHaven to Northwood University. At Northwood, students will complete the remaining 63 college credits towards the total 123 credits required to graduate. These qualifications are for students who want to further their careers within the logistics and supply chain sector. The units cover key elements crucial to the improvement of productivity in the global business environment.

The Diploma courses will help students to fast track their degree studies towards a full US degree. Lessons are supported by a wide range of excellent resources, and we ensure that all students are given a high level of individual help and guidance.

Course Structure

Level 4 / Year One

Level 4 is a 144-credit qualification. To obtain the Diploma in Supply Chain Management, learners must study and pass 6 core Units PLUS 6 optional units.

Level 5 / Year Two

Level 4 is a 144-credit qualification. To obtain the Diploma in Supply Chain Management, learners must study and pass 7 core Units PLUS 5 optional units.

Level 4 Diploma / Year One
Core Units

Introduction to Ship and Port Operations

This course will provide the student with an understanding of the range of activities involved in shipboard operations in port and at sea. Explaining the basic operations involved in berthing and un- berthing a merchant vessel. Describing how to calculate space available for cargo stowage.

Inventory Processes

This course will provide the student with the understanding of inventory and the associated processes, including the different types of inventories. The importance of controlling inventory and examine two alternatives to holding inventory.

Warehouse Operations

This unit contains 4 learning outcomes which will support the learner to be able to:

  • Understand the principles and operations of warehouses and the equipment used
  • Understand how to identify the factors that impact the safe operations of a warehouse
  • Understand the financial and logistic aspects concerned with warehousing
  • Understand how to produce a plan for the receipt and storage of goods

Quality Management

This course will provide students with an understanding of the range of quality management systems appropriate for use in business. Explain quality definitions used within business. Students will be required to describe three different quality management systems and justify the selection of one for use. Show understanding of the advantages of an organisation having a quality management system in place.

Applied Statistics

The unit aims to provide learners with an introduction to applied statistics. The learners will learn numerical and algebraic methods before using these techniques to process data and design an investigation using inferential testing.

Research and Academic Writing

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop effective research plans, to evaluate different research methods, to use a high standard of academic writing, and to use independent learning techniques to support their self-development.

 Optional Units

 Introduction to Business Economics

The aim of this unit is to give learners an understanding of the basic concepts and issues in business economics, exploring how they are applied.

Introduction to Business Communication

The aim of this unit is to enhance learners’ business communication skills and enable them to operate confidently in the business world. Learners will be able to:

  • make persuasive presentations
  • negotiate convincingly
  • write reports that address and/or solve strategic problems
  • write promotional material
  • enhance their cultural awareness
  • enhance their understanding of cross-cultural communication, and the role of languages in

Essentials of Management

This unit covers the principles and functions of management, teaching students the key elements in planning and decision making and the significance of different controls required in an organisation.

Financial Accounting and Analysis

This unit provides students with an understanding of the basic accounting principles and techniques involved in the preparation of accounts and analysis required for the organisation.

Logic and Critical Thinking/Design and Creative Thinking

To provide study skills training at the postgraduate level, including critical thinking, academic writing, referencing, discussion and oral presentation skills. To provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of sciences in maritime affairs to equip students with a thorough knowledge of research design, data collection, the principal methods of analysing quantitative and qualitative data and ethical issues.

 Optional Units

 Management Accounting

The aim of the unit is for learners to develop their skills in management accounting, including preparation of budgets, costing, capital expenditure appraisal, and to apply these skills to a real-world case or case study.

Cultural Perspectives

This unit provides learners with an introduction to the concepts of cultural intelligence and its impact on individuals and organisations. Learners will gain knowledge and understanding of culture, ethics and globalisation and how they impact on the business environment.

Corporate Social Responsibility

To develop an understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues and impacts of CSR policy. Learners will be able to use their knowledge and understanding to make recommendations for responsible business practice.

Life Sciences in Business

This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of natural selection, disease prevention and genetically engineered organisms. These principles are the basis for organisations operating in the life sciences.

Level 5 Diploma / Year Two
 Core Units

 International Freight Management

This course will provide the student with an understanding of the discipline of air freight forwarding operations. Describe the correct documentation in association with freight forwarding and the conditions of contract and the waybills. Understand the discipline of sea freight forwarding operations Explain the operational effectiveness and competitive strategy in shipping.

Logistics

This course will provide students with the understanding of the principles behind logistics requirements of a supply chain. Students will discuss how logistics operations are matched to customer requirements and explain the changes and developments to supply chains that could affect logistics operations.

Covering the relevant legislation and regulations that apply to logistics operations within own country.

Operations Management Processes

This course will provide students with the understanding of the role of operations and operations management within business. Students will be required to describe the roles and responsibilities of operations managers within different organisational contexts. Discuss how operations management supports business. Understand the design of operations processes as well as the design of the products and services that organisations produce.

Procurement Management

This unit contains 4 learning outcomes which will support the learner to be able to:

  • Understand the key roles and focus of management within procurement
  • Understand the impact of legislation upon the procurement function
  • Understand the importance of building and sustaining collaborative working relationships with suppliers
  • Understand how effective negotiation skills contribute to successful procurement management

 Movement of Goods

This course will provide students with the understanding of the principles and practices in relation to the movement of goods. Identifying the principles of logistics in relation to the movement of goods. Explaining the characteristics of the main modes of transport used in the movement of goods and their infrastructure requirements and how the characteristics of goods impact on their handling. ensure the appropriate use of resources Describe the planning and scheduling of freight transits using appropriate third-party logistics providers.

Management Information Systems

The aim of this unit is to give learners an understanding of how an organisation uses information to design, implement, maintain and manage secure information systems to support its operations. This unit examines how systems can be used to support core business functions and enable organisations to be more productive and competitive within the global marketplace.

Principles of Business Operations

This module helps students to appreciate and understand business operations in both the manufacturing and services sectors. It will cover the basic principles of operations within a global context from three key perspectives: understanding operations, designing operations and managing operations.

Optional Units

 Marketing Principles and Practices

To develop knowledge and understanding of general marketing principles and their application in business.

Applied Economics for Business

To develop knowledge and understanding of elements of applied economics and the impact of the concepts on organisations.

Business Ethics

This unit will enable the learner to develop knowledge and understanding of business ethics and the effects ethics can have on organisations, including planning and the management of their goals and activities

Business Law

This unit aims to enable learners to develop knowledge and understanding of some of the main aspects of business law which impact on organisations.

 Business Organisations in a Global Context

This unit develops learners understanding of the issues organisations face operating within a global context. This understanding will allow learners to review the issues currently impacting on business organisations.

Finance for Managers

The unit aims to equip learners with the knowledge and understanding of the sources and use of finance in organisations and how to evaluate and interpret financial data.

Managing Communication

This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of communication within and between organisations. Learners will also review their own communication skills in an organisational context.

Management and Organisational Behaviour

The aim of this unit is to introduce to students to the role of manager, and to provide knowledge of and exposure to concepts, theories and their application in the field of management.

Programme Length

Each diploma is taught over a 12-month period. The three levels can be completed in 48 months. The diplomas are designed to be standalone qualifications where students are awarded a diploma at the end of each year. We understand that some students might want to commence their studies in the US sooner and this means that on successful completion of a Level 4, 5 or 6 diploma students can enrol at Northwood University, with a diploma that has credit recognition towards their undergraduate degree studies.

Starting Dates

Programme begins in September and January of each year.

Entry Requirements

a. Academic

Have successfully completed UniHaven Foundation Level 3, or equivalent internationally recognised foundation programme or ‘A’ Levels or vocational awards (see Table 4).

 b. English Language

Students must be able to show English language ability with an IELTS score of 5.5 with no single element below 5.0 or equivalent (see Table 2) prior to entry. For students who do not have this level of English, Pre-Sessional courses are available. Please see Preparation for University Studies – UniHaven to find out more. We also offer One to One Tutoring for IELTS preparation. Please see HERE to find out more!

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