Level 5

IoSCM Level 5 - Logistics and Transport Management

The IoSCM Level 5 Logistics and Transport Management qualification is intended for students who are aspiring to a senior management role within the logistics and transport sector. The course allows students to study a flexible range of units and develop skills in logistics, transportation and operations management. 

*On completion of the IoSCM Level 5 in Logistics and Transport, you will receive internationally recognised certification from IoSCM and also a regulated qualification via our partnership with SFEDI Awards as the Ofqual regulated Awarding Organisation.

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When you study with IoSCM, you'll benefit from an innovative flexible approach that's unlike any other qualification on the market:

FLEXIBLE ROUTE SYSTEM: CHOOSE UNITS FROM ANY COURSE OR SECTOR AND BUILD YOUR CUSTOM QUALIFICATION

IoSCM's unique flexible route system allows you to gain an internationally-recognised qualification that's tailored to cover the exact skills you need to progress in your career.

Recommended unit choices for this qualification are provided in the tabs, but our qualifications are designed to allow learners to combine whichever units they prefer to create a customised training course. Take all your units within the same specialist area to build deep expertise, or combine units from multiple sectors to develop a broader understanding of a subject.

To discuss building a custom flexible route qualification, complete the enquiry form and one of our experienced course advisers will be happy to help.

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IoSCM's unique delivery model means that you can use your existing knowledge and skills to complete your qualification faster. Simply review the course requirements, and if you have an existing qualification, prior experience or current workplace responsibilities that meet the required standard you can submit these as evidence to pass all or part of your course. Discounts are available for students who are able to pass large portions of their qualification using existing experience, so this path can be both a time-efficient and cost-effective way to turn your existing skills into an internationally-recognised qualification.

For remaining study areas, you can choose to follow our online learning platform, complete projects within your workplace, or conduct your own personal study and research - whichever fits your learning style best. Whichever way you choose to study, you'll have unlimited advice and support from an industry expert tutor to help you succeed.

However you choose to study, our rigorous assessment and quality processes will ensure you're getting the maximum benefit from your studies, and that you come away with a highly-regarded, internationally recognised and fully accredited qualification.

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Choose to study with IoSCM’s distance learning package and you will have access to the IoSCM online learning platform which is specifically designed to enhance your learning experience and provides a unique, first-class learning environment. With the facility to create your own personalised profile, the platform provides access to study materials, learning resources and the exclusive members' network, alongside a comprehensive support package with an industry-expert tutor.

You can take complete ownership of your studies via our online platform. After completing a self assessment to identify the most suitable study route, you can monitor your progress, submit assessments and provide feedback quickly and easily.

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To discuss the best unit options and study route for you, complete the enquiry form today. One of our experienced course advisors will be happy to help you choose the best qualification, unit and study options for your needs.

The IoSCM Level 5 in Logistics and Transport can be studied to three levels, Award, Certificate or Diploma, depending on how many units you wish to study.

  • For the Award, complete 1 mandatory unit
  • For the Certificate, complete 1 mandatory unit and any 2 other units
  • For the Diploma complete 1 mandatory unit and any other 3 units

Unit choices are very flexible. While recommended unit choices are provided in the tabs above, this qualification can be customised to cover a wide range of other topics. To enquire about the full range of units available, please complete our enquiry form and one of our expert course advisers will guide you through the options. 

For the Award, Certificate or Diploma in Logistics and Transport, you must complete one of the following mandatory units. To discuss alternative unit choices please contact our course advisors. 

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Warehousing

  • Warehouse policies: Benefits of warehousing, Types of warehouses, Warehouse policies and procedures, Warehouse exit strategy – in house, Warehouse exit strategy – outsourcing
  • Requirements: Warehouse activity, Storage system design, Warehouse layout, Product layout, Material flows, Resource planning, Material handling, Warehouse personnel
  • Inventory strategy: Integrated supply chain, Supply chain management, Supply chain measurement, Performance evaluation, Quality management, Supply chain performance measures, Supply chain strategy, Product life cycle, Service levels, Transportation, Inventory and planning control
  • Legislation: Health and safety legislation, Prevention, Risk assessment, Manual Handling Regulations, Licencing and permits, Training, Insurance
  • Technology advances: Warehouse Management System, Materials Requirement Planning, Manufacturing Resource Planning, Information Communications Technology, Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems, Conveyor systems, Barcode technology, Radio Frequency Identification Technology, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS), Key performance indicators, Inventory reduction
  • Financial systems: Budgeting, Performance measurement, Warehouse costs, Activity based costing (ABC), Payback period, Rate of return, Performance indicators, Balanced scorecard

Transport Management

  • Nature and purpose of transport planning: Demand for goods movement, Demand for travel, Types of transport, Journey planning and modal choices, Access and mobility requirements
  • Land use: Land density, Transport infrastructure, Brown field developments
  • Sustainability: Planning strategy and process, Environmental issues in transport provision, Sustainability, The role of central Government, Four stage transport plan
  • Transport demand: Demand for movement, Demand for travel, Demand drivers, Warehousing, Hazardous goods, Forecasting demand, Future of transport planning
  • Movement of freight: Freight operations, Environmentally sustainable transport, Conventional and emerging issues in transport

Port and Shipping Management

  • Shipping and international trade: Ships and the shipping system, Tramp & liner service markets, International trade patterns, International maritime passages
  • Business strategy in shipping: Corporate strategy for shipping, Financial strategy for shipping, Costs, Bargaining power of buyers and suppliers, International shipping law, Regulation and finance, Maritime laws
  • Port operations management: Terminals, Physical flows in a port, Product and information flow, Terminal performance indicators, Productivity, utilisation and service measures
  • Agile ports: Characteristics of an agile port, Lean logistics
  • Port development: Containerisation, concentration, collaboration and competition, Emerging trends

Movement of Goods

  • Principles and Practices in relation to the Movement of Goods: Definition of the movement of goods, What is Logistics, Modes of Transport used to move goods (Air, Road, Rail, Sea)
  • The characteristics of goods and the impact on their handling: Types and characteristics of Goods, Handling of different types of goods, Safety and Security measures relating to the different types of goods, Unitisation of goods
  • The considerations that influence the flow of goods: Supply and Demand, Variations in Demand for goods, Load planning, Resource planning, Modal planning and Scheduling, The use of Third Party Logistics (3PL)

Logistics

  • Logistics services: Military Logistics, Procurement Logistics, Distribution Logistics, Aftersales Logistics, Disposal Logistics, Reverse Logistics, Green Logistics, Global Logistics, RAM Logistics, Asset Control, POS Material Logistics, Emergency Logistics
  • Aim of logistics: Inbound Logistics, Operations, Outbound Logistics, Marketing & Sales, Service, Comprehensive Organising, Human Resource Management, Strategic Alliance, Financial Performance, Target Optimisation of Service Levels, Manage the details, Leverage logistics volumes, Measure and react to performance, Storage, Warehousing and Materials, Unit Load, Packaging & Handling Systems, Inventory, Forecasting
  • Transport: Rail, Sea, Road, Air
  • Policies and influence: The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, isk Assessments - The 5 Steps, Equal Opportunities Act 2010, Confidentiality Agreements, Data Protection Act 1988, Environmental Policy, Workplace Security, Insurance, Pestel
  • Organisational requirements: Inbound Logistic Capabilities, Continuous Flow, World Class Suppliers, Tracking of Shipments, Transportation Networks, Inventory Management, Automated Materials Handling (AMH), Outbound Logistic Capabilities, Customer Driven, Regional Distribution Centres, Value Added Services, Shipment Tracking, Outbound Logistic Capabilities, Customer Driven
  • Tools: SWOT Analysis, Key Performance Indicators, Pareto Chart, Scatter Diagram, Stratification, The Shewhart Cycle, Risk Assessment & Management, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis

Inventory

  • Purpose of inventory management: Inventory, Inventory management, Competitive advantage
  • Fixed period & fixed quantity models: Plan inventory requirements, Forecasting, Qualitative & quantitative techniques, Fixed order or continuous review system, Order quantity models, Economic Ordering Quantity
  • Effect of inventory management on supply chain   : A-B-C approach, Economic Ordering Quantity model, Fixed order or continuous review system, Quantity discount model, Continuous inventory systems, Periodic inventory systems, Quantitative and qualitative forecasting
  • Modern inventory systems: Inventory control systems, Contemporary logistics strategies, Performance indicators, Increase operational efficiency, Increase customer service satisfaction
  • Minimising stock level: Inventory allocation, Material requirements planning, Distribution requirements planning, Single period / multi period inventory systems

For the Certificate, you must complete two other units in addition to the mandatory unit. For the Diploma, you must complete any three other units in addition to the mandatory unit. To discuss alternative unit choices please contact our course advisors. 

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Optional Units A

Sea Freight

  • The principles of sea freight management: Demand characteristics of sea freight; The role of freight forwarders in Shipping; The role of Ships owners in the Sea Freight industry; The factors influencing the supply of shipping
  • Legislation and regulations governing the movement of shipping: Ship registration and classification regulations; The basic principles of contracts within sea freight; Maritime insurance; Business ethics operate within the sea freight environment
  • The role of shipping freight operations: Characteristics of the different types of cargo transported by sea; Scheduling and routing within sea freight operations; The use of crewing agencies
  • Financial strategies found within the shipping industry: Shipping Financial Strategies; Price and Demand Relationships; Hedging Techniques; Voyage Estimates; Breakeven Analysis; Determining Minimum Freight Rates

Road Freight Management

  • Role of road transport: Types of road transport; Movement of freight; The environment; Sustainability
  • Setting standards and performance measurements; Performance management; Design vehicles; Visibility; Transport planning; Quantitative research; Planning freight movements; Selecting the mode; The planning decision; Contingency planning; Risk management; Basic planned maintenance
  • Scheduling, quality and security: Level of service; Security measures
  • Route planning : Journey planning; Distribution planning; Modes of transport; Distribution channels; Role of the Government; Packaging
  • Role of management: Performance management; Personal and professional skills; Leadership styles and qualities; Motivation
  • Effective communication skills: Communication methods; Communication styles; Decision making

Risk Management

  • Risk Management Roles and Responsibilities: The meaning of Risk, What is Risk Management, What does Risk Management mean to an organisation, Risk Management Roles and Responsibilities, Risk Management Methods
  • Risk assessment process and the management of risk: Risk Management Criteria, Risk Management Assessments, Components of the Risk Management process, Assessing High Risk Business areas
  • Risk Management Strategy: Risk factors in Business, Elimination, Mitigation, deflection and acceptance of Risk, Risk Management Strategy, Communicating Risk Management Strategy in Business

Military Logistics

  • The principles behind military logistics: Introduction to Military Logistics; Military Logistics Operations; Customer Requirements; Changes and developments to Supply Chains and the impact on Military Logistics Operations; Legislation (military and Civilian) that applies to Military Logistics Operations
  • How to optimise the use of resources in military logistics operations: The availability and demand for logistics resources in Military Operations; Factors affecting the use of military logistics resources; How to improve or develop logistics resources used in military logistics operations
  • The range of transport modes and their usage within logistics operations: The transportation lines of communication used to move goods within military logistics (ALOC, SLOC); The factors that affect the transportation of supplies in relation to customer requirements and military operational constraints
  • The use of technology within military logistics operations: Recent developments in technology within military logistics operations; The impact on Logistics Operations in relation to the use of Technology; The future improvements that could be made within military logistics
  • The importance of improving the quality of military logistics operations: The ways in which military logistics operations are controlled and monitored; Quality methods and tools that could be used for military logistics operations; Lessons that can be implemented from the civilian sector into Military Logistics Operations

Management Information Systems

  • Management Information System (MIS): Principles of management; Interpersonal, informational & decisional roles; Information management; Management information systems; Types of information; Functions of management information systems; Quality of information; Decision making
  • Role of a Management Information System: Application of management information systems; Systems development; Advantages of MIS; Risk; Disadvantages of MIS; Competitive advantage
  • MIS and business strategy: Business strategy; Monitoring business strategy
  • MIS and organisation change: Types of information; Types of reports; Change management; Operational excellence
  • MIS and business performance: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP); Marketing information systems; Manufacturing information systems; Financial information systems; Human resources information systems; Decision support systems; Information technology

International Freight Management

  • Air freight operations: Documentation; Regulations for movement of dangerous goods; Contracts and the air way bill; Unit load devices; Air cargo claims
  • Sea freight operations: Operational effectiveness; Agile port; Licencing and tariffs; Customs codes; Planning and movement of goods
  • Agile port: Characteristics; Modern shipping; Information technology
  • Multimodal transportation: Terminal facilities; Container business and terminals; Railways; Ports and terminals

Finance Management

  • Costing Information: Costing information from various sources; Purpose and Structure of financial reporting systems; External environment related costs; Income and Expenditure within different business departments; Cost, Profit and Investment Centres; Material, Labour and Expenses; Fixed, Variable, Semi-variable and Stepped costs ; Income and Expenditure Reconciliation; Inter-departmental Transactions
  • Standard Costing and Performance: Standard Costing Inputs and Outputs; Standard, Marginal and Absorption costing; Calculating Variances; Comparing Costs
  • Techniques used to measure performance and manage costs: How to monitor financial performance; Key Business Indicators; Calculate performance indicators; Cost Management Techniques; Capital Investment projects
  • Estimation techniques: Analyse and Compare trends; Interpret results; Financial Reports; Exception Reports; Performance Reports

Air Freight

  • The role of air freight management: The requirements for different types of air freight; The advantages of air freight movement; The limitations of air freight movement; The role of freight forwarders in the movement of air freight
  • Air freight movement and the global economy: The principles of air freight management; How Air freight management can contribute to competitive advantage; The concept of Globalisation; The impact of Globalisation on Air Freight
  • Security and safety regulations: Airline security Regulations; Airline Safety Regulations; The impact of increased Airline Security and Safety requirements on the Air Freight industry
  • Environmental legislation and its impact on the air freight industry: Airline Environmental Legislation; The environmental impact of air freight movement; The impact of environmental Legislation on the Air Freight industry
  • The management of container usage in the air freight industry: The demand characteristics of air freight; Different types and usage of Mechanical Handling Equipment used in Air Freight; The benefits of manual handling equipment within airport operations; Unit load devices (ULDs) in air transportation systems

Optional Units B

Supply Chain Management

  • Effective management and control: Supply chain management, Supply chain risks and strengths, Strategic factors, Provide competitive advantage, Operations management
  • Physical and information flows: Product and information flows, Supply chain objectives, Supply chain integration and harmonisation
  • Why supply chain may not function correctly:  Barriers and risk, Forecast methods, Supply chain drivers, Strategic fit, Benchmarking
  • Strategic and operational planning: Supply chain planning decisions, Operations strategy, Supply chain improvement models, ISO 9000, Agility, The seven wastes
  • Impact of technology: Technological advances in supply chain, Data processing systems, Improvements towards agility, Information systems infrastructure, Communication

Quality Management

  • The concept of quality management: What is Quality, The concept of Quality Management in a business, The importance of quality within an organisation, The theories of Quality Management, Quality Management Tools and Techniques
  • Embedding quality management: Teamwork in Quality Management, Training and development in Quality Management, Embedding quality management into the culture of an organisation, Promoting continuous quality improvement within an organisation’s culture
  • Systems that support quality management: Monitoring Quality Management, Controlling Quality Management, Evaluate quality standards that support Quality Management

Purchasing Management

  • Key roles of management: Purchasing management, Purchasing cycle, Market analysis, Porters Five Forces, Stakeholder analysis
  • Impact of legislation: Breach of contract, Consumer law
  • Working relationships with suppliers: Supplier risk management, Supplier appraisal, Risks and barriers in supplier relationships, Supplier Relationship Spectrum
  • Effective negotiating skills: Tools and techniques for effective negotiating, Supplier management

Production Management

  • Production planning: Sales and operations planning; Demand management programme; Master production schedule; Materials requirement planning; Production control; Settlement; Materials management; Profitability and productivity; Production in the supply chain; Customer service
  • Production planning, sales planning and forecasting: Budgeting methods; Predicting demand; Demand management
  • Master Scheduling terminology: Master production schedule; Capacity planning; Materials requirement planning; Rough cut capacity planning; Production control
  • Development of manufacturing and control systems: Planning principles; Production planning systems
  • Improve planning performance: Benchmarking; Quality; Total quality management; Planning performance objectives; Production planning and control; Performance measures; Lean manufacturing

Operation Management Processes

  • Operations management: Inputs and outputs, Volume, variety, variation and visibility, Managing operations and operations functions, Performance objectives, Planning and control, Macroeconomic factors, Implementation of business strategy, Judging performance against competitors, The operation’s contribution
  • Operations processing: Operations management four generic processes, Process mapping, Materials requirement planning (MRP), Supply and demand, Supply network, Outsourcing, Process technologies
  • Relationship between operations management and strategic planning: Strategic decisions, The balanced scorecard, Operations strategy, Quality, Speed, Dependability, Flexibility & Cost, Performance measurement systems
  • Operations improvement techniques: Cost leadership strategy, Focus strategy, Value chain, Performance measurements, Performance standards, Benchmarking, Lean manufacturing, Agile manufacturing, Total quality management, PESTLE analysis, Business excellence models
  • Organisational challenges: Globalisation, Social responsibility, Environmental responsibility, Technology

The Level 5 qualification in Logistics and Transport Management is suitable for those currently working in, or aspiring to work in, roles like the following:

Operations Manager£27,000 - £44,000
Business Operations Manager£30,000 - £46,000
Logistics and Stores Manager£40,000 - £45,000
Supply Chain Manager£32,000 - £49,000
Logistics Planning Manager£27,000 - £35,000
Logistics Manager£25,000 - £40,000
Transport Support Manager£25,000 - £32,000
Logistics First Line Manager£30,000 - £ 38,000

By developing employees' knowledge and skills relating to logistics and transport, businesses can improve the performance and efficiency of their supply chain. 

Some of the business improvements the Level 5 Logistics and Transport Management qualification can help deliver include:

  • By understanding re-order levels, Inventory can be optimised and thereby avoiding stock outs
  • Increase Inventory turnover rates and turn inventory into revenue
  • Understanding how to reduce scrap levels will help minimise waste, increase production, increase quality and thereby, increase profitability
  • Reduce the risk of not having the right products, in the right place at the right time
  • By analysing customer fulfilment times will ensure that the organisation maintains a high level of customr satisfaction.
  • Understanding the financial impact of holding inventory and increase the space utilisation and reduce inventory holding costs

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