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Level 2 – Logistics and Transport Operations

  • Unrivalled support from the first phone call.
  • Choose how you study, pass units and gain your accredited qualification.
  • First class course materials designed by industry experts.

The IoSCM Level 2 Transport and Logistics course is tailored to students who have limited experience in the logistics and transport sector, who are keen to get a good grounding in place for their career. This course will help you to build a strong foundation of key skills and knowledge, so you can achieve success in entry-level transport and logistics jobs.

Logistics schedulers using vans and cranes to organise the movement, equipment, and accommodation of shipping containers that are ready to export

Course Introduction

Completing a Logistics and Transport course with the Institute of Supply Chain Management (IoSCM) can certify your knowledge and skills, to give you the best grounding for progression in your career. We offer each student much more than just a logistics qualification; we provide the opportunity to grow, learn and progress as a professional with our expert support network and unrivalled resources.

Unlike other logistics training providers, we allow students to develop their skills through a bespoke distance learning format, with support from industry experts every step of the way. You can custom build your course to suit your current experience level, your personal career ambitions, and the objectives of your current employer. The IoSCM Level 2 Logistics and Transport qualification is internationally recognised, and was designed and developed by experts in the field. Along with expert guidance, you will receive first class study materials which are aligned with National Occupational Standards (NOS).

Once you have completed your level 2 course, we offer qualifications to support your ongoing career, including:

As well as training individuals, we also work with businesses to train larger groups of employees. To find out more about how we can develop your team’s skills, call us on 0800 1422 522.

The NOS framework specifies the UK standards of performance that people are expected to achieve in their work, and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively. These standards are approved by UK government regulators.

Essentially, meeting the NOS framework means that with the IoSCM Level 2 Logistics and Transport course, you will learn exactly what is required in order to be successful in your job role. This will help you to become a valuable asset within your role, giving you the kinds of skills you couldn’t gain from a more academically-focused course.


Through completion of this IoSCM Level 2 course, you will receive an internationally-recognised qualification in Logistics and Transport from the Institute of Supply Chain Management.

As well as this, you will be awarded a Level 2 in Supply Chain and Operations from SFEDI Awards, an Ofqual regulated awarding organisation which is well recognised across the industry.

Ofqual is the government organisation that regulates qualifications and the organisations that offer them, maintaining standards and therefore confidence in education across England.

When you choose to study with IoSCM, you can rest assured that every qualification is Ofqual regulated, guaranteeing high quality and a worthy investment for individuals and employers alike.


The IoSCM Level 2 Transport and Logistics course is roughly equivalent to a GCSE graded A* to C. However, an IoSCM course is studied in your own time, at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home. We offer logistics courses online rather than in the classroom, allowing you to study around your current commitments and save valuable time and money.

At IoSCM, we offer logistics qualifications which are widely recognised and sought after by employers and businesses. The Level 2 Transport and Logistics course provides you with valuable industry knowledge which is tailored to you and your logistics career, giving you the best chance of progressing within your role.

If you would like to find out how an IoSCM Level 2 Logistics course could benefit your career, give our expert Course Advisors a call today on 0800 1422 522.

Course Information

Read through the tabs below to find more information about the IoSCM Level 2 Logistics and Transport course.

If you have any further questions about this course, and you can’t find the answer here, please give our expert Course Advisors a call on 0800 1422 522. Our advisors will be more than happy to assist you with any concerns or queries you may have, as well as helping you find the right course for your needs.

The IoSCM Level 2 Transport and Logistics course is designed for students who have limited experience of the logistics and transport industry, who are seeking to certify their skills.

Whatever your level of experience, education and learning style might be, we can tailor our logistics and transport training to suit your needs. We offer a range of study methods including NVQ style assessments, traditional academic routes and distance learning courses, so you’re sure to find a format that works for you.

  • Do you currently work in the logistics and transport industry? Ask us about our work-based route.
  • Do you have previous experience of working in the industry? Ask us about our experience route.
  • Do you have an academic background? Ask us about our research and reference route.
  • Are you completely new to the industry? Ask us about our online study route.

For more information on how our study methods can help you pass first time, please speak to our team of highly trained Course Advisors. They can explain all the different options more fully, and can help you choose the best study route for your needs.

For a free, no obligation consultation, call us now on 0800 1422 522.

The IoSCM level 2 Transport and Logistics course will help you to develop your knowledge and skills in a variety of technical areas. This qualification gives a solid foundation for your career within a sector that offers many opportunities for promotion and unique benefits.

This Level 2 course will help you develop the key skills and knowledge you need to advance into a more senior role. This course is also ideal for businesses looking to develop their team and improve operational efficiency.

On completion of this course, you will be eligible to advance to the IoSCM Level 3 Logistics and Transport course. For those who are keen to pursue their studies even further, IoSCM also offer the following courses:

IoSCM Level 5 Logistics and Transport Management
IoSCM Level 6 Logistics and Transport Operations Strategy
IoSCM Level 7 Logistics and Transport

For further details of what the IoSCM Level 2 Transport and Logistics course covers, take a look at the ‘Units’ tab above.


When you enrol on the IoSCM Level 2 Transport and Logistics course, you will gain access to a customised learning platform complete with a huge library of resources, and the opportunity to interact with other students across the globe.

As well as unlimited first class learning materials, there are online self-assessments available with immediately accessible results, to identify your strengths and any areas for improvement. You can retake the practice tests as many times as you like, to help increase your confidence and ensure that you pass first time when it comes to the real thing.


At IoSCM, we offer transport and logistics courses online, so you can study in your own time and at your own pace. You can revisit the materials and resources as often as you need to, by logging in to your personal learning platform. We also offer free monthly face-to-face or online workshops for you to attend if you would like some extra support.

We understand that each individual learns differently, so we offer logistics training which can be tailored to your unique needs.

As well as the extensive support available from peers and fellow students via our online learning platforms, you will also be assigned a Student Support Liaison when you enrol with us. This dedicated point of contact will handle all queries or concerns throughout your studies and act as your personal mentor.

You will also benefit from unlimited support, guidance and feedback from our team of industry expert tutors, who have years of experience in the logistics and transport sector.


The Level 2 Logistics and Transport course from IoSCM offers a variety of optional units along with core units, so you can tailor your studies to the skills you want to develop.

By choosing units which will benefit your current role, as well as units which can develop your skills to the next level, you can have the best possible foundation for success in your ongoing logistics career.

The full Level 2 Logistics and Transport qualification is available as a Diploma. However, we also offer the option of working towards an Award or a Certificate, if you would like to take an introductory course which is less comprehensive and can be completed more quickly.

The different levels can be explained as follows:

  • Award: A Level 2 Logistics and Transport Award consists of one core unit. This is the shortest available qualification, making it a good option if you would like an introduction to one specific topic. This course will help to enhance your knowledge in one key area, but it won’t give you a more comprehensive overview of the transport and logistics industry as a whole.
  • Certificate: To complete a Level 2 Certificate, you will need to study one core unit and two optional units. This will provide you with solid knowledge across a number of key topics, but is not the same full qualification as the Diploma.
  • Diploma: The Diploma is the full version of our Level 2 Logistics and Transport qualification, so it is much more in-depth and comprehensive than the other levels. To get the most out of your Level 2 course and give you the best chance of taking your career to the next level, we would recommend the Diploma as your best option. In order to complete the course, you will need to study one core unit and three optional units of your choice.


10 Unit Credit Values

  • Teams and Groups: task orientation; purpose; degree of interdependence; degree of formal structure; familiarity among members
  • Team Development: ‘forming, storming, norming, performing, adjourning’
  • Team Roles: areas of responsibility; the role of a team leader; how to develop team members
  • Leadership Styles: Laissez-Faire, democratic and authoritarian leadership styles; Maslow’s hierarchy of needs; how to handle discrimination, harassment and conflict

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Types of Goods: public goods; private goods; perishable goods; container cargo; liquid bulk; dry bulk; breakbulk; dangerous goods; indirect goods
  • Safe Handling of Goods: special handling; hazardous goods; perishable goods; the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road; the International Regulations concerning the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail; the IMDG Code or the Baltic Sea Memorandum; the International Air Transportation Association; sterile goods; movement of livestock; security of goods
  • Movement Methods: road, air, rail, sea; intermodal transport; intra-modal transport; combined transport
  • Appropriate Modes of Transport: sources; identifying the appropriate mode; destinations
  • Transport Planning and Scheduling: routing; regular service; non-regular service; hub and spoke route system; route patterns; linear route systems
  • Regulatory Requirements: customs regulations; licences and permits; transport documents; invoices; carnet; Certificates of Origin (COP); bills of lading; certificates of insurance; dock receipts; airway bills; dangerous goods declarations
  • Collection, Storage and Distribution Networks: reverse logistics (collections); Warehouse Management Systems (WMS); Electronic Data Interchange (EDI); route optimisation software; inventory control

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Logistics Types: Just in Time (JIT); military logistics; procurement logistics; distribution logistics; after-sales logistics; disposal logistics; reverse logistics; green logistics; global logistics; RAM logistics; asset control logistics; POS material logistics; emergency logistics; logistics activities
  • Service: marketing and sales; outbound logistics; operations; inbound logistics; warehousing; inventory management; transportation; distribution; procurement; handling and packaging
  • Supply Chain in a Logistics Environment: inventory; procurement; planning and forecasting; demand forecasting; demand planning; demand management; management of returns/reverse of supply chain
  • Types of Logistics Activities: air freight; road haulage; sea freight; rail freight; storage and warehousing; wholesaling
  • Health and Safety: Health and Safety at Work Act 1974; risk assessment; first aid; reporting of injuries; Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH); manual handling; operations regulations; display screen equipment; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Communication: verbal communication methods; face-to-face communication; telephone communication; video conferencing; non-verbal communication; written communication; information systems

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Trade: types of products and market conditions; capital products; labour products; land products; local trade; international trade; comparative advantage; trade and tariffs
  • Freight: modes of transport; road; rail; waterways; air freight; intermodal; preferred method of transport; factors affecting mode choice
  • Goods Identification: goods to be traded; perishable goods; dangerous goods; bulk goods
  • Freight Organisations: hauliers and trucking companies; Non Vessel Owning Common Carriers (NVOCC); third-party logistics providers; supplier information; ISO containers
  • Trade Legislation and Regulations: global perspective; customs authorities; customs requirements; consumer contracts regulations; key information delivery; the Consumer Credit Act; Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008; Consumer Rights Act 2015
  • Trading Documentation: customs related documents; licences; sales contracts; letters of credit; commercial invoices; the Certificate of Origin (CofO); bills of lading; airway bills; dangerous goods; licenses and permits
  • Customer Requirements: customer service
  • Freight Systems: the National Export System (NES); customs freight simplified procedures
  • Freight Transport Mode Legislations: goods to be transported by road; vehicle standards, weights and dimensions; environmental standards; vehicle regulations; taxation of vehicles; cabotage; goods to be transported by rail; legislation and regulations for goods to be transported by sea; international labour regulations; goods to be transported by air; the CAA Aviation Authority’s regulatory role; airline permits; aviation security; moving dangerous goods by air
  • Freight Carriage, Insurance and Costs: INCOTERMS; Accord Temporary Admission (ATA) carnets; Carnets de Passage en Douane insurance
  • Health, Safety and Security: movement of dangerous goods
  • Monitoring Goods During Transportation: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
  • Potential Risks and Problems: distance; transportation and communication; risk during shipment; import and export restrictions; documentation; payment problems; competition; security



10 Unit Credit Values

  • Ports and Shipping: advantages and disadvantages of ports and shipping
  • Policies and Procedures: maritime and coastguard agency; manning scales; legal regimes; the international maritime organisation; national control and admiralty law; protectionism/subsidies; liner conferences
  • Monitoring Ports and Shipping: prevention of pollution from ships; customs; the harbour master; monitoring ships

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Supply Chain: the supply chain route; customers, retailers, wholesalers and distributors; manufacturers; components/raw material suppliers; streams; upstream activities; downstream activities
  • Successful Supply Chains: satisfaction for the end user; flexibility; alignment; distribution; suppliers; inventory management; lead times; measures
  • Relationships Between the Links of a Supply Chain:external supply chain; internal supply chain; vertical, horizontal, transactional, collaborative and productive relationships; aims of supply chain relationships
  • Roles Organisations Play: planning; purchasing; inventory; manufacturing; delivery; supply chain operations

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Functions of a Purchasing System: life cycle costing; total acquisition cost model
  • Stages of the Life Cycle: planning and design; acquisition; storage; use; disposal
  • Stages of the Purchasing Process: goods or service needs and requests; authorisation; purchase orders; delivery; receipt; payment; order processing cycles
  • Methods to Gain Information: word-of-mouth; advertising and marketing; company information; sampling; SWOT analysis
  • Supplier Development: potential for partnership; scope for development; quantifiable outcomes

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Business Core Function: marketing; product development; the manufacturing process
  • Manufacturing Process Components: raw materials; work in progress; finished goods
  • Support Functions: quality assurance; warehousing; purchasing; manufacturing planning; human resources
  • Manufacturing Requirements: manpower; methods; machines; materials; minutes; converting input into output
  • Information Required: process time; routing; bills of materials
  • Production Planning: preparation stage; processing stage; assembly stage; finishing stage; packaging stage

Jobs and Progression

On completion of each level of our logistics and transport training, you will increase your value to your employer, expand your earning potential and accelerate your career. By completing a logistics management course with IoSCM, you will achieve an internationally recognised qualification that unlocks once unachievable job opportunities and salaries.

With an IoSCM level 2 Logistics and Transport qualification, you can expect to aim for logistics jobs such as:

  • STOCK ASSISTANT: £15,000
  • INVENTORY CLERK: £15,000

Speak to us today about studying our transport and logistics courses by calling 0800 1422 522. One of our expert Course Advisors will happily talk you through the next steps to your progression.

Our expertise

IoSCM’s tutor team is populated by some of the industry’s finest talents. All experts within their field, they will provide preparation for your distance learning experience, assistance with your qualification and support throughout the completion of each unit. Each of our tutors is a specialist in a particular sector of the industry, giving our team a strong understanding of what’s needed to succeed within every field.

You will receive unlimited one-to-one support, guidance and feedback from IoSCM’s industry expert tutor team, with communication through a range of methods including Whatsapp, Skype, Facetime, text, email and phone.

About our Level 2 Logistics and Transport Tutor

  • Over 20 years’ experience in logistics and transport management
  • Level 7 qualified
  • CPC qualified
  • Education in Training Level 4 Certificate

What they have to say:
“I love using my past job roles and the skills gained from them to design and develop IoSCM’s course materials. Implementing real-life experience into our qualifications ensures we’re of the highest standard and hugely valuable to the industry.”

Get in touch with us on 0800 1422 522 to find out more.


Don’t just take our word for it; we’re trusted by thousands of businesses who have employees studying our distance learning courses, in 101 countries across the globe. From entry-level personnel to senior managers, we’re securing the future of the logistics and transport industry by delivering fully accredited UK qualifications.



Our network of experts expands beyond our tutors. Opportunities to network worldwide are available through the IoSCM Members’ Area, allowing you to build professional relationships and share experience and expertise with other professionals and organisations on a global scale.

Becoming a Member of the Institute of Supply Chain Management provides students and businesses with access to a range of services designed to support professional development and maintain high standards within the industry.

How to apply

It couldn’t be easier to apply for transport and logistics courses with the UK’s leading provider of industry qualifications. Simply contact our Course Advisors today on 0800 1422 522.


We tailor each component of our transport and logistics training to the individual, and this includes our finance options. We believe your financial circumstances shouldn’t prevent you from achieving your career goals. This is why we offer a range of payment methods to fund your qualification, including interest-free credit with monthly instalments.

We also accept business funded payment, for employers seeking to fund their employees’ development. Contact us now and we can assess the best payment method for you during a free consultation call.


IoSCM are proud of the standard of our qualifications, the unique delivery of our curriculum and the unwavering support from our tutors and mentors. We’re confident that our transport and logistics courses online, combined with your hard work, will pave the way to a bright future in the logistics and transport industry.

With our guarantee, if you are unsuccessful in passing your course, then we’ll offer you a second opportunity to achieve your qualification free of charge.

Secure your guarantee by contacting our Course Advisors today on 0800 1422 522 for a free, no obligation quotation. Alternatively, you can leave us an enquiry or drop us an email at info@ioscm.com.

“I chose level 3 Diploma to increase my knowledge in this field and to progress my career. I felt the course best suited my needs; the flexibility allowed me to tailor the course to exactly the areas I’m interested in and I can fit it around my full-time job.

I find the course material very relevant and applicable to the real business world which is important. The assignments guide you into summarising the research in your own words. Feedback on assignments is quick and the course overview helps you keep track of your progress.

Based on my experience I would definitely recommend the course to others; my knowledge and skills are expanding as my course progresses. I am already able to apply a lot of what I’ve learnt to my role as Stock Controller at Choice Shops. The optional units have allowed me to select the areas with Supply Chain Management in which I see my career developing.”

Penny Sayce, Stock Controller

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