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Level 3 – Logistics and Transport Operations

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  • Choose how you study, pass units and gain your accredited qualification.
  • First class course materials designed by industry experts.

The IoSCM Level 3 Transport and Logistics course is designed for individuals or teams within the logistics and transport sector who wish to develop their knowledge to a more senior level. This course will help you to build the knowledge and skills you need to progress to the next stage of your logistics career.

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 Transport and Logistics course with the Institute of Supply Chain Management (IoSCM) can greatly increase your chances of career progression. We offer each student much more than just a qualification; we provide them with the opportunity to grow, learn and progress as a professional using our unrivalled support network.

IoSCM’s Logistics Academy enables those in the industry to develop their skills through bespoke distance learning courses. Along with our level 3 course, we offer qualifications to suit all levels of experience, including:

Unlike other transport management courses, you can custom build the IoSCM Level 3 Logistics and Transport qualification in order to meet your career ambitions, current job specification or the objectives of your employer. IoSCM Transport and Logistics courses are internationally recognised, and designed by industry experts to provide a first class student experience. This includes valuable study materials that meet National Occupational Standards (NOS).

We also work with businesses to assist with the training of employees. If you’re an employer seeking to develop your team, our Course Advisors will happily discuss our process with you, including our business payment option. Call us now on 0800 1422 522.

The NOS framework sets the UK standards of performance expected of employees, along with the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively, as approved by UK government regulators.

Studying the IoSCM Level 3 Transport and Logistics course, which complies with the NOS framework, will help you to learn exactly what is required in order to be successful in your job role.


Through completion of the IoSCM Level 3 qualification, you will receive an internationally-recognised certification from IoSCM in Logistics and Transport.

You will also be awarded a Level 3 in Supply Chain and Operations from SFEDI Awards, an Ofqual regulated awarding organisation which is widely recognised across the Logistics and Transport industry.

Ofqual is the government organisation that regulates the standard of qualifications, and the organisations that are offering them.

IoSCM are Ofqual regulated, so you can rest assured that all of our logistics qualifications are high quality and a sound investment for your career.


The IoSCM Level 3 Transport and Logistics course is roughly equivalent to an A-Level qualification in terms of the level of study required. However, we offer our logistics courses online, so you can conduct your studies in your own time, at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home.

At IoSCM, we offer Logistics Management courses which are widely recognised and sought after by employers. Our courses equip you with relevant, industry-specific knowledge and skills which can be fully tailored to your logistics career needs. Consequently, completing this course gives you the greatest chance of employment or promotion.

With our unique approach, you can work your studies around your current commitments, saving time and money in the process. If you’d like to find out how logistics training with IoSCM can significantly benefit your career, contact our expert Course Advisors today on 0800 1422 522.

Course Information

Read through the sections below to find more information about the IoSCM Level 3 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 happy to assist you with any queries you may have, and can help you find the right course for your needs.

The IoSCM Level 3 Transport and Logistics course is designed for students who have limited experience in the logistics and transport industry, who are seeking a formal qualification to back up their skills.

Throughout the course, you will develop your knowledge in various technical areas, as outlined on the ‘Units’ tab above. On completion, the qualification will build a strong foundation for your career within a sector that offers many opportunities for promotion, and attractive advantages.

Whatever your experience, your current level of education and the way you prefer to learn, we can tailor our qualifications to suit you. We offer a range of study methods including NVQ style assessment, traditional academic routes and distance learning courses, so you can choose a study format which suits your needs.

  • Do you currently work in the transport and logistics 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 further information on how our study methods can help you pass first time, it’s a good idea to speak to our team of highly-trained Course Advisors. They can explain your options clearly and simply, helping you identify which study route is best for you.

Call us now for a free, no obligation consultation on 0800 1422 522.

For those who are already working in the transport and logistics sector, studying a Level 3 qualification will prove an invaluable step forward in your career.

This qualification will teach you the knowledge and skills you’ll need to advance into a senior or management level role. This includes the importance of logistics, the requirements for monitoring and control within the field, and the factors that influence statistics.

For further details of what the IoSCM Level 3 Logistics and Transport course covers, take a look at the ‘Units’ tab above.


Our online learning platform allows you to take mock tests, utilise a huge library of resources and interact with other students across the globe. As well as unlimited learning materials, the platform offers self-assessments that will immediately show your results, and identify opportunities for improvement.


When you choose to study our transport and logistics courses online, you can study in your own time and in the comfort of your own home. You can revisit materials and resources as often as you need to, simply 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 need extra support.

We understand that everyone learns differently, and we encourage our students to learn at their own pace and in a way that suits them.

As well as the extensive support available online from your peers, upon enrolment you will also be assigned a Student Support Liaison. Your dedicated point of contact will handle all enquiries or issues throughout your logistics and transport training, and will act as a personal mentor.

You’ll also have unlimited support, guidance and feedback from our team of industry expert tutors.


The IoSCM Level 3 Logistics and Transport course provides the opportunity to develop your skills across a variety of areas, depending on the units you choose to study.

The flexibility of our units allows you to customise your qualification so that it’s entirely tailored to you. With IoSCM, you have the benefit of choosing units that will enhance your current job performance, and equip you with the skills needed to take your career to the next level.

The full Level 3 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 prefer a less comprehensive course which can be completed more quickly.

The different levels can be explained as follows:

  • Award: A Level 3 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 logistics and transport industry as a whole.
  • Certificate: To complete a Level 3 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 3 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 3 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

  • Warehouse Departments: receipts; replenishment or put away; stores; picking, packing, housekeeping, despatch
  • Bridge Between Supply and Demand: staging areas; cross-docking; keeping goods safe and secure; gathering; temporary storage
  • Warehouse Management Systems (WMS): ERP systems; radio frequency identification; human memory systems
  • Types of Warehouses: ambient warehouses; climate-controlled warehouses; automated warehouses; private warehouses; public warehouses; distribution centres; bonded warehouses
  • Warehouse Location Factors: proximity to customers and suppliers; buildings, floors, structure, doors; receipt and dispatch docks; offices; lighting; heating; extensions; materials handling; mezzanine floors
  • Health and Safety: health and safety policy; Health and Safety at Work Act 1974; the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999; Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH); the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981; reporting of injuries; manual handling; fire risk; loading and unloading vehicles; pedestrian safety; site visitors; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); shift work; lighting; workplace temperature
  • Industrial Equipment: industrial trucks; charging batteries; platforms on lift trucks; conveyors; mechanical handling of waste materials; racking; using flat pallets; loading pallets
  • Housekeeping: safety; loss control rules; orderliness principles; maintaining warehouse equipment; examination of industrial trucks; scheduled maintenance; drivers’ maintenance logs
  • Receiving Goods: goods receipt process; vehicle arrival; assigning the carrier to a bay; loading bays; relative quantities of goods
  • Contingency Planning: stock and risk management; buffer stock

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Role of Transport: categories of goods, perishable goods, dangerous/hazardous goods, bulk liquids/powders, livestock
  • Transport: transport modes; infrastructure; vehicles; operations; modal transport; intermodal transport; multimodal transport
  • Principles of Transport Planning: linear; hub and spoke; customs; payment of charges; packing and warehousing; insurance; security
  • Legislation and Regulations: UK central government structure; UK civil aviation authority; overseas legislation; international commercial terms
  • Health and Safety Measures: road transport; HGV driver hours; air transport; transport of dangerous goods; UK health and safety legislation
  • Transport Equipment: conveyors; cranes; industrial trucks; importance of standardised transport equipment; multimodal/TEU/ISO containers
  • Transport Planning: optimum use of fleet; driver productivity; route planning optimisation; benefits of transport planning
  • External Influences: SLEPT analysis
  • Demand Types: direct; indirect; consumer demand; seasonal demand; fashion demand; supplier demand; product demand
  • Planning with Regard to Modal Choice: timing; damage avoidance; security; distance; degree of control

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Types of Ports: fishing ports; inland ports; dry ports; cruise home ports; cargo ports
  • Port Functions: transport (circulation) function of ports; commercial function of ports; industrial function of ports; distributional function of ports
  • Seaport Connection and Transhipment: maritime access; maritime interface; infrastructures and equipment; land access; port service (full service); tool port (service); landlords
  • Maritime Network Considerations: frequency of service; fleet and vessel size; number of port calls; shipping conferences; shipping alliances; containerisation
  • Port Considerations: location; depth; land availability; labour costs; hinterland access; ownership
  • External Factors: demand forecasts; location; competition; coastal shipping; resilience
  • Infrastructural Requirements: warehousing; Value Added Logistics (VAL); logistics centres; berths; container terminals
  • Challenges: conservancy; dredging; navigation aids; congestion; customs; immigration; port safety; marine safety

10 Unit Credit Values

  • 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 and sales; service; comprehensive organising; human resource management; strategic alliance; financial performance; target optimisation of service levels; managing details; leverage logistics volumes; measuring and reacting to performance; storage; warehousing and materials; unit load; packaging and handling systems; inventory; forecasting
  • Transport: rail, sea, road, air
  • Policies and Influence: the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974; risk 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 approaches; regional distribution centres; value added services; shipment tracking; outbound logistic capabilities
  • Tools: SWOT analysis; Key Performance Indicators (KPIs); Pareto charts; scatter diagrams; stratification; the Shewhart Cycle; risk assessment and management; failure mode and effects analysis

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Inventory: raw materials; work-in-progress; maintenance, repair and operation; anticipation inventory; investment inventory; manufacturing organisations; service industries; military
  • Purpose of Inventory: variation in production demand; unexpected customer demand; seasonal demand; price discounts; avoiding price increase
  • Inventory Control Process: goods receipt; put-away; audit trails; inventory accuracy; training; monitoring for compliance; accuracy tracking; lead time; inventory identification and tracking; inventory location and storage; inventory numbering; safety inventory
  • Alternatives to Holding Inventory: just-in-time; material requirements planning; Master Production Schedules (MPS); bills of materials; inventory status; distribution requirements planning; vendor-managed inventories
  • Stock: finished goods; stock-outs
  • Customer Service: competing on flexibility; competing on responsiveness; fast delivery; reliable delivery; after sales service; supplier appraisal; Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
  • Alternatives to Holding Stock: direct ordering; drop shipping
  • Financial: balance sheets; assets; profit and loss accounts; inventory trade-offs; holding costs
  • Inventory Systems: stock cover; backward scheduling; forward scheduling; Pareto based ordering; variable order quantity or periodic review system; rolling schedule; economic order quantity; fixed order quantity; safety stock; average deviation; vendor managed inventory; Kanban; reserve stock (or brown bag) systems; perpetual inventory systems; inputs, outputs, adjustments; push and pull systems

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Role of Freight: freight contextualised; road, rail, sea, air
  • Transport: intermodal transport; combined transport; local transport movement; international movement
  • Route Planning: linear; hub and spoke systems
  • Environmental: air pollution; water pollution; waste and recycling
  • External Influences: SWOT analysis; PESTLE analysis; national and international perspectives
  • Legislative: customs; licences and permits; transport documentation; invoices; carnet; certificates of origin; bills of lading; certificates of insurance; dock receipts; airway bills; dangerous goods
  • Freight performance: Key Performance Indicators (KPIs); SMART; TQM


  • Legal Responsibilities: the Health and Safety at Work Act; risk assessment; legislation; dangerous goods; container/vehicle packing certificates; road cargo; the Maritime and Coastguard Agency; the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships; the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea; the Office of Rail Regulation; the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail; the Road Traffic Act 1991
  • Air Freight: Air Waybills (AWBs); the International Air Transport Association (IATA); the air cargo tariff and rules
  • Container Transport: factors influencing movement of cargo; environmental factors; how to secure sea freight safely; how to correctly secure cargo; wire rope lashings
  • Lashing: straight/cross lashing; loop lashing; spring lashing; chain lashing; blocking
  • Considerations: weight limitations; hazardous materials/dangerous goods; fibreboard boxes; lumber and plywood; anti-slip mats; securing systems; stacking of containers; checking cargo; communication
  • Road Freight Key Drivers: time; cost; safety; security
  • Environmental Concerns: lorry design; road pricing; taxation on fuel
  • Regulation Requirements: documentation; customs; payment of charges; packing and warehousing; insurance; security
  • Legislative: customs regulations; duty charges; licenses and permits
  • Transportation Documentation: carnet; certificates of origin; bills of landing; certificates of insurance; dock receipts; airway bills; dangerous goods
  • Trade Barriers: incoterms; PESTLE analysis
  • Components of an MRP System: sales and operations planning; master production schedules; rough cut capacity planning; bills of labour approach; resource profiles; bills of materials
  • Components of an ERP System: Customer Relationship Management (CRM); purchasing; sales; production management; inventory control; financial resource management; human resources management; supply chain management; quality; export; excise; asset management
  • Implementation of MRP and ERP Systems: pre-evaluation screening; project planning phases; configuration; training and testing; going live
  • Role of Freight: freight contextualised; road, rail, sea, air
  • Transport: intermodal transport; combined transport; local transport movement; international movement
  • Route Plan: linear; hub and spoke system; environmental air pollution; water pollution; waste and recycling
  • External Influences: SWOT analysis; PESTLE analysis; national and international perspectives
  • Legislative: customs; licenses and permits; transport documentation; invoices; carnet
  • The Supply Chain: upstream and downstream; purchasing; manufacturing; warehousing; transportation; demand planning; supply planning; suppliers; retailers; external supply chains; internal supply chains
  • Relationships: vertical relationships; horizontal relationships; transactional relationships; collaborative relationships; strategic relationships; customer satisfaction
  • Supply Chain Components: customers; planning; purchasing; the supplier; inventories; the manufacturer/production
  • Logistics: forward and reverse
  • Integrated Systems: Direct Product Profitability (DPP); Materials Requirements Planning (MRP); Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP)
  • Organisations Involved in the Purchasing Role: manufacturing; distribution; transport; warehousing; inventory control; materials handling; procurement
  • Relationships: internal; external; remote; cooperative; partnerships
  • Markets: demand; competition; monopoly; natural monopoly; oligopoly; monopsony; trade protectionism; Porter’s Five Forces
  • External Factors: PESTLE Analysis; local; national; global; public sector; private sector; third sector; financial; reputation; environmental; health, safety and welfare; lost opportunities
  • Purchasing: Five Rights; ethics; end-to-end cycle
  • Supplier Relationships: adversarial; arm’s length; transactional; closer tactical; single sourced; outsourcing; strategic alliance; partnership; co-destiny
  • Organising Production: batch production; flexible manufacturing; continuous manufacturing; intermittent manufacturing; custom manufacturing; production in relation to the cost
  • Level of Demand: demand management; data capture; dealing with day-to-day customer orders; managing the demand; order point systems; periodic review systems
  • Competitors: competitive advantage
  • Sales Forecasting: Time Series Analysis; exponential smoothing; linear trend lines; executive judgements; composites of sales force opinion; expert opinion; fixed order quantity systems
  • Production Planning: Materials Requirement Planning; Just in Time (JIT); preventive maintenance; flexible work forces
  • The Need and Application of Business Improvement: introduction to business improvement; the need for improvement; business improvement techniques; how to apply business improvement techniques; lean; how to apply lean in a business
  • Improvement Activities: improvement activities; terms of reference; roles and responsibilities; skill and knowledge gaps
  • Improvement Activities Resources: resource requirements; timescales; impact on organisational performance; performance measures in improvement activities
  • Communication: communicating the improvement activity; promoting business improvement activity results within the business; promoting business improvement activity results to stakeholders
  • Range of Business: types and purpose of business; trader/sole proprietorship; partnership; corporation; not-for-profit companies; structures of management
  • Business Functions and Departments: research and development; production; service delivery; business finance; human resource; sales; public relations; information tech support; quality support; logistics; purchasing; brand management; advertising; customer service; organisational charts; organisational roles and responsibilities; business planning
  • Quality Management Systems: quality assurance; performance management; SWOT Analysis
  • Communication: business communication; communication flows between functions; techniques of communication; corporate communication; electronic and non-electronic communication methods

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 move your career forwards.

With an IoSCM level 3 Logistics and Transport qualification under your belt, you can expect to aim for logistics jobs such as:


Speak to us today about taking the next step in your logistics career by calling 0800 1422 522.

Our expertise

IoSCM’s tutor team is made up of some of the industry’s finest talents. All experts within their field, the team provide preparation for your distance learning experience, assistance with your qualification and personal support during each unit. With years of experience behind them, our tutors understand exactly what it takes to succeed and can pass this knowledge on to you.

You’ll receive unlimited one-to-one support, guidance and feedback from your tutor. We offer communication through a range of methods including Whatsapp, Skype, Facetime, text, email and phone.

About our Level 3 Logistics and Transport Tutor

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

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 whose employees are 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 experiences 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 a transport and logistics qualification with the UK’s leading provider of supply chain education. Simply contact our Course Advisors today on 0800 1422 522.


We believe that finances should never stop you from achieving your career goals. For this reason, we offer a range of methods to fund your qualification, including monthly instalments with interest-free credit. We also work with businesses, if your employer is able to fund your studies. 

Contact us now to find out more about the cost of our Level 3 Logistics and Transport course, and find the best payment method for you.


At IoSCM, we are confident that the winning combination of our high quality transport and logistics courses and your hard work will help you to achieve your qualification successfully. In fact, we’re so confident that if you don’t pass first time, we will give you a second chance to study the course free of charge.

To find out more about our study guarantee, call us on 0800 1422 522, or email us on info@ioscm.com.

“I have been in the Oil & Gas Industry for the last 25 years and have had no formal qualifications so I considered it important to develop my skill set to enhance my career options.

I would recommend the IoSCM courses to anyone who has a busy lifestyle and wants to have a good industry recognised qualification at the end of the course.”

Scott Macpherson, IoSCM Level 3

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