Level 5 Logistics & Transport Management Course | Certificate & Diplomas
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Level 5 – Logistics and Transport Operations Management

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The IoSCM Level 5 Logistics and Transport Management course is designed for individuals aspiring to senior management roles within the logistics and transport sector. Whether you are looking to train your team, or to enhance your own knowledge, this course provides the knowledge and skills required to advance successfully in logistics careers.

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Course Introduction

By completing a Transport and Logistics course with the Institute of Supply Chain Management (IoSCM), you can increase your chances of career progression and salary uplift. Each IoSCM student receives much more than a qualification; they’re provided with the chance to grow, learn and develop as a professional with the support of our unrivalled expert tutors.

Through distance learning courses that are tailored to you, our logistics training ensures you have the skills you need to advance in your career. As well as our level 5 course, we also offer qualifications that suit all levels of experience, including: 

Our unique approach to transport management courses allows you to customise your IoSCM Level 5 Logistics and Transport training to match your career goals, current role or the objectives of your employer. IoSCM Transport and Logistics courses are internationally recognised, and have been designed by industry experts to deliver an unrivalled student experience. All study materials meet the National Occupations Standards (NOS).

We also work with businesses to train larger groups of employees. If you’re an employer seeking to develop your team, get in touch with our Course Advisors to find out more, by calling 0800 1422 522.

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

Studying the IoSCM Level 5 Transport and Logistics course, which complies with the NOS framework, will equip you or your team with the relevant skills and knowledge to be successful in your role.


Once you have completed your IoSCM Level 5 course, you will have an internationally recognised accreditation in Logistics and Transport from IoSCM.

You will also be awarded a Level 5 in Supply Chain and Operations from SFEDI Awards, an Ofqual regulated awarding organisation which is widely recognised across the Logistics and Transport industry.

As well as this, you will receive your APL Certification, which can be mapped to your future studies. We will also provide you with details of how your qualification level equates to different levels internationally.

Ofqual is the government organisation that regulates the standard of qualifications and training providers in the UK. Qualifications which are regulated by Ofqual are highly regarded and sought after internationally.

IoSCM are Ofqual regulated, so you can rest assured that all of our logistics qualifications are high quality and a good investment of your time and money.


The IoSCM Level 5 Transport and Logistics course is roughly equivalent to an NVQ or BTEC in terms of the level of study required. Our courses are regulated by Ofqual, so you can trust that we’re meeting the high standards that you would expect from any college or university.

Our Logistics Management courses are widely recognised and sought after by employers, and are designed to give you the greatest possible chance of success with your logistics career. Each course equips you with relevant, industry-specific knowledge and skills which can be fully tailored to your interests and career goals.

We offer our logistics courses online, so you can conduct your studies in your own time and at your own pace. With our unique approach, you can shape your studies around your other commitments, as well as reducing the time and money you need to spend on travel and study resources. To find out more about how logistics training with IoSCM can benefit your career, contact our expert Course Advisors today on 0800 1422 522.

Course Information

Read on below to find more information about the IoSCM Level 5 Logistics and Transport Management course.

If you need further details about this course, and you can’t find the answer here, please give our expert Course Advisors a call on 0800 1422 522. Our friendly advisors are always on hand to answer your questions, and can help you to find the best course for your needs.

The IoSCM Level 5 Transport and Logistics course is designed for mid-level employees in supply chain or transport planning environments. This course can help to enhance your expertise in these industries, as well as developing your core management skills.   

Throughout the level 5 course, you will develop your knowledge in various technical areas, as outlined on the ‘Units’ tab above. On completion, your qualification will help you on your way to achieving valuable salary uplift and career progression. Such an achievement will also unlock previously unattainable logistics jobs and opportunities.

Whatever your experience, education and preferred learning style, we can tailor our qualifications to suit you. We offer a range of study methods including distance learning, NVQ style assessment and traditional academic routes, 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. 

To find out how our study methods can help you pass your level 5 course first time, speak to our team of highly-trained Course Advisors. They can explain your options clearly and simply, to help you choose the study route which is best for you.

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

This qualification will teach you the knowledge and skills you’ll need to improve operational efficiency within your role, as well as giving you the best chance of advancing into a senior or management level role. The course covers key areas of knowledge, including the movement of goods, the purpose of inventory management and relevant legislation.

Studying a Level 5 Logistics and Transport course with IoSCM will accelerate your career progression, particularly if you’re currently looking to move into a senior position within the industry.

For further details of what the IoSCM Level 5 Logistics and Transport course covers, take a look at the ‘Units’ tab above.


Our students have access to a customised learning platform which features a huge library of resources, mock tests, and the opportunity to interact with other students across the globe.

As well as unlimited access to our range of study materials, we also provide our students with self-assessments so you can track your progress and identify areas for improvement.


When you choose to study transport and logistics courses online with IoSCM, you can benefit from studying in your own time and in the comfort of your own home. You can return to study materials and resources as often as you like via your personal learning platform. We also offer free face-to-face or online workshops on a monthly basis, if you ever need some extra support.

We understand that everyone has different learning styles, and we offer flexibility to allow every student to learn in the way that suits them best.

When you enrol on our Level 5 Transport and Logistics Management course, you will receive unlimited support, guidance and feedback from your tutor, who will have years of industry expertise. You can contact your tutor through a wide range of methods, including email, phone, text, Whatsapp, Skype and Facetime. Monthly online tutor webinars are also available.

You will also be assigned a Student Support Liaison, who will act as your main point of contact throughout your course, and will handle any queries or issues you have along the way.

With IoSCM, distance learning is a collaborative experience, and you’ll never feel alone. Through our online learning platform, you will be able to get in touch with your peers, as you work towards your qualifications together.


The IoSCM Level 5 Logistics and Transport course equips you with skills and knowledge across a range of areas, depending on the units you choose to study.

The flexibility of our units allows you to customise all of our transport management courses, so they’re entirely tailored to you. With IoSCM, you have the benefit of choosing units that will enhance your current job performance, as well as equipping you with the skills needed to take your career to the next level.

The Level 5 Logistics and Transport qualification is available as a Diploma. However, we also give the option of working towards an Award or a Certificate, if you would prefer to take a less comprehensive course which can be completed more quickly, and an Extended Diploma if you would like to take your studies further. 

The different levels of qualification can be explained as follows:

  • Award: A Level 5 Logistics and Transport Award consists of one core unit. This is the shortest level 5 qualification, and could be a good option if you would like an introduction to one specific topic. This course will help to increase your knowledge in one key area, but it won’t give you a more detailed overview of the logistics and transport industry as a whole.
  • Certificate: To complete a Level 5 Certificate, you will need to study one core unit and two optional units. This will help you to develop your knowledge across a number of key topics, but is not the same full qualification as the Level 5 Diploma.
  • Diploma: The Diploma is the full version of our Level 5 Logistics and Transport qualification, so it is much more in-depth and comprehensive than the Award or the Certificate. To get the most out of your Level 5 course and give you the best chance of taking your career to the next level, the Diploma is your best option. In order to complete the level 5 course, you will need to study one core unit and three optional units of your choice.
  • Extended Diploma: If you would like to take your studies further, we also offer a Level 5 Extended Diploma in Logistics and Transport. To achieve the Extended Diploma, you will need to complete one core unit and an additional five optional units.




10 Unit Credit Values

  • 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 systems; 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 (KPIs); inventory reduction
  • Financial Systems: budgeting; performance measurement; warehouse costs; Activity Based Costing (ABC); payback periods; rates of return; performance indicators; balanced scorecards

10 Unit Credit Values

  • 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 planning
  • 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

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Shipping and International Trade: ships and the shipping system; tramp and 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

10 Unit Credit Values

  • 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)

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 the details; leveraging 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 five 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
  • 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

  • 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


10 Unit Credit Values

  • 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 operating 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

10 Unit Credit Values

  • 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

10 Unit Credit Values

  • 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

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Management Information System (MIS): principles of management; interpersonal, informational and 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

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Air Freight Operations: documentation; regulations for movement of dangerous goods; contracts and the Air Waybill (AWB); unit load devices; air cargo claims
  • Sea Freight Operations: operational effectiveness; agile ports; licencing and tariffs; customs codes; planning and movement of goods
  • Agile Ports: characteristics; modern shipping; information technology
  • Multimodal Transportation: terminal facilities; container businesses and terminals; railways, ports and terminals

10 Unit Credit Values

  • 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; calculating performance indicators; cost management techniques; capital investment projects
  • Estimation Techniques: analysing and comparing trends; interpreting results; financial reports; exception reports; performance reports

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Effective Management and Control: supply chain management; supply chain risks and strengths; strategic factors; providing 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

10 Unit Credit Values

  • 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; evaluating quality standards that support quality management

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Key Roles of Management: purchasing management; purchasing cycle; market analysis; Porter’s 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

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Production Planning: sales and operations planning; demand management programmes; master production schedules; 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

10 Unit Credit Values

  • 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 for 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; balanced scorecards; operations strategy; quality; speed; dependability; flexibility and 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

Jobs and Progression

By completing each level of our logistics training, you will increase your value to your employer, as well as progressing your career and increasing your earning potential.

With an IoSCM level 5 Logistics and Transport qualification under your belt, you can expect to aim for logistics jobs such as:


Speak to us today about how our training could benefit your logistics career – call 0800 1422 522.

Our expertise

Once you have enrolled on your course, you will receive unlimited one-to-one support, guidance and feedback from your personal tutor. Your tutor will be there to provide preparation for your distance learning experience, assistance with your qualification and personal support during each unit. You can get in touch with them through a range of methods, including Whatsapp, Skype, Facetime, text, email and phone.

Our team of expert tutors includes some of the industry’s finest talents. Each tutor has years of experience, so they know exactly what it takes to succeed, and they will be there to support you every step of the way.

About our Level 5 Logistics and Transport Tutor

  • Over 20 years’ experience in logistics and transport management
  • CPC qualified
  • Level 7 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 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 with our fully accredited UK qualifications.



Our network of industry 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 across the globe.

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 logistics and transport industry.

How to apply

If you’re interested in applying for a Level 5 Logistics and Transport course, please contact one of our friendly Course Advisors on 0800 1422 522.


We believe that finances should never prevent you from achieving your professional goals. We therefore offer a range of payment methods to fund your logistics training, including monthly instalments with interest-free credit. We also work with businesses, if your employer is able to invest in your development. 

Contact us now to find out more about the cost of our Level 5 Logistics and Transport training, and find the best payment method for you.


At IoSCM, we are confident that the high quality of our course materials and tutor support will help you to pass 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 completely free of charge.

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

“Based in the UAE I have a very busy job in Sales & Marketing with travel in the Middle East, Asia & Africa and with a family, it can be difficult to make time for any studying. The IoSCM course gives me the option to study anytime or location and also the chance to study at my own pace. I am currently working my way through the first part of my course but have found all the info online very informative and all my questions/problems have been answered very promptly."

Scott Macpherson, IoSCM Level 3

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