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Level 6 – Supply Chain and Operations Management

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The Level 6 Supply Chain and Operations qualification is designed for students who wish to move into senior management positions within the supply chain. The online supply chain qualification develops understanding of key issues within the field and develop the strategic supply chain management skills required to succeed in a senior role.

Course Introduction

Guarantee success in your industry with IoSCM. We offer every learner much more than just a qualification; we provide the opportunity to grow, learn and progress as a professional with our unrivalled support network.

The responsibilities of supply chain professionals vary from business to business. IoSCM’s qualifications allow learners to develop skills in the relevant subjects through bespoke distance learning courses. You can custom build the IoSCM Level 6 Strategic Supply Chain Management course to meet your current job specification, the objective of your employer and your career ambitions. 

The IoSCM team has consulted with a large range of organisations from all sectors of the supply chain to ensure this qualification addresses the skills and knowledge expectations of strategic management roles in a wide range of businesses.

Key Learning Objectives at Level 6 Include:

  • Gaining a comprehensive understanding of key aspects of strategic supply chain management 
  • The ability to implement learning into job roles within the industry 
  • Understanding the importance of strategic management in meeting business objectives    

When you have completed your course, you will gain an internationally recognised qualification in Supply Chain from the Institute of Supply Chain Management and SFEDI Awards, an Ofqual regulated awarding organisation which is well recognised across the industry.

The IoSCM Level 6 in Strategic Supply Chain Management is at the same level as a Bachelor’s degree but studied in your own time, at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home.

Level 6 is recognised and highly sought after by employers and businesses. It gives you realistic, industry specific knowledge and skills that are entirely tailored to you and the sector, providing you with the best chance of progressing in the supply chain sector.

You can study around your current commitments and still save time and money in comparison to a full-time or classroom-based course. If you’d like to find out how an IoSCM Level 6 qualification can be beneficial to your career, give our expert course advisors a call today on 0800 1422 522.

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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 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 6 Supply Chain 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.

Course Information

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

Is This Qualification Suitable for Me?

Level 6 is for learners who already have experience in the supply chain industry at a management level and are looking to develop their knowledge and skills at a senior management level.

We provide learners with the opportunity 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, career ambitions and employer’s objectives.

As well as being able to tailor the course by unit selection, there are also nine different methods to consider when it comes to your assessments, so you can complete your course in a way that suits your individual learning preferences.


When studying with IoSCM, you will have access to the online learning platform and learning resource centre. The IoSCM learning platform provides you with all your course content, unit information and the option to interact with other learners studying the same course as you. The learning resource centre includes a huge library of resources for you to utilise which will support you throughout your learning.

All courses are studied through online and supported distance learning, so you can work through your course online at your own pace and utilise the support from the support and education teams as and when required.

When you enrol on a course you will be assigned a learning support advisor. They will be your dedicated point of contact and will handle all queries while you study. You will also be assigned your own industry expert tutor, who will be on hand to provide you with guidance and feedback throughout your learning journey.

To apply for this course, give our course advisory team a call today on 0800 1422 522 or email info@ioscm.com. They’ll be happy to provide you with a step-by-step guide on the enrolment and payment process. To fund your qualification, you can organise payment in full or utilise one of our interest-free payment plan options. We also accept business-funded payments 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.


The flexibility of our unit selection means you can customise your qualification so it is entirely tailored to you. You can choose the units that will benefit your current role or that will give you the skills required to take your career to the next level.

Award, Certificate, Diploma or Extended Diploma?

Our qualifications are available in four sizes, depending on how many units you choose to study. The qualification you choose will come with a generous package of unlimited support for the duration of your study time.

  • Award: Depending on the credit value of the units you select to study, the Award consists of one to two individual units and is the shortest qualification available.
  • Certificate: Select three to four units of study* from the extensive list of topics available. The Certificate is a great course to gain solid knowledge in a number of subjects.
  • Diploma: More in-depth and comprehensive, the Diploma usually consists of four to six units of study* selected to match each learner’s individual requirements.
  • Extended Diploma: The largest qualification option available, the Extended Diploma enables learners to select between six to nine units of study* to enhance their industry knowledge across various topics and subjects.

*Each unit of study has an allocated credit value. To find out more about the requirements for each qualification or discuss the range of units available, download the brochure or speak with an expert course advisor.

Accredited qualifications in the UK are based on units, each of which has a credit value.

The unit credit value (UCV) gives learners an indication of how long the unit will take to complete. For example, 1 credit value usually represents around 10 hours of learning. The more units you study, the more credits you’ll accumulate.

Each qualification has a minimum and maximum credit value allowance. Selecting the correct number of units to achieve the threshold for your chosen qualification is important. Our course advisors can help you decide which course and associated units will help you achieve your development aims.

The value of each unit does not demonstrate complexity, the level of qualification dictates this. For example, Level 2 is comparable to a GCSE qualification, and Level 7 is of the same level as a Master’s degree.

Listed below are the units available within the Level 2 qualification. For further details please download the IoSCM course brochure or speak with our team today

List of Units – Click each unit for further information

This unit focuses on the strategic supply chain management importance in an organisation. The module provides expert content to learners on strategic supply chain management, including:

  • Understand what makes a supply chain successful
  • Understand how a supply chain meets the strategic objectives of an organisation
  • Understand the value of Third-Party Logistics (3PL) and Fourth-Party Logistics (4PL) models to the supply chain
  • Be able to identify challenges and improvement measures within a business’s supply chain
  • Understand the developments in Information Technology (IT) and their impact on the supply chain

15 Unit Credit Values

The Strategic Logistics Management core unit provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to successfully manage logistical operations. Upon completing this unit, learners will have an understanding of the impact of logistics and transport on the global supply chain.

Indicative content includes:

  • Strategic requirements of logistics management
  • Physical requirements of setting up logistics operations
  • Methods for rationalising logistics operations
  • The benefits of utilising different transport modes

12 Unit Credit Values

This unit discusses what strategy really is within a business context, and why it is important that businesses focus on the continuous cycle of strategic business management. It is a process that is forever active within any successful organisation. The Learner will understand:

  • Be able to evaluate how a business operates within its internal and external environment
  • Understand how a business operates a marketing system
  • Be able to interpret the information contained within financial documentation
  • Understand the processes involved in change management

15 Unit Credit Values

This study unit reviews HRM subjects such as employee development, rewarding employees and the methods used to retain employees. The Learner will review:

  • Understand the responsibilities of Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Know how HRM develops processes and practices
  • Understand the role of HRM in performance management
  • Understand how to manage employer-employee relationships
  • Understand the need for effective reward management

12 Unit Credit Values

This unit allows the student to obtain an understanding of international freight management.

It shows the historical development of the different modes of transport into the modern global supply network. It covers the physical flows and processes required to move products and the advantages and disadvantages of each mode of transportation, along with the operational equipment used within the supply chain. It covers the legislative requirements for each of the modes of transport when moving freight across borders. It covers the international control bodies for each mode, freight forwarding, 3PLs and strategic warehouse placement This unit will allow the learner to

  • Understand the role of freight management in Supply Chains
  • Understand the contribution of the ISO Container to International Trade
  • Be able to analyse the legislative requirements for the International Movement of Freight
  • Understand the benefits of using Third Party Logistics (3PLs) and Freight Forwarders

15 Unit Credit Values

This unit focuses on the importance of Strategies in effective Inventory Management in an organisation. The unit provides expert practices in Inventory management, including:

  • Understand the strategic role of inventory management in meeting business objectives
  • Understand the significance of inventory cost on business performance
  • Understand how a business identifies and manages order levels
  • Be able to apply inventory control methods within a business

12 Unit Credit Values

This unit allows the student to understand production planning concepts by discussing the relationships between production, sales, and forecasting. In addition, it assesses tools used in scheduling, control and performance. Understanding benchmarking techniques and quality improvement models will help the learner determine available options for improving production planning performance. This unit will allow the learner to:

  • Understand the requirements of location, layout, and productivity of manufacturing
  • Understand product design and production strategy
  • Understand forecasting, planning, and scheduling of production
  • Understand the objectives of purchasing and inventory management

12 Unit Credit Values

This unit will allow the learner to obtain an understanding of the principles of Quality Management and the methods, tools and techniques, to achieve the desired quality level of product/service to satisfy the desired outcome. This unit contains 4 Learning Outcomes which support learners to:

  • Understand the fundamental concept of Quality
  • Be able to plan the implementation of a Quality Management System (QMS) within an organisation
  • Understand the application of Total Quality Management (TQM) within an organisation
  • Understand the benefits of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) for an organisation

12 Unit Credit Values

This unit discusses the overriding principles and practices of effective leadership and management and introduces to the Learner why leadership and management need to be intertwined to be most effective. This unit will explain to the Learner:

  • Key competencies required of Leaders and Managers
  • Leadership and management theory in an organisational context
  • How sources of Information are used to shape management decisions
  • Different types of Management responsibilities
  • Reasons that change needs to be introduced into an organisation and how change is effected
  • Evaluation and management of risk
  • Principles of project management

15 Unit Credit Values

This unit allows the student to understand the role of operations management processes within a business and the design of operations processes. It also allows the student to understand the correlation between operations management and strategic planning and how operations improvement techniques could enhance competitive advantage in business and understand the key challenges for an organisation. This unit will allow the learner to:

  • Understand operational change management
  • Understand Capacity Management
  • Understand the role of scheduling and planning in operations management
  • Understand operations strategy
  • Understand the importance of quality management

15 Unit Credit Values

This unit will allow the learner to obtain an understanding of the principles of Strategic Maritime Management and the vital role that ports and shipping play in the world economy. It will look at legislation and regulation of the industry and the development of both ports and shipping to meet the ever-increasing demand for goods. The unit content will cover:

  • Understand the significance of shipping within the context of globalisation
  • Understand the value of operating an agile port
  • Understand the purpose of Port Efficiency
  • Understand the benefits of a containerised shipping operation

10 Unit Credit Values

This unit will introduce the Learner to the procurement tools that direct the decision-making process and it explains the importance of understanding and being able to interpret the global influences affecting procurement. The Learner will get an introduction to:

  • Supplier Relationship Management (SRM)
  • Procurement principles and best practices
  • Strategic sourcing and commercial agreements
  • Supply chain mapping
  • Collaborative relationships and contracting
  • The tendering process
  • Strategic cost and risk management
  • Development of a risk strategy

12 Unit Credit Values

This unit will allow the learner to obtain an understanding of the principles and processes involved in Strategic Warehouses Management . The unit content will cover:

  • Understand key warehouse processes, policies, and procedures
  • Be able to evaluate the benefits of warehouse layout on organisational efficiency
  • Understand the significance of warehouse location in meeting customer requirements
  • Understand the need for outsourcing Logistics Services

Jobs and Progression

With the achievement of each level, you will expand your earning potential and evolve your career. The job titles become more prestigious and the salary grows as your continue your professional development.

With a IoSCM level 6 supply chain qualification, you can expect to achieve the following:

  • GENERAL MANAGER: £58,000
  • HEAD OF LOGISTICS: £35,000

Speak to us today about our progression routes on 0800 1422 522.

Our expertise

IoSCM Education Team 

We have some of the best tutors in the industry as members of the IoSCM education team. When you have enrolled onto an IoSCM course you’ll receive unlimited one-to-one support, guidance and feedback from your assigned tutor.

Communication can be organised through a phone call, email, text, video call or through the chat system on the online learning platform.

Because we have tutors specialising in every sector of the supply chain industry, we have a strong understanding of the requirements to succeed and progress within every field.

IoSCM Learning Support Team 

In addition to the tutor team, you will be assigned a learning support advisor who will ensure your learning journey goes to plan. They will introduce you to your course, help you navigate the learning platform and have frequent catch ups with you throughout your studies to make sure you’re on track.

Dedicated Business Support

If you’re an employer looking into training courses for employees, you will also have a dedicated business contact who can help you with finding the best training options based on your business requirements. Your business contact will also provide access to your employees’ course progression updates.

Our Client Base

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.


Business Enquiry

Are you looking for training for your employees? Contact our Business Development team to discuss how IoSCM can create the perfect training package for you.

Our Business Development team are highly knowledgeable in the Supply Chain industry, with years of experience and proven success in guiding and advising organisations worldwide towards the best suited training for their requirements. Our team work with you, establishing an understanding of the current skills and knowledge of each team member along with the organisations development needs, to recommend a tailored supported training package for you and your team.

Benefits to Business

  • Dedicated, tailored business support
  • Assistance every step of the way
  • Learner Updates created for your business
  • Access to external support and resources in collaboration with IoSCM
  • One to one support for each and every member of your team
  • Group Learning available

Bespoke training available – take advantage of the full flexibility of IoSCM.

Corporate Membership

Created to support companies and organisations of all sizes, IoSCM Corporate Membership will advanced the capabilities of your business. With various grading of Corporate Membership available, you can access the professional resources, benefits and industry expert support suited to your business. Click here to find out more.

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“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 6

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