Business and Supply Chain Management BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level (2020 entry)
  • BTEC
    Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma: DDM. For more, please see below.
  • International Baccalaureate
    31 points and above with 5, 5, 5 in higher level subjects
  • Additional information
    Candidates meeting the above requirements will also be invited to an optional interview for membership of the NOVUS scheme which can guarantee graduate employment.
More information
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Key Dates

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How do we train the next generation of logisticians: A special report

Taken from ‘Driving the Future’, a CILT and ITN news and current-affairs style programme that explores ideas, challenges perceptions and provides a professional voice to demonstrate how the work within and around the supply chain directly impacts people, society, the environment, business profitability and economic growth.

Equip yourself for a career in supply chain management at the heart of any business

Benefit from Aston's close relationships with industry, including the 27 companies in the NOVUS Trust

Improve your employability through placements. Students on the NOVUS scheme are guaranteed placements and a graduate job!

Close relationships with The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

Course summary

Bringing together essential business theory and practice taught by Aston Business School, exploration of supply chain management by subject specialists and a close relationship with industry, this course will prepare you for a career at the very heart of any retailer, manufacturer or logistics company. 
You could even be guaranteed a graduate job through the NOVUS scheme.

Entry requirements for 2020

4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code:

Please note:

GCSE requirements: 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above including Maths and English 

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

 Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades of CCC if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below.

More on Admissions Policy

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.


Typical offer level:

A levels



Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma: DDM

National Diploma and Diploma: DD plus 1 A-level at minimum Grade B.

Foundation or 90 credits Diploma: DD plus 2 A-levels at minimum grade B

National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma: D plus 2 A-levels at minimum Grade B

Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted

International Baccalaureate Diploma

31 points and above, with 5, 5, 5 in higher level subjects.

Access to Higher Education

Access with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3

Non-standard qualifications


Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition fees:

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2020/21)                             
£16,700* for Outside EU students (2020/21)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

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Please click here to view scholarships provided by Aston.

Course outline

The BSc (Hons) Business & Supply Chain Management course is an exciting opportunity for you to take your first step on the career ladder. It has been designed in partnership with industry to give you the skills and experience you need to excel in your career as a supply chain professional.

You will develop a thorough understanding of supply chain management and everything that happens to ensure that companies can satisfy their customers' needs and wants. You will explore the role of purchasing, manufacturing and logistics as well as the planning, organisatin and resource management that is needed to manage a global supply chain. Effective supply chain management underpins the performance of retailers and manufacturers - it is essentially what they do but they depend on talented professionals to achieve success and there is a well-documented skills shortage in this area.

Aston’s link with the Novus Trust group of companies gives applicants to this programme the opportunity to be considered for membership of the NOVUS scheme. This offers professional mentoring, summer work experience, a guaranteed third year placement and (on achieving at least a 2:1) graduate employment. When we receive your application we will contact you to enquire if you would like to take part in an interview for a place on the NOVUS scheme - it won't affect your offer of a place on the course but it could mean that you start university secure in the knowledge that you will have a job offer on graduation!

Students on this course could graduate with an honours degree, a guaranteed job and a year of professional experience - you'll be a step ahead of many other graduates!

Find out more about how the NOVUS courses work.

Subject guide and modules

Year 1


  • Study and Research Skills 
  • Building Professional Relationships 
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management 
  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour 
  • Law for Business
  • Introduction to Marketing Management 
  • An Introduction to Business Economics 

Year 2 



  • Quantitative Tools for Supply Chain Planning 
  • Purchasing Principles for International Supply Chains 
  • Operations and Process Management 
  • Facilities and Systems 
  • Land Transport 
  • Employee Resourcing 

Choose one of the following:

  • Managing Engineering Projects 
  • Air and Maritime Transport 
  • Business Operations Excellence 
  • Enterprise Systems 

Year 3 - Placement Year 

  • EAS Study Placement Year 
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year 
  • EAS  Study/Work Placement 

Final Year



  • Supply Chain and Procurement Strategy 
  • Strategic Financial Management and Finance 
  • Supply Chain Planning 
  • Final Year Project 
  • Theories and Practice of Leadership 
  • Contemporary Issues in Supply Chains

Choose one of the following:

  • International Trade Law 
  • Performance and Efficiency Analytics
  • Technology and Practice of eCommerce
  • International Marketing
  • Innovation and New Product and Service Development 
Learning, teaching and assessment

We employ a wide variety of teaching and learning styles on our degrees, and we place particular emphasis on project based learning and hands on experience. Visiting lecturers from the logistics profession bring real life experience to your learning. 

Assessment is through a combination of project work, case studies, practical reports and coursework (approximately 50%), and exams (approximately 50%). Your final degree classification is not only based on your final year studies, but also on your second, and if relevant, your sandwich year.

Course Director
David Leach

Placement year

Aston University's four year sandwich courses offer the opportunity to spend your third year in a paid industrial placement. The value a placement adds is immense – you will grow in knowledge, experience, confidence and maturity, and gain organisational and time management skills.

For members of the NOVUS scheme, the BSc Business and Supply Chain Management course offers a guaranteed paid placement with one of the companies supporting NOVUS.

Personal development

Modules adopt the most appropriate approach in order to provide you with the best teaching for that particular subject. They are also designed so that you to develop your presentation, report writing, teamwork and decision making abilities – life skills that all employees demand. 

You can also obtain one-to-one support in all aspects of study and communication skills through the University’s Learning Development Centre.

Professional accreditation

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI), The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) all accredit several programmes within our subject area. We enjoy a close relationship with these institutes and we are currently seeking re-accreditation of this programme. 

Industry links

Aston University has developed strong partnerships with industry. Whether they are project or research based, Aston's Engineering Systems and Management group offers programmes which are tailored to suit the industrial environment. This focus allows our students to build skills which are essential to industry, moulding them into highly employable industry ready graduates. These partnerships also further the knowledge of the working environment allowing lecturers to adapt their teaching methods to compliment the frequently changing industrial environment. 


Career prospects

There are a wide variety of roles available within Supply Chain in retailers, manufacturers and logistics service providers. 

Students who are members of the NOVUS scheme could begin their career with a guaranteed job offer from one of the supporting companies such as Morrisons, DHL, PZ Cussons, Sainsbury's, Travis Perkins plc, Müller, Cummins, Wincanton, Nestlé and more.

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