Logistics with Purchasing Management BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level (2020 entry)
    BBB - BBC
  • BTEC
    Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma: DDM. For more, please see below.
  • International Baccalaureate diploma
    28 overall points with 5, 4, 4 in higher level subjects including a science or technical subject. 29 overall points with 5, 5, 4 in higher level subjects if no science or technical subject studied.
  • GCSE requirements
    Maths Grade C/4 and English Grade C/4
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This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Opportunity to undertake a placement year

Gain specialist knowledge required to start a successful career in purchasing, procurement and supply chain management

Close industrial links for excellent placement opportunities

Course summary

This programme will prepare you for a career in purchasing or supply chain management, with its emphasis on the selection, engagement, and development and performance measurement of suppliers. 

Entry Requirements for 2020

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with placement year

UCAS Code:

Please note:

GCSE requirements: Maths Grade C/4 and English Grade C/4 

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.

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day.

Typical offer level

A levels

BBB-BBC. A science or technical subject is preferred but not essential


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

Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma: D plus 2 A-level minimum Grade B

Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted

International Baccalaureate Diploma

A science or technical subject is preferred but not essential.

28 overall points with 5, 4, 4 in higher level subjects including a science or technical subject. 

29 points and above with 5, 5, 4 in higher level subjects if no science or technical subject studied 

Access to Higher Education

Access (science or technical subject preferred but not essential) 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.


Please click here for scholarship information

Course Outline

Purchasing has an overwhelming impact on the bottom line of any organization. It generally accounts for over half of an organisation's spend and has a direct impact on the two forces that drive the bottom line: sales and costs. In a world-class organisation therefore it is essential that purchasing becomes a core competency of the firm, finding and developing suppliers and bringing in highly valued expertise.

The course includes a thorough grounding in all the key subjects one would expect in a logistics or operations management degree. In addition specialist modules cover the strategic, operation and practical techniques used to select, develop, contractually engage and monitor suppliers. The application of technology, management of supply risk, methods of costing and acquisition, importance of corporate social responsibility and many more important topics are studied within the context of maximising supply chain functionality, performance and value.

Subject guide and modules


Year 1

  • Study and Research Skills 
  • Building Professional Relationships 
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management 
  • Transport and Engineering Economics 
  • Law for Engineers 
  • Introduction to Business for Logistics 
  • Introductory Accounting for Business 
  • Facilities and Systems 

Year 2

  • Operations and Process Management 
  • Air and Maritime Transport 
  • Land Transport 
  • Quantitative Tools for Supply Chain Planning 
  • Managing Engineering Projects 
  • Service Marketing
  • Purchasing Principles for International Supply Chains 

Year 3 - Optional placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

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

Final Year

Core modules:

  • Final Year Project
  • Developing the Procurement and Supply Function 
  • Contemporary Issues in Supply Chains 
  • Supply Chain and Procurement Strategy 
  • Management of Strategic Contracts and Suppliers 
  • Supply Chain Planning 

Optional modules:

  • Leadership and Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Management and Finance 
  • International Trade Law
Teaching, Learning & Assessment

You will benefit from a range of teaching and learning methods, including:

  • lectures, tutorials and project work
  • planning exercises, simulations, computer packages
  • company and site visits
  • assessment by a combination of continuous assessment, such as coursework and tests (around 25%) and end-of-year exams (around 75%).

Your final degree classification is determined by your performance in the second and final year.


Placement Year

At the end of the second year, you can choose to benefit from a paid twelve month professional placement. This Optional Sandwich Year in relevant employment will be arranged with the help of our placement tutor. We have excellent links with the logistics industry and can offer a wide range of opportunities spanning all aspects of the sector.  The placement year can be taken in the UK or abroad and some placement allowances are available.  In most cases placement students are offered graduate employment.

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: Toyota, TNT, Renault, Peugeot, Eddie Stobbart, Corus, DHL, TDG. 

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Personal Development

Our Logistics degrees are designed to give you a range of transferable and practical skills to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

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. 

Our graduates work with leading companies across all major business sectors including:


Course Director

Dr Yasmine Sabri



Contact Us

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office

+44 (0)121 204 3400


How did the quality of teaching and student support enhance your time at Aston?

The course syllabus was heavily based on supply chain research and practice, which allowed me to have a clear advantage during assessment centres and interviews. Furthermore many of my lecturers came from industry, which meant that we were exposed to real world examples during lectures.

Christian Muresu
Consultant - Risk Advisory, Deloitte LLP

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