Supply Chain Management (Professional Practice) Degree Apprenticeship

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A Levels
    Three A Levels (or equivalent)
  • Further requirements
    At least Grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English
  • Employment
    You'll need to be in a full time paid role that is relevant to the apprenticeship. This could be an existing job role you are in or a new degree apprenticeship position you are applying for.
More information

Key dates

  • Programme start date

Study for a degree with no tuition fees to pay

Gain four years' work experience while you study

Aston has over 30 years of experience delivering specialist supply chain courses

Develop coveted leadership skills from the very start of your career

Course summary

Launch your career in supply chain through a new degree apprenticeship designed in partnership with leading industry experts. You'll study for your degree part-time with no fees to pay while gaining real-world experience in the heart of the supply chain sector. You'll work with one of Aston's premier partner employers while we teach you the key theory and skills you need for a successful career as a supply chain leader.

Key information and entry requirements


By successfully completing this programme, you'll be awarded a BSc in Supply Chain Management (Professional Practice). You will also achieve an apprenticeship certificate that is graded at pass, merit or distinction. 

Duration of programme

This programme takes four years to complete. The first three years will consist of taught modules and practical work-based learning, followed by a work-based project in the final year of study.

Start date


Tuition fees

Degree apprentices do not have to pay tuition fees, as the costs are met by the UK government and your employer*. In addition to your fees being paid, you will also earn a salary while you study, so there is no need to apply for Student Finance.

The funding band for this degree apprenticeship is £21,000. This is the full cost of your apprenticeship which will be paid for using your employer's apprenticeship levy.

*Employers may require students to pay the fees for resits.

Entry requirements

To be considered for this programme, Aston University expects that applicants will have/are predicted to achieve at least three A Levels at CCC or above or equivalent BTECs.* Other qualifications may be considered on a case by case basis.

Apprentices must also meet the following criteria set by the government:

  • Be employed in a job in England with responsibilities aligned with the apprenticeship standard
  • Have a minimum of Grade C or 4 in GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Be a UK/EU/EAA resident for at least three years prior to starting the course
  • Have left full-time education at the start of the apprenticeship
  • Be at least 16 years old.

*Please note:

  • Employers may specify their own entry criteria that can exceed these.
  • Candidates who do not have three A Levels at CCC (or equivalent) may be considered on a case by case basis with aptitude and experience taken into consideration.
Course outline

Programme overview

The Supply Chain Management (Professional Practice) Degree Apprenticeship is a new programme for 2020 delivered in collaboration with leading supply chain employers to support a high-performance workforce.

Apprentices will develop the essential skills and theoretical knowledge required to excel in the supply chain profession. The programme embraces a strong culture of leadership and innovation from the very start of the apprentice's career. With Aston, apprentices will learn how to play a part in revolutionising, shaping and simplifying the exciting and rewarding supply chain world that propels the economy and enables all of society.

Aston University is based in the heart of the UK at the cross-section of the supply chain and manufacturing network. Apprentices studying the programme at Aston will benefit from a close partnership with industry leaders as well as expert teaching staff who have held professional positions in the supply chain sector.

Who is this apprenticeship for?

This Level 6 degree apprenticeship provides the practical and theoretical learning for aspiring supply chain professionals. Students gain new knowledge, the networks and know-how for success, and a formal degree qualification. This includes those early in their career and school leavers applying for degree apprenticeship roles in the sector.

Programme content

The apprenticeship is taught at undergraduate level (Levels 4-6) over four years, covering a broad range of supply chain and logistics skills with a central focus on practical and profitable development.

Stage one

Stage one of the apprenticeship is taught at Level 4 and typically takes 16 months to complete. This stage is designed to help learners become effective in the workplace by developing the core knowledge and skills to enhance productivity.

  • Workplace Skills
  • Warehousing and Transport Operations
  • Logistics Management
  • Financial Management.

Stage two

Taught at Level 5, the second stage typically takes 16 months to complete. This stage is designed to extend subject knowledge, apprentices learn how to drive performance and develop their leadership and management capabilities.

  • Supply Chain Analytics
  • Purchasing Principles for Global Supply Chains
  • Developing Management Capability
  • Managing Projects and Performance
  • Developing Leadership Capability.

Stage three

The final stage of the degree apprenticeship is taught at Level 6 and takes 16 months to complete. Apprentices will explore the application of supply chain strategy, incorporating disruptive technologies and continuous innovation.

  • Technology and Innovation
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management.

Stage three of the programme includes a major work-based project. This gives apprentices the opportunity to stretch themselves and showcase their learning by focusing on an in-depth supply chain challenge or issue in their organisation. The end result is a major project report delivering valuable insight for the organisation.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

Apprenticeships are structured differently to traditional degrees. You'll spend the majority of your time in the workplace doing a real full-time job as well as studying for your degree part-time. 

Study time is structured to fit around your job. Your apprenticeship is designed in partnership with your employer, so you don't need to worry about your work and study commitments clashing. They work hand in hand.

For each module, you will attend two on-campus sessions lasting two days, usually in week one and week seven of each term. This is an opportunity to meet face-to-face with peers and our teaching staff, who are expert practitioners with extensive industry experience, to further develop learning through lectures, workshops and group discussions.

The course is supported by distance learning using our virtual learning environment. This platform allows apprentices to access a comprehensive range of study materials, pre-recorded material, academic journals, databases and much more.

You will also be supported by an apprenticeship tutor who will work with you to identify your development needs and to evidence your achievements throughout the apprenticeship.


Apprentices are assessed through coursework assignments that are applicable to your organisation.

You will also produce a portfolio to showcase your personal and professional development throughout the degree apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship concludes with the end point assessment. This gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your academic, personal and professional development achievements throughout the apprenticeship. This consists of a review of your final project, followed by a professional discussion showing that you have met the requirements of the degree apprenticeship standard. After the interview, the assessors consider what grade should be awarded for the apprenticeship.

Programme Director

David Leach

David joined Aston University as a Senior Teaching Fellow in spring 2018, following eleven years as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield where he was programme director for the innovative multi-award winning NOVUS undergraduate programmes.  He teaches in the areas of finance, strategy and supply chain management, building on a professional background in business development, financial and commercial roles in the logistics industry.

David has a passion for teaching and learning and enjoys working with industry partners in the development of new management talent.

How to apply

I am not employed in the industry

The first step in joining our Degree Apprenticeship programme is to find and apply for a relevant job vacancy. All our current degree apprenticeship vacancies are listed below and are updated frequently. Please check back regularly for new vacancies.

Find out more about applying for degree apprenticeships

I am already employed in the industry

If you are already employed in this industry, you should discuss with your manager if your organisation is working in partnership with Aston University. If they are, you will make an application through your employer. 

If your employer is not yet an Aston partner, they can get in touch with our Apprenticeships Team to find out more information about working with us.

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Information for employers

If you are an employer or you want to send information about this degree apprenticeship to your manager, take a look at the course page dedicated to employers.

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