Level 6 Supply Chain Leadership Professional Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons) Supply Chain Management (CILT, CIPS)

Supply Chain Leadership Professional Degree Apprenticeship Supply Chain Management (CILT, CIPS)

Level 6


Study level
Part time
3 years inc. EPA
Faculty of Business

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Course Overview

The Level 6 Supply Chain Leadership Professional Degree Apprenticeship at Arden University provides you with the real-world knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to progress your career in supply chain and logistics. The programme has been created with in-depth consultation with the leading employers in the sector to ensure you graduate with the up-to-date, practical abilities that employers need now and in the future.

Studying your degree apprenticeship in supply chain and logistics with us means you’ll be taught and supported by lecturers with extensive professional experience. The team behind this course have also been instrumental in commercial and policy formation of supply chains with European Commission and the UK Government. Because of our extensive industry links, including with member organisations of the UK’s NOVUS Trust network, we’re able to present you with real business problems from a variety of organisations during your apprenticeship. This will allow you to develop a thorough and in-depth understanding of the industry and the real-world challenges you’ll face in your career. Importantly, you’ll find that the course takes a systematic view to supply chain and logistics, with each module building on the knowledge gained in the previous one, with interconnected content that helps you accumulate new skills in a logical sequence. 

The course is accredited by two of the industry’s leading professional bodies, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), giving you Chartered Membership status upon completion. This double accreditation gives you a qualification that is a powerful addition to your CV, giving you an almost limitless choice of employment and career progression possibilities.

Throughout your apprenticeship you’ll work with a coach who will help you find opportunities within your job role to implement your new knowledge, skills and behaviours. Your coach will  work directly with you and your line manager to guide every step of the way with regular quarterly meetings throughout your programme.  

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Professional Accreditation
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and offers full exemption from the educational requirements for Chartered Membership, speeding up your time to Chartered Member status.

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Course details and modules

For any business looking to make their supply chain and logistics operations more efficient, taking advantage of the latest developments in supply chain and logistics is crucial. The Level 6 Supply Chain Leadership Professional Degree Apprenticeship course will engage and inspire you through course modules that have been devised by our faculty of experienced supply chain practitioners to give your studies a ‘real world’ focus. The course takes a logical, sequential approach to supply chain, where each subject module builds on the knowledge of the previous one with interconnected content to help build on your understanding and knowledge. This course focuses on hands-on skills that you will continually apply within the workplace, thus giving 3 years of practical experience.

You’ll also complete a work-based project directly related to the organisation you work for – whether that’s a micro business or a multinational one. This is the chance for you to deliver valuable solutions through your critical and evaluative judgement, while showing your ability to take responsibility for people, projects, operations, and services that deliver long-term organisational success.
So, if you’re looking for a quality business programme, on-the-job experience and a development pathway to chartered status, look no further than our Supply Chain Leadership Professional Degree Apprenticeship

Skye van Heyzen

Arden was recommended by our HR team as a suitable fit for me and the company. After investigating what Arden had to offer, I realised it would be perfect for my circumstances... I’m excited to implement more of the skills that I have learnt from my apprenticeship into my daily work.

Skye van Heyzen
L7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship Plus MBA

Typically learners will take 3 years (to include your End Point Assessment) to complete this programme.


  • Business Research Methods & Analysis (20 credits)
  • Business Consulting (20 credits) 
  • Principles of Procurement & Contract Management (20 credits)
  • Governance in a Global Business Environment (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Project Management (20 credits)
  • Principles of Professional Practice (20 credits)
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
  • Agile and Hybrid Project Management (20 credits)
  • Sustainable and Circular Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
  • Applied Logistics Management (20 credits)
  • Operational Risk & Resilience (20 credits)
  • Advanced Professional Practice (20 credits)
  • Digital Supply Chain 4.0 (20 credits)
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management  (20 credits)
  • Social Value Networks (20 credits)
  • Final project including End Point Assessment (60 credits)

How do we assess you?


Unlike more traditional degree apprenticeship courses, you won't be sitting any exams on this programme. Assessments on our Level 6 Supply Chain Leadership Professional Degree Apprenticeship have been designed to help you apply your learning to your workplace and other real-world scenarios from different sectors. This means you'll have the opportunity to align your studies and module assignment to how you'll support business prosperity by adding value to your customers and end-to-end supply chain.


Your course assessments will be practice-driven, focusing on your experience as an industry practitioner while encouraging peer-to-peer sharing and idea creation. This modern approach will encourage you to apply your knowledge to organisational challenges systematically and with an in-depth awareness of what is at stake. 

Final Project

Your apprenticeship concludes with an independent study assessment which forms your Final Project module. Here you’ll have the opportunity to work on a live topic provided by your employer – presenting your findings and solutions internally. This will give you highly advantageous internal exposure as you’ll be able to demonstrate your skills and knowledge to internal stakeholders before you complete your apprenticeship.

Other assessment methods

Throughout the course you’ll have the opportunity to apply your learning through additional assessments including:

  • Reflective analyses
  • Supply chain and logistics plans
  • Stakeholder engagement plans
  • Supply chain and logistics models and engines
  • Software appraisals work
  • Supply chain and logistics transformation strategies

Study options

This apprenticeship course is run primarily online, with a quarterly face-to-face full day masterclass. Arden provides an ideal combination of online learning and scheduled face-to-face sessions, either at your workplace or at one of our study centres, arranged by your employer. 

Rob Wyatt

It’s been absolutely brilliant. The development days allow us to bounce ideas off each other and gain experience from people with different backgrounds. It really brings our online learning to life. I really look forward to attending these.

Rob Wyatt
Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship

Delivery Mode 

The Level 6 Supply Chain Leadership Professional Degree Apprenticeship is delivered in 12-week blocks continuously throughout the year.

Each quarter, our blended delivery model consists of:

  • Flexible self-guided online learning
  • Scheduled virtual teaching sessions
  • Regular virtual 1-2-1 Coaching
  • Quarterly virtual progress review

Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

What do you need to study with us? 

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection. With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively. 

We’ll also support you with getting access to the design resources you need, wherever you study from, including assistance with obtaining any design software you need to successfully complete the course.


Learners enrolling on this degree apprenticeship must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in employment in a job with responsibilities aligned with the apprenticeship standard
  • Have evidence of funding eligibility from their employer
  • Have two subjects at GCE A-level or equivalent, plus three GCSEs at grade A*-C /9-4; OR a completed recognised Access Programme or equivalent
  • Have proficiency in the English language if any prior learning has not previously been taught in English (IELTS6.0 / TOEFL iBT 80 or equivalent) 
  • Be a UK/EU/EAA resident for at least three years prior to starting the apprenticeship

Level 2 English and Maths requirements

It is a condition of apprenticeship funding, at any level, that all applicants are able to evidence GCSE English and Maths passes at grade A*- C/9-4 or commit to completing Functional Skills Level 2, in addition to the programme. If required, this is provided at no additional cost.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

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Meet the faculty

Professor Dilshad Sheikh

Here at Arden University we strive to provide a fresh and unique approach to your business and management education. With ideas and experiences taken from employers and thought leaders across the world, we give you the opportunity to put proven business skills and techniques into practice during your studies. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Professor Dilshad Sheikh
Dean of the Faculty of Business

Career prospects

Graduates with skills in supply chain management and logistics are important to any business that offers a service or product, so the career opportunities are huge. This is one of the few areas that touches almost every industry, and has employment opportunities globally. Our supply chain and logistics lecturers are all highly experienced professionals from the sector. They have strong links to the industry and understand how to help you develop within your career. Supply chain and logistics is also a great industry to work in if you like the idea of working for household name brands such as Apple, Amazon, Cargolux, Hilton Hotels, McDonalds, Phillips, and Tesco and working both nationally or internationally. Our lecturers have held senior positions in supply chain with these companies and so are perfectly placed teach you the skills needed by your employer now and in the future. On the course you’ll also have regular guest speaker events from prominent figures in the industry, giving you even more opportunity to network, ask questions, and develop your career. 

What will the Level 6 Supply Chain Leadership Professional Degree Apprenticeship do for me?

Your course will focus strongly on real-world practice, giving you the opportunity to apply what you learn to real business scenarios. Guest speakers and lecturers from industry will also inform you about the latest developments in the sector as you progress through your studies. Studying the BSc (Hons) Supply Chain Management with us is your opportunity to:

  • Understand business research methods and analysis
  • Understand business consulting and the global business environment 
  • Learn fundamental skills in project management
  • Develop skills in operations and supply chain management 
  • Learn about the principles of procurement 
  • Understand sustainable and circular supply chain management
  • Learn about applied management
  • Develop skills in digital analytics and digital supply chain 4.0
  • Understand the importance of quality management
  • Gain multifunctional skills that will maximise your employability and career potential.

What can I do after Arden University?

The Level 6 Supply Chain Leadership Professional Degree Apprenticeship will help you develop the skills you need for competence in your current role. It will also accelerate your career in the supply chain sector. The course has been extensively informed by leading names in industry who have identified current skills gaps in supply chain across the global workforce. This means you’ll learn skills and competencies that are needed today by some of the world’s most prominent and influential employers. So whether you want to continue to thrive with your current employer, or join another established business, start your own company, or become a consultant, the course will give you everything you need to explore multiple career paths. Some roles you may want to consider after completion include: 

  • Logistics manager
  • Supply chain manager
  • Supply chain solution analyst
  • Strategic sourcing manager
  • Buyer
  • Procurement manager/specialist
  • Commodities manager
  • Quality manager
  • Production planner
  • Purchasing manager

Industry skills


The course is accredited by two of the industry’s leading professional bodies, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), giving you Chartered Membership status upon completion. This double accreditation gives you a qualification that is a powerful addition to your CV, giving you an almost limitless choice of employment and career progression possibilities.

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

The CILT is the leading international voice for supply chain, logistics, and transport. The organisation is regarded as the leading professional body globally by those both within and outside the profession.
The CILT is passionate about your education and provides a number of useful membership services. Established in 1919, the organisation now has a presence in more than 30 countries worldwide, influencing and shaping government policy across many economies and providing education and training at all levels and in all sectors. 

Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)

CIPS is a UK-based global professional body which aims to promote and develop high standards of professional skill, ability, and integrity among all those engaged in purchasing and supply chain management. The CIPS is also committed to the promotion of good practice across the industry, and provides highly beneficial networking opportunities across a global network to its current membership of more than 100,000 individuals. 

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) membership.

Arden University is a member of the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide.

This membership reflects the fact that Arden University has successfully matched the high standards required by the AACSB, and enables the sharing of ideas and the exchange best practises between global business schools. Membership also gives our faculty members access to in-depth data and research to support the development of our courses and teaching methods, ensuring that we are able to provide you with the best possible university experience.

Business Graduates Association (BGA)

The BGA is a membership and quality assurance body. As a member, Arden University have signed up to the BGA Charter, committing their institution to responsible management practices and lifelong learning, positively impacting their students, communities, and the economy. This shows our students that we are demonstrating responsible management ourselves, as well as it being a central theme that runs through our own courses.

As Arden University is a member of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), students will receive complementary BGA student and graduate membership. Through this membership, current students will have access to the BGA Career Development Centre, packed with interactive tools, e-learning content, partner discounts and the latest job opportunities. This is a lifetime access, which means students will continue to have access to these services even after they graduate.

LinkedIn Learning

All Arden students will have free access to LinkedIn Learning through the Library Portal. LinkedIn Learning is a video-based online learning platform offering over 16,500 expert-led courses across a wide range of subjects including business, technology, and creative skills.

With LinkedIn Learning, you can:

  • Pursue curated learning pathways aligned with our curriculum and your career goals.
  • Add value to your LinkedIn profile by showcasing your newly acquired skills.
  • Personalise content based on skills relevant to your chosen career path, interests and prior learning.