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Foundation Degree in Transport and Supply Chain Management HLA (Validated by The Open University)

Level 5
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The programme provides applicants with a core knowledge and the higher technical skills in Transport, and focuses on the practical application of knowledge and skills in both the academic and Work Based Learning components of the programme. A universal approach to the course coupled with opportunities to work with students from other Higher Education programmes will enable participants to gain an appreciation of the importance of a team approach in the modern and vibrant Transport sector. This multi-disciplinary approach is critical to ensure the successful and timely delivery of Transport and Supply Chain Management projects.

Please see link to OU Regulations for validated awards of the Open University here

Download the full programme specification here

Year One

  • Principles of Supply Chain
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Digital Business Technology
  • Data Analytics and Statistics
  • Transport Safety and Compliance

Year Two

  • Freight Operations
  • Passenger Transport Operations and Management
  • Professional Development
  • Road Transport Operations and Management
  • Work Base Learning Transport

All applications will be individually considered. Successful applicants must have normally studied at level 3 or above for a minimum of two years. Applicants should possess a minimum of five GCSEs grades A, B, C that should include English and Maths or other equivalent (Essential skills numeracy, BTEC Level 3 Mathematics or Essential Skills Literacy) qualifications in addition to one of the following • successful completion of an advanced diploma;• successful completion of a BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma/Sub Diploma/Certificate in a related subject or a NVQ level 3 in a related subject;• successful completion of A-level study; • equivalent qualifications such as Scottish Certificate of Education or International Baccalaureate, a European Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate with grade C or above in four subjects at higher level;• qualifications deemed equivalent to the above;

Where an applicant does not hold the formal academic requirements for entry to the programme but can demonstrate relevant experiential learning across a range of industries, they may apply for admission through the College Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process. In such cases, contact the Course Director for the programme who will advise further.

Assessment of core modules will be by a combination of Course Work, Professional Report(s),Presentation(s) and Examinations. *The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules. Assessment of core modules will be by a combination of Course Work, Professional Report(s), Presentation(s) and Examinations.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Transport & Supply Chain Management programme, graduates may consider entering into employment within the Transport and Supply Chain sector or continuing to study by applying for a place on a BSc programme in a relevant discipline including the level 6 BSc (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Transport and Supply Chain Management at South West College.

Please see link to OU Regulations for validated awards of the Open University here Download the full programme specification here
Teaching Delivery Statement
The teaching and learning strategy within this programme will comprise of a range of delivery methods such as face to face, online and blended. All methods used have the full agreement of students, external examiners and awarding body partners

Tuition Fees

Students do not pay course fees as a Higher Level Apprentice as the programme of study is funded by the Department for Economy.

To be eligible to commence study on the HLA pathway, applicants must have secured full-time paid employment in a computing-related position.

During your course you may be required to purchase course textbooks and incur additional costs for printing, photocopying and binding. The overall costs incurred to support your studies may be in the region of £250 per year.

For 2024/25 & 2025/26 fees, please refer to our Fees and Charges Policy on the College website

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*The fees quoted are per annum and are payable for each year of the course’s duration.




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