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Business Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (Year 3 Direct Entry)

With the appropriate experience or qualifications, you can study this degree in business purchasing and supply chain management in as little as a year.

Our direct-entry business purchasing and supply chain management degree allows anyone with a foundation degree, HND or two years of higher education in business or management to enter our three-year course in the final year. Modules cover topics such as strategy management, international logistics, advanced project management, and negotiation.

There are very few purchasing degrees available in the UK, and this direct-entry course is designed to meet the need for trained buyers who can source and buy materials and who understand business processes. Our graduates have gone on to buying, procurement and logistics roles in companies such as KPMG and Ford.

Course/institution codes

JN99 G BA/BPS

Duration

1 years full-time

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • Top up your foundation degree, HND or two years of higher education in business or management to an honours degree
  • Learn key business management principles and specialise in purchasing and supply chain management
  • Learn about the role of purchasing and supply chain management functions within an organisation.
  • Top 10 in London for Feedback Satisfaction in the National Student Survey (Guardian University Guide 2020).

What you will study

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About the course team

We are an experienced team of academics and industry professionals. Trained postgraduate researchers also contribute to seminar teaching with their latest research-led insight. Our teaching is informed by research and consultancy work.

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Entry requirements

If you are

You should have a minimum of 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5 with an average overall score of 55% and no failed or referred courses.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Average intake per year is up to 10. Lectures sizes are normally 30-240, and seminars/tutorials are 15-30. This varies by module, if shared between degrees.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you'll need to dedicate self-study time (around 20-30 hours per week) to prepare for coursework, presentations and exams.

You can use Stockwell Street library and online resources to support further reading and research.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), independent learning, assessments, and field trips. Each credit equates to around 10 hours of study. Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.

In addition, during the week you can also:

  • Attend additional support classes in some modules 
  • Attend guest lectures from industry experts 
  • Take part in employability and enterprise workshops  
  • Join student societies.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assignments and to release examination results within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies, as well as specific computer software (estimate, £150 per year). Our Stockwell Street library offers a extensive range of books for loan, as well as access to journals and digital resources.
  • Field Trips: If there are any field trips, students may need to pay their travel costs.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Our graduates have gone on to roles in buying, procurement and logistics, and succeeded as supply chain managers, project managers and operations managers. This is one of the few undergraduate degrees in purchasing offered in the UK, and our graduates are sought after by employers such as ASDA, KPMG and Ford.

Do you provide employability services?

Our Business School Employability team is committed to supporting your journey towards a rewarding graduate destination. We provide a professional service to empower you to achieve your potential. Services include:

  • CV, cover letter, and interview tips
  • Careers fairs
  • Overseas exchange
  • Mentoring

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Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

Access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need support to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

Our Greenwich Employability Passport Scheme will make your CV stand out to employers. It recognises your efforts in part-time work, volunteering, sports and societies during your studies.

Our i3Centre provides business start-up support, mentoring, workshops and competitions. Develop your business ideas by entering our Enterprise Challenge, which rewards innovation.

Accommodation information

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