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Navigating Logistics and Transport Courses

Navigating Logistics and Transport

Getting started and progression to the next level

If you are new to studying logistics and transport and would like any advice on which level to get started on, please GET IN TOUCH with us. Your start level will depend on a mix of your work backgound and academic qualifictaions. This page provides information on what each level covers. Whichever level you start at there is a clear progression available through our wide range courses, designed to align with your chosen career progression or offer wider commercial knowledge.

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Level 1 to 2

The Level 1 Award in Logistics and Transport is entry level, giving basic, factual knowledge and introducing the topics of Logistics and Transport, Business Communication and Transport and Distribution.

A Level 1 qualification is an equivalent to a first certificate, and GCSE grades D to G.

Progression to the Level 2 Certificate in Logistics and Transport course offers you an opportunity to explore broader perspectives and more specialised areas, perhaps embarking on some of your own research and solving problems.  It introduces the link between logistics and customer service and marketing, as well as offering you different options aligning to either transport or logistics, such as Freight Transport or Warehousing.

A Level 2 qualification is an equivalent to a CSE grade 1, GCSE grade A* to C, intermediate apprenticeship, and O level grade A to C.

CILT(UK) Level 1 Award in Logistics and Transport

CILT(UK) Level 1 Award in Logistics and Transport
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The CILT(UK) Level 1 Award in Logistics and Transport has been designed to offer an entry-level overview and a basic insight into the logistics and transport industry. It also introduces you to different types of written communications, teaching them the skills to draw information from a variety of documents and equipping them for progression to other CILT(UK) qualifications.

CILT(UK) Level 2 Certificate in Logistics and Transport

CILT(UK) Level 2 Certificate in Logistics and Transport
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The CILT(UK) Level 2 Certificate in Logistics and Transport offers a broad understanding of the principles, applications and concepts of logistics. It gives you the opportunity to focus on an area of specialism or interest to gain introductory knowledge of the industry.

Level 2 to 3

The Level 3 qualifications in Logistics and Transport give you a chance to look at more complex and non-routine areas, different approaches and environments.  At this level there are two different sizes of qualification including the smaller sized qualifications called Awards – you might like to have a look at our blog on Level 3 Award Courses.

The Awards are quick, short courses, still a full qualification, but offering a great way of adding additional learning in such areas as Global and Green Logistics as well as common subjects such as Warehousing and Inventory.

The full Level 3 Certificate in Logistics and Transport offers you the same opportunity to specialise in logistics or transport as the Level 2, but also has the added advantage of opening up business topics in preparation for working in management, such as People Management, Marketing, Operations Management.

A Level 3 qualification is the equivalent to an A Level grades A to E, Access to higher education diploma, Advanced apprenticeship, Applied general, AS level, and an international Baccalureate diploma.

CILT(UK) Level 3 Awards

Awards in Logistics and Transport
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CILT(UK) Level 3 Awards in: Global Logistics, Green Logistics, Warehousing, Inventory Management.
Level 3 Awards are aimed at potential supervisors and aspiring mangers and is also suitable for anyone making a career change. This qualification is open access, although you would benefit from having some prior knowledge of the logistics and transport industry.

CILT(UK) L3 Certificate in Logistics & Transport

CILT(UK) Level 3 Cert in Logistics & Transport
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The CILT(UK) Level 3 Certificate in Logistics and Transport is a free-standing qualification, designed to provide a sound foundation for a career within the transport and supply chain fields and to provide you with a complete set of management skills.

Level 3 to 4

CILT do not offer Level 4 qualifications but The Business School offers Level 4 qualifications in Facilities Management. For information on the link between Logistics and Transport and Facilities Management, see this post: The link between Logistics and Transport, and Facilities Management.

At this level, you will really start to dig down into deeper awareness, and have a chance to research your own conclusions, offer more detailed specialisms, as well as look at those areas that are so important outside your chosen role, such as finance, marketing, stakeholder relationships and health and safety.  Without this ‘cross-sector’ knowledge, career progression is very difficult – the concept of a T-shaped person is explained further in our blog on Continuing Professional Development.

A Level 4 qualification is the equivalent to a Certificate of higher education (CertHE), Higher appreanticeship, and a Higher national certificate (HNC).

Level 3 to 5

At Level 5, you are firmly embroiled in middle management areas, exploring different concepts, perspectives and approaches, with the opportunity to define your own conclusions.  This takes you to a higher level of operational management, with a full module of Management in Logistics and Transport, followed by modules offering further specialist areas such as Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Transport Operations and Inventory Management.  The wide range of options offer a huge opportunity to dig deeper into your chosen management career, whether that be logistics or transport oriented.

A Level 5 qualification is an equivalent to a Diploma of higher education (DipHE), Foundation degree, and a Higher national diploma (HND).

CILT(UK) Level 5 Professional Diploma in Logistics & Transport

CILT(UK) Level 5 Professional Diploma in Logistics & Transport
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The CILT(UK) Level 5 Professional Diploma in Logistics and Transport is designed to enhance new and existing expertise in the supply chain, passenger transport, road freight or transport planning environments as well as developing core management skills.

Level 5 to 6

Strategic perspectives – the bigger picture – are now your focus.  Advanced knowledge and concepts are explored to enable problem solving and decision making across a whole organisation, including more global perspectives. The 5 mandatory modules embrace not only deeper strategic leadership and management areas, but network planning and strategic performance.  As well at this level, you undertake a strategic project of your choice, offering you an opportunity to exert strategic influence in your chosen area.

Not only are Level 6 qualifications at Honours degree level, they are work-focused and a much more cost-effective way of gaining a qualification at this level, especially when studied via our Virtual Learning Environment to allow you to manage your life around your studies.  Being awarded by well-established UK-based professional bodies, approved by the UK Government, is also viewed as very beneficial and attractive across the world.

A Level 6 qualification is an equivalent to a degree apprenticeship, degree with honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, ordinary degree without honours.

CILT(UK) Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Logistics & Transport

CILT(UK) Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Logistics & Transport
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The CILT(UK) Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Transport qualification provides the strategic management skills and tactical insight necessary for professional and business development in the logistics and transport industry. It bridges the gap between the undergraduate CILT(UK) Level 5 Professional Diploma in Logistics and Transport and the postgraduate standard of a Master’s degree.

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