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.
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.
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).