Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more
Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.
Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.
An exciting industry
Logistics - it’s all about ensuring the right goods get to the right place, at the right time and in the right condition. And right now it’s a sector on the brink of massive expansion.
More logistics professionals than ever before are needed to keep the wheels of business turning - whether revolutionising online shopping, sending medical supplies to disaster zones or transporting perishable goods across the world to our supermarket shelves.
This is an important, vibrant and technology-driven industry; one where our BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management will put you on the fast track to career success.
Placements, internships, real-world consultancy projects - all are within your grasp. They’ll keep your learning focused, relevant and up-to-date.
We work with big names like DHL, JCB, Nelsons, Norbert Dentressangle, Superdry and Clipper. Our contacts book includes supply chain professionals from major corporates such as Rolls-Royce and CEVA Logistics. Our links with the key professional bodies are strong.
Expertise that inspires
You’ll be taught by high-profile experts who are reaching new frontiers in the field. Our Centre for Supply Chain Improvement devises real business solutions for clients large and small.
This is work at the cutting edge of the profession: pushing the boundaries in Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, artificial intelligence, lean manufacturing and low-carbon supply chains.
It’s not just in the classroom
As well as fieldtrips to logistics organisations and industry guest speakers, you’ll be applying what you learn practically throughout your studies.
During stage two you will spend one day per week (or equivalent) at a logistics organisation, gaining an understanding of not only logistics but how it interfaces with other key functions of the organisation. You can choose to spend a year in industry on an optional placement year, and in the final stage many modules use real world, current situations and assessments are often set in conjunction with leading organisations.
Local to global
High-tech and strategically located, our city prospers from a robust transport and logistics sector. With exciting ventures like Infinity Park Derby on the horizon, it’s rich with opportunity for a new generation of logistics professionals.
But our outlook is resolutely global too. Our influential academic partnerships open doors in China, Malaysia and the USA. You can even spend a year studying abroad if you like.
Real word learning
As well as field trips to logistics organisations and industry guest speakers, this programme is heavily dependent on real world learning.
During stage two you will spend one day per week (or equivalent) at a logistics organisation, gaining an understanding of not only Logistics but how it interfaces with other key functions of the organisation. This will be followed by an optional placement year.
In the final year all of the optional modules will draw heavily from real world current situations and assessments will be set in conjunction with leading organisations.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
During your foundation year you will be assessed mainly by coursework, and with some in-class tests.
For the rest of your degree most modules are assessed by individual coursework. A small number are also assessed by group work. The Independent Study is an individual research based assignment.
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.
Find out more about personal academic tutoring
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
£9,250 per year*
£14,045 per year
* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
Additional costs and optional extras
You’ll discover wide-ranging career opportunities in the logistics and supply chain sectors at local, regional, national and international levels. The industry provides exciting openings for well-qualified managers. Our former students have made rapid progress up the career ladder. Some now specialise in areas such as retail logistics or rail logistics, while others have taken on wider roles in production management.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
4 years or 5 with an optional placement year
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- Student membership of CILT
- Two company visits per foundation student
- NOVUS Lite accreditation for access to high-quality placements
- Part funded trip to Copenhagen for 2nd and 3rd year students. Optional with limited places available.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.