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Buying And Supply Chain Management HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Marketing & Retail, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

16th Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to work within the operational supply chains of a business organisation, as well as giving students an insight into the world of procurement where skills are in high demand across a very buoyant job market.

The course is delivered by highly qualified lecturers who have a wealth of experience within the industry.

You'll gain insight, learning and transferable skills across all core operational areas of supply chain management, procurement, logistics, storage and operations.

Career prospects and employment opportunities are excellent with many of our students progressing to degree level study and careers within supply chain management or international logistics (please see the "After the Course" section, below, to find out more).

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 7. For more information on the framework: visit

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • One Higher at Grade C or above in a relevant* subject AND National 5 English and a numeracy based subject at Grade C or above if not passed at Higher; OR
  • Three National 5 qualifications at Grade A in relevant* subjects; OR
  • NC/NQ** containing a minimum of 12 credits, more than one credit at SCQF level 6; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience, where verifiable evidence has been provided.

*relevant subjects include English, Mathematics, Business Management, Economics, Geography, History, Administration, Modern Studies, a Science subject.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

  • Supply Chain Fundamentals.
  • Total Quality Management.
  • Storage and Distribution.
  • Supply Chain Structures and Functions.
  • Legal Aspects of Commercial Transactions.

After the course


This course prepares you for a career in supply chain management, procurement, and international logistics across all major industry sectors.

Continuing Study

This course allows you to continue to the HND Supply Chain Management at City of Glasgow College on the successful completion of the HNC.


How the course is taught

This course is classroom-based and attendance is vital or important content will be missed.  Students are timetabled for approximately 16 hours a week, over 3 days.  An additional 16 hours should be allowed for studying out with class time in order to be successful.  

You will complete practical assignments based on a variety of case studies.  There will also be a substantial amount of report writing to demonstrate the ability to explain and analyse supply chain theories.

Resources are provided to enable you to revise classroom learning in your own time.  

You will be required to use IT to complete some of the units.  Excel spreadsheet teaching is timetabled in the year however you should ensure that you possess a basic level of IT ability in Microsoft Office including Word. 

Assessment methods

This course is taught by continuous assessment using a variety of closed and open book exams, reports and essays. You will also be expected to sit a 3 hour closed book exam at the end of your HNC.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    16th Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome