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  • Manufacturing and Production L3

    With UK manufacturing output steadily rising, as new innovation and technology allows the industry to better compete with developing economies like China and India, there has never been a better time to boost your skillset and move your career to a managerial level.

    • Course Description

      Level 3 Certificate in Manufacturing and Production (IoSCM)

      Course code: PROF16

      Delivery method: Online

      Course duration: 12 months (210-270 guided learning hours)

      Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

      Award achieved: Level 3 Certificate in Manufacturing and Production

      Awarding body: SFEDI (Qualification code: 600/869/32)

      With UK manufacturing output steadily rising, as new innovation and technology allows the industry to better compete with developing economies like China and India, there has never been a better time to boost your skillset and move your career to a managerial level.

      This Manufacturing and Production course is aimed at those with a minimum of 2 years experience in the supply chain field, who wish to gain specialist knowledge and skills in this fast-changing, technologically advanced industry.

    • Level 3 certificate in manufacturing and production course overview

      Skills gained

      • Thorough grounding in the manufacturing and production process.
      • Specialist knowledge of manufacturing, production planning, and systems of organisation, inventory control and the supply chain, as well as how to lean the manufacturing process to drive efficiencies.
      • Understanding the technology and IT that underpins the manufacturing and supply chain industries.

      Course outline

      This course is divided into 2 mandatory units and a minimum of 3 credits from optional units:

      Mandatory Units

      Unit 1: Manufacturing and Production

      Unit 2: Production, Planning and Control

      Optional Units

      Unit 3: Inventory Processes

      Unit 4: Supply Chain

      Unit 5: Environmental Issues in Manufacturing

      Unit 6: MRP/ERP Systems

      Unit 6: Lean Manufacturing

      Course content

      Mandatory Units

      Unit 1: Manufacturing and Production (9 credits)

      Module 1: Understanding how manufacturing and production processes are organised

      Module 2: Techniques to plan production

      Module 3: Understand how a business monitors the quality and efficiency of activities in production

      Module 4: Impact of technology developments on production

      Module 5: Impact of external factors on production activities

      Module 6: The appropriateness of production methods used by organisations

      Unit 2: Production, Planning and Control (9 credits)

      Module 1: Understanding the role of production planning in relation to corporate strategy

      Module 2: Underlying aspects of production planning from a technical perspective

      Module 3: Production planning techniques

      Module 4: The role of forecasting in production planning control techniques

      Optional Units

      Unit 3: Inventory Processes (9 credits)

      Module 1: Understanding inventory and the associated processes

      Module 2: Understanding stock and the associated processes

      Module 3: Inventory systems

      Module 3: Techniques used to plan levels of stock

      Module 4: Understanding the financial value of holding stock

      Module 5: Understanding how modern inventory systems can improve stock control

      Unit 4: Supply Chain (9 credits)

      Module 1: Concept of supply chain

      Module 2: Importance of supply chain management

      Module 3: Concepts of lean within a supply chain

      Module 4: Understanding linkages within a supply chain

      Unit 5: Environmental Issues in Manufacturing (3 credits)

      Module 1: Importance of environmental issues in manufacturing

      Module 2: Identifying factors that influence environmental issues

      Module 3: Appropriate infrastructure and equipment requirements for environmental issues

      Module 4: Importance of monitoring and control for environmental issues

      Unit 6: MRP/ERP Systems (3 credit)

      Module 1: Principles of Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems

      Module 2: Scope of MRP/ERP systems within own organisation

      Module 3: Reasons for monitoring and controlling MRP/ERP systems

      Unit 7: Lean Manufacturing (3 credits)

      Module 1: Understanding the aim of lean manufacturing

      Module 2: Factors that influence lean manufacturing operations

      Module 3: Importance of appropriate requirements for the development, monitoring and enforcement of lean manufacturing


      This course has no formal exams, however, your dedicated tutor will mark a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, providing important feedback and help with any trickier aspects of the course. In addition, you will complete a range of self-assessments that ensure you understand the materials as you learn.

      These are for your own information and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

      Method of study


      You will use the advanced IoSCM online learning platform, which has everything you need to enjoy and pass your Manufacturing and Production course.

      You will learn in a first-class learning environment, with the ability to create your own personalised profile as well as having access to learning resources and study materials.

      You will also interact with other students in the members’ areas, taking complete control of your own study routes and monitoring your own progress, at your own pace.

      Tutor support

      This Manufacturing and Production course comes with tutor feedback and support by email for 12 months. You tutor will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance whenever required, so that you are always able to progress and get the most out of the learning materials. You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.

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      Everyone at Absorb wishes you the best of luck on your studying journey! We know it’s both rewarding and challenging and ultimately what a difference that qualification will make to your career path and life.

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