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Materials & Logistics Administration (BLA)

A professional Programme which increases knowledge and understanding, and evaluation and analysis ability, for management, business, logistics, supply chain administration, purchasing and inventory control, and project management, with a specific focus and specialisation in materials, logistics and supply management.

This Baccalaureate Study Programme with specialisation on Materials and Logistics Administration is designed by professionals to develop the high-level skills and competencies vital in men and women seeking successful careers in materials management, logistics, supply chain, purchasing and inventory fields, as well as general management, commerce, trade and business, for all business, commercial, industrial, government and professional fields.  Such training is essential in today’s competitive business environment and a world of increasing international trade and globalisation.  The Programme provides a thorough and wide range of knowledge of materials management, the supply chain, purchasing and stores control, and advanced management subjects, including leadership and strategic matters, as well as on the major subjects of communication, project management, and the administration of people at work.


(1) Anybody enrolling for this Programme before 31st December 2024 will also be enrolled FREE for a Course on Strategy, Quality & Contemporary Business Concerns; the only requirement is that you provide your personal email address to the College on enrolment.

(2) During the “Covid-19” (Corona) virus pandemic and in lock-down periods, affected Members may be allowed to take Assignments (home-based course work) instead of or in addition to sitting Examinations to complete the Programme; details can be provided on request after enrolment onto the Programme.

(3) If you would like to study Business English & Communication as an additional subject on this Programme, the total fee would then be: A single full fee on enrolment of GBP1495 or USD2990 or EUR2320 OR, 2 instalments each of GBP825 or USD1650 or EUR1230 OR, 9 monthly instalments each of GBP215 or USD425 or EUR320. Confirm your wish to add this course when you send your Enrolment Form and fee payment.

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CORE Subjects studied in ‘STUDY YEAR ONE’ are:

1.  Business Theory & Commercial Practice   

2.  Commercial Practice & Law

3.  Management & Administration in Business    

4.  Advanced Management & Administration

CORE Subjects studied in ‘STUDY YEAR TWO’ are: 

5.  Stores, Inventory & Warehouse Management

6.  Purchasing & Resourcing Management  

7.  Logistics, Materials & Supply Chain (& Transport) Management          

8.  Project Leadership & Management

Summary of Content/Syllabus of each Core Subject

1. Business Theory & Commercial Practice  

  1. Planning, Forecasting, Profit, Objectives, Policy, Enterprises, Business Units, Directors, Distribution 
  2. Capital, Financing of Business, Working Capital, Funds Forecast, Revenue, Expenditure, Overhead
  3. Starting/Taking Over a Business, Market Potential, Competition, Location, Knowledge, Goodwill
  4. Organisation, Delegation, Responsibility, Structure, Charts, Control, Communication, Flows 
  5. Budgets, Budgeting, Preparation, Limiting Factors, Control, Review, Standards, Pricing Policy       
  6. Credit and Credit Control, Types and Uses of Credit, Dangers, Liquidity, Types of Discount
  7. Management of Personnel, Recruitment, Job Analysis, Selection, Appointment, Induction, Policy
  8. Stock Control, Costs, Levels, Records, Principles of Purchasing, Buyers, Suppliers, Orders, Receipts
  9. Sales, Salesmanship, Customers, Marketing Management, Responsibilities, Advertising, Promotion
  10. Production Management, Market, Technology, Factories, Costing, Industrial Administration  
  11. Financial Accounting, Bookkeeping, Ledgers, Manufacturing, P&L, Balance Sheets, Ratios
  12. Office Organisation, Room Layout, O&M Study, Environment, Control, Data, Records, Computers

2. Commercial Practice & Law  

  1. Commerce in the Modern World, Economics Systems, Commercial Law, Trade, Banking, Insurance
  2. Classifications of Law, Legal Systems; Criminal & Civil, Constitutional, Common, Statute, Case Law
  3. Commercial Law, Law of Contract: Offer, Acceptance, Consideration; Terms & Conditions of Trade
  4. Credit Transactions, Risk, Credit Management and Credit Terms, Business and Credit Documents
  5. Legal Business Units, Financing Companies, Shares, Law Relating to Company Directors & Officers
  6. Law of Tort for Physical Products, Types of Tort, Recovery, Defences, Proof, Consumer Protection
  7. Tort Law for Services, Defects, Damages, Types of Losses, Negligence, Harm, Duty of Care
  8. The Law of Agency, Types of Agent, Rights & Duties of Principals & Agents, Termination, Bailments
  9. Employment and Labour Law, Employment Contracts, Duty of Care, Breaches, Discrimination
  10. Principles and Law of Insurance, Indemnity, Risk, Insurers, Types of Insurance Policies, Documents
  11. Tort Liability for Premises, Workplaces, Occupiers, Visitors, Liability Insurance, Negligence, Defences

Intellectual Property Protection, Copyright, Patents, Rights, Data Security, Franchises, Passing Off

3.  Management & Administration in Business

  1. Contemporary Management, Leadership, Commerce, Enterprises, Private/Public Companies  
  2. Functions of Management, Objectives, Strategy, Tactics, Operations, Quality, Standards 
  3. Responsibilities of Management, Seniority, Authority, Subordinates, Customers, Community
  4. Delegation of Responsibility, Review, Business Organisation, Expansion, Structure, Span of Control  
  5. Communication in Management, two-way, Vertical/Horizontal, Principles, Oral, Unspoken, Written 
  6. Planning, Forecasting, Budgeting, Budgetary Control, Preparation, Master Budget, Variances    
  7. Manpower Planning, Specialisation, Recruitment, Applicants, Selection, Interviews, Planning, Trials  
  8. Management of Personnel, Induction, Training, Remuneration, Personnel Policy, HR Department  
  9. Industrial Relations, Trade Unions, Industrial Action, Collective Bargaining, Joint Consultation
  10. The Manager-Subordinate Relationship, Attitudes of Employers and Employees, Relationships
  11. Management Styles, Leadership, Respect & Loyalty, Disciplinary Action, Counselling, Resignations
  12. Manager Development, Traits, Attributes, Preparing for Career and Promotion in Management

4. Advanced Management & Administration 

  1. The Evolution of Management Theory, Fayol, Weber, Taylor, Mayo, Scientific Management
  2. Organisations, Ownership, Categories of Enterprises, Environmental Interaction, Systems Theory
  3. Structures of Organisations, Growth and Development, Structure and Control, Communication
  4. Motivational Theories, Argyis, Maslow, McGregor; Likert, Herzberg, Vroom, Handy, Psychology
  5. Theories on Leadership, Types, Trait, Style, Groups & Teams, Models, Analysis, Theorists
  6. Strategic Management, Fayol, Chandler, Andrews, Ansoff, BCG Matrix, Porter, SWOT, Analysis 
  7. Business Environment, PEST, Competition and Industry Rivalry, Barriers to Entry
  8. Managing Change, Culture, Learning Organisations, Theorists, Entrepreneurship
  9. Mission Statements, Organisation and Strategic Vision, Values and Beliefs, MBWA, MOST 
  10. Stakeholders, Shareholder Value, Business Ethics, Corporate & Social Responsibility 
  11. Communication Theory, Attitudes and Organisational Behaviour, Models and Theories 
  12. Business Ethics, Law, Compliance, Codes of Conduct, Ethical Investment

5. Stores, Inventory & Warehouse Management 

  1. Storekeeping, Stock Control and Stores Management, Management of Stores Personnel
  2. Stores Buildings, Location and Layout, Design and Construction, Types of Stores
  3. Stores Equipment and Supervision, Protection
  4. Materials Handling, Systems, Manual and Powered Equipment, Safety, Training, Maintenance
  5. Storehouse Security, Theft, Access, Fraud Prevention, Damage, Spoilage, Stock Rotation, Fire
  6. Stockyards, Materials, Location, Layout, Entry/Exit, Security, Fire, Flow of Materials, Equipment
  7. Identification of Stock Items, Stock Codes/Groups, Coding Systems, Catalogues, Standardisation
  8. Stock Records, Information, Design, Computerised Records
  9. Stock Levels, Stores Costs, Reordering, Stock Turnover, Purchasing, ABC, EOQ, MRP, JIT
  10. Receipts of Stock, Documents, Receiving Procedure, Inspections, Shortages, Transfers, Returns
  11. Issues of Stock, Authorisation for Issues, Transfers, Returns, Packing and Despatching, Training
  12. Stocktaking, Spot Checks, Planning, Discrepancies, Valuation, Obsolescence, Disposals

6. Purchasing & Resourcing Management

  1. Introduction, Function, Strategic Importance, Buyers, Distribution Channels, Structure, Organisation
  2. Purchasing Objectives, Strategy, Planning, Manufacturing, Total Quality Management, Partnerships
  3. Policy, Control, Production Cycles, Forecasting, Quality, Stock Classification, Risks
  4. Organisation, Responsibilities, Job Structures, Management, Specifications, Roles, Teamwork
  5. Control Systems, Provisioning, Records, Master Production Schedules, Supplier Appraisal
  6. Information Technology, Manual & Computerised Systems, Hardware, Software, Database, Charts
  7. Human Resources in Supply, Manpower Planning, Training, Development, Appraisal, Investment
  8. Management Style, Motivation, Control, Task/relationship, Grievance, Disputes, Pay
  9. Sourcing Processes, Supplier Relationships, Purchasing, Production, MRP, Pricing, JIT
  10. Quality Management, Specifications, Standards, TQM, Competitiveness, Satisfaction
  11. Negotiating and Bargaining in the Supply Chain, Stages, Strategy, Win-win, Authority, Ethics
  12. Purchasing Techniques and Practices, Support Tools, Tendering, Data, Buying Power

7. Logistics, Materials & Supply Chain (& Transport) Management     

  1. Logistics and Supply Chain, Management, Process, Activity Mix, Complexity, Customer Expectations
  2. Business Firms, Added Value, Goals, Marketing/Production Interface, Inventory/Transport/Location
  3. Logistics/Supply Chain Strategy, Corporate Strategy, Planning Levels & Areas, Tactical Decisions
  4. LSC Costs, Implementing Strategy, Channel Strategy, Characteristics, Measuring Performance
  5. LSC Products, Product Life Cycle, 80-20 Curve, Product Characteristics, Packaging, Pricing
  6. Customer Service, Service Elements, Importance, Complaints, Order Cycle Time, Priorities
  7. Sales Service Relations, Patronage, Optimum Service Level, Variability, Constraints, Contingency  
  8. Order Processing Definition, Preparation, Processing, Time & Other Factors, Status Reports
  9. Logistics Information Systems, Order Management, Warehouse Management Systems, Databases
  10. Transport Systems & Decisions, Service Characteristics, Intermodal Agencies, International
  11. Transport Costs, Variable/Fixed/Joint, Rate Profiles, Service Charges, Private Carriers Costing
  12. Transport Decisions, Trade-Offs, Competition, Vehicle Routing, Scheduling, Freight Consolidation

8. Project Leadership & Management  

  1. Principles of Project Leadership & Management, Types of Project, Project Features, Time-Quality-Costs Parameters, Project Stakeholders, Project Objectives
  2. Project Personnel: Leader, Sponsor, Board, Coordinator, Analyst, Key Project Manager Responsibilities, Management Principles, Project Teams, Teamwork, Motivation
  3. Project Planning, Project Life-Cycles, Project Charter, Deliverables, Scope and Documentation, Organisation & HR Matters, Scheduling, Work Structures
  4. Project Cost Estimating, Types of Costs, Project Budgets, Quality Control, Risk Analysis and Management, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  5. Project Schedules, Timing & Sequencing, Critical Paths, Milestones, Timelines, PERT & Gantt Charts
  6. Procurement Planning and Specifications, Suppliers - Appraisal, Criteria, Research, Contracts, Purchasing, Expediting
  7. Project Communication Management, Feedback, Communication Channels, Project Reports, Data Protection Principles
  8. Project Implementation, Responsibility Levels, Variances, Project Changes, Change Control Systems
  9. Project Monitoring and Control, Critical Success Factors (CSFs), Metrics and Performance Indicators, Cost Control, Earned Value Management
  10. Project Closure, Closure Reports and Checklists, Project Acceptance Management, Project Review
  11. Project Logistics, Transport, Traffic Control, Project and Construction Sites, Disaster Control
  12. Project Concepts, Project Business Cases and Feasibility, Outsourcing or Contracting Projects, Establishing a Project Business, Project Fees and Charges




Your CIC Fee includes:-

  • Your enrolment/registration with Cambridge International College, and your own high-quality, professionally produced and illustrated comprehensive International CIC Core Study Publications for each of the eight (8) Core Subjects of study.
  • CIC’s detailed, professional Study & Training Guides with full instructions on how to study to achieve success and gain top results.  An additional specially written Examinations Guide which includes expert advice, detailed guidance and tips on how to prepare for, approach and answer Examinations, is also provided.
  • Self-Assessment Tests with Model Answers, and Training Tests, Questions and Exercises, which can be used as ‘Past Papers/Questions’ for Examination preparation.
  • The Examination papers set for the Core Subjects; Examinations are written under Invigilation/Supervision in your own area - full details, guidance and explanation of how your Examinations will be arranged and how Invigilation is conducted will be provided when you register.  Note, CIC arranges Examinations in over a hundred countries worldwide for thousands of Members every year; it is a flexible, straightforward process and will be arranged when YOU are ready to write your Examinations.
  • The prestigious Baccalaureate certification and Transcript on successful completion of the Programme.  Note, a First Study Year Transcript is also provided on completion of the First Study Year.
  • Your personal page on CIC’s Member Services website with access to results, despatch details, advice and guidance, and more:
  • Regular information and news including: Newsletters with details of special offers and new Programs and much more; and Competition Forms; by email and post.
  • Everything needed for your Study & Training success is included in the CIC Fee.


  • Further Study and Training Advice, and Assistance is available before, during and after CIC Study & Training; Members may ask CIC’s team of experienced Consultants for advice on further study and Programmes to improve career prospects and advancement.
  • CIC’s experienced and helpful staff can assist with numerous special requests, such as reference/recommendation letters and transcripts, and more, by post and email.

The Baccalaureate is designed for men and women to be able to proceed to high-level positions in their study and career areas, to gain promotions, and to carry out a wide range of responsibilities professionally, efficiently, with expertise and with confidence; this is all based upon the wide range of knowledge and understanding of vocationally and career-oriented business, management, logistical, supply chain and materials management, and project management skills attained from this Baccalaureate Programme (see the “Success Stories” section for many examples).

There is a wide range of options for further study - see the "Related Courses" section for suggestions – which include a second ABA & Baccalaureate specialization, the 'Double Award' EBA & BBA Bachelor degree Programme, and the 'Double Award' EMBA & MBA degree Programme.  You are welcome to ask the College for advice, and of course you can see details of these Programmes on this website.

Materials & Logistics Administration (BLA)
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Payment Options:

British Pounds:
Single payment of £1350
Or 8 monthly payments of £220
Or 2 monthly payments of £750
US Dollars:
Single payment of $2700
Or 8 monthly payments of $440
Or 2 monthly payments of $1500
Single payment of €2100
Or 8 monthly payments of €330
Or 2 monthly payments of €1125
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Duration & Assessments

The standard Study Period is two years (24 months) but this is flexible; the course can be completed in a shorter period, or longer if necessary.


To gain your prestigious Baccalaureate award you must sit and pass a written Examination/Assessment on each of the 8 Subjects in your Baccalaureate Programme.  Full and clear details about this are provided to you, including in your personal Study & Training Guide, after you have enrolled.  The clear information explains when, where and how your Examinations/Assessments will be arranged - it is a simple and straightforward process, which hundreds of thousands of other Members have successfully gone through.  If you study well and follow the advice in the CIC Study & Training Guide you will be well-prepared and capable of achieving good grades, and you will be able to achieve your valuable Baccalaureate in good time!

(See the “WHAT IS INCLUDED” section for this Course, and/or the “FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions” section of this website, if you would like more information.)


An accredited, approved qualification demonstrating high level career competence and ability to plan and conduct logistics, materials and commercial activities