Diploma in Procurement and Supply



A step up from the Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply operations, The Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply is a stepping stone to study on the CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma. The content has been written using the CIPS Procurement and Supply Cycle as its focus which presents a cyclical process of key steps faced by those procuring goods and services. The Diploma offers the most common entry route to the profession and should be used by learners to develop a professional ‘tool box’ which learners can apply in the practical environment and further develop at levels 5 and 6. In this way successful learners will possess transferable workplace skills, developing their operational and tactical abilities as they strive for managerial roles and responsibilities.

The qualification is made up of 60 credits; all 8 modules are mandatory. L4M1 and L4M8 are 12 credit modules; the rest are all 6 credit modules. To gain the full diploma, you must achieve all 60 credits.

The units to be studied are:

  • L4M1 Scope and Influence of Procurement and Supply
  • L4M2 Defining Business Needs
  • L4M3 Commercial Contracting
  • L4M4 Ethical and Responsible Sourcing
  • L4M5 Commercial Negotiation
  • L4M6 Supplier Relationships
  • L4M7 Whole Life Asset Management
  • L4M8 (New qualification) Procurement and Supply in Practice

The examinations for the 12 credit modules will be essay based exams; whilst the 6 credit modules will be assessed through multiple choice type examinations. All examinations will be computer-based exams and will be taken at bespoke computer exam centres either in Ipswich or Bury St Edmunds.

For the last few years our students have achieved 100% success, with many gaining a merit or distinction grade in individual exams.  

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