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Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply

Course Description

The Diploma in Procurement and Supply is for students moving into a junior or middle management procurement role, or supervising the procurement function. It is a valuable management tool which focuses on how organisational procedures and processes perform in purchasing and supply, including negotiating, planning, risk management and data analysis.

- Negotiating and Contracting in Procurement and Supply
- Sourcing in Procurement and Supply
- Contexts of Procurement and Supply
- Business Needs in Procurement and Supply
- Managing Contracts and Relationships in Procurement and Supply

The Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply is for senior buyers, contract managers or supply chain managers
It is designed to give you the expertise to improve organisational procurement and to fulfil organisational objectives. It helps you develop the knowledge base to reduce cost, improve quality and timescales, manage the supply chain and deal with legal issues.


- Category Management in Procurement and Supply
- Management in Procurement and Supply
- Managing Risks in Procurement and Supply
- Sustainability in Supply Chains
- Improving the Competitiveness of Supply Chains

The Professional Diploma in Procurement in Supply is for senior procurement professionals or heads of department
It is targeted at building strategic procurement competence, giving managers the ability to formulate strategic direction and advice, in terms of change management, stakeholder management and team leadership.


- Leadership in Procurement and Supply
- Legal Aspects in Procurement and Supply
- Programme and Project Management
- Corporate and Business Strategy
- Strategic Supply Chain Management

Learning and teaching methods:

This qualification is in line with the government’s National Qualification Framework and contains modules on contemporary topics that are essential in procurement and supply chain management.

You may also complete a work-based project for the Strategic Supply Chain Management module, which could involve identifying a problem in your/an organisation, completing research and making recommendations for a solution.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects:

This professional stage qualification leads to corporate membership of CIPS. This award is particularly suitable if you are employed or have experience in purchasing, logistics, stores, inventory, contracts and other areas of supply chain management in the public or private sector.

Assessment methods:

You will be assessed through a final CIPS examination for each module.

Entry Requirements

All candidates must start at the Diploma Level, candidates should have at least two A-levels. Exemptions are available to those that can demonstrate that they have studied the same subject within an alternative programme and at an equivalent level. All exemptions should be applied for directly through CIPS.

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