Course details

Course level

Level 4

Course length

Typically 2 years with minimum of 12 months

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

Study patterns to fit around the workplace.

Course description

The work of procurement and supply professionals includes the process of procurement, or buying goods and services; however, these roles can be much broader than just procurement. These roles can extend to a huge range of related commercial activity such as influencing policy, financial analysis, engaging in contract law, and developing strategy to deliver services. The variety of goods and services that procurement professionals are responsible for is vast: goods could range from buying a plane to negotiating new stationery supply. Securing services could include: finding new and innovative IT systems, outsourcing translation services or closing a deal on a construction project for a new building.

Encompassing the entire procurement cycle, achieving the Level 4 in Procurement and Supply will enable an individual to use their breadth and depth of experience to position themselves as a fully effective commercially skilled professional with transferable skills and career options that span the public, private and charitable sectors. This will be supported by the attainment of a Level 4 Diploma with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).

The revised standard still includes the CIPS Diploma in Procurement and Supply qualification as a mandatory element, in addition to category management content. The revised standard is suitable for public, private and charitable sectors, rather than being positioned as public sector specific - which allows study centres offering the apprenticeship to broaden their target market.


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Structure, certificates and assessment

Prior to the End Point Assessment there is a requirement to achieve:


Entry requirements

Any entry requirements will be determined by individual employer which may, for example, typically require 5x A*-C Grade GCSE (must include English and Maths)

Fees and funding


Cost of the apprenticeship will normally be in line with the funding band £9,000, but individual agreements will be considered depending on student numbers and involvement of employers.


Fees will be paid by your employer with government funded support or through the apprenticeship levy.

How to apply

For more information call 0800 001 5500 or email

Applications to this apprenticeship will need to be made through the employer.

Contact us

Apprenticeship Hub +44 (0)800 001 5500
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