The Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply is made up of five modules.

In this module you'll cover:

  • The added value that can be achieved through procurement and supply chain management
  • The stages of sourcing processes in creating added value outcomes that can be achieved with suppliers
  • The main aspects of organisational infrastructure that shape the scope of a procurement or supply chain function
  • The need for compliance with requirements when undertaking procurement activities in different sectors.

In this module you'll cover:

  • How to devise a business case for requirements to be sourced from external suppliers
  • The fundamentals of specifications and key performance indicators that are included in contractual arrangements made with suppliers
  • The main clauses that are included in formal contracts
  • The main implications of outsources work or outsources services for procurement.

In this module you'll cover:

  • The main options for sourcing of requirements from suppliers
  • Developing a plan for sourcing goods or services from external suppliers
  • Assessing the financial stability of potential suppliers
  • The processes that can be applied to the sourcing of requirements from external suppliers
  • Compliance issues when sourcing from suppliers.

In this module you'll cover:

  • The legal issues that relate to the formation of contracts
  • The main approaches in the negotiation of commercial agreements with external organisations
  • Preparing for negotiations with external organisations
  • How to undertake commercial negotiations.

In this module you'll cover:

  • The dynamics of relationships in supply chains
  • The legal aspects relating to the performance of contracts
  • The main approaches to achieve the management of contracts
  • The main techniques for the management of contracts and suppliers.

The five modules are delivered by a combination of morning, afternoon and evening lectures, usually on a Tuesday.

You will learn by a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical exercises. In the revision phase you will learn by attempting exam standard questions and debriefing advice by tutors on how the questions should be approached to maximise marks. It is advised that you sit one to three papers per sitting.

How you're assessed

Assessment is by sitting external examinations set by the professional body CIPS.