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CIPS Diploma in Procurement and Supply - Level 4

CIPS Diploma in Procurement and Supply - Level 4


The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) is the premier global organisation serving the procurement and supply profession. Dedicated to promoting best practice, CIPS provides a wide range of services for the benefit of members and the wider business community.

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Take a look at the learning journey of CIPS professional qualifications. 

Why study procurement?

A career in procurement is very rewarding. You get the opportunity to make decisions that have an impact on your organisation’s strategy, as well as being able to make a difference through your organisation’s buying power.

To see more about the impact procurement can have, check this out.

Further details of the benefits of a career in procurement can be found on the CIPS website.

The average salary for a procurement professional in the East Midlands is £43,000.

MCIPS qualified professionals earn 16% more on average than those without MCIPS.

More details on your earning potential can be found in the CIPS / Hays Salary Survey.

About the qualification

This qualification provides an essential toolkit for those planning a career in procurement and supply. The course has been developed and written using the procurement and supply cycle and will give learners the skills needed to help them gain a clear understanding of procurement and supply, and develop the ability to address complex, non-routine problems in the workplace. It is suitable for those in operational roles or those managing or supervising the procurement and supply function.

This is the only entry point onto CIPS Diploma qualifications.

The course is delivered at this CIPS 'Centre of Merit' by a range of tutors. The course leader has relevant industry experience and is MCIPS-qualified.

Entry requirements

This is the only entry point onto our Diploma qualifications. A minimum of at least two A-levels (or international equivalent) or a CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate qualification is required. Alternatively, you will need a minimum of two years’ relevant experience in a business environment.


Start dates and fees

Please refer to the course schedule for the current course fees. The course fees also include the CIPS exam fees, as the college is required to book the exams on your behalf.

Please note: the fees listed do not include the study guides for each module, which can be purchased directly from the CIPS website.

CIPS membership fees are also payable in addition to course fees, and paid directly to CIPS.

Download course schedule and fees

Start DateDay/TimeWksDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
31/07/2021TBCTBC1 yr(s)1476E901FREETBCApply

How long is the course?

The course takes a minimum of one year to complete depending on the chosen study pattern.

Attendance is part-time afternoon and evening each week, to complete the course in one year.

Alternatively, students can study either afternoons or evenings, which would lead to the level being completed in 18 to 24 months.

Please refer to the individual module descriptions for the schedule for each module.


How will I be assessed?

Each unit is assessed by an exam.

Exams will be either:

  • Objective response (OR) – these are computer-based, which allow you to select a response from a list of possible answers.
  • Constructed response (CR) – these exams require a longer, essay-type response to questions. These will available to take as computer-based exams.

The exams take place in January, March, May, July, September and November.

What will I study?

You will learn about making procurement and supply happen within an organisation, and you will be equipped with an essential range of knowledge and tools that you can apply immediately in your workplace. Learn how to apply a practical, theoretical and technical knowledge, gain a clear understanding of procurement and supply and develop the ability to address complex, non-routine problems. On completion, you will be able to analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information and ideas and have an informed awareness of differing perspectives and approaches within the profession. You will also be able to review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results. 

The following modules are studied and are all core (compulsory):

  • Scope and Influence of Procurement and Supply (12 credits)
  • Defining Business Need (6 credits)
  • Commercial Contracting (6 credits)
  • Ethical and Responsible Sourcing (6 credits)
  • Commercial Negotiation (6 credits)
  • Supplier Relationships (6 credits)
  • Whole Life Asset Management (6 credits)
  • Procurement and Supply in Practice (12 credits)

Download the factsheet providing further details on the programme.

Details of the syllabus for each module can be found on the CIPS website


Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

Once complete, progression is to the CIPS Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply

How do I apply?

For further information please email

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