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CIPS Level 6 – Professional Diploma in Procurement & Supply (Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply)

Course Code: EC196

Validated by: CIPS

UK Price: £2,250

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The Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement & Supply from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply is the highest level CIPS qualification offered at University Centre at Blackburn College.  If you’re studying on the course you’ll more than likely be working in a role where you’ll be practicing at a high level and making demanding purchasing and supply decisions on a daily basis.  Indeed, you may be working in a specialist Purchasing and Supply role.

Aimed at senior procurement professionals and 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.

What Will I Study?

At this higher level, you’ll be able to: equip purchasers to understand and respond to the changing purchasing and supply environment; enable organisations to be more effective and competitive through purchasing activities; enable purchasers to be effective leaders and managers within the supply chain; enable purchasers to be innovative, creative and competitive in terms of the specifications they develop; manage and develop sustainable supplier relationships; measure and improve supply chain performance; analyse, assess, manage and mitigate against risk; develop and manage legal, contractual arrangements associated with purchasing and supply.

During the course you’ll study five units and you’ll build on all the skills you’ve already learnt at Levels 4 or 5 in the CIPS suite of qualifications. You’ll build skills particularly in the key areas of Finance, Strategy, Legal aspects and leading and influencing Supply and Purchase decisions.

There will be two intakes for this level, September and February.  Specific modules are:

  • Module 1, Legal Aspects in Procurement & Supply (UK)
  • Module 2, Project & Programme Management
  • Module 3, Corporate & Business Strategy
  • Module 4, Strategic Supply Chain Management
  • Module 5, Leadership in Procurement & Supply

How will the course be delivered?

The course will be delivered in the University Centre on the main campus in Blackburn. 

Detailed course content can be found at this link: or we can email it to you in PDF form by request.

Once you have been awarded a place, you will, in due course, need to complete the CIPS Registration Membership document and this can be found at:  This needs to be submitted directly to CIPS with the registration fees which are also detailed (You can also register online at this link).

If you have completed some CIPS modules already and are unsure where to start, please contact the course leader Mike Keane – or alternatively contact CIPS directly ( who will be able to advise you.

Entry Requirements

You will already have completed the Level 4 and Level 5 diplomas in the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply range of qualifications.

Financial Support

There is no financial support for this course. Request an application pack by telephoning on 01254 292500 or by emailing us at


Graduates continue to progress in their careers in purchasing with the prospect of achieving high level management positions. Successful completion of this level will lead to the award of MCIPs providing you have at least three years procurement experience.

Qualification Achieved

You will receive a Level 6 Professional Diploma in Purchasing & Supply from CIPS.

Other Information

How much does it cost?

The course fee is £2,250.00 per year (excluding exam fees and registration fees, which are paid directly to CIPS). (Prices subject to change).



CIPS FOUNDATION UK BURSARY: For those in the UK undergoing hardship. A £1,000 bursary awarded to UK students in the most need of aid, intended to help UK students who are struggling to fund/take CIPS qualifications due to personal hardship. The funds for this bursary will be paid on to the grantee’s CIPS account. It can be used towards any CIPS product, and can also be used to pay any venue fees the grantee faces at CIPS approved exam centres. For more information see:

CIPS Books can be purchased from here: - we would advise new students to purchase books before the start of the course.

Course dates

The level 6 course runs from 1pm – 5pm and is delivered in the University Centre on the main campus in Blackburn.  The next available dates are as follows:

Wednesdays 17th September 2014 – 22nd July 2015
1pm – 5pm



Module 1
Legal Aspects in Procurement & Supply (UK)
17/9/14 – 19/11/14


Module 2
Project & Programme Management
26/11/14 – 28/1/15   



Module 3
Corporate & Business Strategy
4/2/15 – 11/3/15


Module 4
Strategic Supply Chain Management

18/3/15 – 20/5/15


Module 5
Leadership in Procurement & Supply
27/5/15 – 22/7/15




Starbucks with the CIPS team. Come and meet Mike and Lucy, have a look around our facilities and find out more about the CIPS courses on offer.  Contact Janine on 01254 29-25-00 or email at to arrange a Starbucks and a chat!

To find out more and to book

Email The Training People at Blackburn College or call us on 01254 292500.

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