CIPS - Level 4 - Diploma in Procurement and Supply

Course Information

  • Course Code: EC192
  • Duration: 38 weeks x 4 hours
  • Price: £1975.00
  • Start Date:
  • Days: TUE
  • Times: 13:00-17:00
  • Delivery Type: PT

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The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply is the most prominent professional body for those who are developing a career in procurement.


This qualification is a valuable management tool for those moving into junior and middle management procurement roles or those supervising the procurement function.  It focusses on organisational procedures and processes including negotiation, planning, risk management and data analysis


Why come to Blackburn College?

  • Centre of Excellence’ CIPS Study Centre, the top grade awarded by independent auditors
  • Teacher trained, CIPS qualified & Sector specific qualified tutors
  • Purpose built facilities for CIPS business training
  • Small class sizes (max. 15 students) delivered in Blackburn, Lancashire
  • Renowned for providing an excellent student experience with an emphasis on pastoral care throughout
  • Bespoke workbooks to enhance learning
  • Revision sessions
  • Private exam centre on college site
  • 24/7 access to learner materials through Moodle


Typically, this course would be suitable for the following titles:

  • Buyer
  • Procurement / purchasing executive
  • Procurement specialist
  • Contract officer
  • Supply chain / inventory / logistics analyst
  • Supply chain / inventory / logistics planner


An exam timetable can be located here

What will I study?


D1       Contexts of procurement and supply

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

Module Exam format (3 hours). Pass mark 50%

Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.


D2       Business needs in procurement and supply

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

Module Exam format (3 hours). Pass mark 50%

Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.


D3       Sourcing in procurement and supply

  • Understand the main options for sourcing of requirements from suppliers
  • Be able to develop a plan for sourcing goods or services from external suppliers
  • Be able to assess the financial stability of potential suppliers
  • Understand the main processes that can be applied to the sourcing of requirements from external suppliers
  • Understand compliance issues when sourcing from suppliers

Module Exam format (3 hours). Pass mark 50%

Unseen case of around 500 words and five questions each worth 20 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.  Questions should be answered within the context of the case.


D4       Negotiating & Contracting in Procurement & Supply

  • Understand the legal issues that relate to the formation of contracts
  • Understand the main approaches in the negotiation of commercial agreements with external organisations
  • Understand how to prepare for negotiations with external organisations
  • Understand how commercial negotiations should be undertaken

Exam format (3 hours). Pass mark 50% .  Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.


L4M8  Procurement & Supply in Practice

  • Procurement is the business function that ensures identification, sourcing, access and management of external resources that an organisation needs or may need to successfully fulfil its strategic objectives. It exists to explore supply market opportunities and to implement resourcing strategies that deliver the best possible supply outcomes to the organisation, its stakeholders and customers.  This module is designed to test the practical application of procurement and supply concepts and ideas within the proactive environments which professionals are expected to perform.


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). 


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


Please note that when the College is closed for Monday bank holidays, students will be expected to attend class on Tuesday evening



Entry Requirements

This is the highest entry point to our diploma qualifications and requires a minimum of at least two A-levels (or international equivalent) or a CIPS Advanced Certificate qualification (Level 3).  Alternatively you need a minimum of two years' experience in a business environment. 


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Mondays or Wednesdays…….meet Lucy, look around our facilities and find out more about the courses on offer.  Contact Janine or Laura on 01254 29-25-00 or email at


This course is also available for Advanced Learner Loan funding:  The maximum value of the loan is £1,265 and therefore you’d be expected to pay the remainder of our course fees upon booking, as follows:  Tuition:    £710 & Exam Fees: £600 = £1,310.00.

This option is not available if you are paying for the course modularly or if your employer is funding the course.  If you’d be interested in enrolling on this course in this way, please contact us before completing any paperwork. 

How will I be assessed?



Exam fees of £120 per module are payable to Blackburn College at enrolment (£600 in total) or you may opt to pay these separately approximately 3 months before the start of each module – please confirm upon enrolment how you wish to proceed in this regard. CIPS Registration fees are paid directly to CIPS.


Recent pass rates from our UCBC CIPS study centre show our extremely high student pass rates.  These can be benchmarked against CIPS published national averages for centres across the UK indicating the particularly high level of achievement evidenced through our UCBC CIPS study centre.


Thereafter you will need to register for your examinations at this link:  Assessment fees can be accessed here: 


Latest Blackburn College CIPS Study Centre pass rates benchmarked against CIPS National average


Blackburn College CIPS Results

What can I do next?

You can progress onto CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply once you have successfully completed your studies.

For more information

For more information about this course, contact our specialist team on 01254 29 25 00 or email

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