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CIPS Level 6 - Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply

Course Information

  • Course Code: EC196
  • Duration: 35 weeks x 4 hours
  • Price: £2250.00
  • Times: 09:00-13:00
  • 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.  Aimed at senior procurement professionals and heads of department, this qualification is targeted at building strategic direction and advice, in areas such as change management, stakeholder management and team leadership. On successful completion of the Diploma, Advanced and Professional diplomas along with 3 years' experience in a position of responsibility in procurement and supply you will be awarded MCIPS status.


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

  • Strategic / senior  /purchasing or procurement manager
  • Head of commercial
  • Supply chain manager
  • Head of logistics / transport
  • Operations manager


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


The course tuition fee is £2,250 per year excluding exam fees and registration fees (Registration fees are payable directly to CIPS).  Direct Debit options may be available – see below for more information.  Exam fees are £78 per OR exam and £108 per CR exam (therefore £666 for this level and are payable to Blackburn College at enrolment).


What will I study?


Global Commercial Strategy (L6M2)

On completion of this module, learners will be able to evaluate the concept of commercial global strategy and assess the challenges and main elements associated with the formulation and implementation of a commercial strategy and understand the impact of finance on strategic decision making. 

Module aim(s): The global agenda is becoming more and more prevalent in organisational success. As organisations increase overseas development, investment and sourcing, business leaders are to formulate and implement global commercial strategies. This module is designed for professional procurement and supply chain leaders and takes as its focus the development; configuration and implementation of global commercial strategy to enable such leaders to help organisations achieve competitive advantage.


Global Strategic Supply Chain Management (L6M3)

On completion of this module, learners will be able to evaluate the influence of strategic supply chain management and assess the methods which are available to measure, improve and optimise supply chain performance. 

Module aim(s): One of the significant impacts of globalisation has been a marked increase in the complexity of the supply chain and associated networks. These challenges require procurement and supply leaders to develop and lead modern day supply chains and understand the vital role that they have in the overall success of corporate and business strategy. This module is designed for such professionals as it focuses on the development, implementation, monitoring and optimisation of global supply chains and on the strategic influence of such chains on the achievement of competitive advantage.


Strategic Programme Leadership (L6M5)

On completion of this module learners will be able to assess contracting requirements and approaches to the leadership of major strategic programmes, and evaluate the role that organisational culture has to play on achieving overall success. 

Module aim(s): Major programmes are a key element in any organisational strategy, hence the successful leadership of them is a significant contributor to overall success. This module is designed for those procurement and supply professionals who will develop and lead the implementation and monitoring of contracts from the strategic standpoint requiring a practical knowledge of the associated issues and approaches to programme control.


Innovation in Procurement and Supply (L6M8)

On completion of this module, learners will be able to evaluate techniques for supplier development and innovation in procurement and supply and appraise the environmental factors which should be considered when applying such methods. 

Module aim(s): In order to support organisational success procurement and supply has a significant roleto play in influencing strategic suppliers to adopt innovative approaches and to continue to develop. Professional procurement and supply leaders are therefore expected to identify areas which offer the opportunity to improve and innovate and to lead and implement the associated processes. This module is designed for procurement and supply leaders who require a clear knowledge of the tools and techniques which are available to them to achieve improvement and innovation as well as an appreciation of the environmental factors which affect such initiatives.


Supply Network Design (L6M9)

On completion of this module, learners will be able to evaluate the strategic nature, influence and contribution of supply network design and operations to overall business strategy and assess the strategic value of resource planning and control.

Module aim(s): Every organisation is part of a wider interconnected network of other businesses and organisations; this is termed the supply network. At a strategic level the design and leadership of such networks is crucial to the effectiveness and efficiency of the associated supply chains, it is the operations processes which form a fundamental element of an organisation’s strategic advantage. If materials and/or information are to flow smoothly through the supply network and add value as a result, effective resource planning and control are essential to organisational success. This module is designed for procurement and supply leaders who require knowledge and understanding of the concept of the strategic supply network, its configuration and influence and be able to assess the impact of operational strategy and resource planning and control.


Future Strategic Challenges for the Profession (L6M4)

On completion of this module, learners will be able to evaluate the changing needs and requirements for the procurement and supply function and assess the future challenges for the profession.

Module aim(s): The volatile global environment poses a threat to traditional concepts of international trade and presents strategic challenges to the procurement and supply function and profession. Strategic procurement and supply leaders require knowledge of the present challenges for their function and profession, and prepare themselves for the future strategic challenges that they will undoubtedly be faced with. This module is designed to challenge procurement and supply leaders to look ahead and to consider the future strategic challenges for them and their profession.


Strategic Ethical Leadership (L6M1)

On completion of this module, learners will be able to critically evaluate leadership skills and behaviours required to achieve organisational and stakeholder commitment to strategic improvements and change and also appreciate ethical practices, standards and regulations that impact on the procurement and supply function. 

Module aim(s): Globalisation and the ever changing markets in which organisations operate require effective leaders who are able to think and act in a strategic manner. This is particularly true for those who lead the procurement and supply function ensuring that it makes a positive contribution to overall organisational success. Strategic Leadership is the ability to make and communicate decisions that enhance the prospects for the organisation’s long-term success while maintaining long-term financial stability. This module is designed for those professionals who are expected to deliver effective and efficient procurement and supply. It emphasises the leadership skills and behaviours required for the achievement of the objectives and improvements sought by the organisation.


CIPS Course Membership:  Once you have been awarded a place on our course, you will need to become a member of CIPS (Fees payable directly to CIPS). Become a member online at  Current cost approx. £187 (subject to change).

TRANSFER ARRANGEMENTS FROM 2013 – 2018 SYLLABUS:  If you are a progressing/continuing student who has completed various units under the 2013 syllabus but you are unsure of the modules you require to complete your qualification under the new 2018 syllabus, use the Transfer Tool on the CIPS website at this link:


Text Books:  CIPS Books are available in our library or alternatively can be purchased from the CIPS bookshop: 


Entry Requirements

You will need to have achieved the CIPS Advanced diploma in procurement and supply.


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How will I be assessed?

There will be two types of exam for this level.  Objective Response exams are usually 1.5 hours to 2 hours in duration and are usually 6 credits.  Constructive Response exams are usually 3 hours and 12 credits.  At this level there are 4 CR exams and 3 OR exams.

What can I do next?

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. 

For more information

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

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