Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprenticeship (Level 4)

Course Information

  • Course Code: EB632SD
  • Duration: 2 year
  • Study mode: Full Time

The Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprenticeship is suitable for those seeking to develop commercial capability that is vital in the public sector and valued across every sector. Achieving the Level 4 Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprenticeship will enable an individual to use their breadth and depth of experience to position themselves as a fully effective commercially skilled professional with career options that span from public to private and charity sectors.

There are three parts to the Public Sector Commercial Apprenticeship

  1. Knowledge
  2. Gateway
  3. End Point Assessment 

Blackburn College is a CIPS accredited ‘Centre of Excellence’ which means we been consistently awarded the top grade for a centre for over 10 years.  This is because of over excellent student’s exam results (far above national average), our high level of personal support for students and our highly qualified and experienced teaching team.

All apprentices are required to gain ‘student membership’ of CIPS. This is currently set at £180 for one year’s membership with a renewal cost of £130 there after.

What will I study?

Eight core modules make up 60 required credits

  • Scope and influence of procurement and supply
  • Defining business needs
  • Commercial contracting
  • Ethical and responsible resourcing
  • Commercial Negotiation
  • Supplier relationships
  • Asset management
  • Procurement and supply in practice
Entry Requirements

Level 2 English and mathematics qualifications, equivalent to grades A*-C at GCSE are required for the apprentice to be presented for the End Point Assessment, therefore must be gained before being presented.

How will I be assessed?

Knowledge modules will be assessed by way of an online exam.

There are two types of exams:  

  • Objective Response Exam Format (OR)
  • Constructed Response Exam Format (CR)

Successful completion of the 5 modules assessments, outlined above, would gain CIPS DIPLOMA IN PROCUREMENT AND SUPPLY (LEVEL 4).  This is awarded by CIPS and together with Level 2 English and Maths would allow movement to the final stage.

End Point Assessment.

The End Point Assessment is provided by CIPS which consists of a business report and panel interview is typically completed in the last six months.  This would be overseen by the employer mentor in conjunction with the industry links manager and CIPS.

What can I do next?

You may decide to progress onto;

  • CIPS Advanced Diploma in Procurement & Supply followed by;
  • CIPS Professional Diploma’ in Procurement & Supply to become a fully qualified CIPS member and gain the prestigious ‘MCIPS’ suffix.
Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Purchasing Manager

As a purchasing or procurement manager, you would be responsible for buying the best quality equipment, goods and services for your company at the most competitive rates. If you are good at negotiating, networking and dealing with figures, this job could be a good choice for you.

You will need a well organised approach to work, the ability to analyse data and have good business sense.

There are different ways into this job, including starting out as an assistant and working your way up, getting a relevant higher education qualification, or going through a management training scheme. Professional qualifications are also important in this job.

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