Procurement & Supply

Benchmark of Excellence

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) qualifications are widely regarded as an international benchmark of excellence, enhancing standards of professionalism and performance throughout purchasing and supply.

Virtual Open Day

Register to join our CIPS virtual open days, where you can hear more about CIPS and how to join the 2021 programme:

26th November 3:30 - 4:30 pm

10th December 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Register your interest by emailing [email protected]

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The Diploma in Procurement & Supply is a valuable management tool for those moving into junior and middle management procurement roles or those supervising the procurement function. It focuses on organisation procedures and processes including negotiation, planning, risk management and data analysis.

Who is it for?

The Diploma is ideal for those employed in a general, junior procurement role or those without formal qualifications in the field. You should have at least two A-Levels or equivalent (as determined by CIPS). Also acceptable are CIPS Level 3 Certificates and/or any Level 3 qualifications that CIPS considers to be equivalent.

What will you learn?

You will complete the following eight modules:

  • Scope & Influence of Procurement*
  • Procurement & Supply in practice*
  • Ethical & responsible sourcing**
  • Commercial Contracting**
  • Supplier Relationships**
  • Commercial Negotiating**
  • Defining business need**
  • Whole life asset management**

*Module Fee: £550.00 (12 credit module)

**Module Fee: £300.00 (6 credit module)

The module fee includes module delivery and CIPS course notes.  

All exam fees (including resit costs) will need to be paid in addition to the module fee.

      Upcoming Courses

      Next intake: 5th January 2021

      Click here to register your interest in CIPS courses starting in 2021

      The Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply provides senior buyers, contract and supply managers with the expertise to improve organisational procurement and to fulfil organisational objectives. It gives you the knowledge base to reduce cost, improve quality and timescales, manage the supply chain and deal with legal issues.

      Who is it for?

      The Advanced Diploma is aimed at those who have achieved the Diploma (or are exempt at that level) and are aiming for strategic career goals, or who intend to specialise in key areas. For exemption, qualifications with relevant content must be at Level 5 or above, or their equivalent as determined by CIPS, such as a degree from a recognised University.

      What will you learn?

      You will complete the following eight modules:

      • Managing teams & individuals*
      • Advanced contract & financial management*
      • Managing contractual risk**
      • Project & change Management**
      • Managing supply chain risk**
      • Achieving competitive advantage**
      • Category Management**
      • Managing ethical procurement**

      *Module Fee: £500.00 (12 credit module)

      **Module Fee: £250.00 (6 credit module)

      The module fee includes module delivery and CIPS course notes.

      All exam fees (including resit costs) will need to be paid in addition to the module fee.

      Upcoming Courses

      Next intake: 6th January 2021

      Click here to register your interest in CIPS courses starting in 2021.

      The Professional Diploma in Procurement & Supply 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 Diploma and Professional Diploma, along with three years' experience in a position of responsibility in procurement and supply, you will be awarded MCIPS status.

      Who is it for?

      The Professional Diploma is for those who have achieved the Advanced Diploma award or are exempt. for exemption, qualifications with relevant content must be at Level 6 or above, or their equivalent as determined by CIPS. The modules must have been covered in the final year of an undergraduate programme in a recognised University or be at postgraduate level.

      What will you learn?

      You will complete the following seven modules:

      • Global strategic supply chain*
      • Strategic ethical leadership* 
      • Global commercial strategy*
      • Supply network design**
      • Global logistics strategy **
      • Commercial data management**
      • Future strategic challenges**

      *Module Fee: £500.00 (12 credit module)

      **Module Fee: £250.00 (6 credit module)

      The module fee includes module delivery and CIPS course notes.

      All exam fees (including resit costs) will need to be paid in addition to the module fee.

      Upcoming Courses

      Next intake: 7th January 2021

      Click here to register your interest in CIPS courses starting in 2021.

      Examinations

      All CIPS examinations will be computer-based known as CBE.  All CIPS examinations are currently being held remotely.  Delegates will need the appropriate IT services to facilitate this.

      There will be two types of examinations:

      Objective response (OR) - This type of exam allows you to select a pre-defined response.

      Constructed response (CR) - This type of exam requires a longer, essay-type answer.  

      Exam costs:

      £90 per CR exam (there are two CR exams to sit)

      £75 per OR exam (there are six OR exams to sit)

      The exam fees will be paid in advance, an invoice with the module and examination fees will be sent before the course commences.  Delegates will be entered into the relevant exam week following the module that has been studied.  If delegates do not wish to be entered for a particular examination during an exam week then written confirmation will be required.

      CIPS Study guides

      Delegates are required to purchase their own CIPS study guides directly through the CIPS Bookshop. CIPS students have the choice of buying a hardcopy book or an e-book.  Details can be found on the CIPS website

      CIPS Student membership

      All delegates must register directly with CIPS to become a student member.  Fees should be paid directly to CIPS.  It is very important that you register with CIPS immediately on booking the course, as without a CIPS membership number you cannot proceed with the course or any examinations.

      Enquiries regarding membership should be made to CIPS.

      Course structure

      The CIPS courses will be delivered online using the University of South Wales virtual learning platform called Blackboard.


      Delegates are required to have the following in order to participate fully with the course:

      • Laptop with a camera and microphone
      • Access to Google Chrome


      NVQ’s in Supply Chain Management are nationally recognised qualifications derived from the Supply Chain Management and Logistics National Occupational Standards (NOS) in consultation with UK organisations and their managers in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

      These NVQ’s provide people who contribute to the operation and/or management of supply chain activities across the economy with a qualification that demonstrates they have the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to carry out their role to a professional standard. These qualifications demonstrate to an employer that the employee is capable and competent to do their job and confirms they have a range of flexible skills, knowledge and understanding, backed up by a nationally recognised qualification.

      Level 3 Diploma in Supply Chain Management

      Who is it for?

      Procurement professionals who carry out a broad range of complex, non-routine, varied work activities with considerable responsibility, autonomy and collaboration with others. Examples would be senior stock controllers, assistant buyers or team leaders.

      What are the entry requirements?

      There are no academic requirements, but candidates must be working in a position in which they can gain the evidence necessary to prove competent performance.

      What does it include?

      Candidates must complete a minimum of 14 units, totalling at least 42 credits, made up from mandatory and optional units. The qualification is structured within six categories (A, B, C, D, E and F) with candidates having to choose a specific number of units from each category.

      What are the progression routes?

      Candidates completing the Level 3 Diploma may want to consider progressing to the Level 5 Diploma should their work role allow them to operate at a more senior level. Alternatively candidates may consider completing the Foundation Stage of the CIPS (Chartered Institute for Purchasing & Supply) professional examination route.

      For more information and to register your interest, please email [email protected].

      Level 5 Diploma in Supply Chain Management

      Who is it for?

      Procurement professionals carrying out a broad range of complex, technical or professional work activities with substantial personal responsibility, autonomy, responsibility for others and allocation of resources. Examples are stock managers, purchasing managers, buyers or senior buyers.

      What are the entry requirements?

      There are no academic requirements, but candidates must be working in a position in which they can gain the evidence necessary to prove competent performance.

      What does it include?

      Candidates must complete a minimum of 14 units, totalling at least 60 credits, made up of mandatory and optional units. The qualification is structured within five categories (A, B, C, D and E)with candidates having to choose a specific number of units from each category.

      What are the progression routes?

      This NVQ can give candidates entry to the University’s MSc programmes in Supply Chain Management, subject to academic approval. Further information can be obtained through a meeting with academic staff.

      For more information and to register your interest, please email [email protected].