Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Advanced Diploma is a valued qualification awarded to those who successfully meet the requirements of the Foundation Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Graduate Diploma stages. The University of South Wales is a long-established Centre of Excellence for providing the Graduate Diploma Programme.

This ladder of qualification leads to Corporate Membership of CIPS, namely MCIPS, and is regarded by most businesses and organisations as the gold standard route to MCIPS because of its practical learning element.

This course is particularly suitable if you are employed or have experience in purchasing, logistics, stores, inventory, contracts and other areas of supply chain management in the public or private sector.

Please note: If you are interested in studying this diploma, please contact the University of South Wales’ Commercial Services via 

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UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 1 Year August Treforest A

Foundation Diploma (Level Four)

You will study five core subjects, including:

  • Effective Negotiation in Purchasing and Supply
  • Purchasing Contexts
  • Developing Contracts in Purchasing and Supply
  • Measuring Purchasing Performance
  • Managing Purchasing and Supply Relationships

Advanced Diploma (Level Five)

You will study five core subjects, including:

  • Management in the Purchasing Function
  • Risk Management and Supply Chain Vulnerability
  • Improving Supply Chain Performance
  • Marketing for Purchasers
  • Storage and Distribution

Graduate Diploma (Level Six)

You will study five modules, including:

  • Leading and Influencing in Purchasing
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management in Practice (case study or work-based project)

Plus two modules from the following three options:

  • Legal Aspects in Purchasing and Supply
  • Advanced Project Management
  • Finance for Purchasers


This qualification is in line with the government’s National Qualification Framework and contains modules on contemporary topics that are essential in procurement and supply chain management.

You may also complete a work-based project for the Strategic Supply Chain Management in Practice module, which could involve identifying a problem within your/an organisation, researching it and making recommendations for its solution.


You will be assessed through a final CIPS examination for each module.


The University of South Wales is a long-established Centre of Excellence for providing the CIPS Advanced Diploma Programme, and is well-regarded locally for the Open Programme and the specific Public Sector route, delivered in conjunction with Value Wales.

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

If you have relevant prior experience, CIPS may grant exemption from some modules. The Foundation Diploma (Level Four) is available for entry without a degree or HNC.

Applications for this course are through our Commercial Services webpage

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International and EU students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK

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Admissions statement

This professional stage qualification leads to corporate membership of CIPS. This award is particularly suitable if you are employed or have experience in purchasing, logistics, stores, inventory, contracts and other areas of supply chain management in the public or private sector.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.