Diploma in
Commercial Procurement and Supply

Delivered at Accrington and Rossendale College University Centre
Start Date September 2022
Duration 2 Years
Cost Please enquire

Course overview

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

What will I learn

Units include:

  • CIPS Unit D1 – Contexts of Procurement and Supply
  • CIPS Unit D2 – Business Needs in Procurement and Supply
  • CIPS Unit D3 – Sourcing in Procurement and Supply
  • CIPS Unit D4 – Negotiating and Contracting in Procurement and Supply
  • CIPS Unit D5 – Managing Contracts and Relationships in Procurement and Supply

How will the courses be assessed?

Assessment is via 5 x 3 hour exams and the required pass mark is 50%. Successful exams results are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

All CIPS Level 4 exams are scheduled in January, March, May, July and November every year. The cost per exam at this level is currently £105 per unit (subject to change by CIPS at any time).

Entry requirements

All HE enrolments are subject to the College’s Higher Education Student Agreement.


Successful completion of the Level 4 Diploma provides a route for progression onto the CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma and finally the CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma. On successful completion of the Diploma, Advanced and Professional diplomas and in conjunction with three years’ professional experience in a role of responsibility in procurement and supply, you may apply for full membership of CIPS to use the designatory letters MCIPS on your business card.

You will also be invited to attend the annual CIPS Graduation Ceremony in Birmingham.

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