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CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply

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When will I start the course and how long will it take?

Town Centre Campus

What will I study?

The course will cover cost reduction, quality improvement and timescale management, managing the supply chain, dealing with legal issues, and many other key skills that every procurement specialist should have.

At this level there are three core modules that must be completed as well as two that can be selected from the optional units below:

Core Units:

  • Management in Procurement and Supply - This unit will allow you to understand different approaches to the management of individuals and groups or teams within organisations. In order to develop expertise in developing and fulfilling organisational and functional objectives in procurement and supply, it is essential that you gain a wider appreciation of theories and techniques that relate to managing the people involved with the procurement and supply function.
  • Managing Risk in Supply Chains - This unit outlines the tools and techniques to establish the level of risk in supply chains, and will demonstrate and recommend the ways of avoiding, mitigating and managing the risks. The unit is also designed to enable you to undertake risk analysis, and apply a range of appropriate risk management tools and techniques within supply chains.
  • Improving the Competitiveness of Supply Chains - This unit will demonstrate how to assess a range of processes that help achieve improvements in business performance through its supply chain. It's designed to help you understand a range of techniques to improve the competitiveness of organisations in supply chains, and understand their dynamics. You'll also cover the methodologies that can be implemented to improve supply chains.

Optional Units:

  • Category Management in Procurement and Supply - On completion of this unit, you'll be able to develop plans to improve competitiveness by the application of systematic approaches to the management of both direct and indirect organisational expenditure. The unit focuses on the different approaches and methodologies for strategic sourcing and category management, demonstrating the role of the procurement and supply chain specialist in leading these approaches.
  • Sustainability in Supply Chains - In this unit, you'll learn about different approaches that can help achieve sustainability, exploring the concept and initiatives including aspects of corporate social responsibility. This section will also cover the impact on communities and society, environmental aspects of sourcing, ethical trading, and working standards. The alignment of sustainable goals within supply chains has both global and local dimensions and is a developing area for organisational commitment, procedures, systems and practice.
  • Operations Management in Supply Chains - This unit is designed to help you appraise the main techniques that improve organisations' operations.

How is it assessed?

The course is assessed by a 3 hour exam which has a pass mark of 50%. Candidates must enrol for examinations directly with CIPS and pay an examination fee. Progression onto the next level is dependent on examination success.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You must have achieved the CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply to enrol on this course.

What are the course fees?

The total cost of this course is £2075.00. There are CIPS membership, administration and exam fees that are additional to your course fee.

There are a number of payment options including an interest-free payment plan with a monthly direct debit payment.

If your employer is willing to fund your course, we can help you to arrange this.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

The successful completion of this Advanced Certificate in procurement and supply operations will support progression to further learning and you may choose to progress onto our level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

Acquiring this qualification will allow you to improve purchasing logistics in your organisation and excel in more senior managerial procurement roles in practically any business or industry. Demand and career opportunities for skilled buyers is high. You may progress into roles such as&#59; senior buyer, supply chain manager, head of logistics/transport and many more.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email enquire @ sthelens.ac.uk or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

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