Level 4 Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprenticeship


Entry Requirements

Individual employers set their own entry requirments, but this is likely to include a minimum of at least two A-levels (or international equivalent) or a CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate qualification is required

Alternatively, you will need a minimum of two years’ relevant experience in a business environment.

Additionally an interview with the course Tutor will take place, to ensure that this course is the right course for you.

If English and maths has not been achieved prior to the apprenticeship start you will need to achieve level 2 English and Maths prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.

Visit Apprenticeship Vacancies on our website and/or login into your Apprenticeship account at https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

What's Involved

Those achieving the Level 4 Procurement Apprenticeship will develop commercial capability that is vital in the procurement sector and valued across every sector. In the sector a commercial professional’s role is to support the transformation of the way that the best quality services are delivered, whilst securing value for money. Experience will be gained working on high profile, high value, high risk projects that affect millions of people and are worth billions of pounds each year.

The Apprenticeship programme is developed using the Procurement Cycle as its focus, you will:

- Learn about the core principles, concepts and practical applications when procuring goods or services

- Gain essential knowledge and practical skills in contracting, negotiation, supplier relationships, ethics and asset management

- Understand how procurement fits within the rest of your organisation and how it can help to shape key future business decisions

Based at the same level as a first year of an undergraduate degree course, you will be equipped with essential knowledge and tools that you can apply immediately in your workplace.

Units of study are:

- Scope and influence of supply

- Business needs

- Commercial contracts

- Ethical Sourcing

- Commercial Negotiations

- Relationship Management

- Whole life asset management

- Procurement and supply in practice

Assessment of each unit will be an exam and there are six opportunities to sit exams throughout the year

This is the highest entry point onto our diploma qualifications.

In addition, a workplace portfolio will be produced that will demonstrate competency across a range of knowledge, skills, and behaviours. The portfolio evidence will consist largely of activities carried out as part of the Apprentice’s job role.

Following enrolment, you will be registered as a member of the CIPS. This will provide you with access to a wealth of resources for the programme.

Course Assessment Method

Each module of the Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply qualification is assessed through a formal examination externally set by CIPS. The L4 Diploma must be achieved before progressing to the End Point Assessment. The End Point Assessment must be successfully achieved to complete the Apprenticeship programme.

The End Point Assessment:

Each Apprenticeship standard is concluded with a competency test called the End Point Assessment. You must have achieved the Diploma in Procurement and Supply (Level 4), English and maths at Level 2 and have agreement of your project title and scope to progress to End Point Assessment.

For the Procurement and Supply standard this assessment consists of the following elements:

- Project Report

- Presentation and Questioning

This is graded fail, pass or distinction

What's Next

Students from this programme have continued on to study the Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply, and Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply to achieve MCIPS status.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Course Information
Qualification Type: Generic code to identify ILR programme aims
Level: Level 4
Awarding Body: CIPS
Academic Year: 21/22
Start Date: August 2021

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