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CIPS Diploma in Procurement and Supply (Evening)

(SCQF level 8)

Business & Procurement, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

28th Feb 2023, 37 weeks


City Campus


£ 2195


City of Glasgow College is a CIPS Centre of Excellence.  

All our CIPS courses are entirely tutor-led, with a blend of live online lectures and campus tutorials.  We also provide additional study materials and discussion forums on our virtual learning environment.

All of our tutors are qualified to Masters level and/or MCIPS. 

We have 3 start dates per year August, November and March. We also offer this qualification as a day release or evening course.  Please ensure you are booking on the correct intake. 

The price quoted is for tuition of the entire qualification.  If you are only looking to study an individual module, please contact us using the contact information on this page.  The price quoted does not include CIPS membership, CIPS examinations or study materials.  For further information about these costs, please contact us and request our CIPS handbook.  

This qualification is the essential toolkit for anyone planning a career in procurement and supply. Developed and written using the Procurement and Supply cycle as its focus, it is at the same level as the first year of an undergraduate degree course. It’s suitable for those in operational roles or those managing or supervising the procurement and supply function who want to develop their career and work towards MCIPS Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional.

You'll learn about making procurement and supply happen within an organisation, and you'll be equipped with an essential range of knowledge and tools that you can apply immediately in your workplace. Learn how to apply a practical, theoretical and technical knowledge, gain a clear understanding of procurement and supply and develop the ability to address complex, non-routine problems. On completion, you will be able to analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information and ideas and have an informed awareness of differing perspectives and approaches within the profession. 

You'll also be able to review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results.

The complete syllabus can be downloaded directly from the CIPS website.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • You should have completed a CIPS Certificate or Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply.
  • Alternatively, you should have two years’ experience in a business environment or two A levels or two Highers or international equivalent.

Additional selection requirements

  • You must be registered with CIPS as a student member before starting the course.

What you study

Scope and Influence of Procurement and Supply

On completion of this module, learners will be able to identify the key stakeholders in the application of the sourcing process and analyse the procurement cycle, evaluating the influence that procurement and supply has as a source of added value for the organisation.

Defining Business Need

On completion of this module, learners will be able to devise a business case for requirements to be externally sourced and will understand the role of market management and competitive forces as they specify goods and services in procurement and supply.

Commercial Contracting

On completion of this module, learners will be able to describe the key elements and legal aspects of formal commercial contracts, and analyse and interpret the fundamentals of specifications and key performance indicators that are included in contractual arrangements made with suppliers.

Ethical and Responsible Sourcing

On completion of this module, learners will be able to explain the options and associated processes available for sourcing with external suppliers. They will also examine the legal and ethical impact and the implications of corporate social responsibility, on the final sourcing decision.

Commerical Negotiation

On completion of this module learners will be able to identify approaches to successfully achieving negotiated commercial agreements with external organisations.

Supplier Relationships

On completion of this module, learners will be able to analyse the dynamics of supplier relationships, examine the processes and procedures for working with stakeholders and appreciate the concept of partnering.

Whole Life Asset Management

On completion of this module, learners will be able to explain methods of inventory storage and control and analyse the concept of whole life cost from concept through to disposal.

Procurement and Supply in Practice

On completion of this module, learners will be able to demonstrate the practical application of the key elements of the procurement cycle in an integrated manner, within a workplace context.

After the course


Following this course you could pursue a career in junior and middle management procurement roles.

Continuing Study

Completion of this course allows progression to CIPS Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply.


How the course is taught

This course is taught as either a Day Release or Evening course.

  • Day Release is delivered every Tuesday starting at 9am.
  • Evening is delivered on Tuesday and Thursday at 5pm (attendance on both evenings is required).

Teaching includes tutor-led sessions online using video conferencing. This will be further supplemented by activities and support on our Virtual Learning Environment.

Additionally, we recommend that you also commit to at least 335 Self Study hours. This includes wider reading of the subject areas and revision to give yourself the best preparation for successfully achieving the qualification.

Assessment methods

Each module has an exam. Six credit module exams are Objective Response and 12 Credit modules are Constructive Response.

Objective response (OR) – these are computer-based, which allow you to select a response from a list of possible answers. The exam time is 90 minutes.

Constructed response (CR) – these exams require a longer, essay-type response to questions. The exam time is 3 hours.

Examinations take place at City of Glasgow College or remote invigilation can be organised for an additional fee.

Additional Information


  • Students must join CIPS as a student member.
  • A study guide is required for each module and can be purchased from the CIPS bookshop.
  • CIPS charge an exam fee per exam and in 2021 these were £48 and £76 for OR and CR exams respectively.

Alternative Dates and Times

Days(s) Time Dates Duration Duration Course
Tuesday, Thursday 17:00 - 21:00 15th Aug 2023 - 29th Jul 2024 37 weeks 37 weeks View »
Tuesday, Thursday 17:00 - 21:00 21st Nov 2023 - 19th Nov 2024 37 weeks 37 weeks View »
Tuesday, Thursday 17:00 - 21:00 27th Feb 2024 - 25th Feb 2025 37 weeks 37 weeks View »