Cips Level-5 Exam Guidance

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Advanced diploma in purchasing and supply
The units that make up the award are: • Management in the purchasing function • Risk management and supply chain vulnerability • Improving supply chain performance Plus a choice of two optional units: • • • • • • Marketing for purchasers Storage and distribution Operations management in the supply chain The machinery of government Contracting in the public sector Sustainable procurement Revised content

September 2009

The content (including references, names and acronyms) are correct at the time of publication, June 2009. Copyright CIPS ©

Advanced diploma in purchasing and supply Introduction

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply qualifications ladder has six levels of awards. For details of the entry requirements for each level, please refer to www.cips.org The CIPS Advanced diploma in purchasing and supply is a Level 5 higher level qualification. It has been accredited by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) and appears on the National Database of Accredited Qualifications (NDAQ). Please refer to www.accreditedqualifications.org.uk

The Level 5 Advanced diploma in purchasing and supply consists of three compulsory units. Additionally you must choose two optional units from a choice of six including Sustainable procurement optional unit, launched in September 2009 with first assessment in November 2009.

“A measure of the amount of input time required to achieve the qualification. This includes lectures, tutorials and practicals, as well as supervised study in, for example, learning centres and workshops.”

You will find that study centres vary on the exact format for delivery of the Assessment for each unit is by study programme. Additionally CIPS examination with the exception of the would recommend that you also Improving supply chain performance commit 80 hours per unit of selfwhen there is a choice for students in study, including wider reading of the the UK. If your study centre has been subject areas and revision to give approved you can choose either a yourself the best chance of closed book examination or a worksuccessful completion of the award. based assessment. Below is a list of the units, their NDAQ If you wish to study for this award it is reference numbers and CIPS reference expected that you will undertake 50 code which is used to identify the unit guided learning hours per unit, ie a for examination purposes. total of 250 guided hours. The definition of guided learning hours is:

LEVEL 5 – ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN PURCHASING AND SUPPLY NDAQ QUALIFICATION NUMBER 100/6113/7 Management in the purchasing function Risk management and supply chain vulnerability Improving supply chain performance Plus choose two options Marketing for purchasers Storage and distribution Operations management in the supply chain The machinery of government Contracting in the public sector Sustainable procurement K/500/1713 M/500/1714 T/500/1715 F/500/1717 J/500/1718 L/500/1719 D/500/5371 H/500/5372 CIPS ref code L5-01 CIPS ref code L5-02 CIPS ref code L5-03 CIPS ref code L5-10 CIPS ref code L5-11 CIPS ref code L5-12 CIPS ref code L5-13 CIPS ref code L5-14 CIPS ref code L5-15

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Advanced diploma in purchasing and supply Glossary of terms

Assessment Assessment is the way in which CIPS will measure whether or not a student is able to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and ability to apply their learning in any given situation. An assessment could be an examination, assignment or project. Business essentials These are commonly occurring themes through the CIPS qualifications, that do not warrant a unit in their own right, but that are important holistically to the learning undertaken within CIPS qualifications. They are areas of importance, innovation and some emerging themes, such as: • Quality management • International issues • Business finance • Information management • External...
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