CIPS Level 4 Diploma

What is CIPS Level 4?

The CIPS Level 4 Diploma is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. It is essential learning for anyone in the procurement, purchasing or supply chain profession. CIPS Level 4 Diploma provides comprehensive coverage of all of competences required for excellence in procurement. 95% of CIPS students say CIPS qualifications are recognised as the industry standard.

This is the highest CIPS entry level when working towards your MCIPS. As a student you are required to complete 60 credits to achieve the Diploma qualification.

What are the CIPS Level 4 entry requirements?

If you are a more experienced person, with 2 years relevant experience in a business environment or a graduate, you can start your CIPS journey here. As a ‘Centre of Excellence’ CIPS Study Centre we will help you develop the skills, knowledge and competencies employers are looking for. The CIPS Diploma together with CIPS Levels Advanced and Professional Diplomas is the most common route to reach full membership status (MCIPS).

Qualifications in procurement or related areas are also considered. The entry requirement is successful completion of CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate. Alternatively, 2 years relevant business experience OR two A-level qualifications.

How is CIPS Level 4 assessed?

Your CIPS Level 4 Diploma exams will be computer-based examinations. These will be taken at either a CIPS online regional examination centre or by a remote exam at a study centre of your choice. The 6 credit modules are assessed via a 1.5 hour ‘objective response’ exam. The 12 credit modules are assessed via a 3 hour ‘constructed response’ exam.

  • A constructed response (CR) requires you to create an essay or case study.

  • An objective response (OR) is a multiple choice format.

Who is CIPS Level 4 aimed at?

CIPS Level 4 Diploma is for those in a buying, procurement or supply chain role, looking to progress their career. It is also suitable for those looking to enter the profession, in roles such as:

  • Buying

  • Procurement/Purchasing

  • Contracts

  • Supply Chain/Inventory

  • Logistics

CIPS Level 4 Timetables

CIPS Level 4 Timetables

Virtual Live CIPS Level 4 (Afternoon - Tutor: Laura Scarfe)

12.00pm- 4.00pm -
ModuleClass 1Class 2Class 3Class 4Class 5Class 6Exam

Virtual Live CIPS Level 4 (Evening - Tutor: Laura Scarfe) FULLY BOOKED

4.30pm - 8.30pm FULLY BOOKED
ModuleClass 1Class 2Class 3Class 4Class 5Class 6Exam

Virtual Live CIPS Level 4 Full Day ( Tutor: Laura Scarfe) 2022 / 2023

9.30am - 2.00pm
ModuleClass 1Class 2Class 3Class 4Class 5Class 6Exam
L4M8 & L4M416/06/202222/06/202230/06/202214/07/2022July
L4M1 & L4M219.09.202203.10.202217.10.202224.10.202207.11.2022November
L4M3,L4M4 & L4M516.01.202323.01.202330.01.202313.02.202320.02.202306.03.2023March
L4M6 & L4M703.04.202311.04.202317.04.202324.04.2023May
L4M830.05.202312.06.202319.06.202326.06.2023July

Virtual Live CIPS Level 4 (Day - Tutor: Jack Fielding)

ModuleClass 1Class 2Class 3Class 4Class 5Exam

Virtual Live CIPS Level 4 (Day & Evening - Tutor: Jack Fielding) 2022 / 2023

12- 4.00pm - 4.30 - 8.30pm
ModuleClass 1Class 2Class 3Class 4Class 5Class 6Exam
L4M1/L4M228.09.202205.10.202212.10.202219.10.202226.10.202202.11.2022November
L4M3/L4M511.01.202325.01.202308.02.202315.02.202301.03.2023March
L4M4/L4M628.03.2303.04.202311.04.202318.04.202325.04.202302.05.2023May
L4M7/L4M831.05.202307.06.202314.06.202320.06.202327.06.202304.07.2023July

Virtual Live CIPS Level 4 (Tutor: Barry Russell)

Day 12.00pm - 4.00pm / Eve 4.30pm - 8.30pm
ModuleClass 1Class 2Class 3Class 4Class 5Exam
L4M8 & L4M731/05/202213/06/202227/06/202207/07/22July

Birmingham - CIPS Level 4 Timetable, Blended Learning Days/ Eve (Tutor: Emma Knight)

Times: Day: 11pm - 3.00pm - Evening: 4.00pm - 8.00pm (1st & Last Lesson of module in Classroom)
ModuleClass 1Class 2Class 3Class 4Class 5Class 6Exam
L4M1 & L4M227/09/20224/10/202211/10/202218/10/202225/10/20221/11/2022November
L4M3 & L4M507/02/202314/02/202321/02/202328/02/2023March
L4M4 & L4M628/03/202304/04/202318/04/202325/04/2023May
L4M7 & L4M823/05/202306/06/202313/06/202320/06/202327/06/20234/7/2023July

Lancashire CIPS Level 4 (Afternoon Tutor: Emma Knight) 2022 / 2023

12.00pm - 4.00pm
ModuleClass 1Class 2Class 3Class 4Class 5Class 6Exam
L4M1/L4M229.09.202206.10.202213.10.202220.10.202227.10.202203.11.2022November
L4M4/L4M612.01.202326.01.202309.02.202323.02.202302.03.2023March
L4M3/L4M530.03.2306.04.202313.04.202320.04.202328.04.2023May
L4M7/L4M824.05.202308.06.202315.06.202322.06.202329.06.202305.07.2023July

Leeds - CIPS Level 4 Timetable (Day - Tutor: Barry Russell) 2022/2023

9.30am - 4.00pm
ModuleClass 1Class 2Class 3Class 4Class 5Exam
L4M1 / L4M219.09.202226.09.202203.10.202217.10.202231.10.2022November
L4M7 / L4M809.01.202330.01.202306.02.202320.02.202306.03.2023March
L4M4 / L4M627.03.202311.04.202324.04.202308.05.2023May
L4M3 / L4M530.05.202312.06.202326.06.202310.07.2023July

Please contact us to discuss courses being run at this centre on enquiries@cipsbt.co.uk  or telephone 01254 356485.

Please contact us to discuss courses being run at this centre on enquiries@cipsbt.co.uk  or telephone 01254 356485.

Please contact us to discuss courses being run at this centre on enquiries@cipsbt.co.uk  or telephone 01254 356485.

Please contact us to discuss courses being run at this centre on enquiries@cipsbt.co.uk  or telephone 01254 356485.

How is CIPS Level 4 structured?

How is CIPS Level 4 structured?

Eight CORE modules make up the required 60 credits

1. CORE Scope of Influence of Procurement & Supply (12 Credits)

  • Understand added value strategies that can be achieved through procurement and supply
  • Understand the key steps when procuring goods & services
  • Understand and analyse the key aspects of organisational infrastructure which shape the scope of procurement
  • Understand and analyse the need for compliance with requirements when undertaking procurement activities in different sectors

2. CORE Defining Business Needs (6 Credits)

  • Understand how to devise a business case when sourcing
  • Understand market management in procurement & supply
  • Understand the use of specifications in procurement & supply

3. CORE Commercial Contracting (6 Credits)

  • Understand the legal issues that relate to the formation of contracts
  • Understand specifications and key performance indicators that are included in contracts and key clauses when contracting with suppliers
  • Understand the key clauses that are included in formal contracts

4. CORE Ethical & Responsible Sourcing (6 credits)

  • Understand options for sourcing from suppliers
  • Understand sourcing processes and the analysis of potential external suppliers
  • Understand compliance issues when sourcing
  • Understand ethical & responsible sourcing

5. CORE Commercial Negotiation (6 Credits)

  • Understand Key approaches and strategies in the negotiation of commercial agreements with suppliers
  • Understand how to prepare for negotiations, stages of negotiation
  • Understand how commercial negotiations should be undertaken

6. CORE Supplier Relationships (6 Credits)

  • Understand the dynamics of relationships in supply chains and when to partner
  • Understand processes and procedures for successful working with stakeholders and concept of partnering

7. CORE Whole Life Asset Management (6 Credits)

  • Understand the methods for the storage and movement of inventory (stock)
  • Understand the key elements of inventory control and the concept of through life cost

8. CORE Procurement & Supply in Practice (12 Credits)

  • Demonstrate the application of the procurement cycle
  • Demonstrate the application of the key stages of the sourcing process, the application of whole life asset management
  • Demonstrate the application of ethical and responsible sourcing in the organisation

CIPS Level 4 FAQs

Payment is normally required before starting the course. We offer a 10-month interest free instalment plan for our self-funding students. We also offer payment by module if required but, this incurs a small admin charge. To enquire about our current cost structure please click here.

Our MCIPS tutors offer outstanding guidance, advice and comprehensive support. We give you unrivalled access to our videos, revision webinars, and in-depth course material. We aim to make your CIPS studies enjoyable, informative and successful.

Our support team are also available to help throughout your studies.

Our learning resources are rated “extremely high” by our students.

Most students complete their diploma over an academic year in line with our timetabled classes and CIPS exams. However, due to our structure being modular, students can achieve the required 60 credits at their own pace. Our Distance Learning students can receive tutor support for 18 months.

Complete the online registration form HERE. Once completed you will receive an invoice for your course followed by an induction date and your online resources. During induction you will receive all dates and course information ready to start your CIPS journey.

Once you have completed level 4 you are qualified to move on to CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma.

Choose a Study Option

We offer our students the flexibility of traditional Classroom lessons, Interactive Distance Learning, and our new ‘Virtual Live’ Classroom programme.

CIPS Virtual Live

Virtual LIVE Classroom is a brand new and innovative way of delivering CIPS Training ‘online’ and combines the structure of being in a traditional classroom with the flexibility of studying from home, office or on the go.

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Classroom

We have 7 CIPS centres of excellence across the country. All our tutors are experienced practitioners and MCIPS qualified. Our classroom sessions have an excellent balance of teaching, group work and quizzes.

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Distance Learning

Our CIPS Distance Learning offers you a more flexible way to study towards your MCIPS professional license – combining innovative learning and teaching techniques with the ability to study from anywhere in the world.

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How do I register?

Simply complete our online registration form or alternatively contact us with your enquiry online or by calling 01254 356434

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