Confirm occupational competence and/or ‘licence to practice’
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
The Gateway Qualifications Level 4 Diploma in Procurement has been developed in consultation with various stakeholders including the relevant Sector Skills Council (Skills for Logistics) and Training Providers and a replacement for the NQF qualifications in Supply Chain Management (NVQ). The qualifications are supported by employers including a government agency and a local police authority.
These qualifications will be suitable for learners in the following roles: Buyer, Procurement/purchasing executive, Procurement specialist, Contract officer, Supply chain/inventory/logistics analyst, Supply chain/inventory/logistics planner.
The Level 4 Diploma provides a significant amount of knowledge, understanding and skills development that underpins occupational competence in the Procurement and Supply sector. Relevant units within the qualification have been carefully developed according to the relevant standards as appropriate and/or in conjunction with users of the qualifications.
Progression opportunities for this qualification are to the Levels 5 and 6 Diplomas In Procurement.
Rules of Combination
Learners must achieve a minimum of 60 credits including 4 mandatory units totalling 19 credits from group M (Mandatory), a minimum of four units worth at least 17 credits from group OA and further units from either group OA or group OB with a maximum of 20 credits from group OB.
Learners must achieve 19 credits from this group.
Develop Working Relationships with Colleagues and Stakeholders
Evaluate Information on Procurement
Improve the Performance of Procurement
Provide Leadership and Direction for Own Area of Responsibility
Learners must take a minimum of 4 units from this group a minimum of 4 units worth at least 17 credits.
Assess the Capability of Suppliers to Meet Requirements
Determine Requirements and Produce a Specification in Procurement
Establish Contractual Relationships with Suppliers
Evaluate Supplier Performance
Manage a Sourcing Process in Procurement
Manage the Purchase Order Cycle
Negotiate for Supplies
Review the Outcomes of Contracts
Undertake a Supply Market Analysis
Learners may take up to 24 credits from this group.
Manage Risk in Procurement
Manage a Tendering Process
Plan Change in Own Area of Responsibility
Schedule the Flow of Supplies in the Supply Chain
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification covers combined competence and knowledge elements needed to work in procurement.
The qualification comprises of 60 credits and has a minimum of 335-370 guided learning hours.
Learners will complete 19 Credits from the four mandatory units, a minimum of four units totalling at least 17 Credits from optional group OA and further units from group OA or OB, with a maximum of 20 Credits coming from group OB.
For many organisations the biggest cost is goods and services bought from third parties. Procurement is fundamental to all businesses and is a key sector in terms of managing supply chains.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
Gateway Qualifications offers other Level 4 qualifications within the logistics sector. This particular qualification is suitable if learners wish to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding specifically within procurement.
If learners already have a good understanding of procurement or want to complete a qualification as part of an apprenticeship programme, they could choose to undertake the Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Procurement and Supply. An alternative qualification which focuses on the specifics of supply chain management, is the Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Supply Chain Management.
The Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Warehousing and Storage qualification is suitable if learners want to develop there knowledge, skills and understanding within a warehousing and storage role.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a suite which includes Diplomas at Levels 3 to 6. Learners can progress to a Level 5 Diploma in Procurement.
Gateway Qualifications also offers generic business qualifications if learners do not wish to specialise in the logistics industry. For example, the Gateway Qualification Level 3 Diploma in Business Admin.
Which sector does this qualification support?
The purpose of the qualification is to confirm occupational competence in an occupational role. Learners could progress to a number of roles in procurement for example procurement specialist, buyer, procurement/purchasing executive, supply chain/inventory/logistics analyst.
What are the progression options?
This qualification is part of a suite which includes Diplomas at Levels 3 to 6. Learners can progress to a Level 5 Diploma in Procurement. This qualification provides knowledge, understanding and skills to support progression within the procurement and supply chain industry. Learners complete 4 mandatory units:
• Develop Working Relationships with Colleagues and Stakeholders
• Evaluate Information on Procurement
• Improve the Performance of Procurement.
• Provide Leadership and Direction for Own Area of Responsibility.
What are the higher education progression options?
Gateway Qualifications also offers a range of Access to Higher Education qualifications with a business focus if learners want to progress to Higher Education in the future.
Progression & Entry RequirementsThere is no requirement for prior qualifications in procurement, learners may have completed the level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Procurement and Supply. The qualification is available for learners aged 18+ and it is anticipated that it will be of specific relevance to: • those who have experience in the workplace in a day to day purchasing role wishing to further their career in the procurement sector and take on management responsibilities.
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