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IoSCM Level 2 Purchasing Qualification

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Distance learning, self-paced
6 months
Level 2 Award in Purchasing
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The Institute of Supply Chain Management (IoSCM) is the leading institute for supply chain qualifications, available at award (price listed), certificate, diploma and extended diploma.

Their courses are delivered via online learning, supported by their team of industry experts with experience across all areas of the supply chain.

IoSCM offers a unique learning method, which is adaptable around your experiences, goals and what you would like to achieve. The courses are 100% adapted to suit the individual; you select your units, hours of study and how your assessed – use your knowledge, evidence from your working role or past qualifications.

About IoSCM and their course

Guarantee success in your industry with the Institute of Supply Chain Management. We offer every student much more than just a qualification; we provide the opportunity to grow, learn and progress as a professional with our unrivalled support network.

You can custom build the IoSCM Level 2 Purchasing qualification in order to meet your career ambitions, future job specification or accredit your current skill set.

This qualification is industry recognised across the globe. All IoSCM qualifications are designed and developed by industry experts to provide first class study materials


Through completion of this IoSCM Level 2 qualification, you’ll receive an internationally recognised certification from IoSCM in Purchasing.

As well as this, you’ll be awarded an industry recognised qualification, Level 2 in Purchasing from SFEDI Awards


The IoSCM Level 2 in Purchasing is comparable to a GCSE.

The Level 2 is recognised and much sought after by employers and businesses. It gives you realistic, industry-specific knowledge and skills that is entirely tailored to you and the sector, giving you the best chance of gaining employment across the supply chain.

You can study around your current commitments and still save time and money in comparison to a full time or classroom based course, as you can study at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. If you’d like to find out how an IoSCM qualification can be significantly beneficial to your career, give our expert Course Advisors a call today.

The Level 2 courses are available as:

  • Award
  • Certificate
  • Diploma

Assessment Based Study

No exams.

Use the knowledge you’ve developed through studying with IoSCM or other professional bodies, submit evidence of prior/current experience or learn through IoSCM expert course material and submit assignments to achieve your qualification.


Level 2 Award in Purchasing


Core Units

Team Leader

  • Roles and Responsibilitiesof a Team Leader
  • Authority and Accountabilityof a Team Leader
  • Building a Shared Sense of PurposeWithin a Team
  • The Importance of Effective CommunicationWithin a Team
  • Teams and Groups:task orientation
  • Team Development
  • Team Roles:areas of responsibility
  • Leadership Styles:Laissez-Faire, democratic and authoritarian leadership styles; Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Introduction to Purchasing

  • Functions of a Purchasing System
  • Stages of the Life Cycle
  • Stages of the Purchasing Process
  • Methods Used to Gain Information
  • Supplier Development
  • Selection of Suppliers
  • Methods of Communication
  • Terms of a Contract

Optional Units

Supplier Relationships

  • Supplier Relationships:purchasing relationships; the buyer/supplier spectrum; arm’s length relationships; transactional relationships; closer tactical relationships; single sourced relationships; outsourcing relationships; strategic alliances; partnership relationships; co-destiny relationships
  • Key Elements of the Supplier Relationship:trust; interactions; transparency; commitment; mutual benefits and risks; co-operation; power; compatibility; culture; technology
  • Policies and Procedures:procurement policy; supply chain management policy; responsible procurement policy; code of conduct/ethical policy; environmental policy; sustainable procurement policy/sustainable policy; Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); health and safety policy.
  • Monitoring Supplier Relationships:supplier performance; account management; Service Level Agreements (SLAs); Key Performance Indicators (KPIs); benchmarks; barriers to monitoring

Introduction to Business

  • Range of Business:types and purpose of business; trader/sole proprietorship; partnership; corporations; not for profit companies
  • Business Functions and Departments:research and development; production; service delivery; business finance; human resource; sales; marketing; Public Relations (PR); information tech support; quality support; logistics; purchasing; customer service
  • Communication in Business:brand management; customer relations; consumer behaviour; advertising; corporate communication; community engagement; reputation management; interpersonal communication; employee engagement; event management; techniques and methods of communication
  • Quality Management Systems:quality planning; quality control; quality assurance; quality improvement; ISO 14001; SMART
  • The Customer:customer satisfaction; customer expectations; benefits of customer satisfaction; consequences of poor customer satisfaction; long-term customer relationships; personal effectiveness

Choose Suppliers and Suppliers for Business

  • Types of Supplies: maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies; utilities; raw materials; components; assemblies; consumables; capital goods; commodities; goods for re-sale
  • Resource Requirements:amount of capital and finance available; consumer demand and projected sales; historical sales patterns; quantity discounts; storage space; reliability of supply; lead time
  • Different Suppliers and Purchase Options:direct purchases; indirect purchases; need for identification; specifying needs; when an industry standard is available; when no industry standard is available; determining sourcing options; preferred supplier lists; approved supplier lists; supplier agreements; record-keeping
  • Storage:storing supplies; stockyards; ABC analysis; fixed-location storage; random location storage; hazardous goods; high value supplies

Introduction to Supply Chain

  • Supply Chain:the supply chain route; customers, retailers, wholesalers and distributors; manufacturers; components/raw material suppliers; streams; upstream activities; downstream activities
  • Successful Supply Chains:satisfaction for the end user; flexibility; alignment; distribution; suppliers; inventory management; lead times; measures
  • Relationships Between the Links of a Supply Chain:vertical, horizontal, transactional, collaborative and productive relationships; external supply chains; internal supply chains; aims of supply chain relationships
  • Roles Organisations Play:planning; purchasing; inventory; manufacturing; delivery; supply chain operations

Introduction to Movement of Goods

  • Types of Goods:public goods; private goods; perishable goods; container cargo; liquid Bulk; dry bulk; breakbulk; dangerous goods; indirect goods
  • Safe Handling of Goods:special handling; hazardous goods; perishable goods; the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road; the International Regulations concerning the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail; the IMDG Code or the Baltic Sea Memorandum; International Air Transportation Association; sterile goods; movement of livestock; security of goods
  • Movement Methods:road, air, rail and sea; intermodal transport; intra-modal transport; combined transport
  • Appropriate Modes of Transport:sources; identifying the appropriate mode; destinations

Introduction to Manufacturing Planning and Control

  • Business Core Function:marketing; product development; the manufacturing process
  • Manufacturing Process Components:raw materials; work in progress; finished goods
  • Support Functions:quality assurance; warehousing; purchasing; manufacturing planning; human resources
  • Manufacturing Requirements:manpower; methods; machines; materials; minutes; converting input into output
  • Information Required:process time; routing; bills of materials
  • Production Planning:preparation stage; processing stage; assembly stage; finishing stage; packaging stage

Introduction to Logistics

  • Logistics Type: Just In Time (JIT); military logistics; procurement logistics; distribution logistics; after-sales logistics; disposal logistics; reverse logistics; green logistics; global logistics; RAM logistics; asset control logistics; POS material logistics; emergency logistics; logistics activities
  • Service:marketing and sales; outbound logistics; operations; inbound logistics; warehousing; inventory management; transportation; distribution; procurement; handling and packaging
  • Supply Chain in a Logistics Environment:inventory; procurement; planning and forecasting; demand forecasting; demand planning; demand management; management of returns/reverse of supply chain
  • Types of Logistics Activities:airfreight, road haulage, sea freight and rail freight; storage and warehousing; wholesalin

Introduction to Trade and Freight

  • Trade:types of products and market conditions; capital products; labour products; land products; local trade; international trade; comparative advantage; trade and tariffs
  • Freight:modes of transport; road, rail, waterways and air freight; intermodal; preferred method of transport; factors effecting mode choice
  • Goods Identification:goods to be traded; perishable, dangerous and bulk goods
  • Freight Organisations:hauliers/trucking companies; non vessel owning common carriers (NVOCC); 3rd party logistics providers; supplier information; ISO containers
  • Trade Legislation and Regulations:global perspective; customs authorities; customs requirements; consumer contracts regulations; key information delivery; the Consumer Credit Act; Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008; Consumer Rights Act 2015

Who is this course for?

As with most supply chain sectors, the roles and responsibilities of those in a Purchasing and Procurement position can be varied. IoSCM’s Purchasing Academy enables those in industry to develop their skills through bespoke distance learning courses.


There are no previous requirements needed to study this course and IoSCM will evaluate whether this is the right course for you, ensuring you don’t waste valuable time and resources studying the wrong course.

Career path

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the purchasing industry allowing them to further their knowledge and progress within their role.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.