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IoSCM Level 5 Purchasing Management

Part of the Supply Chain & Operations Management



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Study from just £102 a month INTEREST FREE. Course also available at Certificate, Diploma and ...

Study method
Distance learning, self-paced
6 months
No formal qualification
Additional info
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  • Tutor is available to students
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Achieve an internationally recognised and accredited qualification, from the UK’s leading Institute for Supply Chain Management. Begin your journey with IoSCM from as little as £102, using an interest-free instalment plan. Online training, no examinations, access to noted industry professionals and networking

The Institute of Supply Chain Management (IoSCM) provide online learning qualifications, supported by their team of industry expert Tutors and student support team. IoSCM offers a unique learning journey, allowing you to tailor the qualification around your specific interest, training requirements and preferred study plan; you select your units and hours of study, as well as how you’re assessed – use your knowledge, evidence from your working role, or past qualifications.


Core Units

Purchasing Management

  • Key Roles of Management
  • Impact of Legislation
  • Working Relationships with Suppliers
  • Effective Negotiating Skills

Operation Management Processes

  • Operations Management
  • Operations Processing
  • Relationship Between Operations Management and Strategic Planning
  • Operations Improvement Techniques
  • Organisational Challenges

Optional Units

Machinery of Government and Procurement

  • Drivers and Decision Makers of Central and Local Governments
  • Measures for Protecting Against Fraud
  • Financial Accountability for Procurement Policy and Practice

Marketing for Purchasers

  • The Role of Marketing in an Organisation
  • The Analysis of Marketing Information
  • The Components of the Marketing Mix

Customer Service

  • Managing Customer Relationships
  • Customer Focused Culture
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Managing Customer Complaint

Contracting in the Public Sector

  • The Different Types of Contracts
  • The Processes Used to Monitor and Evaluate the Performance of Contractors


  • Warehouse Policies
  • Requirements
  • Inventory Strategy
  • Legislation

Transport Management

  • Nature and Purpose of Transport Planning
  • Land Use:land density
  • Sustainability
  • Transport Demand
  • Movement of Freight

Supply Chain Management

  • Effective Management and Control
  • Physical and Information Flows
  • Why Supply Chain May Not Function Correctly
  • Strategic and Operational Planning

Quality Management

  • The Concept of Quality Management
  • Embedding Quality Management
  • Systems that Support Quality Management

Production Management

  • Production Planning
  • Production Planning, Sales Planning and Forecasting
  • Master Scheduling Terminology
  • Development of Manufacturing and Control Systems
  • Improving Planning Performance

Ports and Shipping Management

  • Shipping and International Trade
  • Business Strategy in Shipping
  • Port Operations Management
  • Agile Ports
  • Port Development

Movement of Goods

  • Principles and Practices in Relation to the Movement of Goods
  • The Characteristics of Goods and the Impact on their Handling
  • The Considerations that Influence the Flow of Goods


  • Logistical Requirements of a Supply Chain
  • Customer Needs:e-logistics, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), scheduling methods and issues
  • Optimise Use of Logistics
  • Modes of Transport
  • Technology, Information & Communication Technology


  • Purpose of Inventory Management
  • Fixed Period & Fixed Quantity Models
  • Effect of Inventory Management on Supply Chain
  • Modern Inventory Systems

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.stry.


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 the opportunity of progressing in 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.