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IoSCM Level 6 Purchasing Management

Part of the Supply Chain & Operations Management



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Study method
Distance learning, self-paced
6 months
Level 6 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 6 Purchasing Management 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 6 qualification, you’ll receive an internationally recognised certification from IoSCM in Purchasing Management.

As well as this, you’ll be awarded an industry recognised qualification, Level 6 in Purchasing Management from SFEDI Awards


The IoSCM Level 6 in Purchasing Management is comparable to a Bachelors Degree.

The Level 6 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 6 courses are available as:

  • Award
  • Certificate
  • Diploma
  • Extended 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 6 Award in Purchasing


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 Government
  • 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 Complaints

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
  • 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
  • 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.


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.