Advanced Diploma Course Overview

The Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply provides senior buyers, contracts and supply chain managers with the expertise to improve organisational procurement and to fulfil organisational objectives. It gives you the knowledge base to reduce cost, improve quality and timescales, manage the supply chain and deal with legal issues.

CIPS Qualification

Studying with ABA Procurement, you will gain a CIPS Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply which is equivalent to a Second year honours degree, NVQ level 5, HND (UK)

Blended Learning

ABA Procurement provides a highly effective combination of study centre and home learning, allowing students plenty of time to work with students and well as additional time to absorb and practice what has been learned.

We are able to be flexible with study centre dates to accommodate difficult schedules, providing this is approved by the whole group.


To study for the Advanced Diploma it is anticipated that you will need to engage with 250 hours of learning. This would include tutor-led / guided study, homework and research. Additionally we would recommend that you commit 70 hours per unit of self-study, which includes wider reading, revision, and exam preparation

Entry Requirements

You will need to have achieved the CIPS Diploma in procurement and supply

Course Structure


  1. Development of management and organisational behaviour
  2. Main approaches to managing individuals involved in the Procurement and Supply function
  3. Main approaches to managing work groups or teams involved in the Procurement and Supply function
  4. Develop a plan for the main aspects of human resource management


Managing Risks in Supply Chain

  1. The nature of risk affecting supply chains
  2. Understand how effective project management can mitigate risks in supply chains
  3. The main process in managing risk in supply chains
  4. To propose risk management strategies to mitigate risks in supply chains


Improving the Competitiveness of Supply Chains

  1. Understanding the dynamics of supply chains
  2. The main methodologies that can improve supply chains
  3. Developing plans to achieve competitive advantage in supply chains
  4. To understand the main techniques for supplier development to improve supply chains


Category Management

  1. Understand approaches to develop strategic sourcing and category management for a mix of procurement expenditures
  2. Be able to create a plan for a strategic sourcing or category management process
  3. Developing an implementation plan
  4. Main aspects of performance improvement


Sustainability in Supply Chains

  1. The impact sustainability has in supply chains
  2. Initiatives and standards to improve sustainability
  3. The process of incorporating sustainability into the sourcing process
  4. Importance of compliance with standards to achieve sustainability in supply chains


Operations Management in Supply Chains

  1. Understand the concept and scope of operations management in supply chain organisation
  2. Understand aspects of the design of operations management in supply chain organisations
  3. Understand capacity planning and control in operations management in supply chain
  4. Understand the main improvement methodologies that can be applied in operations