Supply Chain Courses

Supply Chain Courses

We provide flexible supply chain courses to allow professionals within the industry to study a qualification tailored to their career and expertise. We are approved providers of Institute of Supply Chain Management qualifications; offering a wide range of optional units covering all aspects of supply chain management to enable students to choose the units best suited to their experience and future goals.

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Purchasing Courses

Purchasing Courses

As experts in the field of purchasing, Distance Learning College support hundreds of students in the UK and worldwide in achieving Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and Institute of Supply Chain Management purchasing qualifications. Whatever your background or expertise, a purchasing course can help to progress your career in the purchasing and procurement fields.

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Logistics Courses

Logistics Courses

Distance Learning College is pleased to offer Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and Institute of Supply Chain Management courses to increase excellence in the logistics and transport sectors. Through flexible distance learning, DLC students can study whilst they work, giving them on-the-job experience to relate to throughout the course.

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Export Courses

Export Courses

Understanding the complex trading conditions in international markets is essential for those professionals looking to embark on a career in export. DLC offers a range of import and export courses accredited by the Institute of Export and the Institute of Supply Chain Management. An export qualification will give you the knowledge to further your career in international trade.

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Manufacturing Courses

Manufacturing Courses

Distance Learning College offers qualifications from the Institute of Supply Chain Management and the Institute of Operations Management for people involved in the manufacturing and service industries. The accredited courses are recognised industry wide, covering topics such as operational efficiency, strategy, competitive advantage, supply chain management and planning.

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Management Courses

Management Courses

The Chartered Management Institute and Institute of Leadership and Management courses we provide are the cornerstone of any successful management career. Shaping the managers of tomorrow, our management training provides the underpinning knowledge to support a wide range of management and leadership experts in an ever increasing range of industries.

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HR Courses

HR Courses

We provide a range of short courses in HR (Human Resources), specifically designed to develop the skills and knowledge of key business areas in bite size units. Suitable for individuals or businesses, these programmes have been carefully designed to provide a sound knowledge and understanding of the key issues within the HR sector.

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CIPS Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply

The CIPS Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply allows CIPS members to apply for MCIPS status. The course is an advanced course, designed for those who have 3 or more years’ strategic purchasing management experience, or who have gained the CIPS Advanced Diploma and wish to progress further.

CIPS Professional Diploma is an advanced CIPS qualification, developing the knowledge and skills to plan and implement the strategic direction of a company’s supply chain, in support of wider business objectives. On completion of this qualification, students may apply for MCIPS status.

Flexible distance learning for your staff to fit with your business needs and develop the skills and achieve the qualifications for business success;

  • Discounts on course fees for group enrolments
  • Regular updates on student progress from your training and development advisor
  • Flexible training packages tailored to your needs
  • Networking with other businesses
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  • Tell us about any qualifications you have already achieved
  • Tell us about your career goals and aspirations
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If you are funding your own studies we can support you to get started on your course straight away without having to worry about paying your fees all at once;

  • Flexible payment plans tailored to your needs
  • Get started on your course for a small deposit
  • Split the cost of your course in to manageable monthly payments
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Course Overview

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for those with strategic management experience in a purchasing and supply role, or have completed a previous CIPS qualification.

The course covers the following areas;
  • Strategic leadership approaches
  • Influencing stakeholders
  • Leading change in the supply chain
  • Strategic planning models (Ansoff, Bryson, Mintzberg)
  • Project management approaches (Six-Sigma, DMAIC, PRINCE2, Critical Chains)
  • Corporate strategy (ACI, 7S, Quinn)
  • Core competence analysis
  • Project planning and implementation
  • Financial decision making
  • Public sector programme management

How does the course work?

Study Time:

You can study at a pace to suit you. Your tutor will create a timetable for you, and will set you work and assignments to complete each week.

If you can spend around 3 hours a week studying, you should be able to complete the course in 24 months. If you can spend more time studying than that, you could fast-track and complete the course faster.

Course Structure:

The course is made up of five units; three compulsory units and two optional units.


You will sit a three hour written exam for each of the five units. CIPS exams must be sat at an approved CIPS centre.

Qualification Received:

You will receive the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

Your Course Fee Includes:
  • Tuition
  • Study Materials
  • 12 Month Institute Membership
  • VAT

Unit Breakdown

Compulsory Units:
Leadership in Procurement and Supply
This unit looks at leadership and management, including the theories and models that can impact on power and influence and develop effectiveness. It draws on a range of leadership contexts and addresses equality, inclusion and diversity for managing change and conflict. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of stakeholder communication and engagement as well as delegation and empowerment.
Corporate and Business Strategy
The importance of strategy and strategic decisions in procurement and supply chain is addressed in this unit alongside the methods for developing, positioning and evaluation of competitive strategy. The unit looks at the levels and structure of strategy and management of strategic resources and change in order to develop a strategic plan for the supply chain function.
Strategic Supply Chain Management
Understanding the corporate, business and supply chain strategy is an essential part of any business. This unit looks at developing a competitive advantage through the supply chain whilst also considering the impact of market change and supply chain segmentation. Students will gain an understanding of networked and value-adding supply chains, distribution systems and integrative and applied learning. Developing supply chain capability and measuring supply chain performance are topics within this unit.
Optional Units:
Supply Chain Diligence
This unit looks at understanding regulations, standards and controls in procurement and supply and discusses benchmarking and performance measuring. It addresses corporate governance responsibilities, ethical practice and employment contracts in the context of international trade and globalisation. Students will cover funding, finance and identify the financial drivers to approach mergers and acquisitions.
Programme and Project Management
This unit is designed to give students an understanding of the key aspects of programmes and projects, including resources and objectives. Developing relationships in the supply chain and identifying planning methodologies, pricing mechanisms and implications for performance issues are all essential to managing risk. The unit covers contract forms, investment appraisals and strategic cost management throughout the project lifecycle.
Legal Aspects in Procurement and Supply (UK)
This unit provides an overview of English Law and considers contracts in the context of discharges, express terms, implied terms and remedies for breach of sale. It looks at various laws such as employment, intellectual property and competition and covers the implications of negligence and non-performance. Students will gain an understanding of offer, acceptance and settlements within business.

Unparalleled Support

Your personal learning support team are available to provide you with all of the support and guidance you need to get the most out of your course, this includes;

Your Personal Tutor

All of our tutors are industry experts with years of experience both working in similar roles to your own and providing first class tutorial support to students completing qualifications via distance learning. With Distance Learning College you are guaranteed to receive continuous feedback on your progress, expert advice and support tailored to your individual needs from your tutor. We are dedicated to ensuring you get the most out of your course and achieve your potential. You can contact your tutor via email, phone or post however at Distance Learning College we also offer regular student support seminars to give you the opportunity to meet your tutor face to face and discuss your progress or concerns, meet other students and obtain further advice and guidance.

Your Mentor

Your mentor will be on hand throughout your course from start to finish to ensure you receive all of the support you need. Our mentors have extensive experience in helping students to manage their learning around other home and work commitments. Their support ensures you make continuous progress and achieve the best possible results.

Student Support Team

Our student support team will take the hassle out of contacting awarding bodies, arranging exams, ordering materials and booking you onto student support seminars so that you can focus your time on your learning.

Student Support Seminars

We offer all students the unique opportunity to attend regular student support seminars which will give you the chance to meet our tutors and discuss your course. You can use the seminars to gain advice from our dedicated support team and meet other students to share your knowledge and experiences. We also cover assignment and exam preparation techniques to help you achieve the best results from your course.

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You can enrol on your chosen course by paying a 30% deposit on your course fees via our secure online payment option. One of our course advisors will then be in touch to arrange for you to get started on your course and discuss our course fee payment plan options. Alternatively, if you pay your course in full today you will be eligible for a 15% discount.

Course Options

Professional Diploma

Begin your enrolment on this course with a deposit of £582.78. Pay in full today for a 15% discounted price of £1651.21.

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What's Included

When you study with us, you'll receive;

  • All your course materials
  • Membership of CIPS
  • Industry expert tutor
  • Unlimited tutor support
  • In-person workshops (optional)
  • Student mentor & liaison officer

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