Level 2 Purchasing & Procurement Course | Certificates & Diplomas
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Level 2 – Purchasing

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  • Choose how you study, pass units and gain your accredited qualification.
  • First class course materials designed by industry experts.

The Level 2 qualification in Purchasing is designed for individuals looking to establish a career in the supply chain field but currently, have limited experience in the industry. The course allows students to develop supervisory management skills and knowledge in specific areas of supply chain to support career development and efficiency in operations.

A procurement manager sat behind a laptop purchasing stock for the business

Course Introduction

Guarantee success in your industry with IoSCM. 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.

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.

You can custom build the IoSCM Level 2 Purchasing and Supply qualification in order to meet your career ambitions, current job specification or objective of your employer.

This qualification is industry recognised across the globe. The IoSCM level 2 purchasing course was designed and developed by industry experts to provide first class study materials that meet National Occupational Standards (NOS). It also guarantees that we’re the best qualifications on the market.

The NOS framework specifies the UK standards of performance that people are expected to achieve in their work, and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively which are approved by UK government regulators.

Essentially, meeting the NOS framework means that with IoSCM you will learn exactly what is required in order to be successful in your job role and become a more valued asset than someone completing a more academic based programme.


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 Supply Chain and Operations from SFEDI Awards, who are the Ofqual regulated Awarding Organisation.

Ofqual is the government organisation that regulates qualifications and the organisations which offer them, maintaining standards and therefore confidence in education across England.

Because we’re Ofqual regulated you can be assured that every single qualification we produce is of high-quality, valid and fit for purpose.


The IoSCM Level 2 in Purchasing is of the same level as a GCSE graded A* to C but studied in your own time, at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home.

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 in the purchasing and procurement sector.

You can study around your current commitments and still save time and money in comparison to a full time or classroom based course. If you’d like to find out how an IoSCM Level 2 qualification in Purchasing can be significantly more beneficial to your career, give our expert Course Advisors a call today on 0800 1422 522.

Course Information

If you have any questions regarding this course, you’ll probably find the answer here. Alternatively, you can give our expert team of Course Advisors a call on 0800 1422 522.

The Level 2 qualification in Purchasing is designed for individuals looking to establish a career in the supply chain field but currently,
have limited experience in the industry. The course allows students to develop supervisory management skills and knowledge in specific areas of supply chain to support career development and efficiency in operations.

Regardless of your ability, current level of education or the way you prefer to learn, we can custom-build a qualification to suit you.

We have a range of study methods available including NVQ style assessment, traditional academic routes and distance learning courses to ensure you’re study in the way that give you the best possible to chance to pass.

  • Do you currently work in the manufacturing industry? Ask us about our Work Based route.
  • Do you have previous experience of working in the industry? Ask us about our Experience route.
  • Do you have an academic background? Ask us about our Research and Reference route.
  • Are you completely new to the industry? Ask us about our Online Study route.

For further information on how our study methods can help you pass first time, it’s a good idea to speak to our team of highly-trained Course Advisors.

They can explain each method clearly and simply, helping you identify which study route would be best suited to you.

Call us now for a free, no obligation, consultation on 0800 1422 522.

During the IoSCM Level 2 in Purchasing and Supply you’ll cover the features of the procurement and purchasing function, the role of supplier relationships, the requirements and processes of monitoring supplier performance as well as the various stages of the purchasing process and the concept of supply market information.

Designed for students who would like to develop key skills and knowledge required to move into a supervisory management or team leader role and improve operational efficiency.

Take a look at our full unit list in the next tab.



You’ll gain access to a customised learning platform in which you can take mock tests, utilise a huge library of resources and interact with other students across the globe.

As well as unlimited first class materials, there are self-assessments available online show the results immediately to give you direction on what you’re doing well and what you might need to take another look at.

You can take and retake the practise self-tests as many times as you like. By doing this, we’re  increasing your confidence in your ability to succeed and therefore, also ensuring you pass first time.


Because IoSCM qualifications can be studied entirely online, you can study in your own time and in the comfort of your own home.

You can revisit materials and resources as often as required, simply log in to your personal learning platform. We do however, offer free monthly face to face or online workshops for you to attend if necessary.

We understand that every individual is different, so we encourage you to learn at your own pace and in a way that suits you.

As well as the extensive support available on our online learning platforms from your peers and other students, upon enrolment you’ll be assigned a Student Support Liaison. Your dedicated point of contact will handle all enquiries or issues throughout your studies and acting as your personal mentor.

You’ll also have unlimited support, guidance and feedback from our team of industry expert tutors, who you can read more about here. 


You will gain skills in specific areas of purchasing depending on the units you choose to study.

The flexibility of our unit selection means you can customise your qualification so it is entirely tailored to you. Choose units that will benefit your current role or those that will give you the skills required to take your career to the next level.

Our qualifications are available as three different sizes, depending on how many units you choose and therefore, how long it will spend studying.

  • Award: Consists of one core unit and  is the shortest available qualification.
  • Certificate: Complete one core unit and two additional optional units, providing you with solid knowledge.
  • Diploma: More in-depth and comprehensive, you’ll study one core unit and also choose three optional units.


10 Unit Credit Values

  • Roles and Responsibilities of a Team Leader
  • Authority and Accountability of a Team Leader
  • Building a Shared Sense of Purpose Within a Team
  • The Importance of Effective Communication Within a Team
  • Teams and Groups: task orientation; degree of interdependence; purpose; degree of formal structure; familiarity among members
  • Team Development: forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning
  • Team Roles: areas of responsibility; role of a team leader; developing team members
  • Leadership Styles: Laissez-Faire, democratic and authoritarian leadership styles; Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs; handling discrimination; harassment and conflict

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Functions of a Purchasing System: life cycle costing; total acquisition cost model
  • Stages of the Life Cycle: planning and design; acquisition, storage, use and disposal
  • Stages of the Purchasing Process: goods or service needs are identified; the goods or services are requested; the goods or services are authorised; a purchase order is placed with an appropriate provider; supplier delivers goods or services; goods or services are received; payment is made; order processing cycle
  • Methods Used to Gain Information: word of mouth; advertising and marketing; company information; sampling; SWOT analysis
  • Supplier Development: potential for partnership; scope for development; quantifiable outcomes
  • Selection of Suppliers: identifying needs; investigating the supply market; collecting relevant information; assessing options; making decisions
  • Methods of Communication: oral communication; written communication; non-verbal communication (body language); formal communication; informal communication
  • Terms of a Contract: consequences of breaching contracts


10 Unit Credit Values

  • 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

10 Unit Credit Values

  • 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

10 Unit Credit Values

  • 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

10 Unit Credit Values

  • 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

10 Unit Credit Values

  • 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
  • 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

10 Unit Credit Values

  • 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; wholesaling

10 Unit Credit Values

  • 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

Jobs and Progression

With the achievement of each level, you will expand your earning potential and evolve your career. The job titles become more prestigious and the salary grows as your continue your professional development.

With a IoSCM level 2 purchasing qualification, you can expect to achieve the following:


Speak to us today about our progression routes on 0800 1422 522.

Our expertise

IoSCM’s Tutor Team are an amalgamation of some of the industry’s finest talent. All experts within their field, the team provide preparation for your distance learning experience, assistance with your qualification and support you during each unit. Because we have tutors specialising in every sector of the industry, we have a strong perception of the requirements needed to succeed and progress within every field.

IoSCM Level 2 Purchasing and Procurement Tutor

20+ Years in Purchasing and Supply

  • Dedicated Tutor and Trainer for Over 10 Years
  • Level 7 Qualified
  • Education in Training Level 5 Certificate

“I’m passionate about supporting our learners throughout their distance learning journey. The level of support we provide, teamed with our customised approach and flexibility, guarantees success.”

You’ll receive unlimited 1 to 1 support, guidance and feedback from IoSCM’s industry expert tutor team, with communication through a range of methods including Whatsapp, Skype, Facetime, text, email or phone call.



Don’t just take our word for it, we’re trusted by thousands of businesses who have employees studying our distance learning courses, in 101 countries across the globe. From entry level personnel to senior managers, we’re securing the future of the purchasing industry by delivering fully accredited UK qualifications.



Our network of expert expands beyond our tutors. Opportunities to network worldwide is available through the IoSCM Members’ Area, allowing you to build professional relationships, share experience and expertise with other professionals and organisations on a global scale.

Becoming a Member of the Institute of Supply Chain Management provides students and businesses with access to a range of services designed to support professional development and maintain high standards within the industry.

How to apply

It couldn’t be easier to apply for an IoSCM purchasing qualification with the UK’s leading provider of industry qualifications.

Simply contact our Course Advisors today on 0800 1422 522.


We tailor every single qualification to the individual, including our payment methods. Finance shouldn’t be an issue that prevents you from furthering your career. We have a range of ways to fund your qualification including interest free credit and monthly instalments. We can assess the best method for you during your consultation call.


IoSCM are confident in the standard of our qualifications, the delivery of our curriculum and the support from tutors and mentors combined with your hard work; we know it will lead you to success, first time around. So much so, that we can guarantee that if you are unsuccessful in the passing of your course, we will offer you a second opportunity to achieve your qualification free of charge.

Secure your guarantee by contacting our Course Advisors today on 0800 1422 522 for a free, no obligation quotation. Alternatively, you can leave us an enquiry or drop us an email on info@ioscm.com

“I chose level 3 Diploma to increase my knowledge in this field and to progress my career. I felt the course best suited my needs; the flexibility allowed me to tailor the course to exactly the areas I’m interested in and I can fit it around my full-time job.

I find the course material very relevant and applicable to the real business world which is important. The assignments guide you into summarising the research in your own words. Feedback on assignments is quick and the course overview helps you keep track of your progress.

Based on my experience I would definitely recommend the course to others; my knowledge and skills are expanding as my course progresses. I am already able to apply a lot of what I’ve learnt to my role as Stock Controller at Choice Shops. The optional units have allowed me to select the areas with Supply Chain Management in which I see my career developing.”

Penny Sayce, Stock Controller

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