Level 3 Purchasing & Procurement | Certificates & Diplomas | IoSCM
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Level 3 – Purchasing

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  • First class course materials designed by industry experts.

The Level 3 Purchasing qualification caters for students with a minimum of 2 years experience in a supply chain related field, who wish to develop key knowledge in business and leadership at supervisory management level. Students can acquire skills in specific areas of supply chain including customer service, purchasing process and improving team performance, to support career development.

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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 in Purchasing is of the same level as an A-Level but studied in your own time, at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home.

The Level 3 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 3 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 3 Purchasing qualification caters for students with experience in a supply chain related field who wish to develop key knowledge in business and leadership at supervisory management level.

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.

Students can acquire skills in specific areas of supply chain including customer service, purchasing process and improving team performance, to support career development.

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

  • Organisations Involved in the Purchasing Role: manufacture; distribution; transport; warehousing; inventory control; materials handling; procurement
  • Relationships: internal, external, remote and co-operative relationships and partnerships
  • Markets: demand; competition; monopoly; natural monopoly; oligopoly; monopsony; trade protectionism; Porter’s Five Forces
  • External factors: PESTLE analysis; local, national and global factors; public sector, private sector and third sector; financial, reputational and environmental factors; health, safety and welfare; lost opportunities
  • Purchasing: five rights; ethics; end-to-end cycles; supplier relationships: adversarial, arm’s length, transactional, closer tactical, single sourced, outsourcing, strategic alliance, partnership, co-destiny
  • Sourcing Suppliers: planning, sourcing and tendering; contract award, contract management; receipts and invoicing; Request for Quote (RFQ)
  • Suppliers Requirements: capacity; facilities; finance

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Strategic Development: terminology; levels of strategy; strategic planning techniques; planning models; assessment of current business position; value chain analysis; product life cycle; strategy evaluation and selection; business process modelling
  • Business Relationships: Porter’s Five Forces; co-ordination; co-operation and collaboration; stakeholder expectations; support processes for clients; collaborative business relationships; competitive business relationships
  • Human Resource Management: the role of HR professionals; the role of line managers; working patterns – part-time, flexi-time, annual hours; legislation; resolving employee problems
  • Management of Finance: cash flow forecasting; trading and profit and loss accounts; balance sheets; financial ratios; budgets; management accounting
  • Government Legislation: contract law; breach of contract; free trade vs protectionism; common market; political union; Sale of Goods Act 1979; traders protection and buyers redress; Consumer Credit Act
  • Marketing Strategies: the marketing mix; marketing decision making; customers’ wants and needs; developing new products; globalisation


10 Unit Credit Values

  • The Role of Purchasing: introduction to purchasing; what is the value chain; the role of purchasing in the value chain; supply chain management; the role of purchasing and procurement in supply chain management; the purchasing process; elements of the purchasing function
  • Purchasing and Business Strategy: what is business strategy; strategic purchasing; the role of purchasing in relation to business strategy; competitive advantage; how the purchasing function contributes to competitive advantage; sourcing plan; supplier performance monitoring/supplier appraisal
  • Purchasing Contexts: types of organisational structures and sectors involved in purchasing; different market conditions; perfect and imperfect competition; monopolies and oligopolies

10 Unit Credit Values

  • The Role of Purchasing and Procurement: what is purchasing; what is procurement; what is a supply chain; the roles of purchasing and procurement in a supply chain; private sector purchasing and procurement; public sector purchasing and procurement
  • The Sourcing and Procurement Cycle: sourcing process; specification development; market assessment; negotiations; contract discussions; sourcing plan; market competitiveness
  • Contracts and Service Level Agreements (SLA): types of contracts; definitions and terms of contracts; terms of conditions; development of contracts; Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Internal and External Relationships: clients and suppliers; effective communication between clients and suppliers; internal and external relationships; cross-functional teams; advantages and disadvantages of cross-functional teams
  • Effective Supplier Relationships: the purchasing role in obtaining a competitive supplier relationship; monitoring supplier performance; obtaining supplier information; benefits of maintaining effective supplier relationships; improving supplier relationships

10 Unit Credit Values

  • The Role of Costing Systems in Organisations: internal reporting; costing system relationships within an organisation; responsibility centres; cost centres; profit centres; investment centres; cost classifications; marginal and absorption costing
  • Recording and Analysing Cost Information: recording of cost information for material, labour and expenses; calculating cost information for material, labour and expenses; what is inventory; the value of inventory; cost behaviour; standard tables
  • Apportion Costs: overhead costs in relation to production and service cost centres; overhead absorption rates; over and under absorption
  • Budget Reports: budgets and actual costs; flexing budgets
  • Using Costing Information: estimates of future income using budgeting; short and long term budgeting decision making

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Warehouse Departments: receipts; replenishment or put away; stores; picking, packing, housekeeping and despatch
  • Bridge Between Supply and Demand: staging areas; cross-docking; keeping goods safe and secure; gathering; temporary storage
  • Warehouse Management Systems (WMS): ERP systems; radio frequency identification; human memory systems
  • Types of Warehouses: ambient warehouses; climate-controlled warehouses; automated warehouses; private warehouses; public warehouses; distribution centres; bonded warehouses
  • Warehouse Location Factors: proximity to customers and suppliers; buildings, floors, structures, and doors; receipt and dispatch docks; offices; lighting and heating; extensions; materials handling; mezzanine floors

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Role of Transport: categories of goods; perishable goods; dangerous/hazardous goods; bulk liquids/powders; livestock
  • Transport: transport modes; infrastructure; vehicles; operations; modal transport; inter-modal transport; multimodal transport
  • Principles of Transport Planning: linear; hub and spoke; customs; payment of charges; packing and warehousing; insurance; security
  • Legislation & Regulations: UK central government structure; UK Civil Aviation Authority; overseas legislation; international commercial terms
  • Health & Safety Measures: road transport; HGV driver hours; air transport; transport of dangerous goods; UK health & safety legislation

10 Unit Credit Values

  • The Supply Chain: upstream and downstream; purchasing; manufacturing; warehousing; transportation; demand planning; supply planning; suppliers; retailers; external supply chains; internal supply chains
  • Relationships: vertical, horizontal, transactional, collaborative and strategic relationships; customer satisfaction
  • Supply Chain Components: customers; planning; purchasing; the supplier; inventory; the manufacturer/production
  • Logistics: forward and reverse
  • Integrated Systems: Direct Product Profitability (DDP); Materials Requirements Planning (MRP); Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP); Just in Time (JIT); the Master Production Schedule (MPS); bills of materials, the inventory file

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Types of Ports: fishing ports; inland ports; dry ports; cruise home ports; cargo ports
  • Port Functions: transport (circulation) function of ports; commercial function of ports; industrial function of ports; distributional function of ports
  • Seaport Connection and Transhipment: maritime access; maritime interface; infrastructures and equipment; land access; port service (full-service); tool port (service); landlords
  • Maritime Network Considerations: frequency of service; fleet and vessel size; number of port calls; shipping conferences; shipping alliances; containerisation
  • Port Considerations: location, depth, land availability, labour costs, hinterland access and ownership

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Organising Production: batch production; flexible manufacturing; continuous manufacturing; intermittent manufacturing; custom manufacturing; production in relation to the cost
  • Level of Demand: demand management; data capture; dealing with day-to-day customer orders; managing the demand; order point system; periodic review systems
  • Competitors: competitive advantage
  • Sales Forecasting: time series analysis; exponential smoothing; linear trend line; executive judgement; composite of sales force opinion; expert opinion; fixed order quantity systems
  • Production Planning: materials requirement planning; Just In Time (JIT); preventive maintenance; flexible work force
  • Planning Using Buffer Stocks: inventory as ‘waste’; advanced planning and scheduling

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Logistical Requirements of a Supply Chain: what is logistics; who is the customer; the supply chain; the large player; integration; networks; deregulation and privatisation
  • Customer Needs: e-logistics; Electronic Data Interchange (EDI); scheduling methods and issues; planning frameworks; PESTLE analysis; planning
  • Optimising Use of Logistics: inventory management systems; factors in the use of resources; measuring and managing logistics performance; the balanced scorecard; the supply chain operations reference model; Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Modes of Transport: rail, road, air and sea
  • Technology: information and communication technology; evolution of technology; improvements in technology

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Inventory: raw materials; work-in-progress; maintenance, repair and operational; anticipation inventory; investment inventory; manufacturing organisations; service industries; military
  • Purpose of Inventory: variation in production demand; unexpected customer demand; seasonal demand; price discounts; avoiding price increase
  • Inventory Control Process: goods receipts; put-away; audit trails; inventory accuracy; training; monitoring for compliance; accuracy tracking; lead time, inventory identification and tracking; inventory location and storage; inventory numbering; safety inventory
  • Alternatives to Holding Inventory: Just-in-Time; material requirements planning; Master Production Schedule (MPS); bills of materials; inventory status

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Route Plan: linear; hub and spoke system
  • Environmental: air pollution; water pollution; waste and recycling
  • External Influences: SWOT analysis; PESTLE analysis; national and international perspectives
  • Legislative: customs, licenses and permits; transport documentation; invoices; carnet; certificates of origin; bills of lading; certificates of insurance; dock receipts; airway bills; dangerous goods
  • Freight Performance: Key Performance Indicators (KPIs); SMART; TQM

10 Unit Credit Values

  • The Need and Application of Business Improvement: introduction to business improvement; the need for improvement; business improvement techniques; how to apply business improvement techniques; lean; how to apply lean in a business
  • Improvement Activities: improvement activities; terms of reference; roles and responsibilities; skill and knowledge gaps
  • Improvement Activities Resources: resource requirements; timescales; impact on organisational performance; performance measures in improvement activities
  • Communication: communicating the improvement activity; promoting business improvement activity results within the business; promoting business improvement activity results to stakeholders

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 warehousing 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 3 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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