Study Resources - Level 4 Diploma

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New sample answers for constructed response exams are now available.

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Before you start your studies it's important to read the syllabus.  CIPS exam questions are created to test your knowledge of the learning outcomes in the syllabus.  Use it as a checklist to make sure you know and understand each one before your exam. 

CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply

    Study Resources

    Confidently prepare for exam success

    Introducing our brand new Study Guides, eBooks and eLearning, each aligned to our syllabus learning outcomes in a fresh, easy to read format:

    Study Guide - Text Book
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    Study Guide - eBook
    The online equivalent of your text book. You can access the eBook Study Guide on your phone, tablet or desktop PC anywhere, anytime.



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    Sample Questions and Answers

    Objective Response questions in the Certificate, Advanced Certificate and Diploma exams are worth 1 mark each.

    Sample questions and answers for objective response (OR) exams

    Sample questions for constructed response (CR) exams

    Sample answer guidance for constructed response (CR) exams

    You will also find questions in the Study Guides, eBooks and eLearning for you to work through and self-assess as you prepare for your exam.

    Principal Marker (PM) Reports

    View exam feedback in the Principal Marker (PM) reports for L4M1 and L4M8 exams.

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    Use it as part of your preparation for future examinations, or review your performance in an exam you've taken.

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    Exam Guides

    Watch this short video to see how to use the computer-based exams platform for CIPS Constructed Response (CR) exams. It also includes guidance on the different types of command words found in the questions and how you should tailor your answers to what the examiner is looking for.



    Our guides will help you to prepare for any of the exam formats that you’re likely to encounter.

    Improve your exam techniques

    Learn how to improve your exam techniques for Constructed Response (CR) exams.  The way that you structure your answer can mean the difference between pass or fail.  Take at look through the following guides to improve your exam technique.

    Download your computer-based exams CR exams techniques guide 


    Our paper-based CR exams (PBEs) are only available in specific countries. To find out if we hold PBEs in your country go to our online exam finder. 

    Download your paper-based constructed response exams techniques guide.

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    CIPS Knowledge

    Access CIPS Knowledge a free member only resource designed to support you as you study for each exam.

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    Select a module to see related white papers and resources for each learning outcome:

    L4M1 | L4M2 | L4M3 | L4M4 | L4M5 | L4M6 | L4M7 | L4M8

    Scope and Influence of Procurement and Supply (L4M1)

    1.0  Understand and analyse the added value that can be achieved through procurement and supply chain management

    2.0  Understand and analyse the key steps when procuring goods or services

    3.0  Understand and analyse the key aspects of organisational infrastructure that shape the scope of a procurement or supply chain function

    4.0  Understand and analyse the need for compliance with requirements when undertaking procurement activities in different sectors

    Defining Business Need (L4M2)

    1.0 Understand how to devise a business case for requirements to be sourced from external suppliers

    2.0  Understand market management in procurement and supply

    3.0  Understand the use of specifications in Procurement and Supply

    Commercial Contracting (L4M3)

    1.0  Understand the legal issues that relate to the formation of contracts

    2.0  Understand the fundamentals of specifications and key performance indicators that are included in contractual arrangements made with suppliers

    3.0  Understand the key clauses that are included in formal contracts

    Ethical and Responsible Sourcing (L4M4)

    1.0  Understand options for sourcing of requirements from suppliers

    2.0  Understand the key processes that can be applied to the analysis of potential external suppliers

    3.0  Understand compliance issues when sourcing from suppliers

    4.0  Understand ethical and responsible sourcing

    Commercial Negotiation (L4M5)

    1.0  Understand key approaches in the negotiation of commercial agreements with external organisations

    2.0  Know how to prepare for negotiations with external organisations

    3.0  Understand how commercial negotiations should be undertaken

    Supplier Relationship (L4M6)

    1.0  Understand the dynamics of relationships in supply chains

    2.0  Understand processes and procedures for successful working with stakeholders

    3.0 Understand the concept of partnering

    Whole Life Asset Management (L4M7)

    1.0  Understand the dynamics of relationships in supply chains

    2.0  Understand the key elements of effective inventory control

    3.0 Understand the concept of through life cost

    Procurement and Supply in Practice (L4M8)

    1.0  Demonstrate the application of the procurement cycle

    2.0  Demonstrate the application of the key stages of the sourcing process

    3.0 Demonstrate the application of whole life asset management.

    4.0  Demonstrate the application of ethical and responsible sourcing within an organisation

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