L4 Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprenticeship

L4 Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprenticeship Overview

This level 4 apprenticeship is suitable for all organisations, the programme increases the apprentice’s competencies in procurement and raises the profile of procurement. Individuals will be competent in all stages of the procurement cycle and able to investigate, analyse and recommend solutions for non-routine complex problems. Including budgeting, costing, risk, whole lifecycle costing, increasing efficiency and effectiveness.


L4 Commercial Procurement Apprenticehip information

There are 3 main components:

– Part 1 CIPS Level 4 Diploma

  • L4M1 Scope and Influence of Procurement and Supply
  • L4M2 Defining Business Need
  • L4M3 Commercial Contracting
  • L4M4 Ethical and Responsible Sourcing
  • L4M5 Commercial Negotiation
  • L4M6 Supply Relationships
  • L4M7 Whole Life Asset Management
  • L4M8 Procurement and Supply in Practice

– Part 2 Project Report (5000 words)

– Part 3 Presentation and Questioning Interview

This level 4 apprenticeship is suitable for all organisations.  Aimed at individuals with limited or no commercial/procurement experience or people who are completely new to their role.  Typical roles are; Category buyer, Sourcing Executive, Procurement, Operations Support, Buyer, Commercial Relationship Support, Commissioning and Performance, Monitoring Officer, Framework Management Support, Contract Associate, Contract Support.

There are 3 main elements to this apprenticeship: Knowledge, Gateway, and End Point Assessment

The Knowledge element takes approximately 15 months and includes the mandatory qualification – CIPS Level 4 Diploma (Part 1) plus the Knowledge and Application modules. Gateway to End-Point Assessment takes approximately 4 weeks followed by the End Point Assessment which takes 5-6 months. The maximum duration of this Apprenticeship is 24 months.

Individuals will become competent in all stages of the procurement cycle and able to investigate, analyse and recommend solutions for nonroutine complex problems. Including budgeting, costing, risk, whole lifecycle costing, increasing efficiency and effectiveness

The CIPS level 4 qualification is assessed by online examination and a combination of Essay based and Multiple Choice. Apprentices enter End Point Assessment Gateway when they have successfully passed the level 4 diploma, evidenced Functional Skills level 2 and CIPS Ethics Test.

Part 1 CIPS Level 4 Diploma consists of 8 exams. 6 Multiple choice and 2 essay-based assessments are taken over 5 examination series.

Part 2 EPA (End Point Assessment) Project Report – (5000 word) Work-Based Project Report focusing on 2 elements of the procurement cycle

Part 3 EPA Presentation and Questioning Interview – 10min presentation focusing on the Apprentices role in Procurement and Supply, followed by 35min questioning interview.

Each part of the EPA is assessed by the End Point Assessment organisation (EPAO) and awarded a grade of Distinction, Pass or Fail.

Available Learning Options


Face to face across the 9 study centres

Virtual Classroom

Live video link direct to classroom


Delivered at organisation (minimum numbers apply)

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Emma Jackson

Course Mentor

Emma joined SRSCC in 2019 on a freelance basis taking on a teaching and learning consultancy role. She has 20 years of experience in education as a qualified teacher, working in adult learning, secondary and primary school settings in the UK as well as abroad, namely Japan, Hungary, and France. 

More recently Emma has been teaching yoga, resilience, and mindfulness in primary schools to promote the physical and mental well-being of both pupils and staff.

Being multi-lingual and having a zeal for communication, cultural exchange and life-long learning Emma jumped at the opportunity to join the company as a Course Mentor. Building a good rapport with her learners, supporting them to overcome any challenges on their apprentice journey and facilitating them to fulfil their potential is her motivation.

Cumbrian born and bred in the Lake District, Emma enjoys the outdoors. When not relaxing in tree pose, she is most at home trail running in the hills with her husband and dog. Having clocked up 4 marathons to date, the application of her long-distance running mindset of perseverance, determination, discipline and patience is key to supporting her learners in their studies.

SRSCC Staff Images Ashlee Scribbins

Ashlee Scribbins

Office Administrator

Ashlee has joined the SRSCC team as an Office Administrator, and with a level 2 and 3 in Business Administration, she fits right in!

Ashlee has a wide range of experience from working as a Legal Secretary for the Royal Air Force to managing a team. Ashlee is eager to use her customer service and business administration skills for her new role at SRSCC.

SRSCC Staff Images Declan Hemingway

Declan Hemingway

Sales and Business Development Assistant

Declan recently graduated University studying BSc Business and Management with Marketing achieving a 2:1 and was looking for a role in Business Development to put his knowledge and education to the test.

He has a strong desire to grow the SRSCC brand and customer base. Working alongside our Business Development and Relationship Manager; he looks to strengthen both our Commercial and Apprenticeship learner portfolio by liaising with potential and existing learners through building customer relationships and understanding their requirements.