Course Description

Purchasing and Procurement Course (QQI Level 6)

The Open College

This eLearning QQI level 6 Purchasing and Procurement qualification is designed for a broad spectrum of people in business who would benefit from a greater understanding of Purchasing and Procurement in an organisation.

This course covers topics such as the key terms associated with procurement, Evolution of Purchasing, Specification, the Five Rights, Key components of a contract including the rationale of termination of agreements.

It will teach the learner how to use a classification system to rank procurement items in order of importance, how to implement tactical and strategic sourcing and be able to apply relevant criteria for assessment of suppliers and above all to negotiate effectively during all stages of procurement giving due consideration to ethical practices at all times.

In summary people studying this course will:

  • Learn the key terms associated with Purchasing and Procurement.
  • Be able to evaluate the role of Purchasing and Procurement in an organisation to include logistics and legal requirements.
  • Be able to research Procurement in different sectors including public and private, in terms of tendering processes, specifications and e-procurement.
  • Be able to explain the difference between rationalisation and development roles in Purchasing.
  • Evaluate the importance of green Procurement with respect to sourcing materials, waste management, product life cycle and disposal.
  • Explain the key components of a contract including the rationale of termination of agreements.
  • Be able to use a classification system to rank Procurement items in order of importance.
  • To implement tactical and strategic sourcing.
  • Apply relevant criteria for assessment of suppliers.
  • To negotiate effectively during all stages of Procurement giving due consideration to ethical practices.


The specific learning outcomes are grouped into 10 units.

  • Unit 1: Definition and key terms associated with Procurement.
  • Unit 2: Evaluating the role of Purchasing and Procurement.
  • Unit 3: Researching Procurement in the different sectors of Industry.
  • Unit 4: Explaining the different development roles in Purchasing.
  • Unit 5: The importance of Green Procurement in souring materials, waste management and disposal.
  • Unit 6: The key components of a contract including termination.
  • Unit 7: Ranking Procurement in order of importance through classifications systems.
  • Unit 8: Implementing tactical and strategic sourcing.
  • Unit 9: Criteria used when assessing suppliers.
  • Unit 10: Negotiating effectively during all stages of procurement.


Who should complete this course:

  • Purchasing is a vital and value adding activity in any organisation, leading to the need to understand its importance and value it can bring to an organisation.
  • The module is suitable for anybody involved in buying, procuring, making decisions regarding the sourcing, selection and ongoing management of suppliers and contracts, those with responsibility for monitoring and managing the impact of purchasing on the overall performance of the business and those interested in quantifying the successes of the purchasing function and promoting the function within the organisation.
  • This module highlights the key areas and will give the student and their organisation real purchasing and procurement benefits.


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

  • Level 5 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Business) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry.
  • Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites.
  • English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 6 are expected to be able to: fluently read, draft, prepare and understand complex information, including quantitative information, that is personally relevant and reflecting a broad knowledge base. For example, this might include text and other information relating to abstract theoretical ideas, concerns or procedures, such as local planning concerns in relation to broader spatial strategy, political issues in relation to particular agenda, budget plans/ specifications.
  • Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.


Progression Studies:

Learners who successfully complete this QQI Level 6 programme in Purchasing & Procurement (6N2183) may use this certificate to towards the completion of other courses within this field such as:

  • Supply Chain Logistics Major Award (6M2192) and Retail Management (6M4385).

This Certificate can also be used as a stand alone qualification.



This module is assessed by a Assignment and an online Theory Exam in which the learner will demonstrate their understanding and application of topics studied in this module.


Course Link:

Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Course Code 6N2183
College Name The Open College
Course Category Business, Procurement
Course Type Online Learning
Course Qualification Level 6 Advanced Certificate
Course Location Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 18
Course Fee 329.00
Course Duration 8 Weeks
Course Times This Purchasing & Procurement – QQI Level 6 (6N2183) course is completed through Online eLearning and there are no lectures to attend. Only attendance required is for the Theory Exam which is normally held after the 8 weeks listed below. This programme is completed on a part-time basis over 8 weeks and has been designed to be sufficiently flexible so that it may meet the needs of the learner who accesses programmes through many different avenues at The Open College. Overall, the programme is based on a notional duration of 150 hours (typical learner effort), to include both directed and self-directed learning including assessments.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding QQI Level 6 Certificate in Purchasing & Procurement (6N2183)
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Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland

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