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Procurement Advanced Apprenticeship at Sheffield College

Course description

Procurement is the purchase of goods and services. For many organisations, their biggest cost is the goods and services bought from third parties.

Course content

Effective procurement is the ability to assure value for money and effectively manage risk through strategic sourcing, purchasing and supply chain management to make sure that the organisiation continues to operate successfully. The process of procurement includes preparation and processing of a product or service as well as the end receipt and approval of payment.

As an apprentice you may be involved in

• purchase planning

• supplier research and selection

• value analysis

• price negotiation

• financing

• making the purchase

• supply contract administration

• inventory control and stores

In the workplace you could be liaising directly with suppliers, generating purchase orders with UK and oversea suppliers. You might place orders for goods and services, assist in the compilation of tenders and assisting in the day to day post contract management including developing and/or negotiating amendments. Some apprentices will help review contracts before they are signed, analyse all clauses and liabilities and you may also be responsible for looking over contracts and finding ways to cut costs for the company. Or you might be responsible for receiving orders and forecasts, analysing data, creating shipping documents and controlling shipping records, monitoring the system stock and actual physical stock, arranging deliveries of goods in time.

You will spend one day a week in college working towards qualifications in Level 3 Diploma in Procurement and Supply Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations You will work towards Functional Skills qualifications in English and maths if you don’t already have a grade 4.

Will it suit me? This apprenticeship would suit you if you are reliable, punctual and have a positive attitude towards work. You should have good communication and IT skills and a pleasant polite telephone manner. All apprentices will work as part of a team and need to be good timekeepers.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at 4/C grade or above including English and maths.


Throughout the course you will be assessed in the workplace to show competence at work. You will be expected to keep a portfolio of evidence. Your college work is assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods including taught sessions and written tasks.


Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

You could progress onto a Higher Apprenticeship in Supply Chain Management. Other progression opportunities include: Foundation degree in logistics, transport planning, logistics operations and administration. Undergraduate Higher Education degrees in subjects such as Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Management, Business. Employment in job roles such as Buyer, Procurement Specialist, Purchasing Executive or Logistics Planner.

Further information

How to apply   

School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 260 2600, or downloading one from our website

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September