Qualifications 2006 refers to CIPS unit content which was launched in September 2006.
Work-based Assessments are an alternative option to examinations for certain Qualifications 2006 units (as detailed below). This option is only available to learners registered with a study centre approved to offer work-based assessment. To complete a Work-based Assessment you need to be registered with one of our WBA approved UK Study Centres.
Level 3, 4 and 5
The format of the assignment for Levels 3, 4, and 5 are the same with the exception of the word count, which varies by level. The format is as follows:
L3-05 Purchasing in Action
- Section A; Compulsory task worth 50% (1,200 words)
- Section B; Two tasks from a choice of three. Each task is worth 25% (750 words)
- Section C; Compulsory Reflective Learning Statement (300 words
- Total word count: 3000 words
L4 (All Units)
- Section A; Compulsory task worth 50% (1,700 words)
- Section B; Two tasks from a choice of three. Each task is worth 25% (1000 words)
- Section C; Compulsory Reflective Learning Statement (300 words)
- Total word count: 4000 words
L5-03 Improving Supply Chain Performance
- Section A; Compulsory task worth 45% (2,200 words)
- Section B; Two tasks from a choice of three. Each task is worth 25% (1,250 words)
- Section C; Compulsory Reflective Learning Statement worth 5% (300 words)
- Total word count: 5000 words
There are 3 assessment opportunities per year in February, May and October and candidates have a period of ten weeks to complete each assignment. Further guidance on the assignments can be found here.
A Work-based Project is an option for the L6-03 unit, Supply Chain Management in Practice. The level 6 project is a more complex piece of work and is therefore given a maximum completion time of 12 months and can be started at any point during the year. The project can be completed in one of two ways;
i) A work-based project, using the candidate’s own organisation or one with which they are familiar
(ii) A desk-research project, enabling candidates to focus on academic/secondary research of specific areas associated with Supply Chain Management in Practice. The candidate will undertake a review of supply chain theories, and predict potential trends and, indeed, certain phenomena in the future.
These two approaches are equally valid, and should follow the same format;
- Task 1; Introduction, including the background, rationale and objectives (600 words)
- Task 2; Review of the theory and the development of a set of predictions (1,300 words)
- Task 3; Case analysis, including application and synthesis (3,000 words)
- Task 4; Conclusions and recommendations (600 words)
- RLS; Reflective Learning Statement (500 words)
- Total word count: 6000 words
Further guidance on the level 6 project can be found here.
Enrolment for all work-based assessments is completed through your study centre. Please contact your local study centre for details.