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Purchasing and Materials Handling

My Distance Learning College


It is a requirement of all institutions, whether private, governmental or community organizations, to obtain goods such as raw materials, machinery and equipment, and also services such as installation, repair, maintenance, transport, etc.

Manufacturing organizations need to buy goods and services for use in their production processes. Similarly, commercial firms require goods and services for re-selling.

Service organizations, such as banks, hotels and transport firms, also have to purchase in order to continue their business activities.

This course covers the purchasing function of all activities which deal with the provision of requirements to an organization.

Learning the skills needed to ensure that purchases made on behalf of your company or as the purchasing manager requires specific skills and knowledge.

This course covers topics such as:

  • The Need For Purchasing
  • The Influence Of Government On Price Determination
  • The Planning Of Purchasing Prices
  • Information For Planning Purchasing Prices
  • The Scope Of The Stores Department
  • Types Of Stores
  • Special Stores
  • Siting A Store Or Stockyard
  • Transport And Distribution Of Goods
  • The Aims Of Stock Control
  • The Negotiating Process
  • Research For Purchasing And Materials Management
  • The Advantages Of Research For Purchasing And Materials Managements
  • The Planning Of Research For Purchasing And Materials Management


On completion of your course, you will receive two qualifications:

Purchasing and Materials Handling Diploma

Purchasing and Materials Handling Diploma issued by My Distance Learning College, entitling you to use the letters SAC Dip after your name.

NCFE Level 4 Purchasing and Materials Handling Award

This Course leads to an NCFE Level 4 Award Certificate for successful learners. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (in which case GCSE's are at levels 1 and 2 and A Levels are at level 3). In accrediting the program at level 3, NCFE attests that its learning outcomes are at an equivalent level to a level 4 national qualification.

This award has been designed by My Distance Learning College to meet specific learners' or employers' requirements. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning program has been scrutinized and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited biannually by NCFE.


After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

course quick facts
course code DED9485
cost $538.87
estimated time to
complete course
180 Hours
course materials
365 Days