Level 1 Award in Computerised Payroll for Business RQF Distance Learning Training Course

What's included in the course:

  • Knowledge Units Workbook
  • Skills Unit (Sage) Workbook
  • Sage 50 Payroll disc
  • Telephone support
  • Email support
  • Remote support
  • 2 Certificates on successful completion of course

Qualification Accreditation Number 601/0472/7

Course Summary

  • Designed to appeal to anyone who is keen to gain an understanding of basic payroll procedures
  • Introduction to payroll record keeping and processing, providing the necessary skills to record financial payroll transactions in a computerised environment using the using Sage 50 payroll package.
  • Processing payroll routines and activities using a computerised payroll system. The activities will include the calculation of pay data and processing of that data using day-to-day processing skills.
  • Maintaining accuracy when performing practical payroll tasks.
  • The importance of security and confidentiality in performing payroll tasks.
  • Includes the basic functions from setting up the company details, entering employee records and calculating gross pay, to processing the first payroll and running all the reports required including payslips.
  • Designed for complete beginners with the workbooks giving clear and helpful instructions with an abundance of screenshots and activities.

Full Details:


Making gross pay calculations - F/505/1145 (2 credits)
Payroll preparation - H/505/1154 (3 credits)
Computerised payroll administration - T/505/1157 (4 credits)

Entry Requirement

There are no formal entry requirements for the Level 1 Award in Computerised Payroll for Business. However, it is recommended that prospective candidates will already have basic skills in both numeracy and literacy prior to embarking on a course of study for this qualification.


On successful completion of all the units, the learner will receive a certificate to confirm the achievement of the Level 1 Award in Computerised Payroll for Business (RQF). The certificate will include the full name and accreditation number of the qualification and the award of Pass.

The learner will also receive a certificate from Sage confirming their competence in the use of Sage Payroll at Level 1.

Benefits for Trainees:

  • Payroll Qualifications open new doors to exciting careers, as well as extending payroll skills if you are currently employed
  • Start your own payroll bureau
  • Work in small businesses
  • A payroll career can lead to great things
  • Update your knowledge of Sage payroll
  • Improve your employability prospects
  • A career path into payroll
  • Ideal Continuing Professional Development course
  • Gain an qualification and become a payroll professional
  • Payroll trainees gain exemptions by building recognised credits
  • Gain an accredited qualification
  • Start your training immediately without having to wait for the new term to begin

Benefits for Employers:

  • Up-skill your workforce
  • Train key staff members in the features of the latest Sage 50 program
  • Try program before buying
  • Train staff in how to computerise manual payroll
  • Learn how your staff can process your payroll  in house and save money on accountants’ fees
  • Start-up businesses-  teach staff to process the payroll
  • Employers have a benchmark qualification they can use to judge an individual’s ability  
  • Instead of accepting an applicant’s word they know the Sage Program,  employers now have the certainty of Sage and certificates

Course Contents

Knowledge Units:

Introduction to payroll
Employment legislation and statutes
Introduction to Real Time Information (RTI)
Preparing employee records
Starters - new employees
Using the HMRC Basic PAYE Tools
Calculation of Gross Pay
The PAYE and National Insurance systems
Using the HMRC online PAYE calculator
National Insurance contributions
Using the HMRC online NIC calculator
Voluntary deductions
Processing the payroll using the HMRC Basic PAYE Tools
Dealing with leavers using the Basic PAYE Tools
Completing the payroll

Skills Unit:

Computerised Payroll
Introduction to the installation, configuration and basic day-to-day use of Sage 50 payroll software.

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