Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business QCF 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 601/0476/4

Course Summary

  • Designed to provide all the information required for a business to undertake its own payroll calculation using a computerised payroll program.
  • Providing the detailed knowledge to become a professional payroll administrator.
  • The progression from Level 1 Award in Computerised Payroll for Business or some of the units of this qualification.
  • Including the advanced tasks of Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Maternity Pay, and a basic Pension Scheme.  The process for new starters and leavers is explained and full use is made of the Real Time Information (RTI) functionality that is now built into all Sage 50 Payroll software.
  • Introduction to Auto-enrolment.

Full Details:


Fundamentals of employment legislation for payroll – F/505/1274 (2 credits)
Composition of an employee payroll record - Y/505/1233 (2 credits)
Elements of gross pay - K/505/1236 (2 credits)
Statutory and non-statutory payments and additions - M/505/1254 (3 credits)
Termination of employment - F/505/1243 (1 credit)
Calculate gross pay - H/505/1235 (3 credits)
Computerised payroll theory - L/505/1276 (2 credits)
Computerised payroll skills - Y/505/1278 (4 credits)
Spreadsheet software - F/502/4625 (4 credits)

Entry Requirement

There are no formal entry requirements for the Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business.  However, it is recommended that before commencing a course leading to this qualification, the prospective learner will already have basic skills in numeracy, information technology and literacy. The successful completion of the Level 1 Award in Computerised Payroll for Business (QCF) would be an ideal qualification to allow progression to the Level 2.


On successful completion of all the units, the learner will receive a certificate to confirm the achievement of the Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business (QCF).  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 2.

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
Introduction to Real Time Information (RTI)
Preparing employee records
Starters – new employees
Using the HMRC Basic PAYE Tools
Calculation of Gross Pay
Deductions – Pension schemes and pension contributions
Processing the payroll – introduction to the PAYE system
Processing the payroll – income tax
Using the HMRC online PAYE calculator
Income tax implications for company pension schemes (revision)
Processing the payroll – National Insurance contributions
Using the HMRC online NIC calculator
Voluntary deductions
Student Loan repayments
Attachment of Earnings Orders & Deductions from Earnings Orders
Introduction to statutory additions and deductions
Statutory sick pay (SSP)
Statutory maternity pay (SMP)
Statutory adoption pay (SAP)
Statutory paternity pay and paternity leave
Recovery of statutory additions payments – from HMRC
Completing the processing of the payroll
Reports and payments due to HMRC
Spreadsheet software

Skills Unit:

Understanding how a computerised system fulfils all the functions of a manual payroll system.
Installation, configuration and use of Sage 50 Payroll software.
The course provides comprehensive and practical training, assuming no previous knowledge of payroll or a computerised payroll program. The workbooks give clear and helpful instructions with an abundance of screenshots and activities.


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