Bookkeeping IAB Levels 1, 2 & 3 in Sage Payroll Management

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Who is it for? Students with little or no previous experience of payroll who want an economical route to becoming fully qualified in the field
Qualification: IAB Level 1 in Sage Payroll Management
IAB Level 2 in Sage Payroll Management
IAB Level 3 in Sage Payroll Management
Location: Online learning
Start date: Ongoing
Duration: 18 months' typical completion time

Gain a solid understanding of everything that goes into payroll in just 18 months

Every business needs to run a payroll and understand PAYE and National Insurance.

The IAB Levels 1, 2 & 3 in Computerised Payroll for Business course combines all three IAB payroll qualifications:

  • The IAB Level 1 in Sage Payroll Management (QCF: 601/0472/7)
  • The IAB Level 2 in Sage Payroll Management (QCF: 601/0476/4)
  • The IAB Level 3 in Sage Payroll Management (QCF: 601/0483/1).

Your computerised payroll training will begin with a comprehensive introduction to payroll and Sage 50 payroll software, building your on your knowledge and skills as you progress with your online training.

Upon completion of your Sage payroll training you will have a solid understanding of everything that goes into payroll and will be equipped with the applied skills required for a position as a professional Payroll Clerk or Manager in an organisation or payroll bureau.

This is the only British payroll qualification jointly designed and accredited by Sage themselves and the only route to obtaining all three accredited payroll qualifications from the International Association of Book-keepers (IAB), in one course.

Go from basic to pro in Sage 50 Payroll

Sage 50 Payroll is the easy-to-use payroll software of choice for most small and medium-sized businesses across the world.

Sage payroll courses will teach you how to get the most from Sage 50 Payroll software and undertake a range of computerised payroll procedures; including how to run reports, apply NIC deductions, adjust for pay in lieu and create employee records from Human Resources information.

Upon successful completion of all three IAB payroll qualifications, you will be able to use Sage 50 payroll to its full potential, and will be equipped to take on a supervisory or managerial role in payroll.

The IAB Levels 1, 2 & 3 in Sage Payroll Management course consists of 18 units in total - three for the level 1 Award, nine for the level 2 certificate and 6 for the level 3 Certificate:

Level 1 Award:

  • Computerised payroll administration (4 credits)
  • Making gross pay calculations (2 credits)
  • Payroll preparation (3 credits).

Level 2 Certificate:

  • Fundamentals of employment legislation for payroll (2 credits)
  • Composition of an employee payroll record (2 credits)
  • Elements of gross pay (2 credits)
  • Statutory and non-statutory payments and additions (3 credits)
  • Termination of employment (1 credit)
  • Computerised payroll theory (2 credits)
  • Calculate gross pay (3 credits)
  • Spreadsheet software (4 credits)
  • Computerised payroll skills (4 credits).

Level 3 Certificate:

  • Employment legislation for payroll (2 credits)
  • Statutory and non-statutory reporting of payroll data (2 credits)
  • PAYE, Income tax and National Insurance Contributions (5 credits)
  • Theory of termination of employment (3 credits)
  • Determining gross pay (4 credits)
  • Computerised Payroll administration (8 credits).

Course Snapshot

  • Three recognised qualifications: IAB Level 1 Award in Computerised Payroll for Business, IAB Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business & IAB Level 3 Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business
  • Levels 1, 2 & 3 - comparable to studying at GCSE and A-Level
  • Accredited by the International Association of Book-keepers (IAB) and Sage
  • QCF accredited: units made up of credit values, recognised by the Government approved regulating body Ofqual
  • 18 months’ typical completion time
  • 18 units – three making up the level 1 Award, nine making up the level 2 Certificate, and six making up the level 3 Certificate
  • Assessments: Students are continually assessed throughout the course from submitted assignments and projects. There are no exams with these courses.

What is Included?

  • High quality course books
  • 24 hour access to our Virtual Learning Campus
  • Student membership with the IAB for the duration of your studies
  • Full tutorial support via phone, email and online forums
  • Regular live online classes from your tutor
  • Sage 50 Payroll software*.

* Full copy of the latest version of Sage 50 Payroll, which is time limited for use for the duration of the course.

There are no formal entry requirements for the IAB Levels 1, 2 & 3 in Sage Payroll Management course, but it is recommend that you have basic qualifications in English and Mathematics.

Before you enrol on any Home Learning College course, please ensure that you have read and understood the further pre-entry requirements below:

  • You have a valid UK address (students outside the UK will receive an additional postage charge)
  • You are over the age of 18 or have a third party payee for any financial agreement
  • You have a solid grasp of the English language – if English is not your first language an IELTS 5.5 is required
  • You have access to a computer and the Internet throughout your study period
  • You have basic computer skills in order to navigate our Virtual Learning Campus
  • You are fully committed to your studies.

Talk to one of our Course Advisors to find out more about possible exemptions on the course.

Did you know that one of the most common challenges people face in pursuing education is the cost? That is why Home Learning College has developed the most flexible payment terms of any other UK distance learning provider. You can pay in full immediately or split your course fees over two or three instalments at no extra charge.

Alternatively you can apply for our 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months payment plans*. Representative APR 16.9%. These plans are offered by our finance provider Omni Capital, take a look at a representative APR Example. Speak to one of our Course Advisors for further details.

* Exact package varies by course, all credit agreements are subject to you enrolling on a qualifying course with Home Learning College. Any offer of credit will be is subject to your age, status and a credit check. Any Credit Agreement you enter into is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance, and is governed by their Terms and Conditions. Home Learning College is a broker on behalf of Omni Capital Retail Finance only.

The payroll department is one of the most important in the business. Working in payroll can provide excellent job security and the opportunity for a very well paid career.

If you are looking to become a skilled payroll professional, the IAB Levels 1, 2 & 3 in Computerised Payroll for Business course will take you from beginner to advanced level in just 18 months.

Completing all three online payroll courses will qualify you for the following roles within an organisation:

Payroll Clerk


Payroll team


Payroll Manager


Upon successful completion of your payroll training you will be able to apply for Associate level membership with the IAB and use the appropriate designatory letters (AIAB) after your name.

Benefits of Associate level membership:

  • Business support helpline
  • Designatory letters after your name (AIAB)
  • Preferential rates for Insurance and ‘IAB Privileges’
  • Continuing Professional Development and networking opportunities
  • Preferential rates for Professional Indemnity insurance
  • Access to useful information held in members only area of the IAB website
  • Monthly e-newsletter of news relevant to small businesses
  • Technical advice covering Tax, VAT, PAYE, Payroll, Employment & Personnel, Health and Safety and Commercial Law.

*Source: Total Jobs Salary Checker 2014

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