Bookkeeping IAB Levels 1 & 2 in Sage Payroll Management

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Who is it for? Students with little or no previous experience of payroll or Sage 50 Payroll software
Qualification: IAB Level 1 in Sage Payroll Management
IAB Level 2 in Sage Payroll Management
Location: Online learning
Start date: Ongoing
Duration: 12 months' typical completion time

Learn the basics of computerised payroll

Every business needs to run a payroll and understand PAYE and national insurance. Sage Payroll training will provide you with the knowledge and Sage 50 Payroll skills you need to secure a job in one of the most important roles in business.

The IAB Levels 1 & 2 in Sage Payroll Management course combines two IAB payroll qualifications:

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

If you are looking to master the basics of payroll, this payroll qualification provide the perfect introduction to the profession; teaching you how to prepare the payroll, compose an employee payroll record, make gross pay calculations, deduct statutory and non-statutory payments, work with spreadsheet software and handle the latest RTI.

Our online payroll course is the only Payroll qualification accredited by Sage, will provide you with the essential skills required to work in payroll, teaching you how to confidently navigate Sage 50 Payroll: the software of choice for over 400,000 organisations in the UK.

Learn computerised payroll skills with Sage 50 Payroll

Sage 50 Payroll is the easy-to-use payroll software that allows companies to manage and automate their payroll process. Recognised by HMRC and automatically updated to reflect the latest payroll regulations, Sage is the world's most popular business software, used by six million organisations across the world.

The software allows you to automate the payroll processes; accurately calculate employee wages, efficiently make payments online, and create the official forms you need to submit to HMRC.

IAB Levels 1 & 2 in Sage Payroll Management course consists of 12 units in total - three for the level 1 Award and nine for the level 2 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).

View an example of course content from the IAB Levels 1 & 2 in Sage Payroll Management.

Course Snapshot

  • Two recognised qualifications: IAB Level 1 in Sage Payroll Management & IAB Level 2 in Sage Payroll Management
  • Levels 1 & 2 - comparable to studying at GCSE 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
  • 12 months’ typical completion time
  • 12 units – three making up the level 1 Award and nine making up the level 2 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 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.

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.

Payroll management is one of the most important aspects of a 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, levels 1 & 2 online payroll courses will give you a comprehensive introduction to Sage 50 Payroll software, providing you with the basic skills required to secure a role working within the profession.

Completing the levels 1 & 2 course will qualify you for the following roles within an organisation:

Payroll Clerk


Payroll Administrator


Upon successful completion of your level 2 studies 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:

  • Designatory letters after your name (AIAB)
  • Business support helpline
  • Preferential rates for Insurance and ‘IAB Privileges’
  • Continuing Professional Development and networking opportunities
  • 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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