Level 3 Certificate in Computerised Payroll Administration

This qualification has been designed to provide the essential knowledge and skills required to complement and enable candidates to progress to other L3 qualifications in the IAB framework and to give the confidence and skills to seek employment.

Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 10409
Campus: Bangor
Study Type: Part-Time
Education Level Further Education
Department: Business & Management

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Course Overview

In summary, the qualification will enable candidates to:

  • Accurately process/administer payroll under Real Time Information (RTI) regulations using computer based skills
  • Develop their understanding of more advanced aspects of day-to-day payroll procedures and how to apply them to a computerised system (to include monthly and year end routines and treatment of employee expenses and benefits).
  • Develop skills in dealing with the NIC for directors and the information required by the commercial software to calculate NIC for a director.
  • Develop an understanding of the processing of redundancy and further termination payments.
  • Develop further skills to perform routine and some non-routine payroll tasks.
  • Reconciling the payroll at period ends using both manual and computerised techniques
  • Understand the importance of accuracy, security and statutory responsibilities in performing any payroll task

 1 Be able to set up and maintain a computerised payroll system

2 Be able to set up employee records within a computerised payroll system

3 Be able to determine an employee’s gross pay from a range of payroll information

4 Be able to enter details of gross pay elements into the computerised payroll system

5 Be able to enter details of voluntary and statutory deductions

6 Be able to process the payroll within given timescales

7 Be able to reconcile the payroll and produce internal and external reports according to given timescales

learners already have some practical knowledge and skills and wish to gain an accredited qualification in the subject of payroll. Learners who are considering a career as a self-employed practitioner will find the course invaluable, as will businesses owners who would like to be actively involved in the gathering, processing and reconciling of payroll data and keeping of payroll records for their business

The Level 3 Certificate in Payroll for Business qualification aims to provide learners with a comprehensive range of knowledge and the practical skills that they will be able to use as a senior payroll processor or payroll administrator for a variety of businesses.

On successful completion of the qualification the learner will have the knowledge and skills to:

 Accurately process and/or administer the payroll under Real Time Information (RTI) regulations using manual and computer based skills 

Keep accurate payroll records keeping; giving the learner the necessary skills to record financial payroll transactions in a both a manual and computerised environment

Assess their own competence in carrying out a range of payroll routines and activities in both manual and computerised payroll system including day-to-day, monthly and year end routines. The activities will include the calculation of pay data and processing of that data using day-to-day payroll processing skills and reconciling the payroll at period ends

Deal with different payroll situations, such as directors and those leaving their employment due to redundancy

Assess the implications when accuracy is not maintained

Understand the importance of security and confidentiality in performing all payroll task

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to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level offered by a professional payroll or taxation body, thereby expanding their knowledge and skills base in the subject area

The Level 3 Certificate in Payroll for Business qualification is specifically aimed at learners who wish to further their studies of payroll and gain a qualification at Level 3 of the regulated qualification framework, either from a point of no previous knowledge, or having already achieved the IAB Level 2 Award in Payroll for Business. It would be hoped, however, that the learners would have some background knowledge of payroll before commencing this qualification.

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