Level 2 Award in Payroll for Business

The Level 2 Award 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 payroll processor for a variety of businesses


Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 10822
Campus: Bangor, Lisburn
Study Type: Part-Time
Education Level Further Education
Department: Business & Management

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Course Overview

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

  • Accurately process the payroll under Real Time Information (RTI) regulations   
  • 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 day-to-day payroll routines and activities in both manual and computerised payroll system.
  • The activities will include the calculation of pay data and processing of that data using day-to-day payroll processing skills. 
  • Assess the implications when accuracy is not maintained    
  • Understand the importance of security and confidentiality in performing all payroll tasks

Learners are required to pay an individual IAB membership fee of £50 (21/22 rate) in addition to SERC course fees, this may be subject to change as determined by IAB year on year.

Programme modules:

  •  Principles of employment legislation and payroll processing
  •  Computerised Payroll Processing

 The prospective entrants are required to have basic skills in numeracy and literacy.   

Students will have the opportunity to learn the following throughout the completion of the programme:

  • to accurately process the payroll under Real Time Information (RTI) regulations   
  • 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 day-to-day payroll routines and activities in both manual and computerised payroll system. The activities will include the calculation of pay data and processing of that data using day-to-day payroll processing skills. 
  • Assess the implications when accuracy is not maintained    
  • Understand the importance of security and confidentiality in performing all payroll task

The Level 2 Award in Payroll for Business qualification is specifically aimed at learners who wish to further their studies of payroll and gain a qualification at Level 2 of the regulated qualification framework, either from a point of no previous knowledge, or having already achieved the IAB Level 1 Award in Payroll for Business.  The qualification will appeal to those learners who 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 and processing of payroll data and keeping of payroll records for their business.

Students can progress to

  • to another qualification at Level 2    
  • or to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level, thereby expanding their knowledge and skills base in the subject area
  • IAB Level 3 Cert in payroll for business

 There are no formal entry requirements for the Level 2 Award in Payroll for Business qualification. However, it is recommended that prospective entrants have basic skills in numeracy and literacy.   

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