Payroll Award

This is a great award programme if you wish to learn manual and computerised payroll. Fully flexible and self-paced, it is suitable for beginner level. You'll gain practical experience on how to run a payroll manually first of all, so you get to know the processes and procedures, then you will learn how to run a payroll using Sage. In addition to the payroll elements of this Award you'll study Microsoft Excel, a valuable spreadsheet programme widely used in finance and payroll departments. 

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Is this for you?

The course is highly practical in nature – not only will you have the knowledge you need, but through a range of practical exercises based on real-life scenarios, you will have the skills and confidence to apply your new payroll knowledge in the world of work. Ideal for anyone who wants to either work in finance or HR where payroll will be a part of the role. 

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 60 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date


Study Type

Blended, distance learning, in centre

Training Type



60 hours or 2 weeks full-time study

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About this award

Our Payroll Award is one of our range of Mini-Diplomas.

If you have an aptitude for figures and wish to learn manual and computerised payroll, then this practical course is for you. Through studying for this Award, you will become confident in popular and in-demand software including Sage Payroll and Microsoft Excel. This means you’ll have all you need to get into the world of payroll; the Award will also help secure you an interview in a payroll department.

You can start when you like and our flexible learning system means you can fit your studying around your existing work and home commitments. There will also be a course advisor on hand to help, should you need additional support

  • Flexible training which fits around your commitments
  • Support on hand from our friendly course advisors
  • Get the skills in demand by employers

Aims and Objectives

The aim of this Award is to teach you how to run a business payroll - both manual and computerised, so that you are able to effectively and efficiently put your skills directly into practice in the workplace.

Courses Included

Payroll Principles

Payroll Principles is a great short course that can be studied in just 4 hours. The course is designed to teach those new to payroll the theory behind the practicalities of running a business’s company payroll.

Sage 50 Payroll

Amongst all our finance courses, Sage training is the most popular and the most in demand. This course brings you the skills you need to use this popular payroll program.


Microsoft Excel is the world’s most popular spreadsheet program. This course is suitable for beginner to intermediate level. Over 10 self-paced lessons you'll learn how to format your spreadsheet to best display your information, handle simple and complex formulas, insert charts, learn how to insert functions such as IFERROR and much much more.

alternative Excel Expert

Our Excel Expert level course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to use this popular spreadsheet programme to an advanced level. You can choose whether you'd like to study 2013 or 2010 and over a series of self-paced lessons you'll learn how to perform tasks such as conditional formatting, recording and running macros, working with pivot tables and using statistical functions. 


There are no specific pre-requisites required. 

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: - 



  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.



Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).


Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.


* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.



Career Path

If you're training to learn how to process a business payroll you could work towards a career as Payroll Clerk, Finance Assistant, Accounts Assistant, HR Administrator or even HR Manager. 

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Whats the difference?

We offer a range of training packages in a range of subject areas and can offer blended learning opportunities to best meet your needs.


Our courses are practical in nature and focus on a single subject and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.


Diplomas are designed to give you a complete skillset mapped to a specific career path and contain a number of core and elective courses.

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