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.

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Is this for you?

This is a great introductory course for beginners who are looking to work as a Payroll Assistant, Payroll Clerk or Payroll Officer. The course is also great for anyone looking to work in HR where Payroll can be a key responsibility, or anyone who is taking on the company payroll in their current responsibilities.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 4 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date


Study Type

Blended, distance learning, in centre

Training Type



4 hours

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About this course

Our Payroll Principles course is a great short course for anyone wanting to know more about the theory behind running a business’s company payroll.

You’ll start at the beginning with an overview of exactly what payroll is and go through all the key elements involved in processing the payroll including RTI, Statutory Payments and employee data protection.

The course can be studied in any of our handy local centres, or alternatively, if you prefer you can do your payroll training online, using our distance learning system. Either way, you’ll have the full support of our Course Advisors for the duration of your studies. Once you’ve successfully completed the course, you’ll get a Pitman Training Certificate to confirm your newly learnt skills.


There are three lessons within the Payroll Principles course which cover the following:

Lesson One: You’ll start by learning to understand what Payroll is, the roles and responsibilities of payroll, requirements of Real Time Information (RTI), understanding the differences between employed and self-employed, overview of employee rights.

Lesson Two: You’ll look at what employee information is held by a business, the importance of data protection, the purpose of a P45 or starter checklist, how the PAYE system works, student loan repayments, recognising the different elements on a payslip.

Lesson Three: In the final lesson you’ll cover statutory payments, including Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay. You’ll then look at the steps to follow when an employee leaves and the process to follow at payroll year end. 

Aims and Objectives

This short course is designed to give you an overview of the theory behind running a payroll. Once you’ve gained the theoretical knowledge, you will be in the perfect position to go on and learn how to use a computerised payroll program and put everything you’ve learnt into practical use. From there you can look to gain prestigious qualifications such as AAT Level 2. 


There are no formal pre-requisites required before starting this course but some prior knowledge of Microsoft Word would be preferred.

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

From this course you could work towards a career in finance, accounting or even HR where you can utilise your payroll knowledge to help process the businesses salaries. 

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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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