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.

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Is this for you?

This practical course is great for anyone working in bookkeeping and accounts. It’s designed for people who have an understanding of manual payroll systems and a knowledge of payroll principles and statutory requirements such as PAYE, National Insurance, Statutory Maternity Pay and Sick Pay.  

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 30 CPD points upon successful completion


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Study Type

In centre

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30 hours or 1 week full-time study

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About this course

Sage 50 Payroll has been created to bring your payroll skills up to date, making use of the latest technologies. Sage is the most commonly used accounting system, integrated into many businesses globally. It’s crucial to be able to work with this system in today’s technology driven world. A really practical step by step course, Sage Payroll takes people with a prior knowledge of payroll principles to the next level, so you can benefit from automated systems and logging all details within a centralised system.

This Sage 50 Payroll training course walks you through best practice methods of carrying out Payroll processes and HMRC reporting and payments.

Within this course you’ll cover:-

  • Setting up Details on Sage - An introduction to  the Computerised Payroll system shows you how to set up new company details on Sage, how to set up employee records and manage company settings. It also covers setting up Pay Elements, Pay Deductions and Company Loans.
  • Adding in specific schemes - Sage is intended to be as bespoke as possible to each businesses needs. You’ll see how to add Company Pension Schemes and set up Holiday schemes relevant to the specific business you’re working for.
  • Understanding the Payroll Cycle - A quick look at the payroll cycle covers the basics of all elements involved and the considerations to be made each month. This also looks at Processing the Payroll for weekly and monthly paid employees.
  • Real Time Information (RTI) processes  - Understand the commitments of RTI for employee PAYE and ensure you are working to the government guidelines.
  • Entering Payments - A practical walk through of how to enter payments so they are accurately logged, and easily found on the system.
  • Dealing with Statutory pay - The course covers the requirements of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP); Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) and Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) to ensure you’re working to legislation.
  • Pensions and auto-enrolment - learn more about the legislation and rules for Workplace Pensions. 
  • Reports & Backups - Pre and Post Update reports and backups.
  • E-submissions - See how to submit accounting information and make payments online.
  • Voluntary deductions & Student Loans - See how to log these and how to incorporate voluntary deductions and student loan payments into payroll systems.
  • Processing Starters and Leavers - The basics of adding and removing people from the system, looking at the documentation required when people join and leave the business.
  • Payments due to HMRC - This covers a number of different payments a business is required to make to HMRC, looking at the requirements, process and legalities of fulfilling this.
  • Calculating the Cost of Wages - see how Sage Payroll can help you calculate the cost of wages through its automated systems.

Aims and Objectives

The aim of this course is to enable you to make use of Sage 50 Payroll to do everything you currently do manually, plus much more. It also helps you record the regulatory data in an organised manner, to ensure you’re working to best practice, and have data immediately at your fingertips should you need it.

This course brings you the skills you need to use this popular payroll program to confidently process any businesses payroll. Being able to use Sage 50 Payroll should lead to greater productivity, but it also helps the business conform to employment legislation and data security requirements.

Broken down into practical modules this course is a very popular and well received introduction to moving from manual payroll to computerised payroll, and it incorporates all the new government requirements for RTI reporting.



There are no formal 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 keen to work as a Payroll Administrator or Payroll Clerk, this course will help you gain valuable skills to prove your abilities to potential employers. Other roles where payroll training will come in useful include HR Administrator or HR Manager. 

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


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