Is This for You?

The Sage Business Cloud Payroll course is ideal for those who have a basic knowledge of manual payroll and are looking to develop their career prospects. If you’re seeking to work in accounts, payroll, or HR, this course is the ideal choice for you.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 25 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date
Study Type
In centre, online, or a combination
Training Type
approx. 25 hours

About This Course

Sage is an extremely popular software system that is used around the globe, in businesses large and small. To keep up with modern technology and be employable to most companies, you need to have knowledge of Sage Business Cloud Payroll. This course will make you a valuable asset to any company.

This course walks you through best practice methods of carrying out payroll processes and HMRC reporting and payments and much more.

The course covers areas such as processing SSP, SMP, holiday pay, processing leavers, and producing reports for management. The list goes on, but one thing remains the same: you’ll be kept up to date on all of the latest technologies and methods used within Sage Business Cloud Payroll, giving you confidence that you’ll be job-ready upon completion of the course.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Sage Certificate of Competency.

The course is organised into chapters and covers the following topics:

  • Sage Business Cloud Workspace
  • Setting up a New Company
  • Profile Settings
  • Help and Tips
  • Creating Payments and Deductions
  • Pay Day Calendar Settings
  • Creating Employee Records
  • Automatic Enrolment/Company Pensions
  • Processing a Weekly Pay Run
  • Correcting Mistakes
  • Correcting a Weekly Pay Run
  • Holiday Pay
  • New Employees Editing
  • Employee Records
  • Leavers
  • Period End Procedures
  • Internal Reports
  • Statutory Sick Pay
  • Attachment of Earnings Orders
  • Statutory Maternity Pay
  • Statutory Paternity Pay
  • Statutory Adoption Pay
  • Maintaining the Security of Data
  • Data Management

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Aims and Objectives

By the end of this course, you’ll have a thorough knowledge of valuable cloud payroll skills using Sage. Gaining these skills will stand you in good stead with employers, giving you a route towards career progression.


Ideally, you should know how to work your way through the manual payroll process before moving onto this course. If you’re new to payroll, take a look at our Payroll Principles course as a starting point.

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.

With further training, other roles where payroll skills are useful include HR Administrator or HR Manager.

What’s 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.