Designed for those new to payroll with little or no experience, this course teaches the basics of computerised payroll processing.

It is ideal for those who want to enhance their employability, progress their career or start running the payroll in their own businesses.

 Please note that this qualification is offered by the CIPP but delivered by Sage.

Who is the course aimed at?

This RQF accredited course is aimed at those new to payroll with little or no prior experience who want to increase their skills and employability or learn to run payroll in their own business.

What will I learn?

You will learn all the functions of computerised payroll processing from setting up company details, entering employee records and calculating gross pay to processing the first payroll and running all the reports required including payslips and end of period reports for HMRC payments.

Course content

  • Setting up the company details
  • Entering employee records
  • Calculating gross pay
  • Processing the first payroll
  • Running reports including payslips and end of period reports for HMRC payments

Upon completion, you will be awarded a computerised payroll for business level one certificate of completion from the CIPP, Sage and Skillsfirst.

Skillsfirst qualification specification

Delivery, duration and assessment

All course materials and activities are provided online and can also be accessed via mobile, enabling you to study at times and locations that are convenient for you. 

You will also receive:

  • Access to Sage 50 Payroll software for six months (RRP £500)
  • Enrolment on to the Sage Qualifications e-learning Portal, where you will be able to access all online learning materials, including formative and practice simulations.

This course usually requires 50 hours of study. You could do this in 9-12 weeks if you wanted to study one day per week. Initially, you have access to the software and portal for six months, but this can be extended for a small additional cost..

You will complete self-assessments and a practice test, followed by a final online assessment.

Technical requirements

You do not need any specialist software to complete the course satisfactorily. You will however need to have:

  • An email address: For information security reasons, you must use a named email account, as we cannot create an account for generic email addresses (e.g.
  • An up-to-date internet browser: To access the CIPP e-learning portal (Google Chrome is recommended)
  • Up-to-date Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Software (please check with your IT department if in doubt)
  • A regularly updated virus checker
  • Certain documents cannot be access via the use of Apple software e.g. MacBooks

Booking information

For more information please email or call us on 0121 712 1063.

Closing date for bookings is two weeks prior to the course date.

Login details will be sent by close of business on the day the course starts.