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Year one - Practitioner certificate in payroll

Year one of the Foundation Degree in Payroll Management focuses on core principals of payroll processing and manual tax calulations.

Objectives of the payroll department

  • Data gathering and payroll production
  • Employment status

Assessment of pay and benefits

  • Introduction to remuneration and employee benefits
  • Contractual payments
  • Performance related pay; e.g. bonuses and commission
  • Types of pension schemes and introduction to pensions provision and auto enrolment
  • PAYE income tax allowances

Working in a team

  • Communication
  • Effective co-ordination
  • Team structure and roles within the team
  • Setting and meeting objectives

Deductions from pay

  • National insurance
  • Income tax
  • Court orders
  • Student loans
  • Other deductions

Absence processing

  • Statutory and occupational sick, maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Annual leave
  • Compassionate leave
  • Unauthorised absences

Year two - Advanced practitioner certificate in payroll

Following on from the basics learned in year one of the Foundation Degree in Payroll Management, year two looks further into payroll processing an specifically into statutory payments.

Leading the team

  • Monitoring and controlling performance
  • Appraisals
  • Supervisory skills
  • Change management
  • Contracts of employment

Provision of effective and efficient administration

  • Payment methods and distribution arrangements
  • Audit practices and procedures
  • Balancing and accounting for payroll
  • Management information and distribution
  • Quality standards

Contractual aspects of payroll administration

  • Employment law and its impact on payroll
  • Transfers
  • Permanent and temporary changes to contracts
  • Starters and leavers; including retirement and redundancies
  • Equal opportunities

Advanced payroll processing

  • Pay awards
  • Pay spines
  • Teachers’ pay structure
  • Remuneration packages
  • Automatic enrolment
  • Introduction to flexible benefits
  • End of year
  • Directors’ NIC
  • Salary sacrifice
  • Termination payments
  • Overpayments

Define and manage, systems, security and risk

  • System requirements
  • Management information
  • Data storage
  • Data protection
  • Security and confidentiality
  • Fraud
  • Payroll contingencies
  • Disruptions and risks to payroll
  • Employer obligations

Year three: Diploma in payroll management

Year three of the qualifications focuses on the more advanced payroll processing and strategic planning.

Work based project

  • Develop a research design and strategy
  • Work independently, self-critically and in an organised way on research tasks
  • Exercise critical judgement on concepts, theories and models appropriate to a work-based issue
  • Apply those concepts, theories and models to a work-based issue while sustaining a coherent and logical argument
  • Articulate and communicate the findings
  • Determine feasible opportunities for organisational development

Improving services and operations

  • Managing operations for services
  • Planning, obtaining and monitoring resources
  • Benchmarking quality issues
  • Planning and delivering projects
  • Customer service
  • Managing change and continuous improvement

Flexible benefits, finance and budgets

  • P11D and P9D requirements
  • Third party benefits
  • Compensatory benefits
  • Class 1A NICs
  • Salary sacrifice
  • Creating and controlling benefits

Understanding customers and clients

  • Marketing skills and techniques
  • Negotiation skills and techniques
  • Verbal communication and body language
  • Managing time
  • Effective presentations
  • Decision making
  • Taking part in and chairing meetings
  • Problem solving
  • Creativity

Personal Effectiveness and Professional Development

  • Career planning/goal setting to fit with the ever changing world of work
  • Recognising and using opportunities for the transfer of own skills, especially work based skills
  • Consideration of evidence for accreditation of prior learning and experience
  • Application of learning which enables personal development leading to enrichment of skills, knowledge and best performance