FdSc Payroll Management (UK Payroll)

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The FdSc Payroll Management (UK Payroll) is a new qualification designed for future payroll leaders.
Students embarking on this qualification will gain strategic business skills in relation to the management of a payroll department, including examining payroll compliance and risk mitigation, analysing the different ways of running payroll within businesses globally and retaining key talent.
Graduates of the FdSc Payroll Management (UK Payroll) are eligible for Full membership of the CIPP. Students completing the course also take a significant step towards meeting the criteria for Chartered membership.

Why should I invest in this qualification?

Payroll is responsible for managing the largest expenditure of most businesses. Coupled with the ever-increasing regulations and responsibilities entrusted to payroll, it is paramount for organisations to have competent and knowledgeable payroll professionals managing this function.
This qualification teaches students management and business strategies. It imparts the skills and insight to solve problems proactively, seek improvements to workplace practices, and identifies incorrect processes that could lead to non-compliance penalties or tribunals if unchecked.
Students are required to readily apply their new-found knowledge to the workplace, enabling employers to realise tangible benefits whilst their employees undertake their studies and beyond graduation.

Who is this qualification aimed at?

This qualification is aimed at existing, or aspiring payroll managers, supervisors or team leaders who wish to progress to payroll management positions whilst gaining a UK-recognised university diploma.
The programme is targeted towards those who work in all payroll environments, from payroll service providers to accountancy firms, in-house payroll teams, and sole payrollers. Completing this course significantly enhances career opportunities within the payroll industry, enabling progression into payroll management roles, payroll consultancy, payroll software development, and positions in reward and benefits management.


This programme is delivered at levels four and five and is structured around a linear model in which students study a single module as they progress through the programme structure.


Level 4 

Module 1 - Introduction to Academic Study Skills – 20 May 2024

  • Self-motivation, resilience, and reflectiveness

  • Managing study and work

  • Understanding the type of language used in academic writing

  • Writing clearly and concisely

  • An introduction to academic argument

  • An introduction to literature searching

  • An introduction to critical reading and writing

  • Understanding referencing and an introduction to Harvard Referencing

  • Introduction to reflection

  • Introduction to ethical issues


Module 2 - Managing People – 23 September 2024

  • The nature and practice of performance management

  • Types of performance management interventions, counselling, coaching, appraisal, and disciplinary process.

  • Employee engagement

  • The impact of organisational climate on staffing levels

  • Flexible resource models

  • Developing people

  • Ethics and corporate social responsibility


Module 3 - Payroll Practitioner – 13 January 2025

  • Statutory and contractual compliance issues

  • Risk and their mitigation, including fraud and errors, over and underpayments

  • Introduction to tools to identify and to mitigate risks 

  • Resourcing challenges: staffing levels, staff skills and knowledge and succession planning 

  • Analytics and standards

  • The above will be within the context of working practices surrounding: 

  • Statutory payments 

  • Expenses and benefits 

  • Termination payments (including holiday pay) 

  • National Minimum Wage 


Module 4 - Organisational Effectiveness – 5 May 2025

  • The nature and practice of Organisational Effectiveness

  • Organisational Structure and Culture

  • Employee development

  • The impact of different motivational forms

  • Team dynamics

  • Conflict Management

  • Ethics and corporate social responsibility


Level 5
Module 5 - Academic Study Skills – 28 October 2025

  • Citation and Harvard referencing

  • Literature searching

  • Academic research (Primary, Secondary and Desk-based)

  • Evaluating sources

  • Research Methods (Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed-method)

  • Academic arguments (Understanding strengths and limitations) and structure

  • Understanding reflective practice

  • Understanding ethics in academic writing


Module 6 - Leadership and Management Development – 17 February 2025

  • Attributes of Leadership and Management

  • Transactional and Transformational Leadership

  • Leadership Traits

  • Groups and Teams

  • Diagnostic of Personal Strengths

  • Ethics and corporate social responsibility and the role of the leader


Module 7 - Employment Law – 9 June 2025

  • An overview of the English Legal System 

  • Sources of Law that underpin Payroll and Employment Benefits 

  • Fundamental Principles of Contract Law 

  • The Contract of Employment and Worker Status 

  • Legal Management of Organisational Change and the Contract of employment 

  • Discharge / Termination of Contract  

  • Legal Recruitment and Selection 

  • Types of Organisational Data, Data Usage and Ethics 

  • Data Management and Compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018 

  • Application of Employment Benefits


Module 8 – Work Based Project – 13 October 2025

  • Project planning

  • Understanding the process of research

  • Problem identification including articulating objectives and deliverables 

  • Time and resource management

  • Presenting an argument and advocating

  • Sourcing evidence and justifying methods

  • Considering ethics and principles of responsible management

  • Analysing and interpreting data

  • Reflecting and identifying future directions

  • Evaluating process and outcome

Entry requirements

  •  Must be over 16 years of age.

  • Proficient in Maths and English to L2 (GCSE).

  • Should be working in a payroll environment or have responsibility for a payroll function.

  • Must hold associate student membership or above whilst studying the FdSc.


The FdSc Payroll Management (UK Payroll) is delivered online. Learning is primarily independent, with students guided to appropriate resources through the University of Lincoln's website. However, online seminars will facilitate discussions, lecture materials and directed reading.
We recommend 8 – 10 hours of independent study time per week, in addition to scheduled learning.

How much does it cost?

The qualification costs £12,500. This cost will be split into three payments due at the start of modules one, three and six.
While studying this qualification, you are required to be at least an Associate member of the CIPP. CIPP membership provides invaluable support for further reading and research while studying the qualification. This costs £145.00 per year for an Associate student membership subscription, saving you £80*.
If you are already a valued Associate or above member of the CIPP, only the qualification fee is payable.

What do my course fees include?

  • Allocation of fully qualified lecturers to support you during your studies.

  • Induction session providing course information, structure, and advice.

  • Individual and group Tutorials

  • Access to the University of Lincoln's study platform, which provides:

    • Discussion forums so that students can support each other and where tutors can respond to any questions relevant to the whole group

    • Study material, induction, module workshop and tutorial slides, plus other relevant information

  • University registration and the University of Lincoln student membership with specialist online student support.

For more information, please call 0121 712 1044 or email us.

*Saving equates to a reduction of the associate member fee of £30, plus we will waive the £50 registration fee.

Exam and assignment fees: Please note that there will be no additional costs for deferrals and re-sits if required.  

Prices are valid until 1 September 2024 and reviewed annually for new students. The fee will remain the same for the duration of the course once students are enrolled.

Fees & timetables


  • Course fee: £12,500. This cost will be split into three payments due at the start of modules one, three and six.

  • Assessment resit fee: £75 + VAT

  • Course deferral fee: £150 + VAT


Apply by
Online Induction
Course Start Date (first day of teaching)
October 2024


To enrol onto the Foundation Degree Payroll Management (UK Payroll), you will need to be an associate member or above. Please contact us if you would like to enrol onto this qualification. 

Student Loans

Students enrolling on the Foundation Degree Payroll Management (UK Payroll) are eligible to apply for a student loan to assist with funding these qualifications. Student loans are available to all self-funding students in England who have yet to receive a student loan. They are not based on, nor do they affect your credit rating.

Students living outside of England, in Scotland, Wales or Ireland for example, are outside the student loan process. Students from these areas who require public support to assist with funding should apply for a part-time student grant from their respective governing body.

The benefits of a student loan to an individual would be:
  • No requirement to pay course fees upfront

  • No repayment unless or until you reach the gross earnings threshold for student loans outlined within current legislation

  • Repayments only commence following completion of the qualification

  • No effect on your credit history

You can find information on how to apply for a student loan on the University of Lincoln’s dedicated page.

When applying for a student loan for the FdSc Payroll Management (UK Payroll), you will be asked for the name of the Institute. Please state the 'University of Lincoln', not the CIPP, on your application form.

We suggest you contact the University of Lincoln team before completing the student loan application to obtain the correct information.

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Enrolments for the Autumn intake is now open! Deadline is 23 September 2024.

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