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Skillsfirst Award in Computerised Payroll for Business RQF (Level 1)

RQF Qualification, Online Self Study, Sage Software & Certification Included

Sage qualifications


£448 inc VAT
Or £74.67/mo. for 6 months...
Study method
Online, self-paced
60 hours
Access to content
6 months
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • TOTUM card is available to purchase separately What's this?

1 student purchased this course


An excellent starting point if you are new to payroll. Learn on the most up to date and premium version of Sage 50c payroll software in your own time and at your own speed. You will also learn the underpinning knowledge of payroll processing, for example tax codes and how they work, NI contributions and their calculation. This knowledge is important so that you know how statutory payroll works within the software. Enhance our employability, progress in your career or learn how to run the payroll system for your own business.

Jointly developed by Sage UK in partnership with Skillsfirst, this RQF Accredited Qualification could help you to become a Payroll Assistant, Payroll Clerk, Payroll Administrator, Assistant Accountant or in another similar job role.


You will study three mandatory units organised accross a knowledge unit and a skills unit. These two units will give you an excellent start in understanding payroll administration and control.

  • Making gross pay calculations
  • Payroll preparation
  • Computerised payroll administration

What do you get?

  • Access to Sage 50c Payroll software for six months - extensions to the software are available for a small extra fee
  • Enrolment on to the Sage Qualifications e-learning Portal, where you will be able to access all online learning materials with self-test activities, videos and tutorials.
  • Practice simulations if you want to undertake some further exercises.
  • Formative and summative testing that can be done in your own time at your own home.

You will have access to the software and the portal for 6 months but don’t worry if you need a little longer, we can organise that at a small extra cost for you.

Who is this course for?

  • An excellent starting point if you are new to Payroll
  • Learn on the most up to date and premium version of Sage 50 Payroll software in your own time and at your own speed
  • Certification from Sage UK
  • Learn how to run the payroll from start to finish and understand related reports
  • Enhance our employability, progress in your career


In order for the Sage software to work, you must have Windows Vista or above installed on a computer.

Sage software is not compatible with Apple Macs, unless you are running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 via Apple's Boot Camp utility.

Career path

Skillsfirst Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business RQF Level 2

Computerised Payroll Level 3

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.