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Skillsfirst Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business RQF (Level 2)

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
100 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?


The level 2 computerised payroll for business RQF qualification will help you gain the skills you need to carry out a range of regular computerised payroll routines and activities using commercially available computerised payroll software. This qualification gives you the important underpinning knowledge and understanding of how payroll works with regards to tax codes, national insurance contributions, SMP, SSP and pension contributions.

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


You will study nine mandatory units combined into two units, a knoweldge unit and a skills unit. These two units enable to you comprehensively control and run an organisation’s payroll and include:

  • Statutory Sick Pay
  • Statutory Maternity Pay
  • Pension Schemes
  • Calculation of gross pay and net pay
  • Attachment of earnings orders
  • Computerised payroll theory and skills
  • Spreadsheet software

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?

Ideal for those with some knowledge of Payroll, this qualification helps learners understand the importance of security and confidentiality in performing any payroll task. The qualification also covers the vital under pinning manual payroll theory and knowledge of how PAYE, NIC and other statutory additions and deductions are calculated.


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

Level 3 Computerised Payroll

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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.