- Course Code: UKFEC16PRD
- Location: Online
- Duration: 10-15 hours
- Cost: £299.00
- Qualification: Level 2 Payroll Systems & Management Certification
- Course Access: Lifetime
- Exams Included: Yes
- Compatibility: All major devices / browsers
Level 2 Payroll Systems & Management Certification
The Payroll Systems and Management Certificate is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required by those who wish to work in the payroll administration section of a Human Resources Department and for those who must have an understanding of the rules and regulations governing the payment of salaries and wages in the UK.
Employees enrolled on this course have two chances to complete and pass the end-of-course test. They also have lifetime access to the learning modules, so they can refresh their knowledge at any time.
What’s Covered in the Course?
What a payroll system is and why every organisation needs one;
- The basics of payroll systems: what you need to know, what to avoid and the importance of communication;
- The types of payroll systems in the United Kingdom: what to include in the system and working with HMRC;
- Elements of an efficient payroll system: staff training, performance reviews and recordkeeping;
- How employees entering and leaving the business impacts payroll: what to do, P45's and recording time keeping;
- How to deal with HMRC, when it comes to new employees, what information HMRC will need from the organisation and how to ensure that employees are paid the correct amount each month or week;
- How to calculate gross and net pay: the difference between gross and net pay and why the business must issue a wage slip for each employee;
- The different deductions to calculate net pay amounts;
- What statutory pay is: recordkeeping and reporting to HMRC;
- National minimum wage, based on age groups;
- National Insurance contribution systems: why employees pay National Insurance, the different rates and employer contributions;
- How to manage the online PAYE system;
- What the employment allowance is;
- Retirement schemes;
- Different programmes available for payroll;
- Tips to correct payroll errors;
- The importance of annual reporting.
What are the Benefits of the Course?
- A professionally administered payroll contributes to staff satisfaction and morale;
- Successful learners will have a comprehensive understanding of how to manage the organisation’s payroll within the United Kingdom;
- During the course of 23 comprehensive modules, employees will learn the essential tools and knowledge needed, in order to complete a payroll in an effective and orderly manner;
- The course is offered online, which enables the employee to study at their own pace and in their own time, using any device connected to the internet,
- Upon successful completion of the course, the learner will be awarded with a certification, which is industry-recognised and verifiable.
- What exactly a payroll system is
- Why you need an effective payroll system in place at all
- How a large business and small business work differently in terms of their payroll systems
- What you need to know in terms of HMRC (the taxman)
- The basics of how to set up a payroll system
- Safety measures in case of unforeseen circumstances
- Communication issues and what happens if you don't communicate important information
- Paperwork you will need to generate
- Reiteration on why you need an effective payroll system in place
- The fundamental points of what a payroll system needs to include
- Why payroll and HMRC requirements go hand in hand
- Why a high quality payroll system keeps employees happy overall
- Why it is important to familiarise yourself with the ins and outs of your payroll system
- Training staff on how to run your payroll system
- Why it is important to regularly review your system and maintain it
- Communication is literally everything when it comes to the best payroll system you can implement
- What to do when an employee starts employment within the company, including the procedure you will need to follow
- What to do when an employee leaves employment within the company, including the procedure you will need to follow
- What is a P45? And why do you need the information within it?
- Communication issues relating to employment changes and why this is a vital part of the payroll system for your business
- What you need to do when a new employee joins the company, including the paperwork and information you need in order to set them up on your payroll system
- Why HMRC need to know such information relating to employment changes, to reinforce your understanding
- What to do in relation to student loan deductions from an employee's salary and how to report deductions to HMRC
- How you can ensure your new employee gets paid correctly and on time, and why this is so vitally important
- Exactly what gross pay is
- Exactly what net pay is
- How to calculate these types of pay, bearing in mind that software often does the hard work for you
- The importance of payroll software in calculating net and gross pay, as well as why your software should produce a clear wage slip for your employees to understand
- Exactly what net pay is, and why it differs from gross pay
- What a voluntary deduction is, and some examples
- What a statutory deduction is
- How voluntary and statutory deductions affect an employee's pay at the end of the week or month
- What exactly is statutory pay?
- When can an employee claim statutory pay, and how long can they claim it for?
- How does an employee qualify for statutory pay, and what are the exceptions?
- Record keeping in relation to statutory pay, what do you need to do?
- What exactly the National Minimum Wage is in the UK
- How the National Minimum Wage affects apprentices
- Who isn't entitled to the National Minimum Wage
- What happens if you don't pay an employee the National Minimum Wage
- What is the National Insurance Contributions system (NIC)? And what actually is National Insurance?
- Why do we pay National Insurance? What do contributions entitle us to as workers, both now and in the future?
- Different types and rates of National Insurance, and what they mean for your employee. A general overview of the system types, and who they apply to.
- Employer's National Insurance contributions, rates and explanation.
- Exactly what the National Insurance system is, and what it is for
- The potential reasons why an employee may pay less National Insurance contributions through their wage statutory deductions
- How do you report to HMRC that an employee is paying less National Insurance
- Recordkeeping in relation to National Insurance contributions
- What is the PAYE system in the UK?
- Why is the PAYE system beneficial for both employers and employees?
- What are tax codes, and why are they important?
- How do you send PAYE information to HMRC?
- Exactly what the PAYE system is in the UK
- An employer's responsibilities in terms of PAYE and reporting to HMRC
- How to report PAYE information to HMRC, reiterating previous knowledge
- What to do if you employ someone else to run your payroll duties and your responsibilities in accordance with this
- What exactly is the Employment Allowance?
- How does the Employment Allowance benefit a business?
- Reiteration on Class 1 National Insurance contributions (NICs) for both employees and employers
- When can you claim Employment Allowance?
- What exactly is an employment termination payment?
- Under what circumstances would an employment termination payment be made?
- Payments in relation to redundancy - what are they? How are they taxed? How are they reported?
- Why is the subject of employment termination payments such a grey area?
- What is retirement? A quick definition of the term
- Different types of pension schemes, and what they mean for the employee
- Workplace pensions, the ins and outs explained
- State Pension, the ins and outs explained
- What is RTI (Real Time Information)?
- How do RTI and PAYE go hand in hand?
- How do you report payroll information in RTI? Who undertakes this task?
- What to do if you outsource your payroll duties
- What does payroll software actually do? Why does a business need it?
- Why your software needs to be HMRC tested and recommended
- Software options for small businesses, with 10 employees or less
- Software options for larger businesses, with more than 10 employees
- How can an error to payroll occur?
- What are the consequences of not correcting errors to your payroll submission to HMRC?
- What to do if you pay your employee too little, or too much
- What to do if you report the wrong pay or deductions to HMRC/you pay HMRC incorrectly
- Why do employers need to keep employee records, and what information needs to be kept? How long does this information need to be kept for?
- Data Protection - why an employer needs to comply, and what this consists of
- Payroll records from HMRC point of view, what you need to do, and what records you need to keep
- Tax Compliance Checks - What is this? Exploring the ins and outs
- What the end of the tax year means for employers. What to do as 6 April approaches, the beginning of the new tax year.
- Sending your final payroll report for that tax year
- Why you must update payroll records for every employee
- Why you must update your payroll software
- A reminder of the general tasks associated with a payroll system
- A reminder of why businesses must comply with HMRC guidelines
- Legal obligations in terms of the National Minimum Wage
- Legal obligations in terms of PAYE (Pay As You Earn) and RTI (Real Time Information)
What our students have to say…
A boost on my CV
Clear and informative content, excellently delivered for students of all levels to easily undertake.
This course gave me a great level of understanding to confidently take on even further payroll related education. It filled in the gaps where my knowledge was not so strong, which I have now confidently applied to my day to day job.
A boost on my CV which I feel will make me more attractive to future employers. Overall excellent and highly recommended!
Alex Hooton – London
I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone starting out or wanting to progress in a payroll role.
Having recently started a role in the payroll department I felt I needed to gain knowledge from as many sources as possible.
I found this course to be thorough, easy to understand and the website easy to navigate. It gave me a much greater understanding of payroll systems, the legal obligations of an employer and HMRC guidelines.
I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone starting out or wanting to progress in a payroll role.
Wendy Spencer – Bradford-on-Avon
A good introduction to payroll
This course was a good introduction to payroll and the content was easy to read and well set out. I would recommend this course to anyone that would like to start out in payroll.
Mark McAuliffe – Peterborough
Good and clear quality and content
Highly recommended ,with good and clear quality and content ,simply lead in payroll world ,absolutely amazing way to gain knowledge and skills for help kick career.
Pete Musial – Telford
Brilliant course that was easy to understand
This was a brilliant course that was easy to understand and fits into your lifestyle by being able to access at times that suits you.
I needed a refresher course and this ticked all the boxes. One area which I was not aware of was the Employment Allowance Incentive but I now understand this fully. It is also good information on record keeping along with Data Protection.
I highly recommend this course. The fact that you get a Certificate at the end only enhances your CV and gives you a sense of satisfaction.
Donna Raynes – Carlisle
I’ve done lots of distant learning courses but this is by far the best!
Clear and concise content in a great structure to allow to be able to revise and study key points without being rushed forward without fully understanding content. I’ve done lots of distant learning courses but this is by far the best!
Daniel Gordon – Somerset
A great way to learn a new skill
It’s a great way to learn a new Skill, I work as a Bookkeeper, I have an Accounting degree, but have never had the chance to work in Payroll before. This way I can learn all about how to do the job, and add a new skill in a bid to improve my employability.
Hazel Fowler – Gillingham
The course is informative and easy to follow
The course is informative and easy to follow. I especially liked the history tips given throughout the course.
I have included this course to add another skill set to my CV and being self employed and in the mature bracket it is good to keep yourself updated on all new legislation. I also liked the option of returning to complete modules in your own time to fit in around work commitments.
Claire Bishop – Seaford
I would recommend this course and I am so pleased I decided to go for this
I started this course so I could learn about payroll as I am interested in hopefully securing future employment within this area.
The course is brilliant to use. The information available on the individual modules is so easy to read and understand. The activities at the end of the modules refresh what you have just learnt, you can print these also so you are able to make notes for your own personal reference to go back to. You can also log onto your course at home or if your out and about on your phone.
Overall I would recommend this course and I am so pleased I decided to go for this and will look forward to being able to write this onto my CV.
Laura Malcom – Newcastle Upon Tyne
I really enjoyed the way course was presented
I had a chance to complete Payroll course this year. The course is very saturated and covers most of payroll system points. The language is easy to understand even for non-native English speakers. All the modules are consistent and are available for download which helpful when it comes to revision before the test.
I am definitely keeping all the materials even after completion because those are handy at work as well. Generally, I really enjoyed the way course was presented, the interface was very user-friendly and now I feel more knowledgeable and confident when it comes to payroll duties.
The test was not too difficult however it requires attention and you need to go through each of the modules in order to complete successfully.
Irina Scitilina – London
How online learning can benefit you..
Who can take the Payroll Systems & Management Certification Level 2 course?Anyone who has an interest in learning more about this subject matter is encouraged to take the course. There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?The course is broken down into 23 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although you are free to spend as much or as little time as you feel necessary on each module, simply log in and out of the course at your convenience.
Where / when can I study the course?You can study the course any time you like. Simply log in and out of the web based course as often as you require. The course is compatible with all computers, tablet devices and smart phones so you can even study while on the move!
Is there a test at the end of the course?Once you have completed all 23 modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the 23 modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?The pass mark for the test is 70%.
What happens if I fail the test?If you don’t pass the test first time you will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times you can take the test. All test retakes are included within the price of the course.
When will I receive my certificate?Once you have completed your test you can log in to your account and download/print your certificate any time you need it. If you would prefer us to post you a certificate to a UK address, there will be an admin charge of £10 (certificates sent internationally may cost more).
How can I pay?You can either use your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Solo cards or PayPal account to pay for the online course. Our site uses the latest SSL encryption to ensure your safety. All payments are handled securely by PayPal.
How long after payment can I begin the course?You can begin the course immediately after your payment has been received. You will create your login details during the checkout process. We will also send you an email confirming your login details.
How long does it take to complete the Payroll Systems & Management Certification Level 2 course?We estimate that the course will take about 10-15 hours hours to complete in total, plus an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.
How long is my certificate valid for?Once you have been awarded your certificate it is valid for life. The certificate does not expire or need renewing.
Can I apply for an NUS card?Yes. All New Skills Academy students can apply for an NUS card. Details of how to do so will be available in your account once your order has been processed.