Computerised Payroll Level 1 – Online

This is an entry-level payroll qualification, ideal for anyone who needs the relevant skills for employment in Payroll.

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Study this course FREE, with no course fees! 

If you are unemployed or on a low income and/or receiving benefits you may qualify for a free place on this course. Apply today and our admission team will confirm if you are eligible for a free place, with no obligation.

This course is a fully online, self-directed, independent study course with assessor support and guidance. Students must have use of a laptop to complete this course and must be aged 19+ at the beginning of the academic year (31 August). 

This Computerised Payroll for Business Level 1 course is an entry-level payroll qualification, ideal for anyone who needs the relevant skills for employment in Payroll.  

Eligibility Criteria – this course is FREE if you:

  • are aged 19+ on 31 August prior to starting the course
  • live in England, not within a non-funded postcode region 
  • have been in the EU for three years for purposes other than study (and able to provide documentation)
  • are not currently enrolled in an apprenticeship
  • have not completed any part of the course before
  • are claiming a state benefit and are unemployed and looking for work.
  • are employed and earning under £20,319 before tax per annum in wages (excluding benefits)

For those who do not meet the above criteria, a fee may be payable

Every learner is provided with a study pack that includes:

  • access to comprehensive, interactive online learning support materials
  • a FREE copy of the latest Sage Payroll software
  • access to expert support
  • related simulations to practice as you need them
  • valuable skills to control your business

Using Cloud software, you will learn how to:

  • set up company details
  • enter employee records
  • calculate gross pay
  • process the first payroll
  • run all the reports required, including payslips

You will gain formally recognised Level 1 qualification in Payroll.

  • This is a student-led course where you can complete your coursework at your own pace.
  • A dedicated 1:1 tutor will be available to support you throughout your course on request.
  • You do not need to have any prior qualifications or levels of learning.
  • You don’t need to attend the campus as all support will be provided online, but you must have internet access to complete this course. 
  • You will be taught using SAGE Business Cloud Payroll. 




Once you have achieved this qualification you could find employment as:

  • Payroll Assistant
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Payroll Administrator

You could progress to the Computerised Payroll for Business Level 2 which can also be studied online.

You do not need any prior qualifications or levels of learning.

This is an online course with a dedicated 1:1 tutor.

Please note: this qualification is only accessible to learners who have internet access.

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