Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business

The Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business involves processing advanced tasks including, Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Maternity Pay, a basic Pension Scheme, new starters and leavers and use of RTI (Real Time Information) functionality.

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Target audience

This qualification would be useful for those who may have some knowledge of working with accounts or figure work and have some awareness of computerised accounting packages, but perhaps no formal qualifications.

Exam/assessment?

The above qualification can be studied on a distance learning basis and then assessed by completing a knowledge test and assignments.

Alternatively, the above qualification can be studied just for knowledge and enjoyment purposes and no assessments need to be undertaken.

Course summary

  • Know what payroll information is to be prepared and kept by law
  • Understand Data Protection legislation in relation to payroll
  • Know the general principles of employment rights legislation
  • Know the information required to set up a payroll record for a new employee
  • Know how to complete a P11 deduction sheet or equivalent for a new employee
  • Know how to deal with Income Tax forms for a new employee
  • Understand the procedure for aligning employer data with HMRC records
  • Understand what constitutes basic pay for different payroll periods
  • Understand the principles of calculating overtime payments
  • Know what constitutes gross pay from additional payments
  • Understand the need and procedures to make temporary and permanent changes to rates of pay
  • Understand the principles of the PAYE system
  • Understand the principles of Student Loan deductions
  • Understand the principles of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
  • Understand the principles of Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)
  • Understand the principles of Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP)
  • Understand the principles of Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP and SPP(A))
  • Understand the principles of Attachment of Earnings Orders (AOE)
  • Understand the need to complete period end payroll procedures
  • Understand what constitutes a leaver
  • Know the amendments to make to a leaver’s final pay
  • Be able to determine basic pay for different payroll periods
  • Be able to calculate overtime payable from given information
  • Be able to calculate additional payments from given information
  • Be able to implement permanent changes to rates of pay from given organisational information
  • Be able to implement relevant statutory additions to pay when entitlement has been determined
  • Understand potential health and safety and security risks
  • Maintain the security of data within a computerised environment
  • Understand organisational procedures for processing payroll in a computerised environment
  • Understand the statutory requirements for submitting information
  • Be able to process information on starters, leavers and changes to current employees
  • Be able to process payroll accurately on a pay period basis
  • Be able to back up and update system when required
  • Use a spreadsheet to enter, edit and organise numerical and other data
  • Select and us appropriate formulae and data analysis tools to meet requirements
  • Select and use tools and techniques to present and format spreadsheet information