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This introductory payroll systems course provides students with the foundational knowledge and understanding of operations relating to the basic calculations and preparation of a payroll. Through this course students will understand payroll processes, specifically payroll procedures and the skills involved in performing routine and some non-routine payroll tasks.

The payroll systems introductory course will enable students to identify employees’ pay variations and entitlements and make calculations in relation to gross and net pay. Students will also understand the importance of accuracy and security in performing payroll tasks.


Section 1: Manual payroll system

Unit 1: Introduction and Starters and Leavers – Manual System

This unit covers:

  • The structure of the qualification
  • RTI (Real Time Information)
  • Confidentiality and security
  • Authorisation
  • Timeliness
  • Dealing with records
  • Computerised payrolls
  • Employment rights legislation
  • Income tax
  • Starters
  • Starters – PAYE
  • Starters – NIC
  • Starters – other points
  • Leavers
  • Leavers – PAYE
  • Leavers – other points

Unit 2: Gross Pay and Statutory Pay

This unit covers:

  • Gross pay
  • Basic pay
  • Shift pay
  • Overtime
  • Bonus and commission payments
  • Statutory sick pay (SSP)
  • Statutory maternity pay (SMP)
  • Statutory paternity pay (SPP)
  • Statutory adoption pay (SAP)
  • Statutory leave

Unit 3: The PAYE Regime and The NIC Regime

This unit covers:

  • An introduction to PAYE
  • The PAYE code number
  • The cumulative nature of PAYE
  • Tax free pay
  • Week 1 or month 1 PAYE codes
  • Changes in PAYE codes
  • Codes BR and D0
  • K codes
  • Introduction to National Insurance
  • Primary contributions
  • Secondary contributions
  • Calculating national insurance contributions

Unit 4: Statutory and Voluntary Deductions and Net Pay

This unit covers:

  • Court orders
  • Give as you earn (GAYE)
  • Student loans
  • Union dues
  • Net pay

Unit 5: Payslips

This unit covers:

  • Net pay
  • Payslips
  • Paying employees
  • Payroll checks

Section 2: Computerised payroll system

Unit 6: RTI and the Payroll System and Working the Computerised Payroll System

This unit covers:

  • What is RTI?
  • Interaction between RTI and a proprietary payroll software system
  • Registering an employer with HMRC
  • Working the computerised payroll system


This course has been accredited by Online Academies. On successful completion of this course you will be able to download or print off a PDF of your Online Academies Certificate (please note: you will also be given the opportunity to have a hard copy of the certificate printed off and posted out to you for a small additional charge). If you would like to view a sample of the certificate, please click here.

On completion of your course you will also be able to have your certificate endorsed and accredited by the CPD Certification Service for recognised CPD Hours.

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 as the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation of our courses.



At the conclusion of each module there is a multiple choice question assessment. This will help you remember the main points of the lesson and act as a check that you have retained the essential knowledge and understanding of that particular section. The results can be seen instantaneously and you can correct wrong answers. When the result is satisfactory you can progress to the next module.

Course Outcomes

Once you have successfully completed all the modules for your course you will be awarded:

A Diploma issued by Online Academies


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