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 anon-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 2which 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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