IAB Award in
Payroll for Business Level 1 Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 4

Begin your studies of payroll record keeping and gain an entry level qualification.


Why take this course?

This course will provide you with the necessary underpinning knowledge and skills to record financial payroll transactions in a manual and computerised environment and inline with Real Time Information requirements.

What you will experience

The course is accredited by the International Association of Book Keepers (IAB) and is made up of the following units:

Principles of Payroll Preparation (Y/616/9096)
  • Understand fundamental employment and data protection legislation relevant to payroll
  • Understand what constitutes gross pay for different payroll periods including leavers
  • Understand the difference between statutory and voluntary deductions
  • Understand the principles of the PAYE & NIC systems in the UK and the procedures required for finalising the payroll
  • Understand the internal and external procedures required for finalising the payroll
  • Understand HMRC reporting requirements along with the information required to prepare and submit an employee payroll record under HMRC Real Time Information regulations
Fundamentals of Payroll Processing (D/616/9097)
  • Be able to calculate gross pay for different payroll periods and situations, determine the amount of income tax and National Insurance Contributions to be deducted from Gross Pay
  • Be able to apply voluntary deductions, complete internal and statutory procedures for a leaver and produce the necessary payroll forms and summaries
Computerised Payroll Processing (H/616/9098)
  • Be able to set up a computerised payroll system, employee records and payroll data using commercially available payroll software
  • Be able to prepare and enter details of gross pay into the computerised payroll system and back up and/or restore payroll data

This course broadly comparable to SCQF Level 4 in Scotland.

Student writing

Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course will require you to manage your workload independently, with a basic level of tutor support.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However it is recommended that prospective candidates will already have basic skills in both numeracy and literacy prior to embarking on a course of study for this qualification.

What you will need

The assignments and knowledge test for this course are provided online so students will need internet access and IT equipment to complete the course. Alternatively, a time slot can be booked at our assessment centre.

The software used on this course is Sage Payroll. Online access to the software is provided to students.

What you need to know

Additional costs

Please note that your registration fee, student membership for 1 year, certification costs and IAB assessment fees are included (excluding re-sits).

Anything else?

To successfully complete the qualification you must pass three assessments. The first is an online knowledge test which is a series of independent short answer questions made up of multiple choice, gap fill, and true or false type questions. There are also two assignments to complete which take the form of short case study type questions with several tasks for each case study. All of the assessments are open book which means they can be taken at home or you can book a time slot at our assessment centre.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following courses at North East Scotland College:



Duration Fees Code
115 Hours over 12 Months £381.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330
Email: enquiry@nescol.ac.uk

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website: www.nescol.ac.uk, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.