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ICB Diploma in Payroll Management Level 3


Payroll is the recording and processing of employees, salaries, and plays a vital role in businesses and organisations.

Course duration

Up to 1 year.

Course outcome

You will receive an ICB Diploma in Payroll Management.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Tutor-marked assignments and an online test.

Study Options

or £15.31 /month*
Course code: OSC1408
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Course overview

  • Learn about 2023-24 legislation relevant to payroll.
  • Study how to record expenses and benefits.
  • Understand payments, time sheets, pay reviews and variances.
  • Gain an understanding of payroll process for holidays, absences, and leavers.

The ICB Level 3 Diploma in Payroll Management is the perfect launchpad for anyone aspiring to enter the field of payroll management. Acquire essential skills and stand out as a trusted professional in the industry with a nationally-recognised qualification.

Covering the latest 2023-24 legislation, you will explore National Insurance contribution, payroll processing, personnel records, processing new employees, and much more.

This course is ideal for:

  • Individuals aspiring to pursue a career in payroll management.
  • Payroll administrators looking to enhance their knowledge and skill set.
  • HR professionals responsible for payroll functions within their organisation.
  • Small business owners managing payroll in-house.
  • Anyone interested in understanding payroll management and compliance requirements.

Course content

  • Legislation PAYE, NI, pensions and RTI
  • Gross pay and statutory payments
  • National Insurance contributions
  • PAYE and tax codes
  • Statutory deductions, student loans and attachment of earnings
  • Directors N.I. deductions
  • Expenses and Benefits in Kind (BIK)
  • Construction Industry Scheme (CIS)
  • Payroll forms in a payroll system

  • Installation of Sage 50 payroll
  • Setting up and configuration
  • Company set-up and access rights
  • Employee records set up
  • Payroll processing
  • Timesheet entry
  • Pay review and variances
  • Record holidays and absences
  • Process payrolls with holidays and absences
  • Processing new employees
  • Personnel records
  • Pensions and auto-enrolment
  • Bonuses, attachment of earnings and statutory pay
  • Payroll year-end

Awarding body

By offering relevant qualifications, the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) promotes and maintains the standards of bookkeeping as a profession as the largest bookkeeping institute in the world.

Offering membership to students, their worldwide-recognised qualifications highlight your experience and competence within the bookkeeping and account profession.

Extra information

During this course, you will complete a number of tutor-marked assignments in preparation for your official assessments. As part of your official assessment, you will complete one online test.

All online tests can be taken at home or at work, wherever you have access to a secure Internet connection, so assessment is quick and simple.

Once you have enrolled, you can start at any time and will have a full year to complete your studies. You will also receive 12 months of tutor support, so you can work at your own pace.

Whilst studying your course you will also be required to install Sage software; you will have 6 months access to this software.

The course is designed for study by distance learning at home or at work. You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of registration.

On successful completion of this course you will achieve an ICB Level 3 Certificate in Payroll Management.

Achieving the ICB Level 3 Diploma in Payroll Management will open the door to a number of payroll management roles. It will also lay the foundation to explore more specialised areas in the field. Some of the roles you may consider are:

  • Payroll administrator
  • Payroll manager
  • Compliance officer
  • Benefits administrator
  • Tax preparer
  • HR specialist

You can expand on your foundation of knowledge and skills by undertaking another one of our payroll courses.


No prior knowledge is needed to enrol onto this course. In addition, the SAGE software must be downloaded via the link supplied, so you’ll need a computer or laptop with internet connection and storage space.

  • ICB 1-year annual subscription and registration fee worth £80.00 (it can take up to 6 weeks to process the registration)
  • Dedicated personal tutor support by email
  • Dedicated learner services
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • FREE Sage 50 Payroll software
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts membership

In order to achieve the full qualification for this course you will be required to complete one online test from home. No external examination is required.

Yes. It is your responsibility to pay for all ICB assessments.

The Sage 50 software will only work on computers which run Windows 7 or higher. Sage software will not run on Windows XP or on any Apple Macintosh computer. The software is available as a download only – you must have an internet connection and the ability to save the software to your device.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Learner Services Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you're 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our team of education specialists a call on 03300 563 100 and they'll do their best to help.

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