IAB Award in
Payroll for Business Level 2 Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 5

Further your studies of manual bookkeeping and gain an accredited qualification in the subject of bookkeeping.


Why take this course?

Specifically aimed at those who wish to further their studies of computerised payroll and gain a qualification at Level 2 of the regulated qualification framework, either from a point of some previous knowledge, or having already achieved the IAB Level 1 Award in Computerised Payroll.

The qualification will appeal to those learners who already have some practical knowledge and skills and wish to gain an accredited qualification in the subject of payroll. Learners will gain knowledge and skills to process the payroll under Real Time Information (RTI) regulations and keep accurate payroll records.

Learners who are considering a career as a self-employed practitioner will find the course invaluable, as will businesses owners who would like to be actively involved in the gathering and processing of payroll data and keeping of payroll records for their business.

What you will experience

This qualification is made up of the following units:

Principles of Employment legislation and payroll processing (H/617/1434)
  • Understand the principles of legislation relating to the processing of the payroll, the information required to prepare an employee payroll record and the additional elements that constitute gross pay. 
  • Understand the principles of Statutory Additions to, and deductions from pay as well as the principles of PAYE and NIC legislation and other statutory obligations when processing the payroll. 
  • Understand the principles of repaying Student Loans through the payroll, the procedures to adopt when dealing with a leaver, the requirements for processing and submitting payroll information.
  • Understand the need to complete period end payroll procedures within given timescales.
Computerised Payroll Processing (K/617/1435)

Be able to set up and maintain company, pension and employee records, determine gross pay for different payroll periods. Process payroll accurately for a variety of pay periods using organisational procedures and timescales. Produce statutory and non-statutory reports and be able to back up and restore data when required.

Student writing

Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However it is recommended that prospective candidates already have some previous knowledge, or have achieved the IAB Level 1 Award in Payroll for Business.

What you will need

The preparatory work 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 two assessments. There is one 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. The online knowledge test is open book which means it can be taken at home or you can book a time slot at our assessment centre. The online examination for this course is taken under examination conditions and consists of a series of independent questions.

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
100 Hours over 12 Months £358.00
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.