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A foundation qualification in basic payroll competence

This on demand online course builds upon the Payroll Introduction course.

The practical programme covers more advanced calculations of tax and NI.

Your payroll course overview:

Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training



Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

8 Weeks


Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

CPD 12 hrs


Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

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Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training



This course is suitable for anyone moving from our Payroll Introduction programme or who can demonstrate the ability to manually calculate tax and NI and are looking to develop their skills and gain a qualification.

By the end of this programme you will understand the principles and practicalities of the UK tax and NICs system and have the ability to apply them. This includes K codes, calculation on earnings above the upper earnings llimit, dealing with starters and leavers and various revision activities.

How the UK Tax and NIC system works

  • What PAYE is, understanding the key dates in the tax year, paying the Collector of Taxes, the rates of tax and NICs, personal allowances, tax and NIC thresholds and the importance of NI numbers
  • Gross Pay
  • What gross pay is, how it is calculated, what additions to pay there might be, what deductions from pay are allowed, what parts of pay are subject to tax and /or NICs, what elements of pay are treated differently for tax and NICs
  • Pay and Earnings Periods
  • The effect on tax and NICs when employees are paid weekly, fortnightly, four-weekly and monthly, how to use the tax calendar

Tax Codes

  • What a tax code is, how it is calculated, how it is used, the difference between cumulative and non-cumulative, what week1/month1 means, how the HMRC notifies code changes
  • Tax Tables
  • How to use Pay Adjustment tables, how to use Taxable Pay tables
  • NIC Table Letters
  • What is an NIC Table letter, how the correct letter depends on personal circumstances and pension scheme membership, how it is used

NI Tables

  • How to use the three main NI tables to calculate NI, how to select the right table
  • New employees
  • The importance of forms P45 and the starter declaration in setting up new employees, what needs to be checked on the P45
  • Leavers
  • The forms that need to be completed


  • Step-by-step calculations with examples and exercises in preparation of a manual payroll
  • The payslip
  • The makeup of a payslip, what has to be entered, who has to be provided with one
  • Tax & NI
  • Review of basic tax and NI calculations, how to use Taxable Pay Tables C & D for calculating higher rate tax, calculating an employer's Class 1 NI when the earnings of employees exceed the upper earnings limit (UEL), the correct tax and NI treatment of expenses
  • Calculations of Tax & NI
  • Step-by-step advanced calculations with examples, exercises and tutor assistance
  • Payment Methods

"I have always found the Learn Centre to be helpful and supportive of not only mine but the team's payroll training needs. The blended learning approach works well for me and I would not hesitate to recommend them as a Payroll training specialist provider not only for online delivery (e-learning) but also face 2 face and in-house. The Payroll Professionals Conference is also a great networking opportunity."

Kresh Veerasamy - Payroll Manager at Cancer Research UK

"Cintra HR & Payroll Services has a long standing relationship with The Learn Centre – they are an absolutely integral part of the payroll community. Their training courses and annual conference are a must for all payroll professionals and not just for up to the minute technical topics: their training really puts payroll and payroll issues into context, taking into account commercial, economic and political influences."

Carsten Staehr - CEO at Cintra HR & Payroll Services

"When setting up a Shared Service Centre, The Learn Centre played a key role in our award winning Payroll Academy, delivering a blended learning experience combining both classroom based training and an e-learning solution. The course delivery, the training materials and overall learning experience was excellent."

Michael Stevenson - Payroll Manager at Queen's University Belfast

"I have attended many of The Learn Centre’s training courses in recent years. They are always of the highest professional standard and deliver updates on complicated HR and Payroll legislation, but in an easy to understand format. I would gladly recommend The Learn Centre to any potential client who is looking for HR & Payroll training courses, bespoke in-house training or expert advice."

Michael Stevenson - Payroll Manager at Queen's University Belfast

"For the last few years we have taken advantage of the in house update courses, meaning our payroll and HR staff benefit from the excellent and consistent advice given. The manual is invaluable as is the ongoing support."

Rosi Strasshine - Payroll Manager, Isos Housing Group

"I cannot praise these training days enough – they are thoroughly enjoyable and informative, can be tailored to individual company needs and carried out in a relaxed, non-pressured way that everyone appreciates."

Rosi Strasshine - Payroll Manager, Isos Housing Group

"My team always attends the annual Payroll and HR Update course. Essential information covering often complex legislative changes, always presented by excellent trainers with in depth knowledge of their subject. A 'must attend' course for any serious payroll professional."

Deon Piovesan - Finance and Payroll Manager at Westminster Kingsway College

"I've booked the HR and Payroll Update course most years and during roles with at least 3 different employers. One thing remains the same; a course that is relevant, well delivered and enjoyable and that is key when trying to retain the many pieces of legislation changes to which payroll professionals are exposed."

Tracey Hinton - Payroll Manager at Wilson James Limited

"I have used The Learn Centre on a number of occasions and have found it provides a great platform to gain the knowledge required to carry out my job. I started off with the Payroll Technician course and this in-depth learning gave me a great foundation of payroll knowledge to build upon and give me the confidence to progress up the career ladder, well worth it and would certainly recommend, no matter what level you are at there will be a course/qualification that can help you."

Ayman Zagloul - Assistant Payroll Supervisor at Queen's University Belfast

"Payroll may not be the most exciting of topic for some but The Learn Centre really bring it to life - the brilliant networking opportunities with fellow professionals is an added bonus. They cover an amazing range of topics too – if you need to upskill, then The Learn Centre is the organisation to help you do it."

Carsten Staehr - CEO at Cintra HR & Payroll Services

"I have chosen The Learn Centre both for my own knowledge base and in-house training courses for my teams for many years. I have always been extremely impressed with the content of the courses, people engagement and the positive feedback from my staff."

Ann Chesher - Payroll Consultant at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service