Level 2 Award in Payroll for Business 603/3408/3


Learners will gain knowledge and skills to process the payroll under Real Time Information (RTI) regulations and keep accurate payroll records.

The qualification is made up of:

1 – Online Knowledge Test
1 – Examination

Key information:

50 GLH (Guided Learning Hours)
100 hours TQT (Total Qualification Time)

Who is this qualification for?

The Level 2 Award in Payroll for Business qualification is specifically aimed at learners who wish to further their studies of 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 Payroll for Business.

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 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’ll study

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
  • Understand the information required to prepare an employee payroll record
  • Understand additional elements that constitute gross pay
  • Understand the principles of Statutory Additions to, and deductions from pay
  • Understand 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
  • Understand the procedures to adopt when dealing with a leaver
  • Understand 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 using commercially available payroll software
  • Be able to determine gross pay for different payroll periods
  • Be able to process payroll accurately for a variety of pay periods using organisational procedures and timescales
  • Be able to produce statutory and non-statutory reports
  • Be able to back up and restore data when required

Learning Resources Available?

The Level 2 and 3 Payroll RQF book is written for this qualification, and can be bought here

Computerised payroll software is required for this qualification to complete the unit Computerised Payroll Processing, however this is not supplied by the IAB and must be purchased separately.

How much will it cost?

Students studying or wanting to study through a training provider, (classroom based or distance learning) should contact potential training providers to get an idea of the total cost for the qualification. As the majority of the training providers will include the IAB registration fees into their own fee.

How is it assessed?

This qualification is made up of:

1 – Online Knowledge Test

Online Knowledge tests are a series of independent short answer questions made up of multiple choice, gap fill, and true or false type questions. They are assessed via IABOnline and are open book. This might be taken in class or at home

1 – Paper Examination

Paper Examinations these are assessed under examination conditions. There will be a scenario which will be worked through on a computerised payroll package. A series of printouts will be generated throughout the examination and at the end. These printouts will then be submitted back to the IAB via the exam centre.

Examinations can be taken in any month and on any day (subject to the examination centre). This means that you can move up through the levels quickly as well.

Examinations require a minimum of 5 weeks notice in the UK and 8 weeks for those outside of the UK, before the examination date. This allows us enough time to process the registrations and get the examination papers dispatched.

Self Study Registration

Click here to register for Level 2 Award in Payroll for Business as a self study student.

Next steps after passing

Upon successful completion of this qualification you could move onto one of the following:

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