ICB Level 2, 3 and Diploma in Payroll Management PLUS Sage 50 Pro *Exams Included*

Our superb Level 2 and 3 Full Member package PLUS the Diploma in Payroll Management course contains more materials, lessons, examples and activities than can be found anywhere in the UK. Enhanced Learning consistently produces Outstandingly High Completion and 1st Time Exam pass Rates.

  • ICB exam fees, in-house mock exams and registration fees to the value of £785 are all included with this package.
  • Includes Sage 50 Professional Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Training with associated Certification.
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This package (earning you the designatory letters ‘MICB PM Dip’ upon completion) includes the Level 2, Level 3 and Diploma in Payroll Management ICB courses, and complies fully with the ICB syllabus.

With the addition of ‘Sage 50 Professional’ training, this is the perfect package for those seeking employment or as a start-up Self-Employed Bookkeeper.

Level 3 is the minimum level of skill and qualification required with the ICB to apply for a practice licence, enabling you to trade as a Self-Employed Bookkeeper.

Once upgraded, your membership allows you to use the letters ‘MICB PM Dip’ after your name plus tap into the professional support and resources available from the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. For those wishing to aim higher, the Level 4 qualifications should be your ultimate objective.

Includes

The course includes the Level 2 and Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping and Accounts courses PLUS the Diploma in Payroll Management 

  • In-house mock exams, ICB exams and all associated booking fees to the value of £785
  • Printed Workbooks containing lessons, examples, activities and assessments, plus Model Answers Workbooks, PLUS 3 x Workbooks covering Sage 50 Professional Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced to the value of £1430
  • All support and associated software to the value of £945
  • 3 months access to Sage Business Cloud software for the A3 unit
  • Unlimited access to BrightPay Payroll Software
  • 6 months access to Sage 50 software
  • 3 x Sage Business Partner Certificates
  • 24/7 Online ROGO Assessments with Instant Marking and personalised tutor feedback
  • Over 100 Activity tests and answers
  • Tutor Marked Assessments
  • Fast Track Activity spreadsheets (Saving you up to 20 hours of study time)
  • Enhanced Learning resources
  • Up to 33 months of award winning expert subject tutor support by e-mail and telephone
  • Same day assignment marking
  • FREE repeat lessons
  • 12 Months ICB Student registration
  • FREE Postage and Packaging within the UK
  • FREE access to ICB’s award-winning membership benefits scheme, ICBenefits

NB – Sage 50 software not compatible with macs. We suggest using Apple Bootcamp to install Windows.

Enhanced Learning (Fast Track)

We significantly reduce the amount of time taken to complete our courses by eliminating the time consuming elements such as creating copious amounts of spreadsheets. We have created over 100 pre-formatted excel spreadsheets to match exactly what you need, and as the exams are online we have all assessments and assignments available 24/7 online with instant marking and personalised tutor feedback. And for those that do need tutor marking we guarantee this in less than 24 hours.

This works perfectly and aids smooth progression with no waiting times during or in-between your study periods.

There is no reduction whatsoever in the learning content, in fact we believe our courses and tests cover more detail than those found elsewhere.

Prerequisites

As this package is designed for the complete beginner, there are no prerequisites for this course. However, you must have basic numerical skills and a good understanding of the English language.

An Introduction to Bookkeeping course is available if you feel this course might be too difficult, or you can request a FREE sample along with tutor support. CLICK HERE

Duration

You will have up to 33 months with full tutor support to complete this course, although it can be completed much quicker if you wish.

On average, it takes approximately 280-330 hours average study time with Enhanced Learning. This equates to roughly 5 hours of study per week if aiming for completion within 12 months.

NB – Software not compatible with macs. We suggest using Apple Bootcamp to install Windows.

Content from Level 2,Level 3 and Diploma in Payroll Management; please click the Course Content tab above for more

‘A1’ Bookkeeping: 

  • The role of the bookkeeper
  • Types of businesses
  • The concepts of Business Entity and Historic Cost
  • Setting up the Bank Account
  • The Analysed Cash Book
  • An Introduction to Double Entry Bookkeeping
  • The concept of Duality
  • Correction of Errors
  • The Journal
  • The Cash Account
  • Two Column Cash Book
  • Debit and Credit Cards
  • Payroll Transactions
  • Credit Transactions
  • An Introduction to Value Added Tax
  • Business Documents
  • Calculating VAT
  • Discounts
  • VAT and the Ledgers
  • Petty Cash
    • Practice activities with model answers
    • Online Knowledge tests
    • Practical assignments
  • Mock Exam
  • Online Mock Exam

‘A2’ Bookkeeping

  • Day Books
  • Control Accounts
  • Three Column Cash Book
  • Bad debts
  • Sale of an Asset
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Paying the VAT bill
  • The Construction Industry
  • Withdrawal of funds by partners and directors
  • Foreign Transactions
  • Relevant Legislation
    • Practice activities with model answers
    • Online Knowledge tests
    • Practical assignments
  • Mock Exam
  • Online Mock Exam

‘A3’ Bookkeeping

  • Setting Up a New Business
  • Getting Started
  • Rebuilding data & manual configuration
  • Company set-up wizard
  • Opening balances
  • Product Codes
  • Setting up New Customers/Suppliers
  • Adding New Customers
  • Invoices with Trade/Settlement Discounts
  • Settlement Discounts
  • Customer Invoicing Procedure
  • Supplier Invoices
  • Corrections
  • Customer Receipts & Supplier Payments
  • Customer Receipts
  • Payments on Account
  • Bad Debt Write Offs & Sale of Assets
  • Bad Debt Write Off
  • Bad Debt Recovered
  • Sale of Assets
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Wages / Salaries & Voluntary Deductions
  • Wages & Salaries
  • Voluntary Deductions
  • Cash Account & Petty Cash Account
  • Cash Account
  • Petty Cash Account
  • Allocating Credit Notes
  • Health & Safety
  • The Use of Computers
  • Exam Preparation
  • Mock Exam

‘M4’ Course content in detail (please scroll down for M5, M6 and M7)

  • Legislation and ethics
  • The Data Protection Act
  • Money Laundering
  • The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA)
  • The Money Laundering Offences
  • The Bribery Act
  • Codes of ethics and practice
  • Reporting suspicious behaviour
  • Accounting Concepts
  • Going Concern
  • Consistency
  • Prudence
  • Accruals (or Matching Concept)
  • Supplier and Customer Reconciliation
  • Control Accounts
  • Purchase and Sales Ledger Control Accounts
  • Set offs
  • Dishonoured payments and receipts
  • VAT Returns
  • VAT periods
  • Filling out the VAT return
  • Submitting the return
  • Ledger entries to record the payment or refund of vat
  • The end of paper VAT returns
  • Postage and packing charges
  • Bad Debts and VAT
  • Cash Accounting
  • Who can use the scheme?
  • Transactions with customer and suppliers based outside the UK (Imports & Exports)
  • Summary of VAT Return entries
  • Other VAT Schemes
  • The Flat Rate Scheme
  • Retail Schemes
  • The Margin Scheme for Second Hand Goods
  • Filling in the VAT return
  • Partial Exemption
  • Correction of Errors
  • The Journal
  • Aide memoire
  • Errors that will affect the trial balance
  • The suspense account
  • Introduction to Final Accounts
  • An introduction to profit
  • Gross profit
  • Stock Valuation
  • Net profit
  • Items of additional income
  • Discounts allowed and received
  • Non-trading businesses
  • Subsequent years trading
  • The Balance Sheet
  • The Accounting Equation
  • Developing the balance sheet
  • Working Capital
  • VAT registered businesses
  • Long Term Loans
  • Accruals and Prepayments
  • Disposal of Assets
  • Corrections to Final Accounts
  • Cash Budgets

‘M5’

  • Legislation and Ethics
  • Manual Partnerships
  • Working in a partnership
  • Bookkeeping entries for Partnership accounts
  • Capital Accounts
  • Partnership sharing ratios
  • Partnership Appropriation Account
  • Interest on Capital
  • Interest on Drawings
  • Salaries
  • Share of profit
  • Drawings
  • Balance Sheet
  • Revaluation of Assets
  • Changes in the partnership during the year
  • Goodwill
  • Admission of a new partner
  • Retirement of an existing partner

‘M6’

  • Legislation
  • Statement of Assets and Liabilities
  • The Receipts and Payments Account
  • Income
  • Subscriptions
  • Accrued subscriptions brought forward
  • Prepaid subscriptions brought forward
  • Carried forward balances at the end of the year
  • Written off subscriptions
  • Life Member Subscriptions
  • Event Income
  • Insurance claims
  • Fund raising events
  • Donations and Bequests
  • Gift Aid
  • Loans from members
  • Prepaid expenses – brought forward and carried forward
  • Accrued expenses – brought forward and carried forward
  • Other adjustments

‘M7’

  • Limited Companies
    • Shareholders and Directors
    • Shareholders
    • Directors
    • Executive Directors
    • Non-Executive Directors
    • The Administrative Requirements of a Limited Company
    • The Memorandum of Association and the Articles of Association
    • The Company Secretary
    • Private Limited Companies
    • Public Limited Companies
    • Types of Share
    • Ordinary Shares
    • Preference Shares
    • Loans and Debentures
    • Accounting for Shares Issues
    • The Share Premium Account
    • The Distribution of Profits and Retained Earnings
    • Distribution of Profits
    • Retained Profits
    • Limited Company Financial Statements
    • The Profit and Loss Account
    • The Balance Sheet
    • Dividends
    • Directors’ Loan Accounts
    • Reserves
    • Revenue (or Distributable) Reserves
    • Capital (or Non-Distributable) Reserves
    • Debentures and the Payment of Interest
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
    • Employment Status in LLP’s
    • Final Accounts for a LLP
    • Interest on Capital
  • Mark-up & Margin Calculations
    • Mark-up and Margin
    • Profit Calculated as the Difference Between Cost Price and Selling Price
    • Profit Calculated as a Percentage Increase on the Cost Price
    • Calculation of Profit Using Percentages
    • Expressing Mark-up as a Fraction Rather Than a Percentage
    • Margin (also known as Profit Margin or Sales Margin)
  • Ratios and Performance Indicators
    • Different Measures
    • What is a Ratio?
    • What is a Percentage?
    • The Financial Statements
    • The Financial Ratios
    • The Profitability Ratios
    • The Liquidity Ratios
    • Financial Position Ratios
  • Cash Budgets
    • The Cash Budget
    • Including the Bank Balance in the Cash Budget
    • Preparing a Cash Budget Using Changes in the Balance Sheet

Diploma in Payroll Management Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theory of payroll

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the law relating to payroll, discrimination, employment status, data protection and confidentiality
  • Understand and explain the legislation for PAYE and National Insurance Contributions (NICs)
  • Understand and explain the requirements of the Working Time Directive
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Statutory Minimum Wage
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the legislation concerning the provision of a pension scheme and the different types of pension schemes together with the effect they may have on PAYE and NI deductions
  • Demonstrate understanding of the schedule of submissions to HMRC under the “Real Time Information” (RTI) scheme
  • Understand how a business may receive recompense for statutory payments including the effect of Small Employer’s Relief and when this may be applied
  • Understand what information must be submitted to HMRC and the relevant deadlines that apply

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of, and be able to calculate, the various payments that can make up an employee’s gross Pay

  • Calculate the correct gross pay for each pay period for employees who are paid an annual salary, weekly wage, hourly pay, overtime, piecework and bonuses including statutory payments when appropriate
  • Understand and explain statutory payments of sickness, maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Understand the procedures to use when an employee is paid in advance for a period to be taken as paid holiday

Show knowledge and understanding of, and be able to calculate through the use of tables the amount of National Insurance Contributions that will be deducted from gross pay

  • Understand and explain the difference between contracted in and contracted out NI contributions
  • Use appropriate tables to determine the NI contributions for a gross pay figure
  • Using the current legislation, calculate the NI contributions
  • Be able to correctly calculate the NICs for an employee being paid for periods (such as holidays) in advance

Show knowledge and understanding of the concept of PAYE, together with the use of tax codes to correctly calculate the amount of PAYE to be deducted in a given period

  • Understand how tax codes are calculated and applied
  • Given a tax code to be applied, be able to calculate the amount of free pay that an employee may earn in any given period
  • Determine the amount of pay that is taxable for an employee with a given tax code
  • Determine the correct amount of PAYE to be deducted for a given period
  • Calculate the amount of PAYE to be deducted when an employee is being paid in advance
  • Understand how to deal with notifications of change in tax code issued by HMRC (Forms P6 and P9)

Show knowledge and understanding of other statutory deductions that can be applied to an employee’s pay

  • Demonstrate understanding of the process used to repay student loans
  • Determine the correct deduction towards repayment of a student loan
  • Understand when and how an attachment of earnings may be used

Directors

  • Demonstrate understanding of the requirement for directors NI deductions to be treated differently from ordinary employees
  • Correctly calculate the NI deductions for directors using the “non-Cumulative” (“Alternative” or “Table method”) and the “Cumulative Director method”

Benefits in Kind (BIK)

  • Understand the concept of BIK and the impact it has on an employee’s pay and their employer’s costs
  • Calculate the appropriate costs and deductions when an employee is provided with the following benefits by their employer: company car, private fuel, loan, private health insurance, other common basic benefits assuming all required details are provided
  • Understand how to complete forms P11D, P11D(b) and P9D with details relating to the above benefits and the deadlines by which they must be submitted

Construction Industry Scheme

  • Understand and explain the basic principles behind the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS)
  • Understand the duties of a contractor to verify sub-contractors
  • Correctly calculate the amount of tax to be deducted if applicable
  • Understand how to make appropriate adjustments to payments to HMRC for CIS tax
  • Accurately complete a CIS300 form at month-end for a contractor business in the construction industry
  • Accurately complete a CIS132 form at month-end for a subcontractor business in the construction industry
  • Understand the duties of a sub-contractor to submit relevant invoices within appropriate timescales
  • Explain why tax may be deducted at source from such an invoice
  • Understand the different methods of reclaiming tax deducted depending on the legal entity of the business (i.e. sole trader v limited company)

Understand and be able to complete the various forms that apply to a business running a payroll system

  • Understand when and how to complete a P45 form and where each part should be sent / stored
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how a P46 (starter checklist) form is completed and used
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of form P11 with payments and deductions for directors and regular employees on various payment schedules, statutory requirements and with differing tax codes including when payments are being made in advance
  • Accurately complete a P60 form at year-end for each employee
  • Demonstrate an awareness of all other relevant payroll forms

Demonstrate practical skills in the application of a payroll package

  • Utilising knowledge of the theory of payroll, demonstrate a full understanding of a sophisticated payroll package by installing, setting up, configuring and using it to produce accurate, comprehensive reports from a range of payroll scenarios encountered in a business of up to 10 employees
  • Set up the details of a new business including appropriate company and existing employee details. Some existing or new employees may be directors who undertake to have their NI deducted using different methods or employees who work irregular hours. Enter and process payroll for a variety of different pay periods and produce reports detailing gross pay, deductions and net pay for each period
  • To adequately secure the business’ payroll data, carry out periodic back-ups of payroll-related information
  • Produce summary reports for defined periods
  • Perform the necessary actions within the software to handle an employee leaving and produce the required documentation
  • Configure a new employee within the software according to information provided
  • Where possible, carry out or simulate a month end procedure under RTI and produce a number of required reports including potential adjustments resulting from CIS deductions and any other recoverable amounts. Note: under the new RTI scheme it is impossible to produce the month end information unless you are using a live business. Be prepared to be able to show what information would be submitted or to explain how this would work

Exam preparation

End of course tests are the perfect way to ensure you have the best possible chance of success. Our specialist examinations department will provide you with detailed feedback, advice and support plus any additional lessons you may need prior to taking exams.

Please note: Past ICB examination papers are no longer valid under the new syllabus.

Exams

Papers ‘A1’ and ‘A2’ are online examinations and can be completed from home or wherever a student has uninterrupted access to a secure internet connection. Paper ‘A3’ is also a home based assignment.

Papers ‘M4’, ‘M5’, ‘M6’ and ‘M7’ are online examinations and ‘M8’ is taken externally at a Pearson VUE testing centre. Click here to locate your nearest centre for the ‘M8’ Certification exam.

The Payroll exam can be taken from home by assignment.
You have 14 days to access the exam once you’ve applied for it, and 24 hours to complete the paper once you have started it.
Results can take up to 28 days, although this is quite rare.

The cost of exams can increase at the discretion of the awarding body (ICB). We will pay for all exam fees up to the agreed value at the time of purchase, but any increase in exam fees will need to be paid for by the student.

Level 2 Assessment

The testing of knowledge and skills for the qualification will comprise three online assessments, all of which are taken in the candidate’s home or place of work. The first two will test the concepts that underpin the double entry system for a variety of types of businesses; the third will test the set up and data entry to trial balance using a computerised system. The content of each assessment is listed below.

Paper A1 – Basic double-entry bookkeeping to trial balance

Home /place of work based assessment to include:

  • Underpinning knowledge
    • Knowledge of the different categories of business that exist
    • Terms in bookkeeping (assets, liabilities etc.)
    • Banking procedures
    • Understanding the different categories of VAT (standard, reduced, zero, exempt, outside the scope)
  • Calculation the value of the capital investment for a sole trader
  • Calculation of business documents including calculation of VAT
  • Showing an understanding of the effect of entering transactions into a bookkeeping system for sales, purchases, overheads, capital items, returns, personal items etc.
  • The effect of making and receiving payments including bank, cash and petty cash transactions
  • Calculation of account balances
  • Production and explanation of a trial balance

Paper A2 – Further double entry bookkeeping to trial balance

Home /place of work based assessment to include:

  • Underpinning knowledge
    • Ethics
    • Legislation relevant to the bookkeeper
    • Accounting concepts
  • Further double entry including the following
    • Topics from paper 1
    • The content of control accounts
    • Writing off a bad debt
    • Construction Industry Scheme
    • Posting non-sole trader entries (subscriptions, donations, drawings of partners, directors’ loan accounts etc.)
  • Entry of payroll journals
  • Calculation of the value of a suspense account in a system that does not balance
  • Reconciliation of debtors, creditors and bank balances
  • Correction of errors that do not affect the trial balance
  • Production and explanation of a trial balance

Paper A3 – Data entry to trial balance using a computerised accounts package

Home /place of work based test to include the use of a computerised accounting package to include:

  • Opening of entries
  • Entry of cash and credit transactions
  • Production of a trial balance
  • Production of reports for debtors, creditors, bank, VAT and the audit trail

The three assessments should be taken in the order listed above. Each assessment will generate an accreditation notification. Successful candidates will need to pass all three assessments to gain the full qualification.

Grading

The full qualification will be graded at Distinction with Honours, Distinction, Merit or Pass

All assessments are taken at home or at the place of work, and each test will be graded as follows:

  • Distinction 95 -100%
  • Merit 90 – 94%
  • Pass 85 – 89%
  • Fail 0 – 84%

Once all assessments have been successfully completed a final certificate can be applied for which will be graded at Distinction with Honours, Distinction, Merit or Pass. Unit results will be aggregated. To achieve the relevant grade in the full qualification, the following aggregate marks must be achieved:

  • Distinction with Honours 295 marks and above
  • Distinction 285 – 294 marks
  • Merit 270 – 284 marks
  • Pass 255 – 269 marks

Level 3 Assessment

The testing of knowledge and skills for the qualification will comprise three online assessments, all of which are taken in the candidate’s home or place of work plus one assessment taken at an external ICB centre. Note: the assessment may also test elements of the Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping.

Paper M4 – reconciliations and final accounts of a sole trader:

Home / place of work based assessment to include:

  • Underpinning knowledge
  • Reconciliation and correction of errors (customer and supplier reconciliations, bank reconciliation, correction of errors including the clearance of a suspense account balance)
  • The calculation of summary figures for control accounts
  • VAT Returns (cash and standard VAT returns only)
  • Posting adjustments including disposal and acquisition of fixed assets
  • Revaluation of assets
  • Final accounts of a sole trader (profit and loss account and balance sheet)

Paper M5 – final accounts of a partnership

Home / place of work based covering knowledge and skills assessment to include:

  • All of the requirements for paper M4 but set in a partnership scenario plus:
  • Underpinning knowledge
  • Ethical considerations
  • Underpinning knowledge of the legal requirements for a partnership
  • Final accounts of a partnership including the appropriation account and production of partners’ current accounts
  • Calculations and bookkeeping entries to record a change of partnership (partnership ratios, goodwill, the effect on capital and current accounts etc.)

Paper M6 – final accounts of a not-for-profit organisation

Home / place of work based knowledge and skills assessment to include:

  • All of the requirements of paper M4 but set in a not-for profit scenario plus:
  • Underpinning knowledge regarding not-for-profit organisations
  • Understanding the different requirements of a chart of accounts for such an organisation
  • Understand the concepts of the different forms of income for not-for-profit organisations including a subscriptions account
  • Posting adjustments including the subscriptions account and disposal and acquisition of fixed assets
  • Final accounts of a not-for-profit organisation

Paper M7 – Management accounts of incorporated businesses

Home /place of work based assessment to include:

  • Final accounts including adjustments for a limited company (internal management accounts format only)
  • Limited liability partnerships
  • calculation and interpretation of ratios

Paper M8 – Level 3 External Assessment

This is a single assessment to be taken at an ICB examination centre. The assessment will be a mixture of multi-choice and data entry questions which will cover all elements of the syllabus.

Grading

The full qualification will be graded at Distinction with Honours, Distinction, Merit or Pass

All assessments must be successfully achieved to gain the full qualification. Each assessment will generate a separate accreditation notification.

The home or work place based assessments will be graded as follows:

  • Distinction 95-100%
  • Merit 90-94%
  • Pass 85-89%
  • Fail 0-84%

The assessment taken at an external ICB centre will be graded as follows:

  • Distinction 90-100%
  • Merit 80-89%
  • Pass 70-79%
  • Fail 0-69%

Once all assessments have been successfully completed a final certificate will be awarded which will be graded at Distinction with Honours, Distinction, Merit or Pass. Unit percentage results will be averaged. The following average % marks show an example of how the final grade might be awarded (note the same range of marks may give a different overall result depending on the number of Passes, Merits and Distinctions achieved):

  • Distinction with Honours – 98% and above (with all five papers being graded at Distinction)
  • Distinction – 95-97% overall (with all papers graded at least at Merit or Distinction)
  • Merit – 90-94% (can be a mixture of individual grades)
  • Pass – 80-89% (can be a mixture of individual grades)

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