ICB Level 3 Diploma in Payroll Management

Our course code: X303

Course fee £545 or from £41 per month

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Every company needs to run a payroll, understand PAYE and National Insurance; this is where our ICB Level 3 Payroll Management course can help. Sage Payroll is the world’s most popular bookkeeping software, used by businesses across the UK for this purpose. This online ICB Level 3 Payroll Management course will give you the essential tools for a career in payroll, ideal for work in a range of business sectors, from large corporations to not for profit organisations.

The ICB Level 3 Diploma in Payroll Management course is designed for complete beginners and for people who want to gain a recognised qualification in Payroll. It’s for people who have previously worked in payroll and have not received a qualification or wish to return to working in payroll and need to update their knowledge.

It could be that you intend to set up your own Payroll Management business, and the skills to an existing bookkeeping and accountancy practice or simply gain a better understanding of manual and computerised payroll to deal with your own employees Payroll.

The Sage ICB Payroll Management online course is specifically designed for those wanting to learn sage from home or study sage accounting via online training and develop their computerised bookkeeping skills quickly and conveniently.

Payroll Management is an obvious add-on for any bookkeeper. This qualification covers the theoretical knowledge and demonstration of the use of various tables and publications issued by HMRC and the demonstration of how to carry out computerised handling of payroll related matters. Having this qualification on your CV could help you stand out from the crowd.

Every company needs to run a payroll, understand PAYE and National Insurance; this is where our ICB Level 3 Payroll Management course can help. Sage Payroll is the world’s most […]

  • Free ICB Student Membership

    Get free 12 month student membership to the ICB and 6 months free access to SageOne.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: ICB

The ICB’s role as a membership body is to provide ongoing support to members to ensure they are knowledgeable and up to date with the latest legislation, mindful of their ethical obligations, and best-placed to provide a trusted and exemplary service to business.

In the bookkeeping industry, The ICB need no introduction, they are the biggest institution of its kind in the world. Effortlessly and professionally maintaining the high standards of bookkeeping as a profession.

Study Hours

Up to 120 hours which is under 40 minutes per day for 6 months.

Study Method

This is a paper-based course, meaning that we will send all of your study materials out to you in the post. However, correspondence with your personal tutor is via email and our student portal.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours above. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


There is one assessment (P3). Successful candidates will need to pass just this one online assessment to gain the full qualification and this exam is taken via The ICB portal on your computer at home.

There will be an additional cost to sit your exams:

  • Mock Exams: £15
  • Live Exam: £75

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to work as a Payroll Clerk and you will also receive an official certificate of completion from the ICB. Read more about the ICB here.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - No prior bookkeeping knowledge is assumed at this level but candidates must have basic numerical skills.

Credits - 30

Course Content

1: Book one

In this section, you’ll learn about all the different elements of the payroll system, such as PAYE and NICs, as well as other elements like national insurance contributions, and look at how to figure out exactly which employees should be subject to which deductions.

You’ll also look at tax codes and pay as you earn, with practical examples to help you figure out how to apply a tax code to calculate the amount due on a weekly and monthly basis. Moving on, you’ll look at using PAYE in Scotland and Wales, as well as gaining an understanding of statutory and voluntary deductions, and much more!

2: Book two

In the second section, you’ll look at the various reasons K codes are used, and how to apply them. You’ll also study and understand entitlements to statutory maternity, paternity, and adoption pay, as well as how to calculate the relevant amounts due to employees who use these schemes.

Next, you’ll look at calculating student loan deductions, and understand the nature of voluntary deductions. Moving on, you’ll look at pensions and benefits in kind, calculating the benefit that arises from company policies such as car and private medical schemes. Finally, you’ll aim to understand the basic theory that underpins the tax-deduction scheme of the construction industry, why the scheme was set up, how to identify who needs to be registered, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes our personal tutor support for 12 months. We provide 12 months' free student membership and registration to The ICB which is worth £78 and access to SageOne payroll software for 6 months worth £144. That's a bundled saving of £222!

We include 6 months' access to the full version of SageOne Payroll within our course fee. Our cloud-based Sage software runs on any computer with a web browser.

You don't need any prior skills or knowledge in the subject area to start this course. However we recommend basic numerical skills as you will be working with numbers.

Yes, there is one exam to complete, this exam is taken on your computer at home. If you decide not to take the exam or wish to delay, we can provide a certificate of completion which will evidence that you have studied the course. ICB exams connect securely to the internet and can be completed outside of the UK and in most countries around the world. Home-based examinations can be completed anywhere that you can access your emails.

To sit your ICB exams, there will be an additional cost. Per Mock Exams: £15. For your Live Exam: £75.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

We include 6 months’ access to the full version of SageOne within our course fee. Our cloud-based Sage software runs on any computer with a web browser.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!