This course is delivered by IBAT College Dublin an academic partner of GISMA Business School. IBAT and GISMA are both members of Global University Systems (GUS), which is an international network of higher-education institutions, brought together by a shared passion for accessible, industry-relevant qualifications.

To be an excellent bookkeeper or payroll administrator, you will need much more than number-crunching skills. Although it is important to be able to perform calculations correctly and understand the technical aspects of bookkeeping, you will also need to have a personality that allows you to connect and communicate with colleagues across a business.

Whether you are in a small team or a large company, you will need to master the art of multitasking, working under pressure, keeping to strict deadlines, and organisation. You will also need to bring a logical approach to your work, be a creative-thinker to overcome unexpected problems and flexible in your approach.

Within your role, you will be expected to deliver projects, salaries, wages and payslips on time meaning prioritisation and delegation are essential. Get started in your career by enrolling on the Online Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll now.

Why choose this programme?

The diploma will help you to enter into a number of different roles across a range of industries including:

  • Accounts payable/receivable
  • Bookkeeper
  • Bookkeeper (with accounting technician/accounts administrator/office manager)
  • Credit controller
  • Finance assistant
  • Junior payroll administrator
  • Payroll and bookkeeping clerk
  • Payroll administrator/coordinator
  • Secretary/bookkeeper

Objectives of the programme

The diploma will introduce you to the process of tracking and recording financial transactions and records for a business.

Throughout your time on the programme, you will learn about:

  • Tracking and recording employee work hours and annual leave
  • Calculating pay, taxes and social insurance
  • Incorporating variables, like overtime, sick-pay, holidays and expenses
  • Processing and paying salaries and wages - by cash, cheque or EFT
  • Issuing payslips to employees
  • Addressing problems and answering queries
  • Issuing P45s, P60s and other related tasks.

By the time you complete the programme, you will have built your knowledge and skills, allowing you to join an SME or a larger business, depending on your preferences. You will also learn the skills needed to stay up-to-date with legislative changes in the industry, allowing you to carry out your duties with confidence and accuracy.

Who is the course suitable for?

Designed for students thinking about a career in bookkeeping and payroll, this programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to secure your first role. In 2018, Morgan McKinley reported that the financial accountant and financial analyst roles were the highest paying accountancy and finance jobs, as well as two of the most in-demand qualifications, meaning you will be on track for a successful career.


IBAT College Dublin is committed to providing a range of programmes in the areas of business, IT, sports, tourism and the English language to both domestic and international students. With a broad range of industry connections, a state-of-the-art campus and faculty who come from a range of different backgrounds, students thrive at the college which is why we have achieved a student satisfaction rate of 98% in recent years. By the time they graduate, our students feel they have gained the knowledge and soft skills needed to start their careers in some of the most in-demand industries.

Why study with IBAT?

  • Industry-relevant programmes: We recognise where the skills shortages are and provide programmes that will fill these gaps. We are also connected with private institutions, NGOs and many SMEs across Ireland, helping students to gain experience of a real-life business setting.
  • Global connections: IBAT College Dublin became part of the Global University Systems group in 2016 allowing it to broaden its portfolio and offer programmes to a wider network of students. We also collaborate with a range of GUS partners.
  • Small class sizes: We believe that students learn best in a personal and interactive environment which is why we keep our class sizes small.
  • Industry experts: We employ faculty with experience of working in the industries they teach in. Due to this, students get an understanding of what it is actually like to work in their area of interest.
  • Student experience: Our students have access to a range of services. We also aim to mentor and support them throughout their education journey.

The programme is designed to deliver material on the two streams, Bookkeeping and Payroll, and includes the following topics

Bookkeeping

This module supports you to:

  • Develop a keen understanding of the main principles of bookkeeping and accounting
  • Understand a broad range of accounting terms
  • Be able to carry out a broad range of bookkeeping and accounting procedures
  • Be able to produce a computerised trial balance.

PRSI Classes

This module supports you to:

  • Acquire the important knowledge and skills required to use both manual and computerised payroll systems
  • Appreciate the importance of accuracy and security in preparing and maintaining payroll records
  • Acquire the knowledge and understanding of how the cumulative, emergency and temporary tax systems operate.

Computerised Accounts

  • The use of computer systems (particularly Sage) in an accounts environment
  • File Management - Hardware and Software
  • Computerised Accounts v Manual Accounts
  • The security of computer systems including passwords, anti-virus protection software, Data Protection and GDPR.

Payroll

The Payroll module is delivered in two parts:

  • Manual Payroll - topics include payroll terms & frequencies, tax credits, standard cut offs and cumulative, emergency and temporary tax systems, cumulative tax deduction/emergency/temporary tax deduction form, calculating gross pay & tax liability, PRSI & income levies and statutory documents: P45, P60, P30 and P35.
  • Computerised Payroll - using SAGE, the industry-standard computing package - will involve tasks such as including entering company details, setting a payroll period, entering employee details including tax credits, standard cut offs, base codes for PRSI, salary details, processing payroll, editing employee data, printing payroll reports, printing payslips, printing relevant statutory documents e.g. P45, P60, P30 and P35, updating records, saving data and password protection.

Assessment

To be awarded the Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll you will be required to successfully complete an in-class exam for each of the two modules.


This diploma is suitable for you if you are interested in learning about and using computerised accounting and payroll systems.

Numeracy and literacy skills are important to support your successful completion.

 


  • Part-time
  • Online
  • 14 weeks
  • Continuous
  • € 770 per course

Course awarded by IBAT College Dublin


IBAT College Dublin is committed to providing a range of programmes in the areas of business, IT, sports, tourism and the English language to both domestic and international students. With a broad range of industry connections, a state-of-the-art campus and faculty who come from a range of different backgrounds, students thrive at the college which is why we have achieved a student satisfaction rate of 98% in recent years.

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