CPBC2 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business (RQF)

Qualification summary

VTCT (Skillsfirst) and Sage UK have worked in partnership to develop a suite of Computerised Bookkeeping and Payroll qualifications.

This level 2 qualification will give you the skills you need to carry out a range of regular computerised payroll routines and activities using commercially available computerised payroll software. 

Please note: this qualification is only accessible to learners who have internet access.

The qualification helps learners understand the importance of security and confidentiality in performing any payroll task and covers activities including:

  • Statutory Sick Pay
  • Statutory Maternity Pay
  • Pension Scheme
  • Calculation of gross pay and net pay
  • Attachment of earnings orders
  • Computerised payroll theory and skills
  • Spreadsheet software

Every learner is provided with a study pack which includes:

  • Access to comprehensive, interactive online learning support materials
  • A FREE copy of the latest Sage 50 Accounts Professional or Payroll software (for six months)
  • Access to expert support
  • Related simulations to practice as you need them
  • Valuable skills to control your business
  • Hard copy learner workbooks if required (at an additional cost through Sage)

Completion of this qualification could lead to employment in a number of job roles, including:

  • Payroll Administrator
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Payroll Supervisor

This qualification does not require you to have any prior qualifications or levels of prior learning. There is no minimum age requirement for this qualification.

On completion of this qualification you could progress onto any of the following:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Computerised Accounting for Business (RQF)

Centres may find the following website helpful for materials and resources to assist with the delivery of this qualification; please click here

VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business (RQF) Handbook

Qualification structure

To achieve this qualification, learners must achieve all units from Group M.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 109

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 230

Qualification numberQualification reference
CPBC2 601/5511/5 

Group M – mandatory units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleCredit Value
F/505/1243CAB17Termination of employment1
F/505/1274CAB18Fundamentals of employment legislation for payroll2
H/505/1235CAB19Calculate gross pay3
K/505/1236CAB20Elements of gross pay2
L/505/1276CAB21Computerised payroll theory2
M/505/1254CAB22Statutory and non-statutory payments and additions3
Y/505/1233CAB23Composition of an employee payroll record2
Y/505/1278CAB24Computerised payroll skills4
F/502/4625IT208Spreadsheet software4

 Skillsfirst customers wishing to offer this qualification should complete a qualification approval form. Learner email addresses must be provided on registration, as these are required to provide logins to the online learning and assessment platform.


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