PBA1 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 1 Award in 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 1 qualification provides an introduction to computerised payroll, record keeping and processing.

Please note: this qualification is accessible to learners who have limited or restricted, or no internet access. For learners with internet acess, wishing to complete the qualification, please consider CPBA1 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 1 Award in Computerised Payroll for Business (RQF)

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)

The qualification covers the basic features associated with payroll, including:

  • Setting up the company details
  • Entering employee records
  • Calculating gross pay
  • Processing the first payroll
  • Running all the reports required including payslips

Once you have achieved this qualification you could find employment as a:

  • Payroll Assistant
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Assistant Accountant or in another similar job role.

If you feel that you already have a basic knowledge and understanding of this area then you could consider the Level 2 Certificate in Payroll for Business (RQF).

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 2 Certificate in Payroll for Business (RQF)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Accounting (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 1 Award in Payroll for Business (RQF) Handbook

Qualification structure

To achieve this qualification, learners must achieve both units from Group M and a minimum of one unit from Group O

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 90 hours

Minimum Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 62

Qualification numberQualification reference

Group M – mandatory units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleGLH 
F/505/1145CAB14Making gross pay calculations12
H/505/1154CAB15Payroll preparation20

Group O – optional units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleGLH 
T/505/1157CAB16Computerised payroll administration30
M/616/8651CAB37Principles of computerised payroll administration30

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

To find out about registration/certification fees, contact our customer services team on 0121 270 5100 or email us.