Advanced Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll

Build your knowledge to a more advanced level

8 weeks
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Back on-campus Feb 22
Saturday class: 10.00-4.00pm
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Why Advanced Bookkeeping and Payroll

This course is intended for those who are interested in building on the principles of bookkeeping and accounting, to being able to carry out a practical range of bookkeeping and management accounting procedures, using the most popular bookkeeping and payroll software package (Sage).

In August 2018, there were over 90 Bookkeeping opportunities and over 700 payroll vacancies advertised on in Ireland.

Course Overview

This Advanced Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll builds your knowledge to a more advanced level of computerised bookkeeping and payroll, working with account adjustments and journals, and preparing management accounts. The course will also give you a good basis if you wish to advance to professional accountancy courses, such as those of ACCA.

This programme would be also useful if you have already completed a professional accountancy programme - to get a practical working knowledge of Sage Software at a more advanced level.

Within the advanced payroll section, you will learn how to calculate holiday pay and redundancy payments and to complete month-end and year end-procedures to Revenue. The course will significantly develop your working knowledge of payroll, by giving you the opportunity to complete more advanced tasks, and it will give you the ability to work unassisted in a payroll environment.

What is a Professional Diploma?

An IBAT Professional Diploma is a focused, short duration practical course that consolidates, upskills and/or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications  that do not lead to an award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Course Content

Bookkeeping Module Overview
The Bookkeeping module aims to equip you with the knowledge, skill and competence necessary to carry-out every day operational accounts activities using a commercial computerised accounts solution (Sage 50, one of the leading accounts’ software applications used in business today).

It will enable you to carry out a range of accounting procedures. This section of the programme covers subjects including double-entry book-keeping, the set-up and data preparation requirements, processing adjustments, entering and extracting accounts information for all ledgers and journals, using the Journal to correct errors and record year-end adjustments, calculating ratios, completing budgets/forecasts and the production of various financial reports for management purposes, using Sage 50 Accounts.

On completion of this section of the programme you should be able to:

  • Set up master data from a Trial Balance on a computerised accounts software package and in the preparation of financial statements
  • Be able to carry out Enter opening balances for Customers, Suppliers and Nominal Ledgers
  • Be competent in a range of accounting procedures, process adjustments and journals and set up recurring journals and payments
  • Understand accruals and prepayments Capitalise a fixed asset Understand Depreciation of a fixed asset Reconcile Bank Accounts and be fully competent in month end procedures and reporting
  • Select and print accounting reports for management and decision making purposes
  • Manage the software system and understand the importance of backing up and restoring data.

Payroll Module Overview
This course will enable you to carry out a range of payroll procedures, and manage a payroll system. It will facilitate you to interpret the main provision of a range of legislation and regulations relating to work time, and analyse a range of documentation an employee may receive from Revenue and be able to complete all appropriate employer tax return forms.

You will also be able to process a payroll for employees, calculate overtime, holidays and benefit-in-kind, redundancy payments, holiday pay, statutory and non-statutory deductions.

On completion of this section of the programme you should be able to:

  • Manage a payroll system, understand data protection, understand the importance of backing up and managing files
  • Calculate mileage and expenses, benefit-in-kind and notional pay
  • Understand the benefit of Tax Saves, bike to work schemes and travel pass
  • Be able to calculate holiday pay and entitlements for full time and part-time workers
  • Understand depreciation of a fixed asset
  • Be able to calculate redundancy payments
  • Calculate month end procedures and become familiar with e-banking


Assessment will place at the end of each module  in the form of an in-class 2 hour exam.  To be awarded with a Diploma in Advanced Bookkeeping and Payroll you will be have to pass each of the modules.

Why IBAT College?

Career Potential
Maximise your career potential as you remain working while obtaining a professionally relevant, career enhancing, qualification at the same time.

Excellent Lecturing Staff
Learn from friendly and highly qualified academic staff, with industry experience, in small class-sizes, and guest lecturers who are experts in their fields.

Student Experience
Being part of a culturally diverse student nationality mix at IBAT College Dublin, with learners from over 30 different countries, gives you the opportunity to learn culturally different working methods first-hand, and the fundamentals to succeed in a globally connected network once you graduate.

City Centre Location
With our campus located in Dublin city centre, in Temple Bar, you are close to all major transport hubs making it easy to attend classes in between work and home.

Programme Material
Printed course notes are supplied for the first lecture. All subsequent notes are then available to download/view/print through the student virtual learning (Moodle) platform.


Career Opportunities

Possible future careers in this area, which may be facilitated by you completing this programme, include in the following roles

  • Accounts Payable/Receivable
  • Benefits and Payroll Manager
  • Bookkeeper(with Accounting Technician/Accounts Administrator/Office Manager)
  • Credit Controller
  • Finance Assistant
  • Payroll and Bookkeeping Clerk
  • Payroll Manager/Specialist

In mid-August 2018, there were over 90 Bookkeeping opportunities and over 700 payroll vacancies advertised on in Ireland.


Advanced Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Graduate
Advanced Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Graduate

Lecturer Profile

Elizabeth Moles
Elizabeth Moles/ Lecturer Advanced Diploma in Book keeping and Payroll /
Elizabeth has over 29 years’ experience in Accounting & Finance, and currently runs her own Accounting & Tax Advice Practice, managing the accounting for many small and large-sized businesses. Elizabeth has been lecturing on the Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses in Bookkeeping and Payroll for many years, and has been with IBAT College since 2010.

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable if you already have a current working knowledge of Computerised Accounting and Payroll Systems, or if you have previously completed the Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll course at IBAT College Dublin, or an introductory bookkeeping and payroll course with another provider.

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

How to Apply

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You can contact or apply to us directly using the the "Contact Us" or "Apply Online" options below, this will reserve your place and also give us the key details to start your application, a member of our admissions team will then contact you with further details, or alternatively you can simply "Ask us a Question" using the form below.

You can also "Book a One-to-One" with one of our course specialists who will provide you with additional guidance on your application, you can set up a meeting by:

  • Calling us at:  +353 1 8075 055 
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We also have flexible payment plans, please contact us to discuss your options or visit the college anytime and our course specialists will be more than willing to discuss any queries you may have.

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Student Benefits

Discover the additional support services and facilities we have to help you thrive; from IT Labs, a Career Service, Networking Evenings and more..

Meet Elizabeth Moles, Lecturer in Bookkeeping and Payroll

Elizabeth Moles, Lecturer on the Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll is a qualified accountant and her specialist areas are taxation and payroll.

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