Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll

Learn how to manage Bookkeeping and Payroll for Businesses

8 Weeks
Start Date:
February 2020
Monday & Wednesday: 6.30pm-9.30pm
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Why Bookkeeping and Payroll

Bookkeepers and Payroll administrators fulfil demanding roles at the heart of any company – and prospective bookkeepers and payroll administrators should be able to handle the basics of their role, which is as much about personality as it is talent.

Bookkeepers and payroll staff are more than just number-crunchers; while numerical proficiency is obviously important - they face a wide variety of professional challenges and technical duties in addition to calculations – they need to be able to communicate with colleagues across the organisation, and externally.

Depending on their organisation size, bookkeepers/payroll administrators may have to deal with multiple tasks and duties at any given time, so an organised, logical approach to work will be essential. These staff work as part of a team, and therefore also need to be a flexible, creative-thinker in order to address unexpected problems and scenarios quickly and effectively.

Bookkeeping and payroll processes can sometimes be stressful in meeting staff requests and strict compliance requirements, therefore, the individual must be able to work under pressure, without compromising performance standards. Good timekeeping and an ability to meet strict deadlines is an essential part of these roles, as they will need to deliver projects/salaries, wages and payslips on time. In practice, this means being able to prioritise and delegate to ensure the task is completed to deadline.

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

Course Overview

Bookkeepers work in close proximity with core business operations to ensure that the most economically viable and safe decisions are made to keep finances and budgets under control. This programme will provide you with the ability to use a computer accounting programme, in order to track and record the financial transactions and records for the company. Part of the bookkeeping process also includes calculating, recording, and balancing financial reports, including payroll, in order to be able to communicate with regard to salaries, benefits, and employee’s pay.

Payroll is an essential part of any business ensuring that salaries, wages and payslips are issued to staff on time consistent with their contract details. Succeeding as a payroll administrator involves more than just delivering pay and deducting taxes – you may have to deal with multiple tasks and duties at any given time. An organised, logical approach to your work is essential, and this programme will prepare you to undertake standard, day-to-day, duties of a payroll administrator including:

  • 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.

This programme will provide you with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to be able to full the payroll task in a SME and/or support the payroll function in a larger organisation.

With legislative requirements affecting almost all aspects of the role, this programme will also provide you with the skills required to remain current in the field – by identifying the legislative (revenue) requirements affecting almost all aspects of your role, and also where to find the information on a recurring annual basis to ensure you are able to carry out your duties with ongoing confidence and accuracy.

Course Content

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

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.

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.

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.

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
  • 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

Academic Progression Opportunities

On completion of this course you are eligible to apply for the Advanced Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll at IBAT College Dublin.
In addition, this programme may be the first step of you considering a career in the whole area of accounting and finance.

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


The staff at IBAT College Dublin are friendly and very helpful, our lecturer is the best, she knows all there is to know about ATI and brings it across in her notes and lectures in class.
Bernie Flynn Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Graduate
The course gave me a great introduction to the Irish taxation system and has broadened my knowledge of ERP systems. It also gave me a better knowledge of how payroll works in Ireland.
Juliana Figueiredo Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Graduate

Lecturer Profile

Laura Flynn
Laura Flynn/ Lecturer Diploma in Book keeping and Payroll /
Laura is an experienced Accounts and Payroll Lecturer with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in budgeting, Microsoft Excel, customer service, coaching, and strategic planning, Laura has been lecturing on the Diploma and Advanced Diploma course in Bookkeeping and Payroll for many years, and has been with IBAT College since 2010.

Entry Requirements

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.

How to Apply

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