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Professional Diploma in Bookkeeping & Payroll

Awarded by
Dorset College
11 Weeks
Wednesday 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
04/10/2023 - 13/12/2023
€825.00 September Discount 20% = €660.00
A discount of 20% applies to this course - Fee €825.00 Discount 20% = €660.00. To secure a place on this course a deposit of €75.00 applies. Flexible Payment Terms available - see details on page.below.

Why take this course?

Bookkeeping and Payroll Course - A Professional Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll will enable you to showcase your ability to contribute effectively and confidently in the area of finance and accounting. Explore the crucial financial responsibilities that underpin every business - bookkeeping and payroll.

Acquire proficiency in fundamental bookkeeping techniques, gain comprehension of financial statements, and excel in the management of payroll.

No matter the business, it is essential to maintain precise financial documentation and adhere to regulations for employee compensation. You will explore how these aspects of Bookkeeping and Payroll are handled within the applicable legal and tax frameworks in Ireland, and gain the skills and knowledge to work effectively in this field.

Student Profile

Open to all with an interest in Bookkeeping & Payroll or those seeking a change in career.

  • A basic knowledge of computers.
  • Competence in spoken and written English.

You will be taught by an highly experienced industry professional who will support, mentor, and guide you to achieve your goals.

Bookkeeping Module Units

Understand and apply the techniques learnt to produce accounts using the industry-standard accounting software Sage. Comparisons are made between manual and computerised systems and various scenarios illustrate the procedures for the setup and updating of a computerised accounts system.

  • The introduction to bookkeeping principles.
  • Double entry concepts, ledgers, closing balances and trial balance.
  • Financial statements and cash flow:
    • Understand the link between cash flow statements and other statements.
    • Financial reporting.
    • Importance of cash flow.
  • Learn how to use accounting software systems:
    • Gain the skills and knowledge in Bookkeeping and Payroll using the industry-standard Sage Professional Accounting and Sage Micropay Professional Payroll software.
  • Understanding the finance function of an organisation:
    • Strategic financial management.
    • Sources of finance.

Payroll Module Units

Unit 1: This unit will give an outline of the overall operation of payroll taxation in Ireland. It introduces students to the terminology used and overall calculation of pay and taxation issues including an examination of various credits and reliefs. You will also be introduced to computerised payroll (Thesaurus Software).

Unit 2: Employment Legislation in Ireland - the essential elements of employment law in operation across Ireland.

Unit 3: Revenue administration and ROS outlining how the PAYE system is operated by each employer under the management of the Revenue Commissioners.

Unit 4: PAYE System and Operation examines the PAYE system in operation and the calculation of operation of PAYE. Particular attention is given to the completion of the Tax Deduction Card system.

Unit 5: Operation of PRSI System and Calculation examines the calculation and operation of PRSI. Rules and regulations in deducting PRSI and an introduction into what entitlements certain contributions bestow.

Unit 6: Operation Of USC and Calculation looks at the way USC is calculated and deducted.

Unit 7: Payments and Deductions and calculating Net Pay examines the various statutory and non-statutory payments and deductions. This also deals with Benefits in Kind scenarios.

Unit 8: Computerised Payroll using Sage Payroll applies the techniques learnt in a computerised system. Practical examples in carrying out a payroll using the industry-standard sage payroll software. Comparisons will be made between manual and computerised systems of payroll calculations.

Payroll Learning Outcomes

This course is designed to enable you to develop your career with many opportunities in the field of accounting, finance and payroll or progress to further or higher education

  • Understand key terminology associated with personal taxation in preparing and maintaining payroll records.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of a computerised VS. manual system for payroll processing purposes.
  • Process the payroll for employee(s); various elements of gross pay, holidays, unpaid leave, cut-off points, credits, all statutory and non-statutory deductions.
  • Understand emergency and temporary tax systems and subsequent transfer to the cumulative tax system.
  • The changes in personal tax due to various factors to include; mid-year commencement and leaving of employment, changes in credits, refunds.
  • Extract information from completed records to prepare all necessary mid-year and year end tax forms for employees.
  • Extract information from completed records to prepare all necessary end-of-period and year end returns and tax forms for the Revenue Commissioners.
  • Analyse the impact of changes in legislation on personal tax and take-home.
  • Print a selection of reports after backing up computerised data on a suitable medium.

Blended Learning

This course is delivered in a blended learning environment with face-to-face and live online classes. Gain the skills and knowledge from an industry experienced professional who will provide you with in-depth lectures and all the support materials you need to achieve your goals.

How to Apply

Entry to this course is by direct application to Dorset College.

The Application Steps

  • To apply for this course, simply submit the online application form.
  • Upload your photo ID.
  • Pay the minimum deposit of €75.00.

After completing this, our team will contact you to arrange a short online interview to ensure you are suitable for this programme.

Our Course Advisor can be contacted at: [email protected].

Assessment & Awards

Assessment Method
Continuous Assessment and end of course examination. 


  • Professional Diploma in Bookkeeping & Payroll.
  • Awarded by: Dorset College Dublin.

Designed to enable you to develop your career with many opportunities in this field or progress to further or higher education.

Flexible Payment Terms

To secure a place on this course a non-refundable deposit of €75 applies and the remainder is paid in 2 installments. You have the flexibility of using our online payment facility to manage your course payments at any time, from the comfort of your own home.

Course Fee €825.00 September Discount 20% = €660.00

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Payment Plan

Deposit: €75 Secures your place on the course
1st Instalment:  €292.50 22/09/2023
2nd Instalment:  €292.50 01/11/2023


Click here to access the provisional timetable for this programme.