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Professional Diploma in Bookkeeping & Payroll

Awarded by
Dorset College
10 Weeks
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 06:30 - 09:30pm+ 2 Saturdays
26/04/22 - 30/06/22
Live Online Classes
10% discount available on the full price for eligible students whom pay a minimum deposit of €75 to secure their place on this course. From €895 to €805.50. Flexible Payment Terms available on the page below.

Why take this course?

Do you want a Professional Diploma in Book-keeping and Payroll that will showcase your ability to contribute effectively and with confidence in the area of finance and accounting?.  Designed to enable you to develop your career with many opportunities in this field or progress to further or higher education.

Do You want to gain the skills, knowledge, and competence that will open up opportunities for work in accountancy support as a bookkeeper or as a payroll professional?

In a highly competitive market, employers recognise that employees with the right skills, qualifications, and knowledge who can manage and process the important task of business payroll are a valuable asset and are essential to the success of their businesses.  

What will You Experience?

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

You will gain the skills and knowledge in Bookkeeping and Payroll using the industry-standard Sage Professional Accounting and Sage Micropay Professional Payroll Software.

Programme Modules

Book-keeping - Introduction

This module provides an overview of the learning objectives and an introduction to book keeping.

Nominal and Personal Ledgers

  • Concentrating on the process for writing up transactions in the Nominal ledger and updating the personal ledgers.
  • The module examines the rules for updating the ledgers and the classification of accounts, the process of double-entry, and the method of balancing accounts.
  • Alternative layouts of accounts are also presented in this module.

Accounting Books

This unit focuses on the purpose and structure of the Day Books.

  • The method for writing up transactions and postings to the Nominal ledger.
  • The structure examined includes accounting for Vat.
  • The analysed daybooks are presented and source documentation used to update the daybooks are identified and studied.

The Cash Book & Petty Cash Book

Here we look at the two column and three column cash book layout and also concentrate on the Petty cash book. The procedure and process for updating both books are covered and the process of updating ledgers.

The Journal / Trial Balance / Reconcilltion

This unit deals with recording of journal entries such as purchase fixed assets on credit, depreciation, bad debt write offs, credit control, the interest charged to debtors, drawings by owner ( other than cash).

The Trial Balance
Here you will learn about the method used to extract a Trial balance.  The various methods to correct errors will be demonstrated and the idea of stock control and purpose of control accounts will be discussed.

Reconciliation Reports
We look at the various reconciliations that are completed periodically - bank reconciliation and debtors and creditors ledger reconciliations.

Using Industry Standard Software (Sage)

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.

Payroll - Units 1-5

Unit 1: This unit provides an overview 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.

Unit 2: Employment Legislation in Ireland - here we introduce the essential elements of Employment law in operation in Ireland.

Unit 3: Revenue administration and ROS which outlines 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.

Payroll - Units 6-8

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. It 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.

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 the key terminology associated with personal taxation in preparing and maintaining payroll records.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of a computerised versus a 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 the emergency and temporary tax systems and subsequent transfer to the cumulative tax system.
  • Understand 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.

Live Online Learning

Learn 100% Online

You can now up-skill or re-skill from the comfort of your own home with an industry-experienced professional who will provide you with inspirational lectures and all the support materials you need to achieve your goals.

Entry Requirements

Open to all with an interest in bookkeeping and payroll and those seeking a change in career.

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

Assessment & Awards

Assessment Method
Continuous Assessment and end of course examination. 


  • Professional Diploma in Book-keeping & Payroll  
  • Awarded by: Dorset College

Flexible Payment Terms

To secure a place on this course a non-refundable deposit of €75 applies and the remainder paid in instalments. 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.

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Payment Plan

Deposit: €75
1st Instalment:  €410 19/04/22
2nd Instalment: €410 19/05/22
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