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Apprenticeship Standard Level 3 Payroll Administrator

Payroll administrators will, typically, have responsibility for setting up and operating the payroll within an organisation in which they are employed or on behalf of another organisation.

This level 3 apprenticeship is equivalent to 2 x A Level passes and the Level 3 apprenticeship takes around 18 – 24 months to complete.

Please click here for an overview of the Payroll Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship

All apprenticeships are made up of 3 components:

Payroll Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship (Knowledge)

This element of the programme is delivered with resources designed and developed by Chartered Institute of Payroll Professional (CIPP) with various start points throughout the year, the assessments within the qualification are: 

Competency portfolio construction (Skills and behaviour components)

This element of the programme is delivered within apprentices’ workplace and is a collaborative approach from employers and Peak. This will enable all apprentices to demonstrate their occupational competency and develop all required skills and professional behaviours.

The portfolio is compiled through a range of professional discussions & assessments, complemented by work-based evidence from the apprentice's job role. This is compiled during 1-2-1 sessions with the apprentice and their work-based advisor at mutually convenient times and dates for the apprentice, employer and Peak's work-based advisor.  

Functional skills

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve Level 2 prior to taking their end point assessment. Apprentices who hold a GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths Grade 9-4 or A to C will not need to complete functional skills.

What have apprentices who have completed this programme in the past progressed to?

Progression opportunities include:

Professional recognition as student affiliate level of Chartered Institute of Payroll Professional (CIPP) & Global Payroll Association (GPA)

Successful completion of the apprenticeship will provide eligibility to apply for Individual Affiliate membership of the GPA and Associate membership of the CIPP

Senior positions such as Payroll manager, team Leader

How You will Learn

Payroll Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship (Knowledge component)

The programme is structured on a modular basis and each module is delivered through weekly online classes.

Competency portfolio construction (Skills & Behaviour)

1-2-1 assessment and support to evidence the behaviours, skills and knowledge elements will take place in your workplace and live virtual meetings, at mutually convenient times and dates with your assessor.

Your knowledge will be assessed through online knowledge checks for CIPP units and any functional skills you need to take.

The skills and behaviours will be assessed through written assessments and professional discussions supported by your work-based advisor.

End Point assessment

All apprenticeship standards require apprentices to complete an end point assessment to successfully achieve the apprenticeship qualification. For this apprenticeship standard the end point assessment consists of:

Peak will also carry out mock EPA assessments in collaboration with employers and apprentices to ensure all apprentices are ready to progress to the End point Assessment.

Equipment and other costs

Levy Paying employers - £9000 from Levy funds.

Non-Levy Payers - £450 + VAT employers’ contribution (a non-levy employer which has a wage cost of less than £3 million per year)

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

Level 3 Payroll Administrator

CIPP Payroll Technician Certificate

For further information or to apply please do not hesitate to contact us

Is there additional work required by the student?

All apprentices are required to allocate 20% of their weekly working hours towards the completion of the apprenticeship programme.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications or skills do I need to have before I can enrol?

We will undertake an initial assessment and skills scan to make sure that this qualification is suitable for you.

It is preferable to have English and Maths GCSE Grade 4/C or above. Though we can support apprentices to achieve functional skills if they do not hold GCSEs in English and Maths.

Prior Knowledge

You must be working in a payroll administrator role and have a contract of employment for at least 30 hours per week.

Employment roles for a Level 3 Payroll Administrator would include:

For further information or to apply please do not hesitate to contact us