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Bookkeeping and Payroll

City Colleges’ Professional Diploma
  • Learn the core fundamentals of Bookkeeping and payroll management
  • This is a 10 week course which takes place one evening per week
  • Live online training with real-time instructor-student interaction.
  • Choose to sign up with a deposit on our Instalment Plan options
  • Starting Wednesday 8th May

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Bookkeeping can be defined as, the recording of any financial transactions and affairs of a business, and is an integral part of any organization in todays modern world. This can include a host of many different types of record keeping techniques such as financial statements, reports, journals and ledgers for clients who wish to keep track of their personal or businesses finances in a structured manner.

The role of a bookkeeper is a varied and fast pace career, which can branch out into many different lines of work depending on the business or individual and its needs, this would be widely considered an administrative role which includes a intermediate knowledge of accounting from log books to Excel Spreadsheets for from invoices for employee payments to inventory management using a range of digital and traditional systems

With this 10-week part time course, you will learn the core fundamentals of Bookkeeping and payroll management, whilst also getting a taste for what is expected when you begin developing your skills and kickstart your professional career.

Financial records have been discovered to have been used as far back as 7000 BC, which shows its importance and role within society, and with modern technologies and advances we have now shifted the old ways of bookkeeping into the age of the internet with its importance not being lost in translation.

Bookkeepers are the people responsible for recording, organising and producing all financial records and transactions of a business in full which requires a certain skillset to be successful within the field with many students being detail-oriented and work in a structure environment.

Successful candidates of this course will gain the valuable knowledge required to boost their career of software training as well as accounts and bookkeeping for

Payroll Within Bookkeeping

Payroll can be defined as the process of making payment of a salary to a company’s employees, this can be done using various techniques, timeframes and systems and this would mainly be the role of a payroll manager who would maintain, overlook and implement the processing of timely payroll transactions and systems this for the whole company to ensure adequate and correct payment is made for employees.

For every business this is a crucial role which has to be adjusted and made right time and time again as there are many external factors for all employees in which shapes the payroll and should be received correctly on a week to week basis.

Professional Accountancy And Accreditation

Students who wish to gain accreditation from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the future may also find interest in our City Colleges ACCA professional accountancy course, which looks into focused modules such as Advanced Taxation (ATX) & Strategic Business. This globally accredited course can greatly increase your knowledge

More information on this separate City Colleges course can be found in the link below.

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QQI Level 5 In Bookkeeping Manual And Computerised


  • Payroll Terminology and Concepts
  • The PAYE System
  • The Cumulative TAX system
  • Emergency and Week 1/Month 1 Tax Systems
  • Treatment of Married Persons and Civil Partners


  • Setting up a company on Computerised Payroll System –
  • Running payroll on a computerised system


  • Key Terminology
  • Purchasing
  • Selling
  • General Journal and Cash transactions
  • Assignment 1


  • Computer Bookkeeping and Accounts

SOFTWARE:     Brightpay – payroll

Big Red Cloud – bookkeeping

CRITERIA:        Self-Directed learning with a good working knowledge of computers

EXAM:                  Payroll: – Manual payroll exam – 50% sat at workshop at end of course

Payroll – Computerised payroll exam – 50% given a week to complete and upload

Bookkeeping – Complete assignment 2 from the text book –

Bookkeeping – Input data from Assignment 2 into Red Book and print 3 reports –

allowed a week to complete and upload.

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to operate and maintain accurate payroll and bookkeeping records using manual and computerised systems for organisations working under general direction and supervision.

Successful completion of this Professional Diploma in Bookkeeping and payroll will be of interest to those who wish to excel in a  professional career

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding the Diploma.

The Course is assessed by way of project (70%) and MCQ (30%).

If paying in instalments by direct debit, the deposit to book a place is €150 and the balance is split into three equal monthly payments.

Alison Dunne

Alison Dunne has many years’ experience working as a Company accountant. Her strengths are cash management, processing re-engineering, and management of a finance function within a company. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer in Quest Recruitment Ltd., a leading recruitment company, solely dedicated to recruiting for Accountancy and Financial Services Professionals.

Anne Marie Cogan

Anne Marie Cogan is a qualified ACCA Accountant and holds a 1:1 Level 8 degree in Accountancy. She was an award-winning student who received recognition from Chartered Accountants Ireland for achieving the highest grade in her undergraduate degree. Anne Marie has over two decades of experience in the business environment. She is an excellent communicator and challenges complex theories and calculations, always bringing them back to simple terms which she believes is the secret to effective learning. Her research interest are effective management of expenditure in education.

Course Award

A City College’s Professional Diploma Course is a focused, practical programme designed and delivered by an industry practitioner, that consolidates, upskills or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications that indicate that you have been trained in a particular area or specific subject matter.

City College Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study here by their organisation.

Corporate Training

In addition to our scheduled Professional Diploma courses, City Colleges can provide bespoke training over 3 – 4 days, please contact for further details.

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