Payroll and Tax Administration online short course

Course starts 28 January 2021

Course information

Registration Closes:
22 January 2021
Course Starts:
28 January 2021
6 weeks online
7 hours per week
ZAR R13,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Few business functions have as adverse an impact on employee job satisfaction and overall business expense as the incorrect management of payroll and tax.

The effective and efficient management of the payroll and tax function is therefore crucial to running a successful organisation that not only values its employees, but also complies with relevant legislation.

With this payroll course you’ll cover the fundamental principles of payroll and tax administration, and leave the online short course empowered with the most up-to-date processes and legislation involved in the payroll and tax function.

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What will set you apart

You’ll walk away from the payroll and tax administration course with the confidence to:

  • Apply your comprehensive understanding of payroll systems and tax processes, including tax law
  • Accurately calculate, allocate and deduct payroll, and understand the calculations in employee leave systems
  • Perform the vital bookkeeping function of payroll tax administration
  • Use your knowledge of payroll tax to positively influence employee job satisfaction and overall business expense

Course curriculum

This UCT-backed online short course in payroll and tax administration is designed to give you the flexibility to work when it suits you. You’ll receive continued support and guidance from an expert tutor and your Success Manager as you progress through the weekly modules in your own time.

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: Basic tax concepts for individuals
  • Course Module 2: Advanced tax concepts for individuals
  • Course Module 3: Basic tax concepts for businesses
  • Course Module 4: Advanced tax concepts for businesses
  • Course Module 5: Payroll principles and administration
  • Course Module 6: Payroll administration

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

On completion of this course you earn a certificate from a top-tier university as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.
Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 28 January 2021.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with an Enrolment Advisor here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.