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BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection

BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection

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  • A foundation level data protection certificate covering UK GDPR, the Data Protection Act 2018 and other associated legislation
  • Three day course delivered live online (see available dates above)
  • 1 year access to For Your Information client portal
  • Access to listen again and bonus pre-recorded content available online on demand through our Learning Management System for 6 month. Designed to help you apply legislation in a practical context. 
  • All course materials (available in digital and hard copy)
  • Course handbook (hard copy)
  • BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection registration and assessment fees
  • Please note, for international orders, shipping will be calculated at checkout.

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Course Level

This is an intermediate level course, rated at SFIA (Skills Framework for Information Age) Level 2.

Course Overview

The course is designed for candidates who are looking for an introduction to current data protection laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. Although not essential, some knowledge of data protection law would be beneficial as well as basic working knowledge or IT and GDPR.

This course is delivered by Liz Taylor and Frank Rankin over three days. Completion of the course materials equates to approximately 20hrs of study. Please see above for our upcoming course dates. We like to keep our training as interactive as possible and therefore limit our face-to-face course size to a maximum of eight attendees. This allows everyone to participate and gives us the opportunity to answer your questions throughout the course.

Supporting materials that accompany this course are available in digital and hard copy formats and we recommend you order a set of hard copy materials. There is no additional cost for this. Please note that if you order digital only, we will still require an address for your course handbook which is currently only available in hard copy.

After completion of the course, candidates will possess an understanding of the rights afforded to data subjects and the implications of those rights. Additionally, the course covers the responsibilities placed on individuals and organisations, as well as data controllers and processors. Each candidate should be better placed to support their organisation in processing customer data in compliance with data protection laws.

Please note the BCS refresh the syllabus every 6 months. You should check you have covered the current syllabus prior to sitting your assessment.

Course Content

Modules 1 & 2

Module 1: covers the context of data protection, the scope of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the role of the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

Module 2: covers the definitions, special categories of personal data and criminal offence data and introduces data protection principles such as accountability.

Modules 3 & 4

Module 3 covers looks at the lawfulness or processing and conditions for processing special categories of personal data. Additionally, we look at consent and conditions of same, as well as transfers of personal data to third countries or international organisations.

Module 4 looks at governance and accountability considering data protection impact assessments, records of processing activities, data protection by design and by default, security and the role of the data protection officer.

Modules 5 & 6

Module 5 looks at all the rights afforded to the data subject as well as restrictions that may affect the exercise of these rights.

Module 6 looks at breach reporting, sanctions, liabilities and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.

Revision and Examination

Upon completion of the course content, candidates are urged to look at the two practice papers as part of their course revision. Once all content on the LMS has been completed and at the candidates request, we will register them with the BCS, and they can book in for their exam.

Exams are held online virtually by the BCS.

  • "Liz and Frank were great, they took time to go through each topic of data protection and always made themselves available should we have questions. The handouts were brilliant, very detailed and followed the course structure". Anonymous, December 2020.

  • "I was successfully able to access and contribute to the class. Enjoyed the use of breakout rooms as this allowed me to engage on both a 1:1 level and as part of a group". Anonymous, November 2021.

  • "The course was better than others I have been on as it was much more engaging. It was more a discussion rather than being talked at and this style of delivery works well for me". Anonymous, May 2022