*VIRTUAL* – BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection

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Online Data Protection Training

An entry-level BCS certificate for everyone who handles personal information in the workplace.


Designed to satisfy the compliance obligations of the wider workforce, the BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection is suitable for anyone involved in the acquisition, use and protection of personal information. Since its introduction in 2014, the BCS has issued over 2400 certifications across IT, HR, marketing, customer support and other service delivery departments, alongside those new to traditional compliance and information security roles. This latest version of the BCS syllabus (v3.0) covers the EU GDPR, UK Data Protection Act 2018, and PECR while taking into account recent legislative changes and the period of transition, which will last until the end of 2020.

Course Overview

The BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection will benefit all members of staff who are processing the personal information of customers and service users, company employees, or any other partners and stakeholders as part of their daily role. Alongside these key personnel (privacy champions), the BCS Foundation is suitable for management roles and executives who are in some way responsible for business areas which routinely handle personal information. The Foundation Certificate is also the recognised entry point for compliance team members before advancing to the BCS Practitioner Certificate, and IAPP certified training.

Participants attending this BCS accredited GDPR training course will develop a practical understanding of EU and UK data protection laws and how to apply them in everyday workplace situations. The focus is on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the UK Data Protection Act 2018, along with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR).

The course, which is traditionally taught in a classroom setting over 3-days, is now available online. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, delegates can gain a recognised workplace qualification whether they’re working at their desk or from home by attending five x 3.5 hour live online sessions across one week. The course follows the latest BCS Syllabus (v3.0) and prepares participants for the 1-hour multiple-choice BCS Foundation Exam, which is also available online.


The BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection course is GDPR training course. It is currently only available online. The course is delivered over 5-days, with one 3.5 hours live module each day.

The following schedule is intended as a guide:

Module 1Introductions, Learning outcomes
Exam details & techniques
Introduction to the History of Data Protection in the UK
Principles of Data Protection and Applicable Terminology
Module 2The 6 Lawful basis for processing
Processing special categories of personal data
Governance and Accountability: Accountability Obligations, Purpose & process of Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs)
Module 3Governance and Accountability cont.
Records of processing activity
Interlay with privacy notices
Data protection by design & default approach
Designation, position and tasks of the DPO
Interaction between Controller and Processor
Module 4Transfers of Personal Data to Third Countries or International organisations
Data Subject Rights
Restrictions to Data Subjects Rights (Exemptions)
Module 5Independent Supervisory Authority (ICO)
Breaches, Enforcement and Liabilities
Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (2003)

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for key individual and other privacy champions with the following responsibilities:

  • Data protection and privacy
  • Information Governance, risk and compliance
  • Information Security, IT Security and IT
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Customer support and service delivery
  • Project Managers
  • Procurement
  • Heads of departments, managers, and directors of small and medium-sized businesses

By obtaining the Foundation Certificate, individuals will:

  • Hold a recognised foundation level qualification in GDPR
  • Understand the significant changes that the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act 2018 introduce to data protection
  • Appreciate both the individual and organisational responsibilities faced by data controllers and data processors
  • Recognise the importance of keeping accurate internal records of personal data being processed
  • Be familiar with the 6 lawful bases for processing and know which to apply to specific purposes
  • Understand the reasons for and implications of the new rights made available to data subjects
  • Contribute towards the ongoing commitment to maintain compliance with the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act 2018

Duration: over 5 days in half day sessions so the delegates choose either all morning sessions or all afternoon sessions.

Cost: £1020 + Vat


Online BCS Data Protection Training Course

Virtual BCS Data Protection Training Course

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BCS Data Protection Training Course Virtual Training Course

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