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BCS Data Protection Foundation Certificate Classroom Course in St Albans

Course Overview

This BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection training will teach you about the current data protection laws, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the 2018 UK Data Protection Act.

Upon completion of this training, you will:

  •    Gain a broad understanding of the changes that the GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018) bring to data protection.
  •    Gain an understanding of the new rights available to data subjects, as well as the implications of those rights with the GDPR and Data Protection Act (2018).
  •    Gain an understanding of individual and organisational responsibilities under the GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018).
  •    Gain an understanding of the increased obligations faced by data controllers and data processors because of the GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018).
  •    Be able to support your organisation in processing customer data in compliance with the GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018).

Our BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection has been developed for delegates looking to gain a firm understanding of the key elements of the law and its practical application.

You will earn a recognised qualification in data protection upon completion of this course and exam.

This course benefits from 1-year BCS membership and our Exam Pass Guarantee. 

For a limited time, this training course includes the BCS Essentials Certificate in Artificial Intelligence course for free, worth £525. Not applicable with any other discounts or promotions. 

Key features
  • Delivery Method: Virtual Classroom
  • Exam: Included
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Join a community of over 595,000+
  • Interest-Free Payments
  • Experience Level: Beginner & Intermediate
  • Exam Pass Guarantee*
  • 1-year BCS membership included

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Key features
  • Delivery Method: Virtual Classroom
  • Exam: Included
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Join a community of over 595,000+
  • Interest-Free Payments
  • Experience Level: Beginner & Intermediate
  • Exam Pass Guarantee*
  • 1-year BCS membership included
Course Details

Why study the BCS Data Protection Foundation course with e-Careers? 

We have developed an expert team over the last 10 years since our inception. In that time, we have trained over 590,000 delegates globally, which has helped offer the highest quality training.

By refining our processes, partner relationships, and course materials, we can offer high-quality training solutions for our delegates. 

You will also benefit from:

  •    Exam Pass Guarantee*.
  •    BCS Essentials Certificate in Artificial Intelligence course included (worth £525).
  •    1-year BCS membership included (worth £92).
  •    Fast-track your learning with our Virtual Classroom course.
  •    Enhance your career prospects.
  •    Learn from expert trainers, with vast experience in this field.
  •    We offer interest-free payment options.

BCS Membership Benefits

This course benefits from 1 years BCS membership worth £92, which is eligible from the moment you pass your first exam.

Benefits of this associate’s membership include:

  •    Professional recognition
  •    Career development
  •    Networking 
  •    Knowledge and best practice 
  •    Exclusive discounts and offer

Read the full membership details

How does the Exam Pass Guarantee work?

We have found our Virtual Classroom training has provided higher pass rates, which has made us confident to offer an Exam Pass Guarantee, so you know we’ll support you until you are certified.

With our Exam Pass Guarantee, if you do not pass the exam after attending this training course with us, you will be eligible to attend the same training again for free.

All we ask is that you:

  •    Attend all class days and complete all assignments
  •    Take the exam within 30 days of completing your Virtual Classroom training
  •    Request your course re-enrolment within 30 days of the failed exam attempt

Please Note:

Students retaking the course are required to use any materials or books distributed to them in their original course session. Failure to provide these materials will result in the student being charged for replacement materials.

*Exam Pass Guarantee does not include the resit exam; this would need to be purchased at an additional cost.

Is the BCS Data Protection Foundation course suitable for me?  

This qualification is mainly aimed at individuals who require an understanding of data protection, specifically GDPR, to do their job. It is also ideal for delegates who would benefit from gaining an enhanced knowledge of the law in this area.

Our Foundation Certificate will act as a bridge for those who have, or who will have, responsibility for data protection, or those considering undertaking training for the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection.

What jobs can I apply for after my BCS Data Protection Foundation training?

While this training would be useful for many different backgrounds and job titles, we do find this qualification typically benefits individuals who work in the following areas:

  •    Data Protection and Privacy - £23K+
  •    Marketing and Sales professionals - £30K+
  •    Data Management - £31K+
  •    Human Resources - £31K+
  •    Project Management - £44K+
  •    Legal and procurement - £47K+
  •    Information Governance, risk, and compliance - £48K+
  •    Directors/Senior Managers with Data Protection responsibilities - £100K+

(Source: Glassdoor)

BCS Data Protection Foundation Syllabus

Learning Outcomes

Candidates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: 

  •    key provisions of Data
  •    The History of Data Protection in the U.K.
  •    Principles of Data Protection and Applicable Terminology
  •    Lawful bases for processing of Personal Data
  •    Governance and Accountability of Data Protection within organisations
  •    Data Subject Rights
  •    Independent Supervisory Authority (ICO)
  •    Breaches, Enforcement and Liability
  •    Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations (PECR) 2003

BCS Data Protection Foundation course outline

An Introduction to the History of Data Protection in the U.K. (5%)

  •    Demonstrate an awareness around personal data rights in the EU and the UK:
  •    Background to the Rights to Protect Personal Data in the EU and the U.K.
  •    The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (Sections 5-26)
  •    UK Data Protection Act 2018, Part 2, Chapters 1 to 3, Part 5 & 6

Principles of Data Protection and Applicable Terminology (15%)

  •    Define the following key items of terminology
  •    Personal data and Special category personal data
  •    Pseudonymisation
  •    Criminal Offence Data

Lawful bases for processing of Personal Data (12.5%)

  •    Explain the lawful basis to process Personal Data listed under (Article 6) of the GDPR and as displayed below:
  •    Describe the conditions for processing special category data and the exemptions (Article 9)

Governance and Accountability of Data Protection within organisations (20%)

  •    Identify the accountability obligations 
  •    Describe the purpose of a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA)
  •    Explain the process of conducting a DPIA
  •    Identify the importance of keeping a record of processing activity  
  •    Outline the interplay with privacy notices 
  •    Demonstrate how to adopt a data protection by design and by default approach 
  •    Identify suitable information security measures 
  •    Explain the designation, position, and tasks of the Data Protection Officer (DPO) 

Interaction between Controller and Processor (7.5%)

  •    Identify the following controller and processor obligations
  •    Controller obligations 
  •    Joint controllers 
  •    Processor obligations
  •    Processing under the authority of a Controller or Processor 

Transfers of personal data to third countries or international organisations (5%)

  •    Recognise the general principles for transferring personal data to third countries.

Data Subject Rights (12.5%)

  •    Define restrictions that may affect data subject rights.

Independent Supervisory Authority (ICO) (10%)

  •    Explain the Role of the ICO
  •    Investigation and correction 
  •    Enforcement of regulations
  •    As a body that creates guidance and codes of practice
  •    In co-operation with other supervisory authorities
  •    Driving forward good privacy practice in their own jurisdictions and also internationally

Breaches, Enforcement and Liability (10%)

  •    Data subject
  •    Identify the sanctions that could be imposed as a result of a personal data breach or data protection complaint
  •    Information notices and assessment notices 
  •    Undertakings
  •    Enforcement notices
  •    Administrative fines and their levels 
  •    Data protection audits by the supervisory authority
  •    Awareness of the existence of criminal liability regarding breaches under Data Protection Act 2018 and Computer Misuse Act

Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations (PECR) 2003 (2.5%)

  •    Identify the relationship between the PECR and the GDPR, including the PECR’s.

BCS Data Protection Foundation Exam Details

Type - Multiple choice

Number of questions – 40

Duration - 60 Minutes

Supervised - Yes

Open Book - No

Pass Mark – 26/40 (65%)

Our St Albans Venue
St Albans is a cathedral city in the county of Hertfordshire. Whilst training at our St Albans-based training centre, numerous ancient treasures are just waiting to be appreciated. You will be captivated with its past of Roman ruins, Tudor, and Medieval buildings.

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Fountain Court,

St Albans


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