Short Courses

Foundation Certificate in Data protection and GDPR

The security of data has never been more in the spotlight than today. This GDPR Foundation Certificate is a recognised workplace qualification and will help provide organisations with the expertise to stay within the law and guard against potentially devastating outcomes.

key information about this course
Programme Start Date:
Qualification Code:
2 days
Application Deadline:
Virtual classroom
Awarded By:
British Computer Society
Delivery Through:
Online lectures and tutorials
Guided Learning Hours:
16 hours
Independent Learning Hours:
Course Introduction

This Level 2 course is ideal for those who require qualification in the latest data protection laws, includingEU GDPR and the UK Data Protection Bill. BCS is on a mission to ensure everyone’s experience with technology is positive by raising standards of competence and conduct across the IT industry and tackling the ethical challenges. BCS is built on 5 strategic pillars:

  1. Supporting careers
  2. Sharing Expertise
  3. Improving Education
  4. Influencing Practice
  5. Driving Standards

Investing in the BCS Foundation to train operational employees will also help to reduce unnecessary human errors that can lead to a devastating and costly data breach, potentially resulting in a cut to cyber-insurance premiums. Ultimately, however, it means maintaining a constant state of compliance with the GDPR will become a more realistic objective.

Ideal for

Anyone who needs certification in data protection and GDPR in particular, either as part of their job, or as part of their CV for future roles. This may include:

  • New team members in data protection, compliance or privacy roles
  • Information Governance (IG) andInformation Assurance (IA) teams
  • IT Security and InformationSecurity specialists
  • Corporate IT and HR teams along with project managers
  • Marketing and sales professionals
  • Customer support and service delivery team members
  • Senior managers or directors of small and medium size businesses
Why Study with ABA
  • We’re an accredited BCS Training Partner
  • Our tutors hold significant experience in data protection and GDPR
  • We are passionate about all things IT, technology and data
Skills you will Acquire
  • Hold a recognised qualification in data protection.
  • Gain an understanding of the key 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 and 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), particularly the need for effectiveness record keeping.
  • Gain an understanding of the increased obligations faced by data controllers and data processors as a result of the GDPR coming into force and the Data Protection Act(2018) being enacted.
  • Be better placed to support their organisation in processing customer data in compliance with the GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018).
What you will Study
  1. Legal background and positioning
    This topic ensures the candidate is able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the evolution of data protection law in the UK and the relationship with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  2. Identification of processing that must comply with the data protection law
    The candidate will be expected to identify the following UK definitions that support the application of the GDPR and the lawfulness of processing data: Data controller,Data processor, Processing for purely personal or household purposes exemption and more.
  3. Understanding the data protection principles
    This topic ensures that the candidate is able to identify how the six fundamental principles of data protection set out in Article 5(1) of the GDPR regulate the processing of personal data, as well as an understanding of the differences between them. The candidate will also be expected to understand data controller and data processor accountability established in Article 5(2).
  4. Rights of the data protection principles
    The candidate will be able to identify the rights granted to individuals (Articles 12–22).Restriction on Data Subject Rights: The candidate will be able to identify restrictions that may affect data subject rights of access (Article 15).
  5. Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations (PECR)2003
    The candidate will be able to identify the relationship between the PECR and the GDPR.
  6. Data controller and data processor obligations
    The candidate will be able to identify the controller and processor obligations like,Accountability and data governance, controller obligations and many more.
  7. Enforcement
    The candidate will be able to indicate how the supervisory authority (ICO) and the courts enforce the provisions of the GDPR and the Data Protection Act.
  8. Codes of Conduct and Best Practice Standards
    This topic ensures that the candidate is aware of the existence of published Codes ofConduct and official guidelines published by the ICO, the importance of using them and the existence of recognised standards that support data protection laws in the UK, including BS10012:2017.

To gain your Level 2 Certificate, you will be required to complete and pass a 1-hour multiple choice exam that concludes the course.

Entry Requirements

No previous qualifications are required. However, candidates are expected to hold some industry experience and have a general knowledge andinterest in data protection and GDPR.

Fees & Funding

£757 + VAT (includes exam)

Progression Opportunities

Upon completion, candidates will be fully prepared and no further certification should be required

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