BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection

Freevacy Ltd
Course summary
Professional Training
5 X 3.5hr Sessions
1,095 GBP
Online courses

Course description

BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection

The BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection qualification 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, participants can gain a recognised workplace data protection 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 (v3.3) and prepares participants for the 1-hour multiple-choice BCS Foundation Exam, which is administered separately via Questionmark through online remote proctoring.

Suitability - 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

Outcome / Qualification etc.

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

Training Course Content

Module 1

  • Introductions, Learning outcomes
  • Exam details & techniques
  • Introduction to the History of Data Protection in the UK
  • Principles of Data Protection and Applicable Terminology

Module 2

  • The 6 Lawful bases for processing
  • Processing special categories of personal data
  • Governance and Accountability: Accountability Obligations, Purpose & process of Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs)

Module 3

  • Governance 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 4

  • Transfers of Personal Data to Third Countries or International organisations
  • Data Subject Rights
  • Restrictions to Data Subjects Rights (Exemptions)

Module 5

  • Independent Supervisory Authority (ICO)
  • Breaches, Enforcement and Liabilities
  • Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (2003)

Course delivery details

  • 5 x 3.5 hour live online sessions across 1-week, or
  • 3-days for a traditional classroom setting (when permitted)
  • Entrance to the 1-hour, multiple-choice online BCS Examination
  • One to one support up until exam

Why choose Freevacy Ltd

We take a relaxed approach to privacy and information rights training to help you learn, pass the exam, and apply your newly acquired knowledge.

Freevacy has trained over 1500 candidates for BCS and IAPP certified courses in 5 years.

Free ongoing support is provided to ensure you stay informed of all the latest industry developments.


Course fee: £1,095+VAT

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Freevacy Ltd

Freevacy deliver certificated privacy and data protection training courses from two globally recognised independent examination bodies, the IAPP and BCS. Choosing a privacy-focused professional certification and training provider is an important consideration. A qualification from either the IAPP or BCS...

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Average rating 4.9

Based on 16 reviews.

Paul B
The course was friendly and informative with a great teacher. It really helped me pass the exam with confidence.
I enjoyed the course. Julie Dennis the lecturer was really enthusiastic and helped make what could be a dry course interesting. She was willing to help and send us additional study material if required.
Kelly M
Julie was excellent. She helped make the subject very relevant to my role. Also helped by giving good examples and scenarios. Thank you to Jodie also who had to watch while I took my exam. She was very helpful and made it a very straightforward process (apart from the nerve-racking exam itself!!)
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