BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection

Delivered and attended live online, face to face or available as an on demand e-learning package

The BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection is suitable for anyone who needs an understanding of UK data protection law and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Level - SFIA Level 2

This course is suitable for anyone looking to learn more about data protection law in the UK.  Some pre-course reading is recommended.

Course Dates

There are two options:

Online on demand (e-learning), scheduling your own learning and studying at your own pace.  Available dates are shown below.

On-line attended live courses will be scheduled throughout the year and are taught on a modular basis.


On demand (e-learning) – £750 (including assessment) – Book Now

Attended live – from £1,350 (including assessment) – Book Now

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Corporate packages are available for both our on demand and attended live courses.

BCS data protection certificate


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BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection26 - 28 Nov 24On-line - 3 days£1,350 + VAT

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Each on-line module takes half a day, which can include work to be completed either before or after any on-line sessions.  Please note that this content is subject to change and the courses will always cover the current BCS syllabus at the time they are delivered.


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Module 1 – The Context of Data Protection & the ICO
  • The context of data protection
  • Scope of the General Data Protection Regulation
  • The role of the ICO
Module 2 – Definitions and the Data Protection Principles
  • Definitions
  • Special categories of personal data and criminal offence data
  • An introduction to data protection principles including the principle of accountability
Module 3 - Lawful Bases & International Transfers
  • Lawfulness of processing
  • Conditions for processing special categories of personal data
  • Consent
  • Transfers of personal data to third countries or international organisations
Module 4 – Governance, Accountability & Processors
  • Data protection impact assessements
  • Records of processing activities
  • Data protection by design and by default
  • Security
  • Data protection officers
Module 5 – Data Subject Rights

Data subject rights:

  • to be informed and the requirements for privacy notices
  • access
  • rectification
  • erasure
  • objection
  • automated decision making and profiling
  • restriction of processing
  • portability

Restrictions that may affect rights.

Module 6 – Breaches, Enforcement & Liability & PECR
  • Breach reporting
  • Sanctions
  • Liabilities
  • Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations
BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection - Revision and Exam
  • Post course revision
  • Practice questions with answers
  • Exam

Learning Outcomes Course Information

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).

Additional Work and Support

Please note that there is some suggested coursework to complete as well as the delivered modules.

What's included in the prince?

When you pay for the course in full the price includes: 

  • 6 half day modules
  • Course materials available in both hardcopy and digital format 
  • A harcopy course handbook 
  • An on-line assessment with the BCS. 

Course Information

 The BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection is 20 hours of study and the syllabus is available here

Discount available for IRMS members

Please contact us for details.


The assessment for this qualification is at the end of the course for face to face delivery, or arranged some time after course delivery by candidates using BCS’s proctoring service for on-line courses.


What Our Customers Say

We were given plenty of opportunity to participate and ask questions when needed. It was great to take part in the group activities and show our understanding on the topic.  The breakout sessions were also a good way of learning more about other organisations and getting other points of view.

November 2021

“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”. 


Decemer 2022

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