BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection

Delivered on-line or face to face

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

On-line courses will be scheduled throughout the year and are taught on a modular basis.  This qualification is made up of 6 half day modules plus assessment.

Available dates are shown below.


From £1,100 (including assessment) or £195 per half day module.  All prices are subject to VAT.

BCS data protection certificate


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Course TitleDateLocationPrice
BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection24 - 26 Nov 20On-line - 6 half day modules£1,100 + VAT

2 places available



If you would like to join a specific module on-line, please make a note of the code for the booking form

Each on-line module takes half a day, which can include work to be completed either before or after any on-line sessions.


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Module 1 – The Context of Data Protection & the ICO (BCSF1)
  • 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 (BCSF2)
  • 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 (BCSF3)
  • 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 (BCSF4)
  • Data protection impact assessements
  • Records of processing activities
  • Data protection by design and by default
  • Security
  • Data protection officers
Module 5 – Data Subject Rights (BCSF5)

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 (BCSF6)
  • Breach reporting
  • Sanctions
  • Liabilities
  • Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations
BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection - Revision and Exam (BCSF7)
  • A 1-2-1  revision session (1 hour)
  • Practice questions with answers
  • Exam

Course Information

Course information

The BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection is a minimum of 18 hours of studying and the syllabus is available here.

Additional Work and Support

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


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.

Discount available for IRMS members

Please contact us for details.

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