BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection

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

The BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection is designed for candidates with some existing data protection responsibilities, wishing to gain a broader understanding of current laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Level - SFIA Level 3

This course is intended for people who have existing responsibilities in data protection and have a basic understanding of relevant legislation.  For the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection syllabus please click here.

Course Dates

There are two options:

Online on demand (e-learning), scheduling your own learning and studying at your own pace.

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


On demand (e-learning) – £1,450 (including assessment) – Book Now

Attended live – from £2,350 (including assessment) – Book Now

All prices are subject to VAT.  Click here to see what’s included in the price.  Note our book now links will take you to our online shop – managingyourinformation.com.  

Corporate packages are available for both our attended live and e-learning packages.  

BCS data protection certificate


Tkm Course Listing

BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection25, 26 Sep & 2, 3 Oct 24On-line - 4 days

Also available on demand - Book Now
£2,350 + VAT

Book Now


Preview our E-Learning Introduction for this course




The easiest way to book a place is to use our 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.  Please note the content is subject to change and courses will always cover the current BCS syllabus at the time they are delivered.


Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

Module 1 – The Context of Data Protection and the ICO
  • The context of data protection
  • Scope of the General Data Protection Regulation
  • The role of the ICO
  • Offences
  • Introduction to the European Data Protection Board
Module 2 – Definitions and an Introduction to the Data Protection Principles
  • Definitions
  • Special categories of personal data and criminal offence data
  • An introduction to data protection principles
Module 3 - Principles in Practice, Lawful Bases and Conditions for Processing Special Categories of Personal Data
  • Practical implementation of the data protection principles
  • Lawfulness of processing
  • Conditions for processing special categories of personal data
  • Consent
Module 4 – Rights of Data Subjects
  • Transparent information, communication and modalities for the exercise of the rights of the data subject
  • Provision of information
  • Other rights of Data Subjects
  • Available remedies
Module 5 – Responsibilities of Controllers and Processors including Information Security, and Data Protection Officers and Transfers
  • Responsibilities of controllers
  • Responsibilities of processors
  • Information security
  • Requirements for Data Protection Officers, DPIAs and breach reporting

Note that some of the responsibilities for controllers are also covered in other modules.

Module 6 – Transfers and the Application of Exemptions
  • Transfer of personal data to third countries or international organisations.
  • The application of the following exemptions:
    • Crime and taxation
    • Information required to be disclosed by law or in connection with legal proceedings
    • Protection of the rights of others
    • Legal professional privilege
    • Management forecasts
    • Negotiations
    • Confidential references
    • Special purposes
    • National security


    Module 7 – PECR and other Associated Legislation
    • Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations
    • Other associated legislation
    Module 8 – Interpretation and Practical Application of the Legislation – Codes of Practice
    • Managing employees
    • Monitoring (using surveillance cameras as a working example). This part will also reference the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice and the role of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner
    • Information sharing and appropriate safeguards for transferring information to a third party
    Module 9 - Other roles of the ICO, the role of the tribunal and judicial courts, territorial scope and the role of the EDPB
    • Other roles of the ICO
    • The Role of the tribunal and judicial courts
    • The role of the EDPB
    Module 10 - Other Relevant Legislation, Application of Legislation and Liabilities
    • Other legislation
    • Age Appropriate Desing Code
    • The application of data protection legislation to cookies and digital technologies
    • Liabilities
    BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection - Revision and Exam
    • A 1-2-1  revision session (1 hour)
    • Practice questions with answers
    • Exam



    Learning Outcomes & Course Information

    Gain an understanding of the key changes and the associated implications that the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act 2018 introduce to data protection

    Gain an understanding of individual and organisational responsibilities under the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act

    Be able to apply the new rights available to data subjects and understand the implications of those rights

    Be able to prepare organisations to manage and handle personal data in compliance with the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act

    Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the designation, position and role / tasks of a data protection officer

    Course materials

    Course materials are included in the cost of the course and are provided in digital format or hard copy (handbook is hard copy only).

    What's included in the price?

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

    • 10 half day modules
    • Access to listen again and bonus pre-recorded content available online on demand through our Learning Management System. Designed to help you apply legislation in a practical context.
    • Printed course materials
    • A course handbook
    • A one hour 1-2-1 session for revision
    • An on-line assessment with the BCS.

    Course information

    The BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection is 40 hours of study and the syllabus is available here.

    Discount available for IRMS members

    Please contact us for details.

    This is an intensive learning course

    Please note that some prior understanding of data protection law is required to maximise the benefit of completing this course.


    The assessment for this qualification is usually run approximately 4 weeks after a course for face to face delivery, or arranged by candidates using the BCS’s proctoring service for on-line courses.


    What Our Customers Say

    Despite the course being delivered online, the smaller group size meant that everyone who wanted to participate was able to.

    November 2020

    Having completed the course, I have so many ideas about what needs to be checked, and changes that may need to be made, and that’s before I even get back into the day job.

    November 2020

    This was an enjoyable and thorough course. I would have preferred to attend in person, however the course covered the material very well remotely.

    March 2021

    I enjoyed the course. I found the structure and the way it was presented worked really well. I usually have a bugbear about breakout sessions, as I have so often seen long breakout sessions used in other courses to just spread out a day, often meaning a course that could have been done in 3 hours taking a whole day. However, your breakout sessions worked so so well, and one of the best I have seen over many years of attending courses.

    November 2020

    Book A Course Today!

    See our training courses page for scheduled courses.  If you need any help deciding which course is for you, please contact us.

    View All Courses