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BCS Data Protection Foundation Certificate - Virtual Classroom

Course Overview

The BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection course has been created for those looking to understand the application of current data protection laws, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the 2018 UK Data Protection Act. 

Our five day virtual course will provide delegates with all the knowledge needed to equip them to better serve an organisation with processing customer data in compliance with the GDPR and Data Protection Act, in a wide variety of departments/roles including Data Protection, Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, Legal, etc. On completion of the course and exam you will earn a recognised qualification in data protection.

Upon completion of this training, you will:

  • Know how to support your organisation in processing customer data in compliance with GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018)
  • Understand the key changes that the GDPR and the Data Protection Act bring to data protection
  • Recognise the new rights available to data subjects, as well as the implications of those rights with the GDPR and Data Protection Act
  • Learn about the individuals and organisational responsibilities under GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018)
  • Gain an understanding of the increased obligations faced by data controllers and data processors because of the GDPR and the Data Protection Act

This course benefits from 1 year BCS membership worth £92 and our Exam Pass Guarantee*.

Have you already completed the Foundation Certificate and want to progress onto the next level? The BCS Data Protection Practitioner Certificate is the next accreditation in this course set. 

Key features
  • Delivery Method: Virtual Classroom
  • Exam: Included
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Join a community of over 595,000
  • Interest-free Payments
  • Experience Level: Beginner & Intermediate
  • Exam Pass Guarantee*
  • 1-year BCS membership included
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Key features
  • Delivery Method: Virtual Classroom
  • Exam: Included
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Join a community of over 595,000
  • Interest-free Payments
  • Experience Level: Beginner & Intermediate
  • Exam Pass Guarantee*
  • 1-year BCS membership included
Course Details

Is the BCS Data Protection Foundation course suitable for me?  

This qualification is suitable for anyone who needs the understanding of data protection, specifically GDPR, to do their job. Also beneficial for delegates looking to benefit from gaining an enhanced knowledge of the law in this area.

Data protection responsibilities fall into most departments within an organisation, therefore having an appointed speciailist in a team would be beneficial and could prevent any data breaches, resulting in costly fines of up to €20 million.

If you have already completed the Foundation Certificate and want to progress onto the next level? The BCS Data Protection Practitioner Certificate is the next accreditation in this course set. 

How will the BCS Data Protection Foundation course benefit me?

  •  Exam Pass Guarantee*
  •  1-year BCS membership included, worth £92
  •  Fast-track your learning with our Virtual Classroom course
  •  Enhance your career prospects
  •  Learn from expert trainers with vast experience in this field
  •  We offer interest-free payment options

BCS Membership Benefits

This course benefits from 1-year BCS membership worth £92, which is available when you pass your first exam.

Benefits of Associate Membership include:

  •  Professional recognition
  •  Career development
  •  Networking
  •  Knowledge and best practice
  •  Exclusive discounts and offers

Read the full membership details

*Exam Pass Guarantee to give you peace of mind to succeed

Our virtual classroom training has provided high pass rates, which has made us confident to offer an Exam Pass Guarantee. Have peace of mind, knowing we’ll support you until you are certified.

With our Exam Pass Guarantee, if you do not pass the exam after attending our training course, you can attend the same training again for free.

All we ask is that you:

  •  Attend all class days and complete all assignments
  •  Take the exam within 30 days of your Virtual Classroom training
  •  Request your course re-enrolment within 30 days of the failed exam attempt

Please note: Students retaking the course must use any materials or books distributed to them in their original course session. Failure to provide these materials will result in the student being charged for replacement(s).

Exam Pass Guarantee does not include the resit exam; this would be an additional cost.

What jobs can I apply for after my BCS Data Protection Foundation training? 

The BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection is beneficial for many different businesses, divisions and job titles.

Working in areas including:

  •  Data Protection and Privacy - £23k
  •  Marketing and Sales professionals - £30k
  •  Data Management - £31k
  •  Human Resources - £31k
  •  Project Management - £44k
  •  Legal and procurement - £47k
  •  Information Governance, risk, and compliance - £48k
  •  Directors/Senior Managers with Data Protection responsibilities - £100k

(Source: Payscale)

Why choose to study the BCS Data Protection Foundation Course with e-Careers? 

We have developed an expert team over the last 10 years since our inception. In that time, we have trained over 595,000 delegates globally, which has helped offer the highest quality training, and we have earned a 5-star rating on Trustpilot, from over 9,000 students. 

By refining our processes, partner relationships, and course materials, we can offer high-quality training solutions for our delegates. 

In addition you will also benefit from:

  •  Exam Pass Guarantee*.
  •  1-year BCS membership included, worth £92
  •  Our virtual classroom course will allow you to fast-track your learning.
  •  Learn from expert trainers with vast experience in this field.
  •  Enhance your career prospects.
  •  Interest-free payment options to spread the cost should you want to.

BCS Data Protection Foundation Syllabus

Learning Outcomes

 Candidates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: 

  •  Key provisions of Data.
  •  The History of Data Protection in the U.K.
  •  Principles of Data Protection and Applicable Terminology.
  •  Lawful bases for processing of Personal Data.
  •  Governance and Accountability of Data Protection within organisations.
  •  Data Subject Rights.
  •  Independent Supervisory Authority (ICO).
  •  Breaches, Enforcement and Liability.
  •  Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations (PECR) 2003.

BCS Data Protection Foundation course outline

  •  An Introduction to the History of Data Protection in the U.K. (5%).
  •  Demonstrate an awareness around personal data rights in the EU and the UK.
  •  Background to the Rights to Protect Personal Data in the EU and the U.K.
  •  The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (Sections 5-26).
  •  UK Data Protection Act 2018, Part 2, Chapters 1 to 3, Part 5 & 6.

Principles of Data Protection and Applicable Terminology (15%)

  •  Define the following key items of terminology.
  •  Personal data and Special category personal data.
  •  Criminal Offence Data.

Lawful bases for processing of Personal Data (12.5%)

  •  Explain the lawful basis to process Personal Data listed under (Article 6) of the GDPR and as displayed below.
  •  Describe the conditions for processing special category data and the exemptions (Article 9).

Governance and Accountability of Data Protection within organisations (20%)

  •    Identify the accountability obligations.
  •    Describe the purpose of a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA).
  •    Explain the process of conducting a DPIA.
  •    Identify the importance of keeping a record of processing activity.  
  •    Outline the interplay with privacy notices. 
  •    Demonstrate how to adopt a data protection by design and by default approach. 
  •    Identify suitable information security measures. 
  •    Explain the designation, position, and tasks of the Data Protection Officer (DPO).

Interaction between Controller and Processor (7.5%)

  •    Identify the following controller and processor obligations.
  •    Controller obligations. 
  •    Joint controllers.
  •    Processor obligations.
  •    Processing under the authority of a Controller or Processor. 

Transfers of personal data to third countries or international organisations (5%)

  •    Recognise the general principles for transferring personal data to third countries.

Data Subject Rights (12.5%)

  •    Define restrictions that may affect data subject rights.

Independent Supervisory Authority (ICO) (10%)

  •    Explain the Role of the ICO.
  •    Investigation and correction.
  •    Enforcement of regulations.
  •    As a body that creates guidance and codes of practice.
  •    In co-operation with other supervisory authorities.
  •    Driving forward good privacy practice in their own jurisdictions and also internationally.

Breaches, Enforcement and Liability (10%)

  •    Data subject.
  •    Identify the sanctions that could be imposed as a result of a personal data breach or data protection complaint.
  •    Information notices and assessment notices.
  •    Undertakings.
  •    Enforcement notices.
  •    Administrative fines and their levels.
  •    Data protection audits by the supervisory authority.
  •    Awareness of the existence of criminal liability regarding breaches under Data Protection Act 2018 and Computer Misuse Act.

Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations (PECR) 2003 (2.5%)

  •    Identify the relationship between the PECR and the GDPR, including the PECR’s.

BCS Data Protection Foundation Exam Details

Type - Multiple-choice.

Number of questions – 40.

Duration - 60-Mins.

Supervised - Yes.

Open book - No.

Pass mark – 26/40 (65%).

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