bcs foundation certificate in data protection


Get Ahead
in Data Protection

with the BCS Foundation Certificate Course

Are you looking for a step into Data Protection? Do you want a leading UK qualification to cement your knowledge of the GDPR and Data Protection Act?

If so, then take this three-day course. You’ll understand how to manage and protect data responsibly and ethically, as well as learn about the key principles of data protection and the legal and regulatory frameworks that govern it. You’ll learn how to confidently implement data protection policies and procedures, safeguard your organisation’s sensitive information, and remediate potential threats and risks. By taking this course, you’ll also be able to demonstrate your expertise to potential clients and employers, which will set you apart in the competitive field of data protection.

When you train with us at DPAS, you’ll get more than just the training. We’ll provide you with free policies, templates, and tools after the course has concluded, as well as a BCS associate membership for one year following successful completion of the exam included within the course price. We will also supply you with the relevant resources to help you throughout, alongside the BCS Data Protection and Compliance book that will be sent to you ahead of the course.

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Learning Outcomes

Hold a recognised qualification in data protection. 

Learn the key changes the GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018) brought in.

Become familiar with the new rights available to data subjects and the implications of those rights under the GDPR and Data Protection Act (2018).

Understand the individual and organisational responsibilities under the GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018), particularly the need for effective record keeping. 

Know the increased obligations faced by data controllers and data processors under the GDPR  and the Data Protection Act (2018). 

Have the skills to support their organisation in processing customer data in compliance with the GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018). 

What's Included?

We’ll provide you with one of our highly skilled live trainers for the duration of the course. These experts currently work as DPOs or Consultants, so can train you using real examples from their experience in the industry, ensuring the course is practical and reliable.

We will send a copy of the paperback BCS Data Protection and Compliance book (released in November 2021) sent to your preferred postal address prior to the course. We will also provide you with a 12-month BCS Associate membership. 

At DPAS we’re conscious of our environmental impact. We therefore provide all the relevant reading materials, sample papers and courseware, online, prior to the course. This way, you can download and reuse these whenever you want.  

We don’t just deliver courses, and leave you to it. We provide you access to our online portal – which contains dozens of useful tools, templates, audits, policies, and more – all available for you to use within your organisation.  

Though our courses are virtual, you’ll still be fully involved by participating in breakout sessions, asking questions, and sharing your experiences. You can receive valuable advice from peers in the industry, network with other delegates, and make worthwhile connections.  

Our trainers are here to help you. We will provide you with mentor support for one month after the course to assist with any queries or issues you may have.  

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Upcoming courses and prices

  • 10 September
    3 days
    Session information
    Day 1
    Tue 10 Sep 09:00 - Tue 10 Sep 16:00
    Day 2
    Wed 11 Sep 09:00 - Wed 11 Sep 16:00
    Day 3
    Thu 12 Sep 09:00 - Thu 12 Sep 16:00
    • £1,095.00 excl. VAT
  • 19 November
    3 days
    Session information
    Day 1
    Tue 19 Nov 09:00 - Tue 19 Nov 16:00
    Day 2
    Wed 20 Nov 09:00 - Wed 20 Nov 16:00
    Day 3
    Thu 21 Nov 09:00 - Thu 21 Nov 16:00
    • £1,095.00 excl. VAT

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who should take this course?

This qualification is primarily aimed at those who need to have an understanding of data protection – and the GDPR in particular – to do their job, or those who would become more effective in their role through knowledge of the law in this area.

This qualification is likely to be of particular benefit to those working in the following areas:

Exam Information

One attempt at the exam is included within the course price. The DPAS Training Manager will set you up on the dedicated BCS portal, where you will book your exam. You’ll be sent a one time link to set up your exam account. 

You can take your exam at any time that suits you. It’s worth noting, however, that you will need to acquaint yourself with the updated syllabus if you decide to take the exam six months after the course, or later. 

  • The exam itself is held via remote proctor (someone who will watch you complete it).
  • You can do this at any location convenient to you.
  • You will use your own device for the exam.
  • The exam is a one-hour closed book exam.
  • The pass rate is 26/40 (65%).  

If you have a disability, or English is not your first language, you may be entitled to extra time. Further information can be found here 

useful course information

All of our courses, are held virtually (unless stated otherwise). 

All courses are tutor-led by experienced data protection professionals.

You will need access to Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) throughout the course. All courses will commence at 9:00 am and will finish at 4:00 pm.

Breaks will be scheduled throughout the day. (If you need to attend a meeting during the day, please discuss this with the trainer so they can tie this into allocated breaks.)

You will be sent a link – via email –  to the Microsoft Teams meeting two to three weeks prior to the course. (Please ensure that you are able to access this before the course commences.)

All of our courses have a maximum of 12 delegates.

View and download all of our BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection training resources below.

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Easy to understand data privacy and information security services that are always accessable, consistenty pragmatic and continually exceeding expectations.

With a DPAS course, you’re guaranteed an expert trainer, who is not only well known in the industry, but has years of hands-on data protection experience under their belt.

Our training programmes are Internationally recognised and accredited by either the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) or Continual Professional Development (CPD) Scheme. An accredited course will look better on your CV. 

If you want to speak to clients who have experienced our range of training courses, then get in touch. We are always happy to pass on the contact details of our customers – with their consent, of course!

When you train with us, you receive access to free tools, templates, policies, and more – which you can use in your organisation. We also offer one month of support after the courses to ensure your questions are answered and you’re confident going forward.

If you want to train your staff virtually we can! Alternatively, if you’d prefer a more interactive approach, we can come to your place of work. We will always try and fit in with you and will be more than happy to discuss options.

We can offer bespoke training created for your organisation. For example, we can simulate a cyber attack for your Senior Managers to see how they would react to a real life threat, best preparing them for those situations should they ever arise.