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BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection

Explore the application of current data protection laws, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), UK GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act 2018.

Who is it for?

  • Anyone who needs to understand data protection and GDPR in particular.

Entry requirements

  • None. Some knowledge of data protection law would be an advantage to the candidate as well as basic working knowledge of IT and GDPR.

What will I learn?

Candidates should be able to complete the following beforehand:

  • Hold a recognised qualification in data protection.

  • Gain an understanding of the key changes that the GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018)

  • Gain an understanding of the new rights available to data subjects

  • The implications of those rights with the GDPR and Data Protection Act (2018).

  • Gain an understanding of responsibilities under the GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018)

  • Gain an understanding of the increased obligations faced by data controllers and data processors

  • Be better placed to support their organisation in processing customer data in compliance with the GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018).

How do I get this certification?

Training and exam (recommended)

Take this course with one of our accredited training providers.

How long will it take?

Classroom courses normally last three days.

Where can I study?

At a BCS accredited training provider near you.

How much does it cost?

Course prices vary depending on your chosen training provider and course format.

Exam only (self study)

Ideal if you’re self-motivated and have a good understanding of data protection.

How long will it take?

It usually takes a minimum of 18 hours to prepare for the exam.

Where do I sit my exam?

At a BCS accredited training provider near you.

How much does it cost?

Exam price: £192 (£160 + VAT).

What format is the exam?

  • One hour ‘closed book’ examination with 40 multiple choice questions

  • Pass mark is 26/40 (65%)