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This certificate provides an understanding of current UK data protection laws, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK Data Protection Bill, including how these are applied in practice and its importance for any organisation holding personal information. Candidates will acquire a sound grounding in the key elements of data protection law and its practical application.

By obtaining the Foundation Certificate, candidates will:

  • Hold a recognised qualification in data protection
  • Gain an understanding of the key changes that the GDPR and the Data Protection Bill bring to data protection
  • Gain an understanding of individual and organisational responsibilities under the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Bill, particularly the need for effective record keeping
  • Gain an understanding of the new rights available to data subjects and the implications of those rights with the GDPR and UK Data Protection Bill
  • Gain an understanding of the increased obligations faced by data controllers and data processors as a result of the GDPR coming into force and the Data Protection Bill being enacted
  • Be better placed to support their organisation in processing customer data in compliance with the GDPR and the Data Protection Bill.

Who is this aimed at?

Anyone who needs to understand data protection and GDPR in particular. The 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 whose effectiveness in their role would be enhanced by knowledge of the law in this area.

The Foundation Certificate will also provide a stepping stone for those who have, or who will have, some responsibility for data protection within an organisation and who intend in due course to gain the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection.

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

  • Data Protection and Privacy
  • Information Governance, risk and compliance
  • Data Management
  • Project Management
  • Legal and procurement
  • Marketing
  • Information Security
  • Human Resources

What are the entry requirements?

None. Some knowledge of data protection law would be an advantage.

What format is the exam?

  • One hour ‘closed book’
  • 40 multiple choice questions
  • Pass mark is 65% (26/40)
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