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The Essentials of GDPR


This course is aimed at those involved in the handling of people’s information as part of their day to day role. This Course will provide a GDPR overview for those looking to gain more information on how to uphold the 6 principles of GDPR. With this course learners will understand the key principles and process under the regulation and what their roles and responsibilities include.

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Since May 2018, all UK companies are required by law to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In its early days, GDPR compliance quickly became a key priority for businesses, as the risk of large financial penalties for failing to introduce a culture of greater data transparency were introduced.

GDPR has since given consumers more power than ever before over their data. They now have the right to know how their data is used and stored, and for how long. They also have the right to be deleted from marketing databases, and businesses that fail to comply with any of these requests could find themselves facing a fine of up to €20 million, or four per cent of annual turnover, depending on which is greater.

The regulations replace the previous data protection law, the Data Protection Act 1998, and it is vital that everyone who handles data as part of their job is aware of the changes, as it will remain in place even after Britain leaves the EU. This is exactly what the Virtual College’s the Essentials of GDPR e-learning course is designed to help with.

Course lesson plan

The Essentials of GDPR comprises the following lesson plan:

  • What is a data controller?
  • Data processing
  • Data subject
  • Data protection principles
  • Good practice
  • Data security
  • The data breach
  • Systems
  • Subject access request
  • Data subject rights
  • Accountability and governance
  • Investigating breaches

It is important to note that the content of this GDPR training is based around fictional characters, places, events, businesses and incidents. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events, is purely coincidental.

Testing and certification

At the end of our The Essentials of GDPR e-learning course, there is a test consisting of 15 multiple choice questions, for which a pass mark of at least 75 per cent is required. Learners can have as many as six attempts at the test at no extra cost, and further tries can be arranged by contacting the Virtual College team.

After achieving a pass mark of 75 per cent, learners will be able to download and print a Virtual College certificate for their records.

Course duration

The Essentials of GDPR course should take one to two hours to complete, but this depends on how quickly each individual absorbs the study material. Progress is recorded throughout by the Virtual College Learning Management System, meaning learners can take as long as they need to understand the new data protection rules.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.



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