E-Learning - The Essentials of GDPR

Course Information

  • Course Code: CBEL004
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Price: £40.00

Start Dates


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.

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.

Why take this course?

It's important that everyone within a business is aware of the new data protection rules and understands GDPR compliance to ensure the company is staying in line with the rules laid out by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

What will I study?

After completing our The Essentials of GDPR course, learners will:

  • Understand the key changes from the DPA to the GDPR
  • Understand what data is, and the different types of data
  • Recognise the six principles of GDPR
  • Understand how to safely handle sensitive data
  • Understand the rights of data subjects
  • Know the responsibilities of the information commissioner

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

Who is this course for?

The Essentials of GDPR is designed for anyone who handles personal information as part of their job. This could be recruitment consultants, administrative assistants, marketing executives or managers of any kind. Data handling and processing forms part of many roles, so our e-learning course would be of benefit to many professionals.

This Course is also suitable for those who want to understand how companies are required to store personal data and the legal procedures for collecting personal data. This GDPR training will also explain consumer data rights including the 6 Principles of GDPR.

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 module.

What can I do next?

See our other e-learning courses on the website.

For more information

For more information about this course, contact our specialist team on 01254 29 25 00 or email business@blackburn.ac.uk