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Data Protection at Work
Data Protection at Work
Data Protection at Work
Data Protection at Work

This training course will provide you with an overview of the Data Protection Act, help you understand its impact on your job, recommend how to implement it in your own workplace and apply it to your everyday actions.

This Data Protection course is suitable for those who have access to, or regularly use, sensitive data and personal information at work. Ensuring your workplace practises comply with The Data Protection Act 1998 is essential.

  • Online, self-paced training
  • Interactive course with colourful animations
  • Complete in one to two hours
  • 24 hour learner support
  • CPD certified training
  • Digital certificate on completion

A sound understanding of data protection is essential for anyone who is privy to sensitive information as part of their job.

The Data Protection Act 1998 has been in place for the last two decades to ensure sensitive data such as names, addresses, phone numbers and computer files is handled in an appropriate manner, without putting anyone's personal details at risk.

Meanwhile, May 2018 sees the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), giving customers power over the sensitive information they share with businesses for the first time.

In light of GDPR, breaching data protection rules at work will carry even more serious consequences, with failure to let customers know how their personal data is stored and used carrying a potentially devastating financial penalty.

With this in mind, our Data Protection at Work e-learning course is more important than ever, helping to make sure all staff know their responsibilities when handling sensitive information.

Why take this course?

This Data Protection Act course provides learners with a thorough understanding of the legislation, and how to remain compliant without putting consumers' personal information at risk.

After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand various key definitions relating to data protection and be able to recognise which are common daily occurrences in your workplace
  • Understand the purpose of the Data Protection Act and why it is necessary
  • Understand the eight principles of the act and learn how to incorporate these in the workplace
  • Describe what these principles mean in your role, and how they directly affect you and others
  • Appreciate the key concerns for data protection and recognise their importance and severity
  • Understand how data protection matters are enforced and what is done when data breaches occur

Who is this course for?

Our Data Protection at Work e-learning course is suitable for anyone who sees or handles sensitive personal information as part of their job. This could be doctors' receptionists, healthcare workers, school admissions officers, administrative staff or HR professionals, to name just a few.

Course lesson plan

This course covers the following lesson plan:

  • Introduction and overview of data protection
  • The eight principles of the Data Protection Act and how to implement them effectively
  • Exemptions and special circumstances
  • How data protection applies to selected business areas and different industries
  • Enforcement of the Data Protection Act

Course accreditation

The content of this course is certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


You will be able to download and print a Virtual College certificate after completing the course. It's recommended that you keep this for your personal records.

Course duration

Data Protection at Work should take one to two hours to complete, but this depends entirely on your individual learning speed and ability to absorb the course material. As e-learning is self-paced, you can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

End of course test

There is a test at the end of this course, comprising 15 multiple choice questions. An 80% pass mark is required, and you will have three attempts at passing at no extra cost. However, if you do need additional attempts, these can be arranged by contacting the Virtual College support team.

How It Works

Frequently asked questions

Do I need an e-mail address to buy this course?

Yes, you will need an e-mail address to buy this course. This is because we use your e-mail address to create an account for you in our learning management system - where you will take the training. We also need your email address to send your purchase receipt.

If you buy more courses in future using the same e-mail address during checkout, then these will automatically be added to your system account.

If you pay by PayPal, we will use your PayPal email address to create your system account.

Can I buy this course and give it to other people?

Yes, you can buy the training using your own email address and then give it to other learners from your system account.

Each learner will need to have their own email address. This is so that we can send them a link to the training and give them their own system account.

Is there a refund policy?

We want you to be completely satisfied with your training. We offer a 30 day, no hassle, no quibble, money-back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied.

To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not complete the training in order to make a valid refund claim.

Will the course work on a tablet or mobile phone?

We recommend using a desktop or laptop for the best learning experience. This course can also be taken on tablet and mobile devices - including iPads and iPhones.

Is a specific internet browser recommended?

For the best possible experience, we recommend learners use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox. Please ensure there are no updates pending on your browser.

How long do learners have to complete a course?

There is no set completion time for this course. Learners can study in their own time at their own speed and may pause, leave and come back to the system to continue the training at any time.

Does the course contain sound?

Yes, this course contains sound. For those without sound on their computer or device, the narration is covered in an optional text box at the bottom of the training.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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