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The essentials of GDPR
The essentials of GDPR
The essentials of GDPR
The essentials of GDPR

The UK has chosen to adopt in full a new key piece of legislation - the EU’s GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation). This law will apply to all businesses and will enforce new guidelines and new regulations to follow when handling and storing data. It is crucial to ensure your business can comply with this new legislation.

This course is aimed at those involved in the handling of people’s information as part of their day to day role, providing a GDPR overview. Learners will understand the key principles and process under the regulation and what their roles and responsibilities include.

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

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

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 replaces 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. And that's exactly what the Virtual College The Essentials of GDPR e-learning course is designed to help with.

Why take this course?

GDPR has 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.

Therefore, 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).

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

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.

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.

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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Customer Reviews

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The Essentials of GDPR
one month ago
The course content of GDPR was right for what we were looking for and now all our staff have a better knowledge of GDPR.
– Nicola Carter
The Essentials of GDPR
2 months ago
It was a great corse that will really come in handy.
– Emily
The Essentials of GDPR
3 months ago
Decent quality
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6 months ago
it's good.
– Customer
The Essentials of GDPR
6 months ago
Excellent value for money
– Customer
The Essentials of GDPR
8 months ago
The course was easy to follow and understand with helpful graphics and with the aid of story line made it easier to understand.
– Customer
The Essentials of GDPR
9 months ago
This course is perfect as you can complete it in your own time, is fun and great value for money.
– Customer
The Essentials of GDPR
one year ago
Covered the basics of GDPR in a clear, interactive and engaging way.
– Customer
The Essentials of GDPR
one year ago
Great training with easy to follow scenarios
– .Jean
The Essentials of GDPR
one year ago
A very good overview for the lay person.
– Laura
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