Data Protection Essential Knowledge - Level 1


This course is available by: Classroom, Virtual-LIVE and eLearning


This course can be attended on an in-person basis at dedicated training venues (the yellow box below lists the upcoming dates and cities). There are ample opportunities to network with other delegates during coffee breaks and at the sit-down lunch.
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 Data Protection Essential Knowledge - Level 1


Course Overview:

This course is an introductory level course for all those that are new to data protection, or those that require a refresher on the fundamental concepts. It is designed for people who work with, or will work with, data protection issues on a regular basis.

Following the latest guidance and requirements set out in the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018, this course examines core concepts of practical data protection compliance, including:

  • how to lawfully collect data – transparency and accountability requirements
  • what can and cannot be done with staff information and customer information
  • introduction to all data protection principles
  • introduction to the rights of individuals, such as customers and staff, in respect of data held by your organisation
  • the legal requirements for gathering information for marketing purposes
  • the rules that apply to using special categories of personal data ( e.g. medical and health information, genetic data, information on sexual orientation, ethnicity data )
  • an introduction to the restrictions on sending personal data abroad
  • the legal requirements for outsourcing personal data processing operations, e.g. payroll, call-centres, private investigators and confidential waste management companies

A discount is available for delegates booking both Data Protection Essential Knowledge - Level 1 and Data Protection Essential Knowledge - Level 2 - see below.

Attendance on this course can be used as credit towards gaining the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection.

Course Trainer

John Fitzsimons, Cornerstone Barristers

John Fitzsimons
Cornerstone Barristers

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Robert Bond, Charles Russell Speechlys

Robert Bond
Data Protection,
Compliance & Ethics

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Stephanie Pritchett

Stephanie Pritchett
Pritchetts Law LLP

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Upcoming Training Dates
London (Classroom)Monday, 02 September 2024
Virtual-LIVE (Teams)Monday, 16 September 2024
Edinburgh (Classroom)Monday, 07 October 2024
Manchester (Classroom)Monday, 21 October 2024
London (Classroom)Monday, 04 November 2024
Virtual-LIVE (Teams)Monday, 18 November 2024


- Classroom - £595.00 plus VAT
- Virtual-LIVE (WEBEX) - £495.00 plus VAT
- eLearning - £395.00 plus VAT

Additional Information:

- Classroom/Virtual-LIVE - 10.00am to 4.00pm
- eLearning - on-demand training available immediately

Discounts available:
Classroom / Virtual-LIVE:
- 10% discount for additional delegates booking Level 1
- Book Level 1 & 2 together (Classroom) - £1,095 +VAT
- Book Level 1 & 2 together (Virtual-LIVE) - £895 + VAT

20% discount for additional delegates

Who should attend:
Privacy Champions, Compliance Officers, Human Resources Managers, Office Managers, Company Secretaries, IT Managers, Business Analysts, Records Managers, Archivists, Information Managers, Legal Advisors, Trainee Data Protection Officers, Database Managers, and others.



Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection (PC.dp.)


Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information (PC.foi.)




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Course Testimonials

“Excellent. I really enjoyed taking this course. It was very well set out and informative."
Raquel Farmer


“Comprehensive instruction and good course materials.”
Emma Reed
Metropolitan Police Service


“John's pace was excellent. The part that was most useful was having the handouts in advance and every slide being provided meant I could take my own notes.”
Julie Maher
Scottish Forestry


“John was fantastic and had a wealth of information to share. The content of the session was brilliant and I really feel I have learnt alot.”
Cerys Entwistle
DFS group


“A very informative but concise introduction to Data Protection. I feel just the right amount of information was included so that you do not feel overloaded, leading nicely on to level 2.”
Jemima Upsall
Ageas Insurance


“Course was excellent, having the video at the beginning was extremely helpful along with all the examples and the plain language. Easy to follow, highly helpful tutorial.”
Mandy Hutchinson
Freedom from Torture


“This course was informative and detailed. It is an excellent Level 1 course on data protection.”
Melissa Smith
Cayman Islands Government


“Great opening into the DP world.”
Lorraine Britton
BAE Systems


“The eLearning course was easy to follow with relatable examples. 5 stars!”
Eva Jacob
Scottish Government


“The eLearning course was great.”
Ola Fagbamila
Bank of England


“I hugely enjoyed my PDP eLearning for both of my courses which were very useful.”
Michaela Davis-Baptiste
Mott MacDonald


“I was pleasantly surprised at how the course was so easy to follow and informative. I liked how I could dip in and out - given our current homeworking situation, this was highly beneficial.”
Fiona Merrilees
Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service


“The eLearning course is very comprehensive and well explained”
Katherine Levy
Office of the Data Protection Authority (Guernsey)


“Excellent. The course was easy to understand and very informative. I enjoyed it.”
Tebadi Digwamaje
Vodacom, South Africa


“The eLearning course was clear, concise and well written and some of the self-assessments were entertaining”
Jennifer Bracher
Government Legal Department


“I thought the course was very well presented (very easy to listen to and clearly delivered). The fact that we have the opportunity to complete these on-line is invaluable given everyone’s workload at the moment.”
Lorraine Pask
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust


“I did enjoy the eLearning course, the materials were really informative and comprehensive and suited to the level of my knowledge. Definitely expanded my understanding of Data Protection. I liked the fact I can go back to the course whenever I had the time and decide on the pace of my learning. It’s been also well structured and user friendly.”
Anna Lewszuk
Close Brothers Property Finance


“I really appreciated the content of the eLearning course – it was pitched at just the right level in terms of content and pace of delivery. The course facilitator clearly knows his subject thoroughly but yet presents the course material in a way that is easy to understand, follow and relate to. His real life examples were well chosen, relevant and helpful. I’ve also signed up for Data Protection Essential Knowledge – Level 2, so that also conveys how useful I found Level 1 !”
Stephen Johnston


“I found the eLearning course informative and easy to access from home. It was user-friendly and provided all the need-to-know information in a very concise way. Great!”
Laurie Micallef
Independent Office of Police Conduct


“Very good speaker!”
Roosmary Eichenberger
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

"Overall the course was very useful and an excellent insight to the requirements. I felt that the trainer definitely had the experience and knowledge to deal with any query we could throw (and we asked a lot of questions!!)"
Richard Owen
Ageas Insurance

"Very well qualified trainer & excellent examples. Useful course & very helpful to me personally"
Mark Maxwell

"Tutor was very knowledgeable & open to questions"
Sarah McAdam
Rail Delivery Group

"Tutor had excellent knowledge and a great overview of Data Protection law"
James Hagan
Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman

"The instructor’s knowledge was second to none and I would absolutely recommend this course."
Rik Ferguson
Trend Micro

"The tutor’s abilities in dealing with questions were excellent."
Antonia Daniel
The Pensions Regulator

"Relevant and practical. Good course notes to take away will help with the implementation of our DP policy. An excellent course."
David Higginson
ING Direct

“Excellent course!”
David Sinclair
Argyll & Bute Council

“Clear, concise, very good.”
Ashley von Schwan
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

“The tutor provided some good examples that helped to put theory into practice.”
Kasia Mozdzen
Scottish Government

Peter Brown
Ministry of Defence

“The trainer presented the course very well.”
Natasha Morley
RWE NPower