Certificate of Achievement

Matthew McGuire

has completed the following course:

Introduction to GDPR: General Data Protection Regulation

UCL (University College London) and UCL Consultants

This course gave a thorough introduction to GDPR so learners could grow their understanding of protecting personal data and be able to handle data in the digital economy appropriately.

3 weeks, 2 hours per week

Roger de Montfort

Managing Director

UCL Consultants Ltd

Elliot Rose

Member of PA's Management Group

PA Consulting

overall score


Learning outcomes

  • Explain the history and principles of data regulation which resulted in the GDPR
  • Identify the key concepts and purpose of the GDPR
  • Explain legal bases for processing personal data, including performance of contracts and how consent is obtained
  • Describe the rights of the individual under the regulations
  • Identify the ways in which the GDPR can help to avoid confidentiality breaches
  • Identify the implications of GDPR for you and your workplace
  • Explain actions you and your workplace can take to mitigate risks
  • Describe the role and responsibilities of Data Protection Officers


Week 1 - Law and history

  • The purpose and history of data regulation in relation to the new legislation
  • The principles of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Key concepts, including (but not limited to) the natural person, personal data, controllers and processors, and legitimate interests

Week 2 - The Natural Person

  • Legal bases for processing, including consent, legitimate interests and contracts
  • The rights of the individual, including (but not limited to) erasure, access and automated decision-making
  • Identifying how the implementation of GDPR could help to prevent particular breaches of data

Week 3 - The organisation and the data lifecycle

  • Implications of GDPR for workers, their places of work and their customers
  • Mitigating risks associated with the handling and processing of data
  • Third party contracts and transfers
  • Roles and responsibilities regarding Data Protection in the workplace


This certificate is awarded by UCL Consultants (UCLC) and PA Consulting. UCLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of UCL. This course has been developed and delivered by UCLC using the academic expertise of UCL.

Issued on 24th January 2021

The person named on this certificate has completed the activities in the transcript above. For more information about Certificates of Achievement and the effort required to become eligible, visit futurelearn.com/proof-of-learning/certificate-of-achievement.

This certificate represents proof of learning. It is not a formal qualification, degree, or part of a degree.

Free online course:

Introduction to GDPR: General Data Protection Regulation

UCL (University College London)