Data Protection Practitioner Level 4

Learn to build systems to enable the collection and usage of data.

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Apprenticeship overview

Apprenticeships allow individuals to gain practical skills and knowledge while working in real jobs, setting a strong foundation for their careers in the tech sector. Apprenticeships are open to school leavers or existing employees within an organisation. In order to undertake an Apprenticeship you must be supported by an Employer.

  • 18 months
  • Virtual
  • 6 to 8 hours / week

Why study Data Protection?

The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide regulatory and technical advice and guidance providing assurance to key stakeholders and regulators of compliance with information governance and data protection requirements.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a range of internal stakeholders including members of their own team, other departments such as IT, legal, HR, marketing, senior management, and the board of directors. They also interact with external stakeholders such as members of the public, customers, Supervisory Authorities, The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), technology vendors, academics, industry bodies, external legal departments, human rights organisations, consumer rights organisations and law enforcement.

The key activities that Data Protection Practitioner graduates perform include:

  • Regulatory compliance and data protection
  • Reading and understanding relevant regulations
  • Performing risk assessments
  • Incorporating privacy by design principles
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The ideal candidate will be selected by the employer based on their pre-requisites and screening process.

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

The tools a student needs are as followed:

  • A working laptop running Windows 10 or more, MacOS or any major distribution of Linux.
  • A working microphone and video camera.
  • A stable internet connection.
  • Chromebooks, tablets and phones are not conducive to undertaking the sessions.


  • Support senior management by contributing to the development of policies and guidance to ensure the organisation complies with its statutory and regulatory information governance (IG) and data protection (DP) responsibilities.
  • Work with internal stakeholders to review and maintain retention schedules, providing specialist support, advice and guidance to ensure appropriate disposal of data in compliance with legislation, regulation and good practice.
  • Develop and deliver in-house IG and DP training and awareness packages for all internal stakeholders such as IT, legal, HR, marketing, senior management and the board of directors.
  • Co-ordinate and support the organisation’s formal and documented record of processing activities in line with legislation, regulation and good practice.
  • Analyse data and present the outcomes to their key stakeholders on key risk, trend and performance indicators such as training, information requests, data breaches and records management
  • Manage, co-ordinate and respond to information requests such as Freedom of Information (FOI), Individual Rights (IR), Environmental Information Regulation (EIR) and Data Protection (DP), within the statutory deadlines
  • Undertake or assist in the completion of data protection impact assessments (DPIA) in order to identify and mitigate any potential risks to the organisation and continue to monitor the status of the risk
  • Investigate reported personal data breaches providing advice and guidance to the organisation. Determine the need to escalate, as appropriate, to the Supervisory Authority.
  • Undertake routine and ad-hoc data protection audit and testing controls for both internal functions and third-party suppliers, producing audit reports for senior managers
  • Provide day to day support and specialist advice across the organisation for all matters regarding IG and DP such as compliance with data protection principles
  • Contribute to continuous improvement of systems and processes to ensure procedures, policies and guidance are updated in line with technology advancements, legislative and social changes
  • Provide support for the completion and submission of industry or regulatory toolkits and control frameworks or standards
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  • Development of wider skills.
  • Mental health support.
  • Access to our Alumni community.
  • Support with personal development.
  • Networking events.

Employer Funding

Apprenticeships are funded based on employer Wage Bills. There are two types of employers and funding is based on the employer category you fall under:

A Levy employer with a pay bill of more than £3 million is required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy. Funds can be managed using the Apprenticeship service and spent towards training and assessing Apprentices. The government will apply a 10% top-up to the funds you have in your account.

Maximum funding from the government is capped at £10,000 for the Data Protection Practitioner Level 4 Apprenticeship.

What employer category do I fall under?

For non-Levy paying employers, the government will fund 95% of the cost of training an apprentice, with a 5% contribution from the employer.

For an employer with fewer than 50 employees, the government will fund 100% of the cost for Apprentices aged 16-18, or Apprentices aged 19-24 with an education and healthcare need.

Maximum funding from the government is capped at £10,000 for the Data Protection Practitioner Level 4 Apprenticeship.

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