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BCS Practitioner Certificate in

Freedom of Information


Delivery Options for this Course

In-Person Classroom Delivery

Instructor Led

(Online or In-Person)

In-Person Classroom Delivery

Corporate (Group) Training



Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, anyone can request access to information held by public authorities. The Act sets out the requirements for the publication of information held by, or held on behalf of, public authorities, and defines the implications for public and private sector organisations, as well as for individuals, in relation to the handling of requests for information. The requirements set out by the Act include the publication and maintenance of publication schemes, the need to respond to requests for information and disclose information requested subject to the appropriate application of legal exemptions.  

The BCS Certificate in Freedom of Information provides a qualification that demonstrates a level of application and knowledge obtained by those responsible for dealing with freedom of information within an organisation 

Entry Requirements 

There are no formal entry requirements however, it is strongly recommended that candidates attend a BCS accredited training course. Some knowledge of the FOI law and applying this in a work context would be beneficial. 

Learning Objectives 

  1. Legislation, codes of practice and ethics within public authorities 
  1. Scope and principles of the freedom of information act 
  1. Obligations and responsibilities of an FOI officer 
  1. Disclosure, non-disclosure and exemptions in relation to FOI requests 
  1. Key legislation including Environmental Information Regulation and Data Protection  
  1. Enforcement and appeals process 

Course Duration 

Guided learning – 40 hours 

Independent learning – 16 hours 

Exam – 90 minutes 


Exam Format 

90 minute scenario based ‘closed book’ digital exam: 

– 6 multiple choice questions (State and Describe) 

– 12 multiple response questions (Explain) 

– 3 scenario-based questions (Apply and Analyse). 

Delivery Options, Dates & Prices

In-Person or Online-Live Training

Whether you’re based at home, in an office and anywhere in the world, you can benefit from our weekly run Instructor-Led training sessions. We also run In-Person with add-on workshop sessions at our training centres in the UK.


Enjoy our small class sizes of a maximum of 8 delegates. Pick a date:

Dates Time(GMT) Days Mode/Location Price
22 Apr - 24 Apr
22 Apr - 24 Apr
09:00 - 14:45
09:00 - 14:45
3-Weekdays Online Instructor Led (Live) £ 995

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Group Training

Enhance your team’s effectiveness and boost productivity with instructor-led training delivered privately to your organisation, live online, or to any preferred location.


Whether your organisation requires a single course or an entire curriculum and exams, ALLNET Law has the expert instructors and management expertise to deliver quality data protection and privacy training that meets your budget, programme schedules, and business goals.


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Contact us for more information on special offers, flexible options and arranging a session for a group.


    ALLNET LAW is committed to respecting your privacy and protecting your data. We will respond to your request using the information provided. For more information please refer to our Privacy Policy.



    About BCS


    The BCS information security and data protection portfolio provides you with the knowledge and skills development needed to make a valuable impact in this critical area of the business. 

    Whether you’re looking to upskill or simply stay on top of the regulations and guidelines, these learning programmes are essential for anyone in a data or information security role. Understand how to align your organisation with the latest industry standards, frameworks and best practices so you can support a more robust level of information security and compliance. 

    Why Choose AllNet Law?

    ALLNET Law is proud to be an BCS Official Training Partner, providing delegates with the specialist training and tools to pass the Foundation Certificate in Data Protection certification. All our courses are taught by qualified practitioners with commercial experience.


    At ALLNET Law we strive to give our delegates the hands-on experience and do not only focus on the knowledge and exam techniques. Our comprehensive style of delivery provides you with the practical application and invaluable insight to Data Privacy, Information Security and Compliance in the real world.


    • We are an approved BCS Training Partner.
    • You can learn wherever and whenever you want with our robust classroom and interactive online training courses.
    • Our courses are taught by qualified practitioners with commercial experience.
    • We strive to give our delegates the hands-on experience.
    • Our courses are all-inclusive with no hidden extras.  The one-off cost covers the training, all course materials, and exam.
    • Our aim: To achieve a 100% first time pass rate on all our instructor-led courses.
    • Our Promise: Pass first time or ‘train’ again for FREE.
      *FREE training offered for retakes – come back within a year and only pay for the exam.


    5 Days

    £995 only

    price is inclusive of:

    training, resources BCS membership and exam