Training and Consultancy in Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Surveillance Law
Practitioner Certificate in FOISA

The course takes place over four days (one day per week) and involves lectures, assessments and exercises. This is followed by some online sessions and a written exam. Candidates are then required to complete a short project to achieve the certificate.

  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Assessment  
Edinburgh 12 Sep 18 19 Sep 18 26 Sep 18 03 Oct 18 10 Oct 18
Teaching Time (Face to Face)
20 hours
Individual Study (Homework and Revision)
20 hours
Online/Distance Learning
3 hours
2 hours
Project Time
15 hours
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As part of the individual study, candidates must complete four short homeworks for each element of the syllabus detailed below - these do not count towards the exam but develop the candidate's skills in preparation for the exam and Course project.

Day 1 FOISA Essentials and Process
  • What is information?
  • Applicants and Requests
  • Clarifying Requests and Finding Information
  • Dealing with Requests and Complaints
  • Differences between FOISA and EI(S)Rs
Day 2 Key Themes
  • Transparency
  • Environmental information
  • Public Interest
  • Substantial Prejudice
  • DP and Privacy
  • Confidentiality
Day 3 Exemptions and Exceptions
  • FOISA Absolute Exemptions
  • EI(S)R Exceptions
  • Wider Process and Procedures
  • Publication Schemes and Proactive Disclosure
Day 4 Information Management
  • FOISA Quaified Exemptions
  • Records Management and Public Records
  • Copyright and Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations
Assessment Closed Book Exam (50 marks)
  • Section A - 20 multiple choice questions (20 marks)
  • Section B - Three scenario based questions, bullet-point answers (10 marks each)
  • 2 hours
Open Book Project (50 marks)
  • One case study (50 marks)
  • 20 working days to complete
Grading The pass mark is 50 marks combined from both sections. Candidates must pass both sections (25 marks) in order to pass overall.
  • 50% - Pass
  • 65% - Merit
  • 80% - Distinction

Course Fee
£1,995 plus vat

This is inclusive of lunch, refreshments, comprehensive delegate materials (including all legislation) and all exam fees.

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