Please note this course is taught in English, therefore all language combinations are accepted!
|Is this course accredited?||This course is accredited by One Awards and the certificate is awarded upon successfully complying with all requirements and criteria.|
|Who is this course for?||This course is suitable for candidates who would like to learn about the role of a Community Interpreter and explore the public and voluntary sectors and how they support community needs. The role of the interpreter is fully explored and discussed. This is a course for committed individuals who would like to start their career as Interpreters in the Community. It is suitable for candidates who have experience in interpreting for friends and relatives or other members of the community in public service settings in the UK and are interested in developing their skills and knowledge in order to find paid employment.|
|When does the course run?||The course takes place 3 times a year over 12 weeks:
Enrolment is open all year.
|Am I ready to start this course?||Before the course begins, you will take part in an interview and assessment over Skype to ensure you’re at the appropriate level. Interviews will take place the month preceding the start of the course.|
|What do I need?||• A high level of fluency in English (oral and written – minimum ESOL level 2, C1 CEF or equivalent)
• A high level of fluency and good writing skills in your native language
• Some interpreting experience (voluntary or otherwise)
• Knowledge of the UK public service providers
• Availability over the 12 weeks of the course
• Ability to conduct autonomous study (research and weekly assignments)
• Internet access and the latest version of Skype
|What will I learn?||• You will learn all topics listed below
• You will practice interpreting skills doing consecutive interpreting and sight translations
• You will learn to assess your own work
• You will understand and explain the Public Service system in the UK, as well as the role of the community interpreter
• You will learn to cope with ethical issues and dilemmas
• You will learn to research and build your own glossary
|What will I receive during the course?||• Access to our Students Area – our course platform that enables you to access all the course materials and submit all your coursework online
• A dedicated qualified and experienced tutor in your language will assess your work twice during the course
• 72 contact hours with your tutor covering course topics, interpreting practice and feedback on coursework. Classes are flexible with the possibility of choosing between 2-3 tutorials per week in the evenings (6 hours in total) or alternatively all day Saturday (6 hours). Please note that time slots are fixed for the 12-week period, as these are not one-to-one but group sessions.
• Over 50 assignments and reading materials available in pdf format
• Role play practice, sight translation, research and case studies discussion in class
• Complimentary copy of the The Interpreters’ Manual upon completing the course
|What topics are covered?||• Week 1: Introduction to the course and to community interpreting
• Week 2: Health
• Week 3: Mental health
• Week 4: Social services
• Week 5: Education
• Week 6: Benefits
• Week 7: Housing
• Week 8: Immigration (weeks 2 to 8 include research, assignments and practice)
• Week 9: Ethics & CPD
• Week 10: Cultural Awareness
• Week 11: Telephone Interpreting, final Role Plays and delivery of Portfolios
• Week 12: The business of interpreting – becoming self-employed
|What will it cost?||£635 (includes £20 oral assessment fee)|
|Is financial assistance available?||DPSI Online is registered with the UK Register of Learning Providers. This means you will soon be able to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to help with the costs of your course. Our application is currently in progress, so watch this space for any updates.|
The certification fee is due in Week 4 of the course and the Community Interpreting Level 3 Certificate is awarded upon the successful completion of the course portfolio and a minimum 85% attendance.
*This fee is updated yearly in accordance with the accreditation body’s requirements.