DPSI Course – English Law Option

This course is available in:

Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Farsi, French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish & Urdu.

Who is this course for? This course is suitable for candidates who have applied directly to the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) to sit the DPSI English Law exams, or for those who would like to improve their knowledge in the legal field.

This online preparatory course allows you to study in your own time and around your commitments if you cannot attend a face-to-face course.

When does the course run? This is a 30 week course – 1 hour tutorial per week – that runs from October until June, in time to take the CIoL exam.

• applications can be sent to us throughout the year;
• oral assessments take place throughout August and September;
• course payment and enrolment deadline is the 30th September.

• classes are expected to start on the first week of October depending on the language groups.

Am I ready to start this course? Before the course begins, you will take part in an assessment over Skype in August or September, and submit a short translation from English into the other language to ensure you’re at the appropriate level for the course.
What do I need? • Native and near-native levels in both English and the other language
• Some interpreting experience (voluntary or otherwise)
• Ability to conduct autonomous study (research and weekly assignments)
• Reliable internet access and the latest version of Skype for your online tutorials
What will I learn? • You will become familiarised with both the English legal system and the legal system of the other language country
• You will learn other relevant topics (see topics covered below and compare with topics set up by the CIoL)
• You will practice interpreting skills with a qualified language tutor doing role-plays, sight translations and receive feedback on your written translations into both English and the other language, which will be marked according to the National Qualifications Framework Level 6
• You will learn to assess your own work
• You will be empowered with necessary knowledge and techniques to pass the DPSI exam
• 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
• 30 weekly group tutorials, of 1 hour each, with a dedicated language tutor covering course modules, interpreting skills and feedback on translations
• 30 study group sessions with your colleagues, which allow students to revise and prepare for tutorials
• Over 100 assignments covering 7 modules (see topics below)
• Complimentary Glossary (if available in your language)
• Complimentary copy of The Interpreters’ Manual upon completion of the course
• Certificate of completion (if your attendance is above 85%)
What topics are covered? Module 1 – Types of Crime
(Offences Against the Person, Public Order Offences, Drugs and related offences, Victims of Crime/Theft Offences/Traffic Offences, Note Taking Techniques)• Module 2 – Police Powers & Procedures
(Police Powers to Stop and Search/Powers to Enter and Search Premises, Identification of Suspects/Arrest & Caution/Interviews, Conditional/ Unconditional Bail, Breach of Bail, Suspect’s Rights/Duty Solicitors, the Role of the Interpreter at the Police Station)• Module 3 – Courts
(Court Structure for England and Wales, Magistrates/Crown & County Courts/Tribunals, Sentencing, the Role of the Interpreter in Court)

Module 4 – Probation
(National Probation Service, Types of Probation Orders/Pre-Sentence Reports/Alternative Sentencing, and the Role of the Interpreter in Probation)

• Module 5 – Immigration
(UK Visas & Immigration – previously UKBA; Home Office/Asylum/NASS Support, First Tier Tribunal – previously IAT, Human Rights/Specialised Terminology and theRole of the Interpreter in Immigration Settings)

• Module 6 – Civil Law
(Tort/Employment/Family, Succession and Probate, Relevant Terminology)

Module 7 – Local Government
(Councils/Housing/Social Services/Education, and the Role of the Interpreter in the Community)

What will it cost? £770

Need more information? Check our FAQs, read our student testimonials or visit the CIoL exam page for further details.

Please contact us if you still have any questions.


Step 1: ApplyStep 2: Oral AssessmentStep 3: Course Fee
Fill out the application form to register your details for the course and return this to us via email.
As applications are open all year, you will receive instructions on how to proceed to the following step of the application process in September. That is when you’ll be directed to proceed with payment of a non-refundable £20 fee to be able to book your oral assessment.
Upon successfully passing the oral assessment, you will be directed to proceed with payment of the remainder of the course fee by credit/debit card via PayPal or by BACS. After your payment is cleared, we’ll be in touch with everything you need to get started on your course.