A 12-week course suitable for candidates who wish to enter the interpreting profession. This course leads to a level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting, which is considered the minimum requirement for accepting paid assignments in the UK.
Classes are delivered virtually twice a week on Zoom in groups of up to 10 students. Students also receive four one-to-one sessions with a language assessor making us the only course provider in the industry that delivers this level of support.
What You Will Learn
The role of the interpreter is fully explored within different settings, and the public and voluntary sectors are discussed. You will learn about introductions, interventions, cultural awareness, and how to apply ethics within assignments. Lastly but very important, you will learn how to set up as a freelancer and feel empowered to provide professional services to a high standard.
This course runs five times a year in:
January, March, May, July, and September.
Morning group classes are from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm.
Evening group classes are from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Please allocate an extra hour after class to complete coursework.
“EXCELLENT APPROACH. This course gives you all the necessary information to be able to be a good Community Interpreter. It takes you from theory to practice with special terminology, resources, webinars, practice sessions with the Teacher in class and with the Tutor. It explains in detail what is the role of the Community Interpreter, when and how should an Interpreter intervene, It helps you to identify the problems which may appear during a session and how to deal with them. Excellent Course!”Catalina OaneaLevel 3 Community Interpreting Past Student
“A well thought tutorial put together along with excellent videos and reading materials. Credit to my tutor Phil and my language assessor Palani for keeping me engaged after a busy day. I am very grateful to both of them for sharing their knowledge with me. I had a good set of colleagues in my group. Interaction was great too.”Kalpana RavivarumanLevel 3 Community Interpreting Past Student
“Excellent interpreting course. I found the course content and modules extremely useful. It was very well structured and easy to understand. Lots of helpful videos and useful information. My tutor was attentive, and involved everyone in the class while practicing. Always on time and prompt. Highly satisfied with the tutors way of teaching. 10/10”Alexandra BadeaLevel 3 Community Interpreting Past Student - Language: Romanian
“I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to quickly embark on a community interpreting career with no experience in interpreting beforehand . The course gave me the self confidence I needed and the essential knowledge and skills necessary to start.”Sandra TetiLevel 3 Community Interpreting Past Student
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the prerequisites for this course?
A high level of oral and written fluency in English and native language.
Pass the pre-course assessment.
What is the enrolment process after I apply?
You will be asked to complete a pre-course assessment to ensure you display the appropriate linguistic level for this course. Upon passing, you’ll be offered a place on the course and invited to complete your enrolment.
Does the course price include the certification fee?
Yes, the £935 includes the £20 pre-course assessment fee and registration fee payable to the Awarding Body who issues your certificate once you meet the criteria.
How do I know this is the right course for me?
This course is best suited for candidates who have little to no professional experience in interpreting, may have interpreted for friends and family a few times and are interested in becoming qualified.
What languages is this course available in?
This course is taught in English. We have assessors in over 45 different languages including rare languages.
What happens if my portfolio doesn’t meet the criteria?
You have one full year to be reassessed or resubmit any work that did not meet the criteria. Additional language assessments with an assessor will be charged.
I already have an interpreting qualification above level 3, should I still take this course?
This course serves as a great form of CPD for those who have held a level 6 DPSI qualification for many years and would like a refresher.