Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting

This online course is taught in English, therefore all language combinations are accepted! 


Is this course accredited? This online course leads to a nationally recognised certificate that is accredited by One Awards and is awarded upon successfully complying with all requirements and criteria.
Course dates & class schedule  


This 12-week course now takes place in January, March, May, July, September and October.

  • Learners will have 2 classes per week on Zoom
  • You will be assessed by a dedicated, qualified and experienced tutor three times during the course.
  • Classes run in groups (morning 9.30 to 12.30 or evening 6 to 9 pm). Class times are fixed throughout the 12-week period.
About this course This is a 12-week course and applications are open all year-round.

The role of the interpreter is fully explored, the public and voluntary sectors are discussed and how they support community needs. Learners will understand how to apply ethics within assignments, how to provide professional services to a high standard and how to set up as a freelancer.

This online course is suitable for candidates who have little to no experience in interpreting and are interested in entering the profession as a community interpreter. Candidates may have only interpreted for friends, relatives or other members of the community in the UK.

This course is also suitable as CPD for interpreters who hold other qualifications but wish to develop or refresh their skills and knowledge at community level.

Course content




  • Week 1: Introduction to the course and to community interpreting
  • Week 2-4: Healthcare, Sexual Health, Mental Health
  • Week 5-8: Social Services, Education, Welfare Benefits, Housing, Immigration
  • Week 9-10: Ethics, CPD, Cultural Awareness, Telephone Interpreting
  • Week 11: Final assessments 
  • Week 12: The business of interpreting 

Learners will also receive a complimentary copy of The Interpreter’s Manual upon completing the course.

Course requirements


All applicants will take part in a pre-course assessment on Skype to ensure that they are at the appropriate linguistic level for this course. The minimum levels required are:

  • A high level of oral and written fluency in English and in your native language
  • Ability to conduct self-study 
  • Fast internet access and the latest version of Skype for your weekly session
  • Headphones and microphone (we suggest the Sennheiser PC8 USB)
Course price £775 (includes £20 oral assessment fee)
Certification fee £160* 

*Please note: the Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting is only awarded to learners whose portfolios meet the criteria set by the Awarding Body. The certification fee is added to the course fee upon enrolment and is updated yearly in accordance with the Awarding Body’s requirements.

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Step 1: ApplyStep 2: Be assessedStep 3: Complete Enrolment
Fill out and submit the course application.
Book the pre-course assessment (£20). Assessments take place on Skype and consist of an interpreting task. This fee is deducted from the total course price if successful in the assessment and offered a place on the course.
Upon successfully passing the pre-course assessment, applicants will be directed to complete their enrolment by paying in instalments or in full.