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 is accredited by One Awards and the certificate is awarded upon successfully complying with all requirements and criteria.
Who is this course for? This online 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 therefore beneficial for those who wish to enter the profession.

It is suitable for candidates who have no experience in interpreting, or have only interpreted for friends and relatives or other members of the community in the UK and are interested in developing their skills and knowledge in order to find paid employment.

It is also suitable as CPD for interpreters who hold other qualifications but wish to develop their skills as a community interpreter.

When does the course run? The CI Online course takes place 3 times a year:

• January – March
• May – July
• September – November

This course takes 12 weeks to complete and enrolment is open all year.

Am I ready to start this course? All applicants will take part in a pre-course assessment on Skype to ensure they are at the appropriate linguistic level for this course. Assessments will start taking place within the preceding two months of the course start date.
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
• Ability to conduct autonomous study (research and weekly assignments)
• Fast Internet access and the latest version of Skype for your weekly session
• Headphones and microphone (we suggest the Sennheiser PC8 USB)
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 tutorials per week in the evenings (6 hours in total) or alternatively 2 tutorials per week in the mornings. Class times 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
• A complimentary copy of the The Interpreters’ Manual upon completing the course
What topics are covered? • In week 1 we will have an introduction to the course and to community interpreting.
• From Week 2 to Week 8 we will cover : Healthcare in general, Sexual Health, Mental Health, Social Services, Education, Welfare Benefits, Housing and Immigration.
• Week 9 and 10 we will cover: Ethics, CPD, Cultural Awareness & Telephone Interpreting
• Week 11: Final Role Plays and delivery of Portfolios
• Week 12: The business of interpreting – becoming self-employed
What will it cost? £725 (includes £20 oral assessment fee)
Certification fee £160* 

The certification fee is due in Week 4 of the course.

*This fee is updated yearly in accordance with the accreditation body’s requirements.

Please note: A Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting is awarded if the portfolio submitted by the student meets the Awarding Body criteria.


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Step 1: ApplicationStep 2: Pre-Course AssessmentStep 3: Course Fee
Fill out the application above to register your details for the course. As applications are open all year, you will receive instructions on how to proceed to the following step of the application process, which includes a pre-course assessment on Skype.
The next step in your application process is the pre-course assessment on Skype. You’ll be directed to proceed with payment of a non-refundable £20 fee to be able to book your time slot.
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.