Diploma in Translation

This is a one-to-one practical course, available in:

English into all languages


Arabic, French, Italian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish into English.

Who is this course for? This online course is suitable for experienced translators who are planning to sit the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) DipTrans exams, in order to become qualified.

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

If you are resitting one of the units of the exam we can personalise your course – see our DT Revision course page
If you have little to no experience in translation, we recommend the Foundation Course in Translation.

How long is the course? This is a 10 session course that can be completed within 10 – 12 weeks.
What do I need? • Excellent writing skills in your native language and near-native skills in your other language;
Professional translation experience and discipline for autonomous learning;
• Internet access and the latest version of Skype.
What will I learn? • Your dedicated language tutor will guide you to hone your translation skills and improve your own research skills;
• Your tutor will mark your work according to the NQF Level 7 (also used by the CIoL);
• You will learn about the different exam units (see topics below);
• You will learn to assess your own work;
• You will be empowered with the necessary knowledge and techniques to tackle the DipTrans 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 and submit all the assignments;
• 10 translation assignments covering all exam units – 4 General Papers, 6 Semi-Specialised Papers (1 in each topic – see topics below);
• 10 Skype tutorials (of 30 minutes) to receive feedback on each translation from a qualified and experienced tutor in your language combination who will give you guidance and explore your strengths and weaknesses;
• Certificate of Completion (with a mandatory attendance of 100%).
What topics are covered in the exam? The CIoL DipTrans exam is divided into three units:

• Unit 01: General translation

• Unit 02: Semi-specialised translation (A: Technology, B: Business, C: Literature)

• Unit 03: Semi-specialised translation (D: Science, E: Social Science, F: Law)

Please note you will have to choose one option for each of the semi-specialised texts on the exam day.

What will it cost? £495

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: ApplicationStep 2: Tutor ConfirmationStep 3: Course Fee
Fill out and submit the application form to register your details for the course.
As applications are open all year and the DipTrans exam takes place in January, we prefer to run this course starting in the Summer/Autumn period. That is when we will contact you to confirm that a tutor can take you on.
After a tutor is confirmed for you, you will be directed to proceed with 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.

Pre-Course Translation Evaluation Service £45

If you would like to know whether you are at the right level to take part in the DipTrans course, we offer an evaluation service. You will translate a text and a qualified and experienced tutor will mark it according to the NQF Level 7 as used by the CIoL.

To proceed, please choose one of the following language direction options: