DPSI Course – English Health Option

This course is available in:

 French, Italian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish.

New languages will be added according to demand.

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 Health exams, or for those who would like to improve their knowledge in the medical 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 30-week course runs twice a year; from October until June, and again in March until November in time to take the CIoL exams.

Applications can be sent to us throughout the year.

Classes are expected to start during the second week of March and October depending on the language groups.

Am I ready to start this course? All applicants will take part in an assessment on Skype to ensure they’re at the appropriate level to start this course.
Assessments take place 2 months prior to the course start date.
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
What will I learn? • Students will learn and understand the British healthcare system, as well as the health care system of the other language country
• Students will practice interpreting skills with a dedicated language tutor doing role-plays, sight translations and will receive feedback on your written translations both into 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 the necessary knowledge and techniques to tackle the DPSI exam
• Students will learn how to research and build their 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, which allow students to revise and prepare for tutorials
• A dedicated qualified and experienced tutor in your language combination who will give you guidance throughout the year
• Over 100 assignments covering 7 modules (see topics below)
• A complimentary Glossary (if available in your language)
• A complimentary copy of The Interpreters’ Manual upon completion of the course
• Certificate of completion (if you submit all compulsory coursework and your attendance is above 85%)
What topics are covered? • Module 1 – Structure of NHS & Health Professionals

• Module 2 – Sexual Health & Pregnancy

• Module 3 – Human Body I

• Module 4 – Human Body II

• Module 5 – Human Body III

• Module 6 – Oncology & Palliative Care

• Module 7 – Mental Health & Private Healthcare

What will it cost? £795

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
Fill out and submit the application form to register your details for the course.
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.