DPSI Course – English Law Option

 This course is available yearly in the following languages:

Algerian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Czech, Dari, Farsi, French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Kurdish (Sorani) Latvian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Morrocan Darija, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Sinhalese, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish & Urdu.

We do offer other languages on demand. If you speak a rare language please enquire, we will find you a tutor.


About the DPSI This course helps prepare candidates for the DPSI Law exams with the support of a dedicated language tutor in a group setting. It is suitable for:

  • Interpreters who wish to work in the criminal justice system in the UK, including in the courts, the police, probation and immigration services.
  • Candidates who need to improve their knowledge of specialised terminology before attempting the exams.
  • This course is not suitable for beginners. Please check our Level 3 in Community Interpreting course if you do not have experience in interpreting.

The Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) is a nationally-recognised qualification that serves as a benchmark for professional standards in the interpreting profession. Passing the exam and obtaining this diploma entitles you to:

• Use the DPSI title after your name
• Apply to become registered on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI)

Course dates and options Applications can be sent to us throughout the year. We have options to suit every candidate’s needs – please choose below the option that suits your circumstances.
Option 1


Group course:

  • 3 students per class
  • 30 sessions
  • This 8-month course runs twice a year: March – November and October – June
  • £855 (payment in monthly instalments available)
Option 2


 One-to-one course:

  • 12 sessions with a language tutor
  • This course can be started at any time
  • £775 (payment in monthly instalments available)
Option 3


Self-study course:

  • This course can be started at any time – study at your own pace
  • The course has NO tutor support
  • £425 
Option 4


Resit course or Practice:

  • For candidates who want to practise more in one unit or wish to re-sit a unit of the DPSI Law exam
  • 5 or 10 sessions with a language tutor (to be completed within 6 or 12 weeks, respectively)
  • Course fee: £295 or £495
Course content



Students will work with:

  • Learning materials covering the English legal system and the legal system of the other language country
  • Assignments covering the modules mentioned below
  • Practice sessions with a dedicated language tutor to practice interpreting and translating skills
  • A complimentary Glossary (if available in your language)
  • Students will receive a completion certificate (if all coursework is submitted and attendance is at 100%) and a complimentary copy of The Interpreters’ Manual 


  • Types of Crime
  • Police Powers & Procedures
  • Civil and Criminal Courts
  • Probation and Prisons Services
  • Immigration
  • Civil & Family Law
  • Local Government
Course requirements



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

  • Native or near-native levels in both English and the other language;
  • Adequate interpreting experience (voluntary or otherwise) – this course is not suitable for beginners;
  • Ability to conduct autonomous study (research and weekly reading);
  • Reliable internet access and the latest version of Skype for your online tutorials.
Exam information Sitting the exam online: 

  • We are happy to announce that we have become an accredited online exam centre in the UK.
  • As such, we offer the DPSI Law exam online. Our centre is accredited by TQUK.
  • Exam price: £699 for all units.

Sitting the exam at a centre:

  • Alternatively, you can also sit the DPSI exam at one of the CIoL centres.

Need more information? Contact us.


Step 1: ApplyStep 2: Pre-course AssessmentStep 3: Course Fee
Fill out and submit the application form to register your details for the course.
All applicants will take part in a pre-course assessment to ensure they display the necessary language and interpreting skills. The pre-course assessment costs £30 and is deducted from the course price upon enrolment. This fee is non-refundable.
Upon successfully passing the assessment, you will be directed to proceed with payment of the remainder of the course fee. We’ll be in touch with everything you need to get started on your course.