Foundation Course in Translation

This is a one-to-one practical course. All language combinations are available on demand.

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About the DipTrans The DipTrans is a postgraduate level professional qualification that is widely recognised as the international standard for anyone wanting to become a freelance translator.

Passing the exam and obtaining this diploma entitles you to:

• improved work prospects
• use the DipTrans title after your name

Enrolment Dates You can now start this course at any time throughout the year!

This course has been upgraded and restructured to allow candidates to enrol and start learning throughout the year.

About this Course


This course combines the basic theoretical concepts and techniques of the field of translation with translation practice to provide students with a solid foundation of translation knowledge and experience to sit the Diploma in Translation exam.

It includes on-demand webinars covering theoretical concepts in translation, 18 translation assignments covering all 3 units of the exam and Skype tutorials with a qualified and experienced tutor in your language combination to feedback on your assignments.

Learners will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course (mandatory completion of all assignments and attendance of at least 85% required).

This online preparatory course is ideal for:

  • Bilingual individuals who wish to pursue a career in translation, but do not have experience in this field
  • Candidates who are planning to sit the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) or ICQ DipTrans exams
  • Those who wish to study in their own time and around other commitments.
Course Structure Introduction to Translation

  • Introduction to Translation Studies
  • Ethics for Translators

Translation Theory I

  • Translation Theory I
  • Translation of General Papers

Translation Theory II

  • Translation Theory II
  • Specialised Translation I (Technology, Business and Literature)
  • Specialised Translation II (Science, Social Science and Law)

CAT Tools

  • Introduction to Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT tools)

The Business of Translation 

Course Requirements
  • Excellent writing skills in your native (source) language and near-native skills in your target language
  • Discipline for autonomous learning and an ability to conduct autonomous study and research
  • Reliable internet access and the latest version of Skype
Course Price £1750 (payment in 6 monthly instalments of £325 available)
Exam Information The exam is booked directly with the CIoL or DPSI Online and is divided into three units:

  • Unit 1: General translation
  • Unit 2: Semi-specialised translation (A: Technology, B: Business, C: Literature)
  • Unit 3: Semi-specialised translation (D: Science, E: Social Science, F: Law)

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

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