FAQs

Please read our course FAQs thoroughly to get immediate answers to your questions regarding the courses we offer.

Community Interpreting Course

Community Interpreting Courses FAQs

Can someone work full time and enrol in this course?
Yes, classes take place in the evenings, normally between 6 and 9pm. We found this is the most suitable time for the majority of students. However we may also have a Saturday all day class (see below ‘When do classes take place?’).

Is this a one-to-one course?
No, there will be 7 or 8 students in a virtual class on Skype with the tutor.

What if I work shifts?
Students will need to commit to the 12 week course. Attendance to classes is compulsory in order to be able to submit a Portfolio of work that reflects the criteria for Level 3 in Community Interpreting.

What is the duration of the CI Level 3 course?
72 hours over 12 weeks.

What is the duration of the Diploma in CI Level 6 course?
400 hours over 6 to 9 months. Dedicated students can complete this course is just over 6 months. However, some students may take 9 months to 1 year to complete this qualification. If you start in September and complete regularly your coursework you can sit your final assessment in March of the following year. If a student needs more time, this can be extended to June/July.

When do the classes for the CI Level 3 take place?
If we have enough students we run the course in 3 groups: Monday, Wednesday between 10am and 1pm; or 6 and 9pm; and/or all day on Saturdays 10am-12 noon, 1-3pm, 3.30-5.30pm.

When do the classes for the Diploma in CI Level 6 take place?
Classes are initially scheduled for Saturdays 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.

How much independent study do I need to do complete the CI courses?
It varies from student to student. For the Level 3 in CI, we suggest an extra 2 to 4 hours per week for research and completion of assignments. For the Level 6 course we recommend 6-8 hours per week of research and to complete assignments.

Do I have to sit an exam?
No. Both Level 3 and Level 6 qualifications are achieved with a Portfolio of work that consists of a range of assignments that meet the criteria for each qualification. The Level 3 Portfolio includes a 300-word Glossary, 2 Case Studies, 2 Role Plays, 2 Sight Translations, and a Reflective Journal. The Level 6 Portfolio includes Reflective Journals for the choosen Units, Presentations, Essays, Glossaries, Role Plays, Sight Translations and Written Translations. To receive a certificate, Portfolios needs to meet the Awarding Body criteria.

Can I pay the course in instalments?
Unfortunately we cannot accept instalments for these courses. As we run these courses several times a year candidates can plan ahead and find the necessary funds to cover their fee.

Can I start the course at any time during the year?
We run the Level 3 in CI course 3 times a year – January till March – May till July and September till November. If we reach the minimum number of students, we will run the Level 6 course in September and January.

What is the difficulty of the course?
The Level 3 course is quite intensive due to the fact that it runs over a period of 12 weeks only. Most information is conveyed during classes and assignments are completed in between classes. The Level 6 has the added difficulty of extra classes and coursework over a period of 6-9 months.

Will I get all the course materials when I enrol?
After you pay the course you will receive the welcome pack and your login details to the Student’s Area. Once the course starts, materials will become visible each week (each month for the Level 6 course).

Do I need to take time off work to take this course?
No, you do not need to take any time off work in order to do this course.
This is an innovative and flexible course for students like you who would like to improve their skills around their other commitments.

Can you tell me who my tutor is and what credential he or she holds?
We have 2 tutors for this course. Both are qualified and very experienced interpreters and you can learn more about them in the Meet the Team page.

I am not sure if my language knowledge is enough to enrol on this course.
You need to be native in one language and near native in your second language to cope with the demands of interpreting. All candidates need to pass the pre course assessment prior to being accepted on the course.

What is your refund policy?
View the course refund policy here.

DPSI Courses

DPSI Courses FAQs – Law / Health

Will the course be only in English?
No. We believe interpreters need to be trained in their two working languages. Therefore we chose tutors who are all suitably qualified native speakers of your language that understand your needs and doubts and will be able to answer your queries weekly in class.

Is this a one-to-one course?
No, there will be 2 or 3 students in each language group and the tutor. This will be essential to practice consecutive and simultaneous interpreting.

Can I start the course at any time during the year?
No, this is not a DIY course. This is a structured course with materials, assignments and a tutor in each of the languages we offer.

Will the exam fee be included in the course fee?
No, the exam fee is paid separately directly to the CIoL.

Will you book the exam for me?
No, we provide students with the relevant information in December but students need to book the exam directly with the CIoL. To find out about fees, dates and how to book the exam, please click here.

Can I pay the course in instalments?
No, however we will consider individual requests, on a one-to-one basis.

Is the assessment fee refundable?
The assessment fee is only refundable if the course does not go ahead due to lack of students. If you do not show up to your assessment you will lose the £20. If you need to reschedule your assessment date please let us know 24h in advance.

What is the difficulty of the course?
In order to prepare you for the exam, you will practice with past papers. All assignments you receive with your modules were used as exams in the past.

Will I get all the course materials when I enrol?
After you pay the course you will receive the welcome pack and the first module and respective assignments.
Once you have covered the module with your tutor and the written work is marked you will move on to the next module. This way you will focus and dedicate your time fully on one module at a time.

When will I have all the course materials?
By May all the students will have received all the materials – 7 Modules and respective assignments – and will be ready to sit the exam as long as they have dedicated their time to the course and practised with all the course materials provided.

Will I practice simultaneous interpreting during the tutorials?
Yes, you will be receiving MP3 files of the simultaneous interpreting part for each role-play. This recording will be incorporated in the role play during your practice with the tutor. You will be given suitable material to practice all parts of the exam by yourself and/or with the help of your tutor and other students.

How many hours per week will I have to dedicate to the course?
You will have to commit yourself to a one-hour tutorial per week with your tutor and one-hour with your colleagues in between tutorials. The course offers plenty of practice texts for translations and other materials to work in your own time and with your colleagues. This is a fully practical course, the more work you do and the more you put to good use the feedback given by your tutor the more prepared you will be for the exam. When doing a course online, it is important to organize your time well.

Do I need to take time off work to take this course?
No, you do not need to take any time off work in order to do this course.
The one-hour weekly tutorial will be agreed between students and the tutor taking into account every students’ availability. It is an innovative and flexible course for students like you who would like to improve their skills around their other commitments.

What is your refund policy?
View the course refund policy here.

DPSI Rare Languages Course

DPSI Rare Languages Course FAQs

Will the course be delivered only in English?
Yes. The course will be taught by an experienced trainer, with 16 years’ experience in interpreter training, both privately and for public bodies such as the Home Office.

Is this a one-to-one course?
No, there will be a minimum 6 students (max 8 students) in each group and the tutor.

Can I start the course at any time during the year?
No, this is not a DIY course. This is a structured course with materials, assignments and fortnightly classes with a tutor.

Will there be an exam at the end?
No, if you speak a language of less diffusion (rare language) and the Institute of Linguists does not provide an exam in your language combination there will be no exam offered to you.

Will I receive a Diploma?
We do not offer the Diploma. If the CIoL cannot provide an exam for your language combination, you cannot receive the Diploma. However, you will receive a certificate of completion of the course from us.

Can I pay the course in instalments?
No, however I will consider individual requests on a one-to-one basis.

Is there an assessment for rare languages?
No. There is no need for the assessment, however candidates should ideally be practicing interpreters, proficient in both English and the Other Language.

What is the difficulty of the course?
The demands of this course are all related to specialized legal terminology. Students will receive sufficient materials and support to learn the relevant terminology. Each module includes role plays, sight translation and written translation texts for personal practice.

Will I get all the course materials when I enrol?
After you pay the course you will receive the welcome pack and the first module and respective assignments. Once you have covered the module with your tutor and all assignments are complete, you will move on to the next module. This way you will focus and dedicate your time fully on one module at a time.

When will I have all the course materials?
By May all the students will have received all the materials – 7 Modules and respective assignments.

Will I practice simultaneous interpreting during the tutorials?
Not during the tutorial, unless you have someone to practice with. However you will be required to do certain recordings and submit them to the Student’s Area.

Will I receive any support to practice in my own language?
Yes, we offer you 2 hour sessions with the Other Language Tutor every term (December/March/May).

How many hours per week will I have to dedicate to the course?
You will have to commit yourself to a 2 hour session fortnightly with the tutor. You will be provided with plenty of practice texts for translations and other materials to work in your own time. This is a fully practical course, the more work you do the more confident you become, the more you put to good use the feedback given by your tutor the more prepared you will be to cope with the demands of real life interpreting in legal settings.

Do I need to take time off work to take this course?
No, you do not need to take any time off work in order to do this course.
However, when doing a course online, it is important to organize your time well. The weekly tutorials will be agreed at a time suitable to all students and the tutor after taking into account everyone’s availability. It is an innovative and flexible course for students who would like to improve their skills around their other commitments.

What is your refund policy?
View the course refund policy here.

DPSI Resits & Tutoring Courses

DPSI Resits & Tutoring Courses FAQs

Can someone work full time and enrol in this course?
Yes, classes take place at a convenient time to both student and tutor.

What if I work shifts?
Classes are flexible and can be changed between student and tutor according to student’s work schedules.

What is the duration of the Resits/Tutoring course?
10 contact hours with a dedicated language tutor.

Can I pay the course in instalments?
Unfortunately we cannot accept instalments for this short course.

Will I get all the course materials for this course?
DPSI Materials are only available to students who do the full course. Resits/Tutoring courses consist only of practical sessions.

Do I need to take time off work to take this course?
No, you do not need to take any time off work in order to do this course.
This is an innovative and flexible course for students like you who would like to improve their skills around their other commitments.

Can you tell me who my tutor is and what credential he or she holds?
All our tutors are qualified and very experienced interpreters and you can learn more about them in the Meet the Team page.

What is your refund policy?
View the course refund policy here.

DPI Course

DPI Course FAQs

The DPI preparatory course is not recommended for beginners.

Will I get course materials for this course?
The DPI course is not a teaching course. The materials available are past papers for students to practice the format of the exam. This is a fully practical course to mimic the exam.

Are 10 hours enough to prepare for the DPI exam?
10 hours is enough to prepare the format of the exam if you are an experienced and working interpreter seeking this qualification.

What is the difference between the DPSI Law and DPI courses?
The DPSI prepares you to work in all areas of the criminal justice system, e.g. Police, Courts, Probation, Immigration and so much more (see modules covered in this course). You have a dedicated language tutor and colleagues with whom to practice consecutive and simultaneous interpreting. You have materials to read and over 100 assignments to practice with over 8 months.  The DPI preparatory course covers the units of the exam using only police scenarios.

What is your refund policy?
View the course refund policy here.

DipTrans Course

DipTrans Course FAQs

This course is not recommended for beginners.

Does the Diploma in Translation Online prepare for interpretation too?
No. The DipTrans Online is fully focused in improving your translation skills. If you are interested in becoming an interpreter please check the DPSI Online preparations courses and the several options provided.

Will the exam fee be included in the course fee?
No, the exam fee is paid separately and directly to the CIOL.

Will you book the exam for me?
No, we provide the preparatory course. Students need to book the exam directly withe CIoL. To find out about fees, dates and how to book the exam, please click here.

Can I pay the course in instalments?
No. We do not offer instalments for this short course.

What is the difficulty of the course?
In order to prepare you for the exam, you will practise only with past papers, so you can see for yourself the difficulty of each topic.

Will I get course materials when I enrol?
After you pay the course you will receive the welcome pack and the first text to translate. Once you have finished working on that text you will move on to the next text. This way you will focus and dedicate your time fully on translating one subject at a time. You will complete 10 translations on this course.

How many hours per week will I have to dedicate to the course?
There is not set times or schedules, however, it will take on average 2 to 3 hours to translate each text. This is a fully practical and flexible course, the more work you do and the more you put to good use the feedback given by your tutor the more prepared you will be for the exam. When doing a course online, it is important to organize your time well.

Do I need to take time off work to take this course?
No, you do not need to take any time off work in order to do this course.
This is an innovative and flexible course for students like you who would like to improve their skills around their other commitments.

Can you tell me who my tutor is and what credential s/he holds?
Because of data protection we will only disclosure the name and contact details of your tutor once you have paid for the course. All our tutors are experienced and have all the necessary credentials. You can learn more about some of our tutors in the Meet the Team page.

I am not sure if my language knowledge is enough to enrol in this course.
Many candidates are not sure if their knowledge is up to the task at hand, therefore we offer the option of doing an evaluation before the course starts. A qualified tutor will give you honest and professional feedback so you are aware what areas need improving.

What is your refund policy?
View the course refund policy here.

Unanswered questions? Please contact us.

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