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This qualification offers the opportunity for students to learn about the language skills required when working in the community - giving an awareness of how language changes depending on the situation. There is also an opportunity to look at how public and voluntary service sectors work and their interaction with the community. The role of the community interpreter is explored and discussed.


The role of the community interpreter is becoming increasingly important particularly as communities become more linguistically diverse. The interpreter acts as a bridge between communities and enables people to access services and situations which might otherwise not be possible for them.

This qualification offers the opportunity for learners who are speakers of other languages to learn about the area of community interpreting. Learners may wish to study the subject as they have an interest in the topic or they may wish to use the qualification as a stepping stone to becoming a community interpreter. This qualification is not a training course to become an interpreter and those undertaking paid assignments in the future will be expected to have achieved a minimum of a Level 3 interpreting qualification.

Key Areas

  • The role of the community interpreter
  • How to use language skills to the best advantage
  • Exploring the public and voluntary sectors and how they support community needs

Assessment: this qualification is made up of 3 units which are assessed through assignments. Students will need to put together a portfolio of evidence.

Entry Criteria

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however you will need to have an interest in language and interpreting, be working towards Level 1 in English and you will need to speak another language other than English.

What Next

On completion of this course you will be able to progress to higher level qualifications in interpreting such as the Level 2 in Preparing for the Community Interpreting Role or Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting.

Course options

  • 2019/20 Part Time Day


    South & City College Birmingham


    Fusion Centre 2

    Mode of attendance

    2019/20 Part Time Day


    Please contact the college for days of the week

    Age range Start Fees Duration Further information
    16-18 September | 2019/20 - 2 Month(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
    19-23 September | 2019/20 £150.00 2 Month(s) -
    24+ September | 2019/20 Please contact the college for fee information 2 Month(s) -
    Hours Per Week Study Details Minimum Age Average Class Size Max Class Size Material Fees International Fees
    4.00 - 18 - - 0.00 0.00

    Leisure Program Fees Further Information International Comments
    0.00 - -
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