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Overview

The community interpreter is becoming increasingly important, particularly in linguistically diverse communities. The community interpreter acts as a bridge between these communities and public services, enabling people to access services and situations which might otherwise be out of reach.

This qualification enables learners who speak other languages to develop the underpinning skills and language to train as community interpreters at Level 3 and 4. As with the Level 1 Award, this qualification is not a training course to become an interpreter and those undertaking paid assignments in the future will be expected to hold a minimum of a Level 3 or 4 qualification in interpreting.

This qualification is suitable for those who have completed the Level 1 Award in Community Interpreting or who have some experience in interpreting in the voluntary sector or who wish to gain further qualifications to work towards becoming a community interpreter.

Course description

This qualification will help you to understand the process of finding voluntary bilingual work and will support you in voluntary placements. You will be able to gain experience prior to undertaking higher level study of community interpreting.

You will look closely at aspects of language and other skills needed to be successful community interpreters. You will develop personal skills such as assertiveness and listening skills which will support your future study and career. You will also futher explore the role of public services in the UK.

What areas will I study?

You will:

  • Develop volunteering experience in the community
  • Develop awareness of public services
  • Develop language skills in preparation for training as community interpreters
  • Develop personal skills such as listening and assertiveness in preparation for further community interpreting study and work

Assessment: there are 5 units which are assessed through a number of assignments and you will need to build a portfolio of evidence and gain voluntary experience as an interpreter.

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Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 Throughout the Academic Year | 2019/20 - 7 Month(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 Throughout the Academic Year | 2019/20 £362.00 7 Month(s) In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.
24+ Throughout the Academic Year | 2019/20 Please contact the college for fee information 7 Month(s) In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.
Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 Throughout the Academic Year | 2018/19 - 7 Month(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 Throughout the Academic Year | 2018/19 £362.00 7 Month(s) In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.
24+ Throughout the Academic Year | 2018/19 Please contact the college for fee information 7 Month(s) In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.

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