SCQF Level 10
Community Based ESOL and Modern Languages

Course Overview
The Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) is a professional qualification offered by the Chartered Institute of Linguists London. It is ideal if you are a bilingual person working or wishing to work as an interpreter and/or translator in the public services. The course is SCQF Level 10 and will be delivered through a blended learning model of online and face-to-face teaching. You will gain valuable translation and interpretation skills through role-plays and written and oral translation practice in presentations. You will attend guest lectures from the best in the translation business and have the chance to discuss your future career ambitions. Upon successful completion of the course and final exams you will gain the Chartered Institute of Linguists Diploma (CIOL).  
What You Will Learn
  • Consecutive and simultaneous interpreting from and into English and your other language 
  • Principles and practice of interpreting and translation 
Entry Requirements
  • You should be fluent in English and one other language 
  • Once you have applied a secondary application form will be sent to you along with a brochure giving you further information 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 6.5
How the course is assessed
  • External Chartered Institute of Linguistics exams at end of course
  • Students must apply for and register for exams via the Institute. - fees section
  • Exams are held in Sighthill campus every June.
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • A secondary application must be completed and interviews may be held depending on your language qualifications and personal statement 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Apply for inclusion on the National Register of Public Service Interpreting  
Career Opportunities
  • Gain employment as a qualified Community Interpreter 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • Attendance once per fortnight plus online learning and Skype calls  
Course Cost And Funding Options
Fee: £755 Sighthill open-learning (year 1)
Student Stories
Rory Whyte is 29 years old and lives in Dundee. Rory decided to come to Edinburgh College as it was the closest college to him that offered the Highers he needs to go to university. After a successful year, Rory was awarded the Student of the Year Travel, Tourism & Modern Languages Award at this year’s Prize Giving ceremony. We caught up with him and asked about his experience at Edinburgh College. 

“I feel honoured. I’ve worked extremely hard this year and it means a lot that the college has taken notice. Nowhere in Dundee offered Higher Spanish outside of High School, and I needed an A at Higher for my university application. I did look at other options but, ultimately, I was attracted by Edinburgh’s reputation and facilities. 

Thanks to the kind recommendation on the part of my Spanish tutor at the College, I’ve been lucky enough to receive a conditional offer to study Interpreting with French and Spanish at Heriot-Watt University. Languages have become my passion, and interpreting has been my goal since returning to education.” 

Read more of our student stories here. 
Start Date and Time

Open Learning

This course will start week commencing...
  • Tuesday 21/09/2021
End Date

Open Learning

This course will end on...
  • Tuesday 07/06/2022
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