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Community Based ESOL and Modern Languages

Public Service Interpreting Clol Diploma (DPSI)

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 10

Study mode Open learning

Duration 37 weeks

Start date Sep 2022

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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).  

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE PRESENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS ONLY FOR POLISH AND SPANISH as we have DPSI lecturers for those languages only.

You may be eligible to receive a part-time fee grant from SAAS. For more information, use our Funding Tool (See below). 

What you will learn

  • Consecutive and simultaneous interpreting from and into English and your other language
  • Principles and practice of interpreting and translation

How the course is assessed

  • External Chartered Institute of Linguistics exams at the end of the course
  • Students must apply for and register for exams via the Institute. http://www.ciol.org.uk - fees section

Number of days per week

  • Attendance once per fortnight plus online learning and Skype calls  

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 

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • A secondary application must be completed and interviews may be held depending on your language qualifications and personal statement 

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 6.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • Apply for inclusion on the National Register of Public Service Interpreting  

Career options

  • Gain employment as a qualified Community Interpreter 

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Open learning 20/09/22 37 Weeks

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