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Developing Your Skills as a Community Interpreter Level 2 (Ascentis)

For those who have completed a Level 1 Interpreting course. This course is the ideal opportunity for you to develop some of the academic skills that you will need in order to progress onto the Level 3 qualifications in Community Interpreting, whilst also developing your knowledge of interpreting practice and the public services. We will look at how to improve your written expression in academic English and how to carry out research for interpreting assignments effectively. All the academic skills taught on the course will be embedded in the context of increasing your knowledge of Community Interpreting. Entry is by interview only. Please visit our website or contact the Centre for further information.

Who is this course for

The course is designed for students who have already completed a Level 1 introductory qualification in Community Interpreting but who need more time to develop their interpreting experience, knowledge of public services and academic skills before moving on to the Level 3 qualification. It is a course requirement that students take part in a placement as a bilingual volunteer for a minimum of 30 hours in an organisation. For this reason, the course is not suitable as a first qualification in Interpreting and we will not normally offer places to students on the Level 2 course without them having completed the Level 1. If you are unsure which level of course you should apply to contact the languages department for further guidance.

What does this course cover

The course is accredited by Ascentis as a Level 2 Certificate qualification and you will need to pass 5 units on the course in order to achieve the qualification. The first unit look at the process of researching and applying for a suitable role as a bilingual volunteer and the decision making involved in selecting between different options. The second unit looks at your experience of working as a bilingual volunteer with an organisation. The third unit helps to develop your English language skills in the context of community interpreting as well as the development of your research skills. The fourth unit focuses on developing your knowledge of public services in the UK. The final unit aims to help develop some of the inter-personal skills you will need as a community interpreter, including assertiveness and listening skills.

Overall the course aims to develop the knowledge, experience and skills (both personal and academic) that you will need in order to progress towards becoming a trained a qualified professional community interpreter.


What will it be like

The course uses a teaching and learning methodology which involves the participants exploring their own experiences and the needs of their own communities. Methods used include group work, pair work, role play, case studies, presentations from students, the tutor and visiting speakers and workshop sessions which look at research skills and completion of assignments. You will have an ongoing set of assignments to complete throughout the course and the completion of these is how you will achieve the qualification. You will be assessed and receive feedback on your progress throughout the course.

What else do you need to buy or do

You will need to but a course folder for you to present your final portfolio of completed assignments as part of the accreditation on the course. You will also need a USB memory stick. You will also need to be able to secure a placement as a Bilingual Volunteer with an organisation and complete a minimum of 30 hours in this role over the duration of the course. This is an essential requirement for completing the course and you will not be able to achieve the qualification without providing the required evidence of the placement.

What this course could lead to

You can move on to the Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting, which is the qualification you need in order to be able to work as Community Interpreter in the UK. Please note that successful completion of the Level 2 course does not gurantee that you will be offered a place on the Level 3 course and you will still need to apply for a place and complete the initial assessment process along with other applicants to the Level 3 course.

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