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Community Interpreting Level 3 Certificate (Ascentis)

This nationally recognised qualification is for people who are fluent in English and another language. Applicants must have some experience, paid or unpaid, of interpreting in a public sector context in the UK. Some of this experience should be with people not previously personally known to the applicant. Participants have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed to work as a community interpreter including the role of the interpreter, professional conduct and codes of practice and knowledge of the sectors within which they will be working - Housing, Health, Education, Immigration, Benefits and Social Services. Entry is by written application and interview only. Lower fees may be available for students aged 23 and under. Right click to choose where you wish to save the application form and brochure: Information Flyer Application Form FAQ Advanced Learner Loan Information Leaflet
  • Who is it for?

    This course is for people who are fluent in English (minimum ESOL level 2 in all skills, CAE, C1 CEF) and native speaker capability in a language spoken in one of the bilingual communities in London. Participants will normally be native speakers of another language.

    Participants will have some experience of interpreting in the public sector in the UK .This could be with community members on a paid or voluntary basis. Experience with friends and family-while valuable-is not enough for acceptance onto this course and some of the experience must be with people previously not personally known by the applicant.

    Participants will have been in the UK long enough to have gained some knowledge of the British system with regard to public services.

  • What does it cover?

    Understanding of the role of the community interpreter. Familiarity with the language used in some of the public services and ability to render these to the nearest equivalent in their own language.

    Awareness of professional issues including codes of ethics and codes of practice to which an interpreter is expected to work.

    Knowledge and awareness of cultural and racial implications of their work.

    Research skills to gain basic information about services where community interpreters are needed.

    Awareness of the means by which a community interpreter may gain employment .The course involves 72 hours attendance during which time participants will be introduced to the techniques and issues involved in Community Interpreting and will look at other styles of interpreting for comparison.

    Participants will also be introduced to the public services- Housing, Immigration,Benefits Agency, Social Services, Education,Health etc., through visiting speakers and recommended reading.

    Successful completion of the course involves a minimum of 80% attendance and participants may not miss any of the first 30 hours which set the context for the rest of the course or the final 6 hours which round up the course and deal specifically with issues of professionalism and looking for work as an interpreter. There are also projects to be completed for assessment; a role play which will be done in class and video taped, a bilingual glossary of terminology from public services and research into services available to the community in the participants' local areas and London-wide as appropriate.You will also be expected to reflect on your practice throughout the course.

    The course is accredited through ASCENTIS and offers up to 16 credits at level 3.
    Participants will be able to demonstrate:

    Ability to use a range of interpreting techniques and skills as appropriate to community interpreting.

    Ability to use intervention skills as appropriate to community interpreting.

    Understanding of the role of the community interpreter. Familiarity with the language used in some of the public services and ability to render these to the nearest equivalent in their own language.

    Awareness of professional issues including codes of ethics and codes of practice to which an interpreter is expected to work.
    Knowledge and awareness of cultural and racial implications of their work.
    Research skills to gain basic information about services where community interpreters are needed.
    Awareness of the means by which a community interpreter may gain employment.

  • What will it be like?


    The course uses teaching and learning methodology which involve the participants in exploring their own experiences and the needs of their own communities. Methods used are group work, pair work, role play, case studies, presentations from tutor and visiting speakers, workshops for the assignments.There is a considerable amount of research which participants are expected to undertake during the course.
    - ongoing assessment by tutor and peers
    - portfolio of evidence assessed by tutor and language assessors - taped evidence of role plays.
    Successful completion of all modes of the course will result in the award of the Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting.

  • What else do I need to buy or do?


    Students will need to provide a folder which will contain the work to be presented for final assessment. Students will also have to provide evidence of research into services available to their own communities which will take the form of directories etc. Confidence with using the internet for research and Word to present work elctronically would be a definite advantage.
    Students will be expected to complete project work at home as part of the course accreditation. This amounts to approximately 10 hours of home study per week.

  • What could it lead to?

    Successful students will be invited to attend a recruitment fair to find voluntary/ paid interpreting work. Students can also take further courses to develop their skills such as telephone interpreting and managing complex cases. See the prospectus for more details or speak to your tutor.

Available Courses

Community Interpreting Level 3 Certificate (Ascentis)

This nationally recognised qualification is for people who are fluent in English and another language. Applicants must have some experience, paid or unpaid, of interpreting in a public sector context in the UK. Some of this experience should be with people not previously personally known to the applicant. Participants have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed to work as a community interpreter including the role of the interpreter, professional conduct and codes of practice and knowledge of the sectors within which they will be working - Housing, Health, Education, Immigration, Benefits and Social Services. Entry is by written application and interview only. Lower fees may be available for students aged 23 and under. Right click to choose where you wish to save the application form and brochure: Information Flyer Application Form FAQ Advanced Learner Loan Information Leaflet

25 April 2023 – 11 July 2023
Tuesday, 10:30 to 17:30
Course Code:311L
£724 / £724
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
06 May 2023 – 22 July 2023
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 to 17:00
Course Code:314L
£724 / £724
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
20 September 2022 – 06 December 2022
Tuesday, 10:30 to 17:30
Course Code:309L
£724 / £724
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
17 January 2023 – 28 March 2023
Tuesday, 10:30 to 17:30
Course Code:310L
£724 / £724
11 Meetings
1 Rushworth St

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Telephone Interpreting in the Public Services - Online

A course suitable for those who have completed the Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting and are now working as interpreter. Interpreting over the telephone is becoming increasingly common in the public services and can be an interesting and convenient way to work as an interpreter. However, it does present additional challenges which interpreters may not have been previously trained for. This very practice focused course will enable you to develop your skills and confidence in this area through role plays, observation and discussion. Please note to get full benefit from these role plays it may be necessary for you to come with a language partner for some sections of the course, if there is not already someone you could be paired with please see the full course description for more details. If you cannot download the application form, please contact: interpreting@marywardcentre.ac.uk Download Application Form

11 March 2023 – 18 March 2023
Saturday, 10:00 to 17:00
Course Code:321CS
£111 / £39
2 Meetings
Online Course
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01 July 2023 – 08 July 2023
Saturday, 10:00 to 17:00
Course Code:322CS
£111 / £39
2 Meetings
Online Course
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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 contact the Centre for further information. FAQ

06 May 2023 – 22 July 2023
Saturday & Sunday, 13:30 to 17:30
Course Code:308
£341 / £95 / £0
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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24 September 2022 – 10 December 2022
Saturday, 13:30 to 17:30
Course Code:306
£341 / £95 / £0
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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21 January 2023 – 01 April 2023
Saturday & Sunday, 13:30 to 17:30
Course Code:307
£341 / £95 / £0
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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Understanding Community Interpreting Level 1(Ascentis)

An introduction to the work of a community interpreter and advice on gaining essential voluntary experience to enable progression to higher level courses. This course is suitable for those with little or no interpreting experience or who wish to find out more about this area of work. Entry is by written application and interview only. Right click to choose where you wish to save the application form and brochure: Information Leaflet Application Form FAQ

08 May 2023 – 03 July 2023
Monday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:302
£207 / £90 / £0
8 Meetings
42 Queen Square
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13 May 2023 – 08 July 2023
Saturday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:305
£207 / £90 / £0
8 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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17 October 2022 – 05 December 2022
Monday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:300
£207 / £90 / £0
8 Meetings
42 Queen Square
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22 October 2022 – 10 December 2022
Saturday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:303
£207 / £90 / £0
8 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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30 January 2023 – 20 March 2023
Monday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:301
£207 / £90 / £0
8 Meetings
42 Queen Square
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04 February 2023 – 25 March 2023
Saturday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:304
£207 / £90 / £0
8 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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