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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
  • Who is it for?


    This course is for people who are fluent in English and a language spoken in one of the linguistic communities in the London area. Participants will normally be native speakers of another language.

    Participants are not expected to have any previous experience of Community Interpreting, but they may be interested in working in the field in the future.

    Participants will have been in the UK long enough to have gained a basic awareness of provision of British public services.

  • What does it cover?

    Students will be introduced to the work of community interpreters and the role they play within the community and public services. They will also look at what voluntary work in this field may entail and will be guided in finding a voluntary placement. Participants are not placed in a voluntary organisation but will be advised on how to find themselves a placement. Participants will also be introduced to general information on public services in the UK and some basic terminology related to them.
    Successful completion of the course involves a minimum of 80% attendance.
    Participants should be able to demonstrate:
    - awareness of the work of a community interpreter - awareness of the provision of public services in the local area - understanding of the dynamics of communities regarding access to public services - awareness of some basic terminology relating to public services - awareness of the difficulties regarding terminology which might arise when interpreting - ability to successfully relate to people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences - awareness of own achievement, evidence of attempts to find voluntary work.

  • What will it be like?


    Methods used include group work, pair work, case studies, presentations from the tutor and visiting speakers, learner presentations.
    - ongoing assessment by tutor - portfolio of evidence assessed by tutor - internal and external moderation for the accreditation

  • What else do I need to buy or do?



    Students will need to provide a folder which will contain the completed work to be presented for final assessment. There is homework set each week which students are expected to complete and which will form part of their final portfolio. We estimate about 2-3 hours a week will be necessary outside of the class.

  • What could it lead to?

    Initially voluntary work with a local linguistic minority community. If enough experience has been gained, students could progress onto the Ascentis Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting. There is no automatic progression to the level 3 once this course has been successfully completed. You may also be interested in taking an English Pronunciation course at the Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere.

Available Courses

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

16 October 2023 – 04 December 2023
Monday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:300
£228 / £90
8 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
21 October 2023 – 09 December 2023
Saturday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:303
£228 / £90
8 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
03 February 2024 – 23 March 2024
Saturday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:304
£228 / £90
8 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
05 February 2024 – 25 March 2024
Monday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:301
£228 / £90
8 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
11 May 2024 – 06 July 2024
Saturday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:305
£228 / £90
8 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
13 May 2024 – 08 July 2024
Monday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:302
£228 / £90
8 Meetings
High Street, Stratford

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Level 6 - Preparation for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) Law Option

The DPSI course is the next stage in professional accreditation as a public service interpreter, following on from the level 3 Certificate course. Successful completion of the exam with Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) will qualify you to work as an interpreter within legal settings and will give you further professional accreditation in other areas of interpreting. This course will prepare you to take the DPSI exam as an external candidate and will increase your chances of passing these demanding assessments. Entry to the course is by written application and interview. Please see full course description for more details. Application Form Advanced Learner Loan Information Leaflet FAQ

12 January 2024 – 07 June 2024
Friday, 10:30 to 15:30
Course Code:315L
£1035 / £1035
18 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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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

30 September 2023 – 16 December 2023
Saturday, 13:30 to 17:30
Course Code:306
£368 / £95 / £0
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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13 January 2024 – 23 March 2024
Saturday, 13:30 to 17:30
Course Code:307
£368 / £95 / £0
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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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

09 January 2024 – 26 March 2024
Tuesday, 10:30 to 17:30
Course Code:310L
£724 / £724
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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13 January 2024 – 23 March 2024
Saturday, 10:00 to 17:00
Course Code:313L
£724 / £724
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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23 April 2024 – 09 July 2024
Tuesday, 10:30 to 17:30
Course Code:311L
£724 / £724
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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27 April 2024 – 20 July 2024
Saturday, 10:00 to 17:00
Course Code:314L
£724 / £724
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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