You'll take this course to prepare for the Diploma in Police Interpreting (DPI) test, taken externally with the Institute of Linguists in November/December or June.
Classes have about 15-18 students. You'll work in groups, in pairs or individually and complete homework outside the class.
Your work will have two components: topic knowledge of English Law and Police procedures, and technique and practice for statement-taking, interpreting/translation. You'll also cover:
- Consecutive interpreting
- Technical translation
- Simultaneous interpreting
- Statement taking
- Sight translation.
The course is taught in English and you'll work with other students who might speak your language or a different language. During practicals you'll practise interpreting into your own language.
You'll need proficient speaking and writing skills in English and another language. Previous interpreting experience is recommended but not essential.
You need to take a written assessment in English before being accepted into the course. Please enrol and attend the assessment session relevant to your course. Find your assessment here.
There is a materials fee to cover handouts and for your translations to be marked by qualified external interpreters. The materials fee does not include your exam fee; you must enrol and pay for these through the Chartered Institute of Linguists.
When you've passed the DPI exam you can apply to join the National Register of Public Service Interpreters, the main database for court and police interpreters in England and Wales.
All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.
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