You'll take this course to prepare for the Chartered Institute of Linguists Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) exam, taken externally in June each year.
Your work will have two components: topic knowledge of English law and police procedures, and techniques and practice of consecutive and simultaneous interpreting. You must be able to work independently as no specific language tuition is available.
You'll cover the following:
- Introduction to English Law
- Police charge and detention procedures
- Topics of civil and criminal law
- Visits to magistrates' court and Crown courts
- Practice of consecutive, simultaneous interpreting
- Statement taking
- Sight translation and written translation, with a language partner or another language class mate (English into other language).
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.
Your tutor will provide guidance and formative assessment throughout your course and you'll undertake self-evaluation and peer evaluation where suitable.
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 (CIoL). Find out more about the exam fees and dates on the CIoL website.
When you've passed the DPSI exam you can register with the National Register of Public Service Interpreters.
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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