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Community Interpreting Information, Guidance and Assessment Session - Part 1 - Level 3


Are you a Professional Interpreter and you would like a formal qualification? Or are you aspiring to get into this field? If so the Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting Qualification is perfect for you.

Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting is the minimum requirement for interpreters and one which is accepted throughout the industry for the majority of paid interpreting assignments. Once you have complete level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting you will be able to work directly with Language Service Providers. Community Interpreting courses are accredited, it is not possible to simply enrol on the course. You must attend an initial assessment and induction session before you enrol in any of the Community Interpreting Level 3 Part 1 courses. Please note that this is only for Tooting and Wandsworth based courses.

At the induction session you will find out more about Community Interpreting, will meet the course tutors and will have an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about working in this field. We will also undertake assessments to ensure that the course is at the right level for you. We aim to assess the fluency and accuracy of your written and spoken English. Following the induction session, we will then contact all applicants with the outcome.


We aim to assess the fluency and accuracy of your written English.

Entry Requirements

You must be 18 or over and be able to speak English fluently (equivalent to Cambridge First Certificate or ESOL Level 2)
Please bring a valid passport, UK birth certificate or a freedom pass to enrol on this assessment.



Next Steps

You can enrol on our Community Interpreting Level 3 part 1 course.

Important information

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.

Please note that only the weekday morning course allows concessions.

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Start DateStudy ModeCampus
  • 13 May 2019 Part Time DayWandsworth
    Where and when
    7 Weeks
    Study mode:?
    Part Time Day
    What do I need to pay?
    £ 185
    International students: ?
    £ 250
    Materials fees: ?
    £ 30
  • 25 Jun 2019 Part Time DayTooting
    Where and when
    1 Day
    Study mode:?
    Part Time Day
    What do I need to pay?
    £ 0
    International students: ?
    £ 0
    Materials fees: ?
    £ TBC

    You need to come to an advice session to apply. Contact 020 8918 7777 or to book.


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Fee reductions for adult short courses

 Cost of course by campus
Students who are:WandsworthTootingMerton
Receiving income-based benefits £40* £40* 50% discount**
Aged 60 or over
  • For courses costing £53 or over you'll receive 30% off
  • For courses costing less than £53, the fee will be reduced to £40*

* There is no reduction for courses costing less than £40 
** Non-accredited courses only (courses that don't lead to a certificate or qualification)

How to apply for reduced fees

Come to Student Services at any of our campuses with payment and proof of your age or benefit status.

Accepted proof of age:

  • Passport
  • Driving license

Accepted proof of benefits:

  • A benefits letter dated from the last two months

If you're unsure whether you're eligible for reduced fees email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or pop into Student Services. Check our opening times before making your journey.


CELTA courses

There are no discounts available for any of our CELTA courses. To find out more about CELTA email us at 

Leisure courses

You might be able to get a discount on some courses if:

  • You are 60+ years of age. You may have to pay for materials on some courses
  • If you're on income-based benefit. It's usually £37 each term. You may have to pay for materials on some courses. There is no College registration fee for leisure courses.

    Please bring proof of your benefit status that is less than two months old when you enrol.

Qualification courses

Aged 16-18

You don't have to pay tuition or exam costs but you may have to pay for materials on some courses.

Please note that if you're applying for a reduced fee, your benefit evidence needs to be no older than two months.
Aged 19 or older not on benefits

You will have to pay tuition and exam costs and you may have to pay for materials on some courses.

Aged 19 or older on 'Active Benefits' eg Jobseekers Allowance

You don't have to pay tuition or exam costs but you may have to pay for materials on some courses. Please note that JSA signing on books are not accepted as proof of benefits for a reduced fee.

Aged 19 or older on other benefits eg income support

You may get a discount depending on the type or level of education you've done already. You may have to pay for materials on some courses.

New government funding for 24 and older!!

If you are taking a Level 3 or 4 course, you may be able to get a government loan to cover your course. Find out more here.

There is a College registration fee of £30 but only if you are on a qualification course that is not 'full cost'. You don't pay it if you're 18 or younger or on Active Benefits.


For CELTA courses

Apply for CELTA courses using the application form here. If you're applying for the CELTA taster day you'll need to follow the steps below to enrol.

For courses not leading to a qualification

You can enrol anytime between now and the start of your course using our enrolment form.

In person: Bring your completed form to any of our centres Monday to Thursday: 8.45am-7.00pm (10-4 during College holidays) Friday: 8.45am-4.00pm or Saturday 9.00am-1.00pm with:

  • Evidence of benefits or age(if you are applying for a reduced fee)
  • Payment (cash, cheque, credit or debit card)

By post (only if paying full fee): Send the enrolment form with a cheque or the credit card information completed to:

College Enquiry Unit, South Thames College, Merton Campus, FREEPOST CN2701, London Road, Morden Surrey, SM4 5QX

Please do not send cash in the post. Cheques should be made payable to: South Thames College Corporation. Please note we don't accept Electron or American Express cards.

By phone (only if paying full fee): Call us Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm on 020 8918 7777 with your credit or debit card to hand. You will soon be able to pay online too.


Language courses - choosing the right level


Short courses for absolute beginners.

Stage 1

You need a basic knowledge of the language.

Stage 2

You may have studied for 1-2 years and can hold a basic conversation, read and write simple sentences and express yourself in more than one tense.

Stage 3

You may have studied the language for 2-3 years and can take part in a conversation, express opinion, write and understand formal and informal written pieces and express yourself in the past, present and future tense.

Stages 4, 5 and 6

You’ve studied the language for 3-5 years and are confident in a wide range of tenses and expressions.


Advanced Learner Loan

If you're 19 or older at the start of this course and you've lived in the UK for 3 or more years, you could get a loan to help with your tuition fees. It's not means-tested, and you won't need to pay it back until you've finished your course and earn over £21,000 a year.

If you get an Advanced Learner Loan to study an Access course then go on to complete a HE course, your loan repayments will be wiped off.

The amount you'll receive depends on the course and tuition fees. The minimum is £300.

How to apply

You can apply for this loan once you've got a place on the course. After you've accepted your place we'll send you a learning and funding information letter which you need to complete your loan application. You can do this online on the website.

For full details about the loan and eligibility, see the UK government website.