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Languages and writing 2
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Community Interpreting L3 Part 2 - Level 3


This course will introduce you to the skills you need to become a community interpreter. Once you've completed this course successfully you can progress onto Community Interpreting 2 - Level 3 to gain a qualification that's recognised by many public service organisations.

You'll cover:

  • Interpreting techniques and models
  • An interpreter's skills and qualities
  • Confidentiality and impartiality issues
  • An overview of public services
  • How to support interviews and the importance of pre-interviews
  • Role-plays to practise and strengthen your skills.

How do I get the qualification?

You have to complete the Community Interpreting Part 1 and part 2 in order to obtain a qualification.

Is there an exam?

No, there is no exam. You build a portfolio with assessments that you complete at home and during lesson times.

If I have past experience as an Interpreter or Translator, can I fast forward and complete Part 2 without completing part 1?

No. all candidates must complete Part 1 (9 assessments) before completing Part 2 (7 assessments, 1 formally assessed role-play and 2 glossaries and short translation into target language). It takes 6 months to complete the Community Interpreting qualification at STC.

Can I complete part 1 and Part 2 at the same time?

Unfortunately, no.

Which qualification do I get?

London Open College Network. There is a qualification fee Qualification fee of £100 that you pay at beginning of part 2.

When I finish, where do I work?

You work for private Agencies. Agencies will send you to work in Benefits, Health, Social Care, Immigration, Housing and Education cases. Tutors will provide with a list of London Interpreting Agencies.

What is the pay rate I will expect to earn?

Pay rate goes from £12 to £25 per hour approx.


You'll be assessed through nine written assignments and a final test. You need to complete these successfully to progress onto Community Interpreting 2 - Level 3.

Entry Requirements

You must be 18 or over and:

  • Be able to speak English fluently (equivalent to Cambridge First Certificate or ESOL Level 2)

  • Be able to read, write and speak fluently in your community language - most students are native speakers of this. The community languages accepted to study the course with us are: Arabic; Bengali; Bulgarian; Farsi; French; Greek; Hindi; Italian; Japanese; Mandarin; Polish; Portuguese; Russian; Spanish; Turkish; Urdu; Romanian; Somali.

You must attend an initial assessment and induction session before you enrol in any of the Community Interpreting 1 - Level 3 courses. Book your assessment here.


There is a final exam fee which you'll pay in addition to the course fee. Your tutor will talk to you about this when you start the 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.

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Where and when
Study mode:?
Part Time Day
What do I need to pay?
£ 255
International students: ?
£ 282
Materials fees: ?
£ 40

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.