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.
- 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?
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.
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.
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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