Understanding the Role of a Community Interpreter

Ref: C3680673

On this course you will learn more about the work of the community interpreter. You will develop your knowledge of public service provision in your local area and the terminology used in different settings. After successfully completing this course, you could progress to an accredited level 2 course.

Course aim

This level 1 course provides an introduction to community interpreting for speakers of other languages. In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge you need to progress to a level 2 accredited course in community interpreting.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This level 1 course is for bilingual students who are interested in a career in community interpreting or want to find out more about the community interpreter role.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the settings in which a community interpreter works
  • Discuss how local communities access public services
  • Recognise basic public service terminology and the language difficulties which may arise in a community interpreting situation
  • List some key differences in public service provision between the UK and another country
  • Identify progression routes within the Community Interpreting Pathway

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

To take part in this course, you need to speak English and an additional language. All learning materials will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Understanding the Role of a Community Interpreter


This course is funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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