Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting

Ref: C2418802

This qualification equips students, with high levels of language skills in both their first language and English, to undertake interpreting work in the community at a basic level of two way communication. Students will learn how to select and prepare for interpreting assignments, develop an understanding of the sectors within which they may work, improve their sight translation and practise and develop their own performance as an interpreter.

Additional information about this course

Students will have to attend a pre enrolment session. Students will have to fund the course themselves or research funding options.

Course aim

The course aims to prepare people to work as an interpreter in community settings.

Who is the course for?

• Those who have an interest in and awareness of the role of an interpreter • Those who have undertaken some work in this area and wish to develop their skills • Those who wish to acquire formal qualifications to enable them to gain employment or move on to higher qualifications • You must have an interest in working with different linguistic groups in the community • You must be fluent in written and spoken English to at least Level 2 and fluent in at least one other language • You will need to talk to a member of staff and do a short activity to make sure that the course is right for you. For more information and to book an appointment please call 0300 303 3464 Students will need an initial assessment before they can enrol online.

What topics will this course cover

The role of the Community Interpreter; the principles, skills and boundaries. Cultural Awareness, Public Service Terminology, Techniques, Research Skills, Code of Ethics and Code of Practice, Public Service, Voluntary Organisations and Agency Knowledge • You will take part in a range of different activities with your tutor and the other students in your class • Activities may include tutor presentation, small group work, working in pairs, class discussions, short tasks and research • You will be expected to carry out a range of written and research tasks in your own time

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

1. Analyse the role and responsibilities of a professional community interpreter 2. Explain some of the local public and voluntary services available and how they can be accessed by members of the linguistic community 3. Interpret accurately in a range of public service contexts 4. Accurately interpret a wide range of public service terms into a community language giving explanations where necessary 5. Explain some of the challenges which may be faced by a professional community interpreter

How will I know I'm making progress?

• Throughout the course you will complete tasks either individually or in groups, with the tutor giving verbal and written feedback • There will be regular homework tasks which you will present to the tutor and the language assessor for feedback throughout the course to agreed deadlines • An assignment file will be submitted for final assessment and you will be given detailed written feedback

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

• As a student on this course you may be able to access Adult Learning Loans to help pay the course fee. • Please bring a pen, file and paper • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet for research (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Reading and information sources

• Your tutor will provide you with a list of relevant websites and other information sources once on the course

What could the course lead to?

• You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information www.pearl.ac.uk • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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