Certificate in Community Interpreting

Ref: C3742446

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.

Course aim

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

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464
  • 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

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

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

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Activities may include tutor presentation, small group work, working in pairs, class discussions, short tasks and research

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Please bring a pen, file and paper

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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

What can I do next?

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Certificate in Community Interpreting


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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