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Frequently asked questions

Who is it for?

The Diploma in Translation (Dip Trans) courses from French into English are for you if:

I don’t live in the UK. Can I take this course?

Yes. Every year we have students from the USA, Canada, Australia and Continental Europe.

What are the entry requirements for the Diploma in Translation examination?

The Diploma in Translation examination is open to all but candidates are advised to ensure prior to registering that their level of linguistic attainment in the source language is at least equivalent to a good university degree.  They should have at least one of the following: a degree in the source language (or a combined degree where that language is examined at final degree level) or extensive knowledge of the source language gained from substantial and consistent use of the language in a professional capacity, or through having studied the particular language to effective operational proficiency.

Will I get a diploma at the end of the course?

Not from us. This course supports students in their preparation for the Diploma in Translation but cannot guarantee that candidates will be successful. These courses are set at level 5 whereas the Dip Trans is set at level 7. Students may pass the course and still fail the Dip Trans examination.

When I enrol on this course am I automatically registered for the examination?

No. You will need to contact the Chartered Institute of Linguists between 1 May and 31 July in the year preceding the January examinations. Please visit their website:

Am I eligible for a reduced fee?

Students resident in the UK may be eligible for financial support as outlined on this web page:

Can I pay the course fee in another currency instead of GB Pounds?

No. If you pay by credit card, then your card will convert your currency to GB Pounds for you. If you pay by cheque, though, make sure that it is in GB Pounds.

How do I enrol on the first module?

Students are asked to fill an online application form before enrolling that includes a request for a 200-250 word paragraph with information about background and/ or qualifications related to French, any experience of translation and reasons for wishing to do the course. There is a link to the form on the course description page.

Should I do both modules?

If you are an experienced translator, it is likely that Module 1 will not be essential for you. Conversely, if you have little experience of translation or haven’t practised for a few years then we would recommend that you enrol on both modules and start with Module 1 in April.

How will I study?

This distance learning course is entirely based on the Internet. Course materials are accessed via our on-line learning platform called “Learning Central”. Communication is supported by e-mail throughout the course.

Both modules are organised around a series of tasks and texts to translate and for each of them students are provided with a clear outline of what is required. They then receive personalised feedback from their tutor.

Is the course accredited?

Yes, each module is at undergraduate level 2 or CQFW 5, and successful students are awarded 30 credits. Module 1 is assessed through 5 submitted translations. Module 2 has 8 pieces and all are marked but only pieces 5 to 8 are graded and count towards the final mark. At the end of the course, you will receive an overall percentage from your tutor, which will be provisional until confirmed at the Examination Board. Only then will your credits be awarded.

Will the 30 credits of this course count towards my degree? What if I am a student in a non-UK University?

The credits of this course can be used towards a qualification at other Higher Education institutions and/or Higher Education Lifelong Learning institutions in the UK but the final say rests with the institution you are applying to. This would also be the case when applying to universities or other Higher Education Institutions abroad.

What equipment will I need?

A computer connected to the Internet.

What can I do if my question has not been answered by the F.A.Q.?

If your question is not addressed here you can e-mail the course tutor at