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High Level Translation Spanish to English Run up to the Examination

Level 5, 30 Credits.

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We strongly recommend that prior to enrolling on this course, you complete this application form that enables you to submit a paragraph outlining any qualifications, translation experience and personal aims so as to receive advice from the tutor regarding whether this course would meet your requirements.


This module is the second of the two designed primarily for students who require an intensive, highly practical run-up to the examinations set by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) for the Diploma in Translation (DipTrans). The objective is to develop your skill and speed in applying specific translation techniques and to provide regular practice on representative source texts, so that you are trained to translate to a professional standard under examination conditions.

This second module runs for 16 weeks from September to January, with a pause for the Christmas holidays, to provide intensive practice right up to the examination date focusing specifically on examination papers.

Who is this course for?

The course is designed for students for whom English is their mother tongue or has been their language of habitual use for over 10 years, and are graduates (or equivalent) of Spanish.

The Diploma in Translation examination is open to all but the CIoL advises candidates 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 recommend that candidates should have 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.

Learning and Teaching

You will be asked to translate 8 texts. For each of them, the Tutor will give you feedback and advice on how to improve your translation technique.

All of the source texts are past papers from actual CIoL examinations.  Although annotations have disappeared from the exam itself, students will be invited to submit annotations with their translations, as a way of discussing with the Tutor the difficulties they may have encountered in translating the Source Text (ST), as well as the solutions they have considered and deployed.

Coursework and Assessment

Completed translations are sent every fortnight to the Cardiff University virtual learning platform Learning Central (Blackboard), where they are read and marked in detail according to the criteria from the “Diploma in Translation Marking Guidelines”.  Comments and suggestions will aim to help you to progress towards bringing your work into line with the demands of the rigorous CIoL standard.

For us, the most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects. This course bears 30 credits; this is not sufficient to gain a qualification from Cardiff University.

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Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.