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Public Service Interpreting – Health

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 30 Credits.

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This course is designed to support bilingual students in the development of the skills, knowledge and understanding required to work as public service interpreters in health settings and in their preparation for the Health pathway of the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) examination run by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for bilingual students who have successfully completed the Introduction to Public Service Interpreting module or have experience of working as Public Service Interpreters and are interested in sitting the DPSI examination in the Health pathway. Their level of English and their other language should be such that they can write a 250 word text without any grammatical or spelling mistakes and understand newspaper articles on health topics. We offer two English support modules for students who need support in reaching this requirement. Students should also be able to use our IT facilities as the courses rely on the Virtual Learning Environment we call “Blackboard” for announcements from the tutor and access to resources and information. Students should also be familiar with the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) and the DPSI examination. This is a specialised course designed to cover in more depth and further develop the topics taught in the “Introduction to Public Service Interpreting” module and we strongly recommend that students who are new to interpreting complete the introductory module before enrolling in this module.

Learning and Teaching

Coursework and Assessment

The main methods of assessment will be written class tests on terminology and the impartial model of public service interpreting, role plays to demonstrate the skills tested in the DPSI examination and bilingual oral tests.

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.

You will not have formal examinations but you will have class tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.

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.

Reading suggestions

The Institute of Linguists’ web pages ( and particularly the resources related to the DPSI (Diploma in Public Service Interpreting) and the NRPSI (National Register of Public Service Interpreters) ( News articles on Health related topics

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.