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First Steps to Public Service Interpreting

Level 3, 10 Credits.

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This course will give students an overview of the, knowledge, skills and understanding required of a public service interpreter and of practical issues associated with working as a public service interpreter in the UK. It will include basic interpreting skills and terminology, professional conduct, continuing professional development and working on a freelance basis.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for bilingual students working or interested in working as Public Service Interpreters.

Learning and Teaching

Coursework and Assessment

Students will be guided to use the Virtual Learning Environment we call “Blackboard” to access a wide range of resources and undertake relevant reading and research. They will be expected to spend around four hours in preparation for each hour in class. This will include researching terminology that will be included in written tests and used in practical work (e.g. role plays).

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 are particularly useful, the resources related to the DPSI (Diploma in Public Service Interpreting) (

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.