Interpreting Foundations

Upcoming classes:
4 September 2021 - 5 June 2022 (weekends)
Face-to-face
Wimbledon, London
Applications open now
At a glance:
  • Level 6 (RQF)
  • 1 year
  • 1 weekend/month
  • Open to deaf and hearing
  • London venue
  • Leads to TSLI/TSLT
  • £2,500 (inc VAT and exam fees)
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Course Content

Course Content


The aim of this course is to give you the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills to work as a professional sign language interpreter. You will achieve the Signature Level 6 Certificate in British Sign Language (RQF) qualification. You will be able to progress directly on to the Signature Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting and Translation (RQF) course upon completion. This course is aimed at deaf and hearing people who would like to start training as a professional sign language interpreter or translator. You must have completed the Level 3 Certificate in BSL qualification before starting this course. We have developed this course based on our extensive experience in the interpreting, translation and training fields. The course is made up of 240 hours of guided and independent learning spread over 1 year. This course will take you from little or no knowledge of sign language interpreting to begin professional training towards Registered Sign Language Interpreter (RSLI) or Registered Sign Language Translator (RSLT) status. You may be able to register as a Trainee Sign Language Interpreter (TSLI) or Trainee Sign Language Translator (TSLT) at the end of this course (subject to you also meeting all other requirements set out by the NRCPD). The course is delivered in an informal and relaxed environment and your teacher will use a variety of teaching and learning methods to cater for all learning styles and to meet the needs of all learners. The course is designed to be fun, engaging and meaningful and will give you the opportunity to practise your BSL and interpreting skills by means of group work, pair work, role-plays, games, presentations and discussions. The course is made up of 120 hours of guided learning hours and 120 hours of structured independent study (total 240 hours). The guided learning sessions are divided into 10x 12- hour sessions over a weekend once a month over 10 months. This is followed by an additional 12 hours of structured independent study per month, which is completed through our e-learning platform.




Assessment


  1. Informal one-to-one discussion in BSL (15 minutes)
  2. Informal group debate in BSL (15 minutes)
  3. Formal group meeting in BSL (15 minutes)
  4. Formal discussion in BSL (15 minutes)
  5. Formal presentation in BSL (15 minutes)
  6. BSL receptive skills exam (1 hour 30 minutes)
  7. 2-way face-to-face interpreting exam (20 minutes)




Year 1


In the first year, you will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas: Advanced British Sign Language You will develop your skills in British Sign Language from level 3 (B1) towards advanced level (C2). You will develop your productive and receptive skills, vocabulary and grammar. You will also study the history of BSL and deaf culture as well as contemporary issues in the British deaf community. The assessment for this module takes the form of 3x live observed BSL discussions, 1 externally marked presentation, 1 externally marked discussion and 1 receptive exam. You will achieve the Level 6 Certificate in BSL qualification upon completion of this module. Topics include: medicine, politics and the law, employment and finance, education, science and technology and media and society. Theoretical principles in interpreting and translation This module will introduce students to some of the key theoretical frameworks in interpreting and translation studies, including functionalist theories, ethical models and the role of the interpreter. It will introduce students to some of the current principles and issues in the public service interpreting profession, with a focus on signed language interpreting. Introduction to interpreting You will be introduced to the main interpreting theories in spoken and signed language interpreting. You will also study the history of the sign language interpreting profession. You will be introduced to consecutive interpreting and you will be taught interpreting techniques, including note-taking skills. You will practice both one-way and two-way interpreting between English and BSL. This module will also introduce you to some of the main domains that interpreters work in, including health, employment, education and community.





Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements


Entry Requirements:

  1. Native in your first language (L1) (English or BSL)
  2. Level 3 qualification in BSL (for hearing candidates only)
  3. Interview and aptitude test
You must also have a good level of literacy to be able to read and understand the course materials. Ideally, you will already be working or socialising with native signers on a regular basis.





Progression

Progression


After you have completed the Interpreting Foundations course, you can progress directly on to either the Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting or the Deaf Interpreter Development Programme, which both lead to Registered Sign Language Interpreter (RSLI). You will also be eligible for Associate Membership of the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (MASLI).





Dates/Times

Dates/Times


Interviews: 24-25 April 2021 Saturday 12:00-18:00 and Sunday 09:00-15:00 once a month 4-5 September 2021 2-3 October 2021 6-7 November 2021 4-5 December 2021 8-9 January 2022 5-6 February 2022 5-6 March 2022 2-3 April 2022 7-8 May 2022 4-5 June 2022





Fees

Fees


£2,500 Monthly: £250 x 10 months £250 deposit required to reserve your place.

Fees include VAT, awarding body assessment fees and additional benefits. Monthly Direct Debit payment plan comes as standard.

NB: our fees are always all-inclusive, so there are never any unexpected costs! Download Fees and Funding Guidance




Additional benefits


  • Professional supervision included
  • Access to therapeutic support from a qualified counsellor
  • Access to Moodle: online learning resources and e-portfolio
  • NRCPD TSLI and TSLT endorsement and supervision
  • Professional Development Series (a series of talks delivered by experienced interpreters with expertise in particular domains)
  • TOTUM student card (discounts in a wide range of shops)
  • A personalised Gmail account with full Google package and 1TB of cloud storage





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