Can You Speak More Than One Language?


Turn your language skills into a career.

There is a national shortage of interpreters in more than 150 languages, and you might already have the skills you need to increase your earning potential. As a qualified interpreter you could be earning £29 per hour.

How do I become a qualified Interpreter?

By acquiring the ISL Level 6 Diploma in Community Interpreting you can become a full member of National Register of Public Sector Interpreters (NRPSI). This qualifies you for the highest level work with major Government organisations like the Ministry of Justice, Police and NHS in the UK.

By responding before the 19th May 2017, you can get the first module of this qualification, usually priced at £143.40, for just £19.99 – a saving of  over 80%!

Simply complete your details below or contact a member of our team on 0800 757 3475.

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The complete qualification is made up of 10 modules.

Detailed Course Description

What are the benefits?

The benefits of the qualification include:

  • Nationally recognised qualification, regulated and accredited by Ofqual
  • Meets the National Register of Public Service interpreters (NRPSI) requirements for Full status
  • Recognised and accepted by the Ministry of Justice
  • Access to the best paid interpreter assignments
  • Use the title ‘DCI’ after your name
  • Professional membership with the International School of Linguists
  • Exemptions for part DPSI or DPI qualifications

When can I start? You can start the process today by completing the sign up process, including completing an application form and English tests. Once completed, you could start the qualification within hours.

How long does it take? This qualification at Level 6 takes between 260 and 435 guided learning hours in total. The average length of time taken is 6-12 months.

Are there any requirements? To successfully join this course, you need to have native speaker competence in English and in your ‘other’ language. (NOTE: This will be tested as part of the application process and throughout the course, you do not need to have an English qualification to apply.)

What do i need to be able to complete this course?

  • Access to the internet
  • A Skype account
  • Access to a desktop computer or laptop. (Skype assessments don’t work on smart devices)
  • A webcam
  • A microphone/sound card for the computer, if it isn’t already installed

How many credits is the qualification worth? A minimum of 40 credits is required to pass the qualification.

What will I study? The course is made up of the following Units:

  • Consecutive Interpreting
  • Simultaneous Interpreting
  • Sight Translation
  • Ethics for Interpreters
  • Continuous Professional Development for Interpreters
  • Interpreting Technology
  • Interpreting in Court Settings 
  • Interpreting in Police Settings
  • Specialisation: Interpreting in the Prison/Probation Service
  • Supporting Interpreting Through Draft Written Translations From and Into English

What support will I have?

  • Personalised Individual Learning Plan
  • Career Guidance
  • High quality course online course materials
  • Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
  • Access to regular webinars and workshops
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from your assigned, qualified Assessor

How will you assess me? The Level 6 Certificate in Community Interpreting is a vocational qualification, which means that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments including:

  • Consecutive Interpreting to and from English in your specialist environments.
  • Simultaneous Interpreting to and from English in your specialist environments.
  • Sight translation to and from English in your specialist environments.
  • Written translation to and from English in your specialist environments.

Can I apply for funding or discounts? To make our qualifications as accessible as possible, all of our students can choose to pay by interest free instalments, meaning you can earn as you learn. For information on funding and discounts, please click here.

How do I apply? You can get started with your qualification today by completing the contact form below. One of our team of experts will call you back to give you further details and tell you what is next.

  • Module Price: £143.40 (incl. VAT)
  • Distance and Blended Learning
  • Approx 6 months to complete
  • Accredited Qualification
  • Free access to ISL ‘How to run a Successful Freelance Business’ suite of courses worth £160

Is this a nationally recognised qualification? Yes, the Level 6 course is accredited by Training Qualifications UK (TQUK) and registered on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) with Ofqual. The Qualification Accreditation Number (QAN) is 601/8645/8.

What is the registration process? At ISL, we want to be confident that everyone who is accepted onto our qualification has the right skill, knowledge and ability to be able to successfully complete the learning experience. There are also certain things we need to do to be able to register you onto a nationally recognised qualification. The first step in the process is to reserve your place, by completing the sign up form here. You will then be asked to complete the full application process. If you have questions about the course that are not answered above, please consult our list of FAQ’s by clicking here.

 Are you a student with ISL? Apply for a NUS extra card here.