Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting

download course brochureAre you a Professional Interpreter and you would like a formal qualification? Or do you already hold a Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting Qualification and are looking to develop further and work towards accepting more complex assignments?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to these questions, the Level 4 Certificate in community Interpreting is a perfect fit.

The Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting is designed for interpreters who already have 50 or more hours of interpreting experience and are looking to further develop their specialisms and learn how to operate successfully as a freelancer. It is ideal for interpreters who are wishing to work toward higher level interpreting assignments such as legal interpreting or gain experience that will help gain a higher level interpreting qualification like the DPSI .

Upon completion of your Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting you will be able to work directly with clients who require interpreters or for Language Service Providers who will find assignments on your behalf, both in person or on the telephone from the comfort of your own home.

The Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting will support you to develop your knowledge and skills as a professional, competent interpreter in public services.  You can also focus your professional practice by choosing from a range of public services in which to specialise, meaning that you will be more attractive to Language Service providers and employers in the industry.

You will develop not only a detailed understanding of how to interpret in various situations, but also a thorough understanding of professional practice and the current debates in the specialist areas you choose. The course gives you the opportunity to develop your consecutive, simultaneous and telephone interpreting skills as well as providing you with the knowledge you need to run a successful freelance business.

The course has a 14 day money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied – another reason to sign up today and begin the next stage of your career.

Description

What jobs will I be able to do?

  • Face to Face interpreter
  • Telephone Interpreter

In these roles, you could earn between £30 and £60 per hour (source: http://www.prospects.ac.uk).

When can I start?

You can start the process today by filing in the sign up form below. Once completed, you can start the qualification within days.  

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 6-8 months, but you can complete it quicker if you already have skills, knowledge and experience of interpreting.

Are there any requirements?

To successfully join this course, you need to have native speaker competence in your target language and as a minimum you must have Level 4 competence in all areas of your English language (level C1 on the Common European Framework, level 6.5 to 7.7 IELTS) and Level 5 language competence (level C2 on the Common European Framework, level 8.0 to 9.0 IELTS) in your first language.

What will I learn?

The Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting will teach you how to develop your interpreting and specialism skills and knowledge so that you can develop into a more professional and competent interpreter. It includes units on two way interpreting, translation and professional development alongside specialisms including health, immigration and the Criminal Justice System, and business knowledge.

How many credits is the qualification worth?

A minimum of 23 credits is required to pass the qualification.

Unit breakdown

Group A: Mandatory units

Unit A1:  Interpret Two Way

Unit A2: Sight Translation from and into English

Unit A3: Professional Development in Community Interpreting

Group B: Optional units

Unit B1:  Working as a Community Interpreter within Educational Settings

Unit B2:  Working as a Community Interpreter within the Health Service

Unit B3:  Working as a Community Interpreter within Mental Health Services

Unit B4:  Working as a Community Interpreter within Social Services

Unit B5:  Working as a Community Interpreter within Immigration Services

Unit B6:  Working as a Community Interpreter within Housing Services

Unit B7:  Working as a Community Interpreter within the Welfare Benefits System

Unit B8:  Working as a Community Interpreter within the Criminal Justice System

Group C: Optional units

Unit C1:   Telephone Interpreting

Unit C2:   Community Interpreting Research Unit

Unit C3:  Mentoring in Community Interpreting

Unit C4:  Essential Enterprise Know How

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
  • Affiliate Membership with ISL
  • Access to regular webinars and workshops
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from you assigned, qualified Assessor

How will you assess me?

The Level 4 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 which could include observation, conversation, answering questions, collecting evidence or submitting assignments.

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 installments, 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 sign up form below. One of our team of experts will call you back to give you further details and tell you what is next.

  • 30 day money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied
  • Course Fee: £795 (payable in interest free instalments by request) 
  • Distance and Blended Learning
  • Approx. 6 months to complete
  • Accredited Qualification

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.

In total, there are 6 steps in the registration process, which are pictured below. At each step in the process we will give you clear instructions about where you are and what you need to do next and you can ask us questions whenever you feel the need to make the process as simple as possible.

The first step in the process is to register your interest, by filling in the form at the bottom of this page.

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If you have questions about the course that are not answered above, please consult our list of FAQ’s by clicking here.

Sign Up and Information

If you are bilingual, or fluent in a second language, and are interested in achieving this qualification, you can sign up today by clicking here and pressing the ‘Get started now’ button.

 

Experienced – Accredited Courses

These courses are aimed at practicing interpreters who already have an entry level qualification and want to improve their skills to start taking on more complex assignments. The courses are run by Leeds Metropolitan University and are distance learning so you will complete online courses, then  submit assignments to be marked by Leeds Met. tutors.

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Level 4 Certificate in Public Service InterpretingAscentis Awarding Organisation The Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting will support you to develop your knowledge and skills as a professional, competent interpreter in public services.You can also focus your professional practice by choosing from a range of public services in which to specialise, meaning that you will be more attractive to Language Service providers and employers in the industry.You will develop not only a detailed understanding of how to interpret in various situations, but also a thorough understanding of professional practice and the current debates in the specialist areas you choose.The course gives you the opportunity to develop your consecutive, simultaneous and telephone interpreting skills as well as providing you with the knowledge you need to run a successful freelance business.

 

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6 months (average)  £795 Distance and Blended Learning

Experienced – Core Knowledge

These courses cover essential knowledge which you need to be aware of when working as a professional linguist. These courses are the same as the ones which appear under the ‘Introductory’ level, as they are applicable to all levels of linguist.

You can view more information on any of the courses below by clicking on the course name.

Course Name

Course Description Length Price

Format

Safeguarding Vulnerable People Explains the safeguarding issues which are likely to impact linguists and what actions to take when necessary.Learn more 3hrs £30.00 Online
Health and Safety for Interpreters Provides health and safety advice which promotes a safe working environment and means professional linguists do not risk their health.Learn more 3hrs £30.00 Online
Wellbeing Examines dangers to the wellbeing of linguists, how to recognise these dangers and where to seek help and support.Learn more 2hrs  £Free Online
Equality and Diversity A look at the meaning and importance of equality and diversity in the workplace, specifically in relation to linguist rights and responsibilities.Learn more  3hrs  £30.00 Online
Data Protection and Confidentiality Describes common data protection and confidentiality issues, legislation and good practice to help linguists remain compliant.Learn more  3hrs  £30.00 Online

Experienced – Business Skills Builder for Linguists

The experienced business skills courses build on the knowledge provided in the introductory knowledge so that you have a fuller understanding of how to effectively manage your own business, including how to diversify and sell your product.

The experienced business skills courses can be completed individually as stand alone courses or at a discounted rate as a set of five.

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Course Name Course Description Length Price Format
Selling Skills This course teaches the key aspects to selling including communication skills and common sales models. It gives advice so that you can evaluate your marketing strategy and activities to help analyse the components of your sales approach. 

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10hrs £40.00 Online
Time and Stress Management This course helps you to identify your main stressors and analyse how you spend your time, enabling you to effectively manage your time and relieve your stress. 

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10hrs £40.00 Online
Further Planning Skills This course teaches you how to identify the components of a business plan so that you can assemble your own which will include options to expand and diversify. 

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10hrs  £40.00 Online
Dealing with Tax and National Insurance This course helps you to identify the types of tax and National Insurance you need to pay; the records you need to keep and guides you through completing a tax return. 

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 10hrs  £40.00 Online
Financial Management Skills This course will give you the practical skills to be able to take financial control of your business and review your financial health. 

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 10hrs  £40.00 Online
Business Skills  Builder for Linguists Set All five of the courses above at a discounted rate. The complete skills builder for linguists are already running a business and wish to diversify. 

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50hrs £160.00 Online

 

Suunto Brand Awareness

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Overview

Who is it for?

If you are a translator and you want to work with an exciting and innovative company like Suunto, this course will teach you what you need to know to get started. It has been created in collaboration with experts at Suunto and teaches translators about who Suunto are, the products they offer, their different customers and how to communicate in the Suunto tone of voice.

What jobs will I be able to do?

  • Freelance Translator on thebigword Suunto project.

In this role, you could earn between £30 and £60 per hour

Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today.

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 1.5 hours.

Are there any requirements?

This custom course is only accessible to linguists working with thebigword on the Suunto project. If you are a translator who wants to be considered for this project please apply online using this link or Call: +44 (0)113 210 7060 or +44 (0)113 210 7735

You will require is an internet connection and basic computer skills.

What will I learn?

Who Suunto are, the products they offer, their different customers and how to communicate in the Suunto tone of voice. It includes examples of real Suunto communications and allows you to practise your skills.

Course breakdown

Section 1: About Suunto

Section 2: Suunto Customer Groups

Section 3: Suunto Products and Services

Section 4: Suunto Translations

Section 5: Knowledge Review

How will you assess me?

The Suunto Brand Awareness course has a knowledge review at the end of the course to check what you have learned. You can revisit part or all of the course at any time once you have completed it.

What will I get?

Once you have completed the course you will be able to download a certificate of achievement.

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Vocational Diploma in Public Service Interpreting

What is it? Developed in collaboration with Leeds Metropolitan University, this course is the follow on course from the Vocational Certificate in Interpreting

Who is it for? All linguists

What is the benefit? Achieve an interpreting qualification to a  Professional Diploma

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Iraq Historical Allegations

Iraqi Historical Allegations resizedWhat is it? Prepared for the Ministry of Defence. Combination of torture and mental health background information and core interpreter behaviours to train interpreters who will be interpreting for Iraqi POW’s. This course is to desensitise and prepare interpreters.

Who is it for? Interpreters working for the Iraq historical allegations trials in Turkey.

What is the benefit? Interpreters are prepared for what they will hear at the trials which means they will be able to offer a more professional service.

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New York Department of Education Interpreter Preparation

New York City Department Of Education Interpreter Preparation resizedWhat is it? Created in collaboration with the New York Department of Education. A course to introduce interpreters to the types of assignment they will be working with, equipment they will be using and how to complete the assignment.

Who is it for? New York Department of Education have requested that all interpreters who work with them have gone through this training

What is the benefit? Access to carry out thebigword DoE assignments

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Home Office Interpreter Preparation

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Overview

Who is it for?

The course ‘Home Office Interpreter Preparation’, created in collaboration with the Home Office, is designed for linguists providing telephone or face to face interpreting for the Home Office. It talks you through typical scenario’s you may face during Home Office assignments and essential preparation activities.

What job is this course applicable to?

  • Freelance face to face Interpreter
  • Freelance Telephone (Over the Phone) Interpreter

Working with clients such as:

  • Department of Work and pensions (DWP)

In this role, you could earn between £30 and £60 per hour

 

Description

When can I start?

You can start the course today.

What is the cost?

The course is priced at £30.

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 2 hours.

Are there any requirements?

You will require is an internet connection and basic computer skills.

What will I learn?

This is a course designed to introduce interpreters to the challenges of working with the Home Office and how to behave professionally in those circumstances. Covering Asylum Screening Unit, Crime and Enforcement and Asylum Interview.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

o    Explain who the Home Office are and what they do

o    List the stages of the Asylum Screening Process

o    Identify where interpreters are involved with the Home Office

o    Describe the Home Office Interpreter Process

o    Explain the Home Office expectations of interpreters

o    Practise questions which you will need to ask as part of the Asylum Screening Process

o    Identify key challenges involved in interpreting for the Home Offic

 

How will you assess me?

The Home Office interpreter Preparation course has a knowledge review at the end of the course to check what you have learned. You can revisit part, or all, of the course at any time once you have completed it.

What will I get?

Once you have completed the course you will be able to download a certificate of achievement.

How do I get started?

Click on the ‘register/login’ link to begin. If this is your first visit, you can register and set up a new, free, account. If you have studied with us before, you can log in using your existing credentials.

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