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Bridge Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (English Law Option)

Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (English Law Option)
Level 6 (1st Degree level, included on the National Qualifications Framework and accredited by Ofqual)

Bridge-Logo-Scaled-to-283-pixel-height-283x699-pixels-WHITEBridge Interpreting, Translating and Training Services CIC offer a preparation course for the DPSI examinations, this is an internationally recognised course and qualification for interpreting and translation linguists. This qualification provides a nationally consistent standard of professionalism in interpreting within the public services context. It is it recognised by businesses and government departments widely.

Entry requirements
This qualification is ideal for those who wish to progress to a degree level qualification and have some experience/ or qualifications in the interpreting and translating field. You would need the ability to conduct autonomous study on your language pair to develop a glossary of legal terms as well as developing your understanding of the English Legal System. You will also require reliable internet access with an Ethernet cable and a skype account for practice assignments and tutorials, a smart phone will not be sufficient. Prior to starting the course you will be require to complete an assessment and a skype tutorial.

For further information, please scroll down the page. If you are interested in completing this course please contact the ISL team at info@islinguists.com and we will help you to arrange it.

Course Description

Course Structure and Assessment
The exam preparation course can be studied via distance learning or class based if you live in the North East of England and can attend at our training centre in Gateshead.

The course will start on Friday 22nd September 2017 with an introduction session. There will be 30 sessions of 3 hours each. Over the duration of the course all class based sessions are recorded orally and made available to distance learning students via our virtual learning platform. This is to enable interpreters to maximise their learning potential by logging in and engaging on our secure learning portal. The sessions alternate between learning legal terminology via the study of the English Legal System and translation skills within a specific legal setting (theory of Law). Practicing interpreting and translation skills within the exam format, using past exam papers to allow you to develop your exam techniques. There will be continuous assessment of your progress throughout the course by the tutor and your language assessor, to monitor your learning. There will be homework every week to be completed and returned for marking. Between September and June there will be 3 full mock exams, following the DPSI exam format.
You will be expected to:

  • Interpret consecutively and simultaneously (whispered) (Unit 1 – 50 minutes)
  • Provide a sight translation into English (Unit 2- 10 minutes)
  • Provide a sight translation from English (Unit 3 – 10 minutes)
  • Translate in to English (Unit 4 – 60 minutes)
  • Translate from English (Unit 5- 60 minutes)

Content and topics studied
 Overall view of The English Legal System including Courts in England, tribunals, sentencing and bail.
 Immigration
 Family Law
 Probation- Civil law
 Police statement taking and interview skills
 Crime and law enforcement
 Terrorism and Cybercrime
A full content list is included in our DPSI Handbook which include the role of the interpreter in the various specialist areas listed above, guidance on interpreting techniques such as simultaneous interpreting, note – taking and the principles and best practice for written translation skills.

Meet your Tutors
The tutors for DPSI are fully qualified teachers and linguists with many years of experience teaching interpreting and specialising in Law and Mental health. You will have the support of the DPSI tutor and a specialist assessor for your language pair to assist your vocabulary and glossary of legal terms and interpreting/translating techniques. Bridge Interpreting is an approved course and exam centre for the DPSI and offer a full range of qualifications for professional interpreters and translators nationally.


Course fee only
£825.00 including a 20 %saving – includes all resources, materials, past papers and mock exams and full access to all required study materials via our learning platform, this course fee can be paid in 3 instalments with the first paid on enrolment – you will be required to pay your exam fees separately.

Via Advanced learning loans the fees include, all exam fees, all resources including research books, interpreting theory reference books, all past exam papers for your language pair, training materials and study tasks resulting in no initial cash outlay and are £2995.

However as an incentive to encourage progression to higher qualification we are offering a 20% reduction to £2396 on an advanced learner loan. *

At the time of writing Bridge is waiting for the Skills Funding Agency to finalise advanced learner loan facilities for 2017/18. Please contact Bridge to discuss funding options.

*Advanced Learning Loans help learners aged 19 or over pay the fees charged by colleges and training providers for courses at Level 3 and above.

Getting a loan doesn’t depend on your household income and there’s no credit check. You won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £21,000 a year.

Bridge Interpreting, Translating and Training Services is a not for profit, Community Interest Company, created by interpreters for interpreters. We offer other interpreting courses such as Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting, Diploma in Police Interpreting and Advanced Medical Interpreting and provide high quality interpreting and translation services.


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