Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) Online Preparation Course

£299.00 inc. VAT

The accredited Level 6 Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) is recognised and accepted across the UK by interpreting agencies and clients. It allows access to the most sought after interpreting assignments in the UK.

It is for those who work, or would like to work, in one of these areas:

  • Law: courts, solicitors, immigration
  • Healthcare: hospitals, clinics, GP practices
  • Local Government: housing, social work, education

This is an entirely on-line course, that you can study in your own time to help you to prepare for a DPSI examination.

The total cost of the course including all of the required materials and resources and is priced at £299 (incl. VAT).

Questions? Contact the team on 0800 757 3475 or email info@islinguists.com

Simply click the ‘Get Started Now’ button¬†below and complete the checkout process to¬†order this course.


Course Description

What are the benefits?

This course is designed to help you prepare for the DPSI exam. There are many benefits to holding the qualification:

When can I start? You can start today simply by signing up and making the payment.

How long does it take? It usually takes 2-4 months to work through the content of the course. As this is self-led learning it is your choice how much time you spend on the course and how much time you spend studying the materials.

Are there any requirements?¬†To successfully join this course, you are advised to have native speaker competence in English and in your ‘other’ language.

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

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to a desktop computer or laptop
  • A webcam
  • A microphone/sound card for the computer, if it isn’t already installed

What will I study?

The course is made up of the following content:

  • Module 1: Consecutive Interpreting
    • Note taking, consecutive interpreting techniques, content summarising, practise
  • Module 2: Simultaneous Interpreting
    • Simultaneous interpreting techniques, glossary of descriptive terms, paraphrasing, synonyms, self-practice preparation, anticipation, practise
  • Module 3: Sight Translation
    • Sight translation techniques, sight translation checklist, skill focus, linguistic ability, presentation quality, combining your skills, practise
  • Module 4:¬†Draft Written Translation
    • Translation theories and techniques, translation of general language, technical translation legal and medical, sourcing translation material, localisation, complex translation practise, live simulation practise
  • Module 5:¬†Interpreting in Court
    • Criminal courts, Magistrates Courts,¬†Youth Courts,¬†Crown Courts, County Court, family, housing, company law, consumer law, tribunals, employment, immigration, social security, role of the court interpreter, barrister’s opening address, legal professionals, bail, glossary of terminology, practise
  • Module 6:¬†Interpreting for the Police
    • Police work,¬†dishonesty offences, drugs, public order offences, sexual offences, road traffic, offences against the person, violence to property, police powers, PACE guidelines, the police caution, the custody suite, glossary of terminology, police statement taking, practise
  • Module 7:¬†Interpreting for Prison/Probation
    • Webinar, introduction to prison/probation services, criminal court, civil court, community based sentences, prisons & young offender institutions, supervision of prisoners,¬† glossary of terminology, practise
  • Module 8:¬†Interpreting in immigration Settings
    • Asylum and refugees, asylum screening and interview, crime group, interpreter’s role, interpreting for minors, home office, challenges, welfare, work permits, deportation, tribunals and appeals
  • Certificate of Completion for each module

What support will I have?

  • High quality course online course materials
  • Glossaries of terms provided
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

How will you assess me?

This course is not assessed. It helps to prepare you for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting exam (paid for separately). The exam is offered once or twice per month and you can apply by clicking here.

The qualification is composed of five units for each pathway:

Unit 01 Interpret simultaneously and consecutively to and from English in legal, police and immigration contexts 40mins
Unit 02 Provide a sight translation to English in legal, police and immigration contexts 10mins
Unit 03 Provide a sight translation from English in legal, police and immigration contexts 10mins
Unit 04 Provide a draft written translation to English in legal, police and immigration contexts 60mins
Unit 05 Provide a draft written translation from English in legal, police and immigration contexts 60mins

Full registration fee for all units is currently £699.

Can I apply for funding or discounts? If you book for the preparation course and exam at the same time, you can qualify for a discount. Speak to the team for more information.

How do I apply?¬†You can get started with your qualification today by clicking the ‘Get Started Now’ button above and completing the checkout process. One of our team of experts will give you¬†access to the course.

  • Course Fee: ¬£299 (incl. VAT)
  • Distance Learning
  • Study in your own pace at a convenient time and location
  • Approx 2-4 months to complete

Is this a nationally recognised qualification? The DPSI is a nationally recognised qualification, however, this course is to help you prepare for the exam and is not a qualification on its own.

What is the registration process?¬†Simply click the ‘Get Started Now’¬†button above and complete the checkout process.

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