Classroom Interpreter Qualifications

There are no more places for the September cohort. The next available class is February 4th 2017. The closing date is the 20th January 2017.


It is becoming increasingly important for public service interpreters to have a relevant qualification, both to open up a full range of opportunities and to earn more per assignment.

ISL run intensive classroom qualifications across the country to enable you to study in a supportive, tutor-led environment and to enable you to get through the course more quickly.

Nationally Recognised Community Interpreting Qualifications

ISL Community Interpreting Qualifications are suitable for bilingual people off all abilities, from those who are just starting out in the profession, practising interpreters who want to deepen their knowledge and add to their skills to those who are established and want to learn new specialisms to enhance their work opportunities. Intensive classroom courses are a great way to become qualified in a short time. You can study:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting: the entry level qualification
  • Level¬†6¬†Diploma in Community Interpreting: for those already practising, part qualified¬†or just starting out, this level includes law interpreting.

**Scroll down the page to see more information including location study options and pricing.

Sign Up Today

The numbers of students on classroom courses are limited to a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 14 students. Register your interest today to avoid disappointment.

To register your interest for 10th September, please complete the following form, indicating the level of qualification you would like, your preferred location and your preferred study option and a member of the team will get back to you.

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Course Description


Starting from the 4th of February 2017, our classroom courses will run in the following locations*:

  • Leeds
  • London

Study Option

Study Option Hours Times Course Length
Weekend (Saturday) 6 hours per day 10:00 ‚Äď 16:30 Level 3: 12 weeksLevel 6: 24 weeks

Payment Options

You can pay for the course in full or over a number of monthly instalments to make achieving your qualification more manageable. Instalments are calculated to ensure you have paid in full by the end of the course:

Level Payment Option Amount Amount per instalment
3 3 monthly instalments £645 £215
6 6 monthly instalments £1195 £199.16


What jobs will I be able to do?

  • Face to Face interpreter
  • Telephone Interpreter

When can I start?

You can start the process today by filling in the sign up form above. You will need to choose a location and a time that you would like to study. The deadline for September applications have expired. The next available class is the 4th February. The closing date is the 20th January for this.

How long does it take?

The time to complete depends on the qualification level and the study format:

  • Level 3: 12 weeks
  • Level 6: 24 weeks

Are there any requirements?

To successfully join these courses, you need to have native speaker competence in your target language and as a minimum you must have Level 2 (Advanced level, GCSE A*-C or roughly B2 of the Common European Framework) in all areas of your English language competence.

What will I learn?

The ISL qualifications teach you all you need to know to become a freelance interpreter from the roles and responsibilities of the interpreter, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting skills, specialism knowledge and professional development. The specialisms you can study are:

  • Health: Level 3 & 6
  • Mental Health: Level 3 & 6
  • Police: Level 6
  • Court: Level 6
  • Education: Level 3 & 6
  • Welfare Benefits: Level 3
  • Immigration: Level 3 & 6
  • Social Services: Level 3 & 6
  • Business: Level 6
  • Local Government: Level 6
  • Prison & Probation: Level 6
  • Housing: Level 3

How many credits is the qualification worth?

  • Level 3:¬†minimum 16 credits
  • Level 4: minimum 23 credits
  • Level 6: minimum 40 credits

What support will I have?

  • Personalised Individual Learning Plan
  • Career Guidance
  • High quality course course materials
  • One to one support
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from you assigned, qualified Assessor

How will you assess me?

These qualifications are vocational qualification, which means that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments.

Can I apply for funding or discounts?

For information on funding and discounts, please click here.

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.
Step 1: Fill in the enquiry form above, in full.Step 2: A telephone interview will be scheduled in with the team according to your availability. This should last no longer then 20 minutes and is a chance for the team to get you know you a little bit better.Step 3: If you have been successful during the telephone interview, payment will be scheduled.Step 4: Once you have made payment towards the qualification, your place on the course is reserved.Step 5: You will receive a confirmation email from the team confirming your placement and further instructions will be issued. You will also be enrolled onto to our induction module online, this MUST be completed before attending your first classroom session.

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

*classes will only go ahead in each of the advertised locations if there are a minimum of 6 students enrolled by the start date.

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