Training

IBSL Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting Studies.

The qualification specification for this course can be downloaded here

If you are interested in applying to be assessed to join a course, please click on the following: Interpreting Diploma Advert 2019-21 and Application form 2019-2021. Completed application forms can be sent electronically to cherry@signworldinterpreting.com

Course Information

The aim of this Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting is to promote underpinning knowledge, understanding of interpreting theories and a diverse range of skills required for those who are working and/or training as interpreters so that they are able to function with the high level standards expected of them.

The first cohort of the Level 6 Diploma started in April 2017, with the aim to register the learners as Trainee Interpreters at the end of the first year, and as Registered Sign Language Interpreters by the end of the second year. A second cohort commenced in September 2018, with completion due in July 2020.

Further courses are being considered in locations across the UK. If you are interested in applying to be assessed to join a course, please click on the following: Interpreting Diploma Advert 2019-21 and Application form 2019-2021. Completed application forms can be sent electronically to cherry@signworldinterpreting.com

Alternatively, click on 'Contact Us" and send us a message.

Please note that minimum requirements to join an interpreter training course are Level 6 in British Sign Language and a Level 6 or equivalent qualification in English/demonstrates the use of Level 6 English.

Deaf people with Level 6 BSL and a second sign language are also eligible to apply.

How it's delivered

The Bristol and South Wales based team consists of four teachers, three of whom are native BSL users from Deaf families. The fourth has spent over twenty years working with and living in the Deaf community. Three teachers are qualified interpreters and one is a qualified translator.

Two of the teachers are Deaf and so learners will have the rare opportunity to be taught by Deaf teachers who are also qualified interpreters/translators as well as users of interpreting services. The entire course will be taught through the medium of British Sign Language, allowing both Deaf and hearing learners to train and also allowing learners opportunities to improve on the type of language used in interpreting situations. Deaf learners who meet the eligibility criteria can train to interpret between two signed languages (e.g. British Sign Language and American Sign Language).

Rather than being taught on a unit by unit basis, the Diploma is taught as an integrated course with elements from all parts of the course specification covered during the two years - assessments are spaced out across the two years, with a final live assessment at the end of the course.

The course includes a set amount of mentoring time, which can be used before, during and after the learners have successfully registered as qualified interpreters, so no one is left alone after qualifying. We’ve devised a programme that should see a learner registered and working as a Trainee Sign Language Interpreter (TSLI) after nine months, with the aim of achieving RSLI status at the end of the course.