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Public Service Interpreting (Legal Pathway) — Diploma (November Start)

Business and Professional Services|Languages and Literature (includes English for Speakers of Other Languages)|Public Services

Course ID: 163723

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • 23 week course.
  • Study at The Learning Exchange, in the heart of the city centre.
  • Gain a qualification that will benefit you in the Interpreting profession.
  • Access support and guidance from our highly experienced teaching team.
  • Boost your career prospects and gain essential skills.
  • Utilise our fantastic facilities and reach your full learning potential.
  • This course is a fee-paying course, please see below for more information.

What to expect from the course

The City of Liverpool College offers a preparation course for the DPSI legal pathway. This is a post-graduate / Level 6 nationally recognised qualification from the Institute of Linguists and is much sought after in the interpreting profession.

The course will run over 26 weeks beginning in November with exams in June which have to be taken, externally, usually in London.

Course materials will be purchased from the Institute of Linguists website for you, though you may choose to order additional practice materials in your own language.

The course will cover all aspects of legal public service interpreting by practising both oral and written translation from and to English, following exam formats; activities will include role plays, sight and written translations, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting techniques, glossary compilation, and study of the interpreter’s code of practice.

Successful candidates will gain registration on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters and Letters of Credit in the modules.

Please note, the College does not accept the Advanced Learner Loan as payment for this course.

3/12/20-17/3/21. Interview details are yet to be confirmed.

The course will run on Friday afternoons, 1.30-4.30, at the Learning Exchange.

The course fees are £775. There are no fee waivers, but you will be able to pay in instalments if you wish. This will incur an administration fee.

You will need to pay your exam fees and Institute of Linguists registration fee separately. More information on this aspect can be found at

If you have a query, please contact us at


Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI)

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The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

Employment as an interpreter in courts and other government institutions.
Registration on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters
Further MA studies in language.

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Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

Experience of working as an interpreter
Interpreting qualifications, ideally at level 3.
A high level of competency in English and qualifications at minimum of level 2.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


This course is only available to learners aged 19 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer.

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