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Public Service Interpreting (Legal Pathway) — Diploma

Course information

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

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Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI)

This course leads to...

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

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.

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Further Information...

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Course ID: 161868

Course Year: 20/21

Course Duration: 1 Year


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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