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Advanced Professional Diploma in
Public Service Interpreting

Postgraduate course
Interpreting

Prepare yourself for the next stage of your interpreting career with our flexible course which will help you take on more complicated projects.

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Our interpreter courses are part-time and flexible so you can study between your interpreting assignments.
Entry requirements
Requirements:Applicants should have the required level of proficiency in English Language plus another language, be able to demonstrate academic ability and have experience in the profession.To meet the English language requirements you should have one of the following:* English Language GCSE grade C or above or equivalent:* Key skills level 2* BTEC first diploma (was previously GNVQ intermediate)* NVQ level2 or* IELTS 6.0 with no skill below 5.5 or equivalentOther academic requirements are:* To be a native speaker of another language including the ability to read, write and speak the language with a full comprehension of it. This can be evidenced by a qualification comparable to English GCSE grade C or above* Professional Diploma in Public Service Interpreting from Leeds Metropolitan or* An honours degree or equivalent or* The Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI- CIOL)Your application should also include:* evidence of previous research experience or an ability to undertake primary and secondary research and apply critical thinking to an area of interpreting or language skills development. This can be evidenced by describing research you have undertaken either through a course of study or as part of your working life.* experience of working as a consecutive/liaison interpreter for at least 150 hours as a volunteer, as a freelance or as an employee, which can be evidenced for example by a letter from an employer.* an understanding of the procedures and background of some or all of the following activities: immigration, asylum, hospitals, police stations, courts of law, local authority services, education and employment.* the personal skills and qualities required to study independently and work unsupervised and in situations that require sensitivity and confidentiality.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Students
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however relevant work and life experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases relevant work and life experiences cannot be considered in lieu.
Requirements:Applicants should have the required level of proficiency in English Language plus another language, be able to demonstrate academic ability and have experience in the profession.To meet the English language requirements you should have one of the following:* English Language GCSE grade C or above or equivalent:* Key skills level 2* BTEC first diploma (was previously GNVQ intermediate)* NVQ level2 or* IELTS 6.0 with no skill below 5.5 or equivalentOther academic requirements are:* To be a native speaker of another language including the ability to read, write and speak the language with a full comprehension of it. This can be evidenced by a qualification comparable to English GCSE grade C or above* Professional Diploma in Public Service Interpreting from Leeds Metropolitan or* An honours degree or equivalent or* The Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI- CIOL)Your application should also include:* evidence of previous research experience or an ability to undertake primary and secondary research and apply critical thinking to an area of interpreting or language skills development. This can be evidenced by describing research you have undertaken either through a course of study or as part of your working life.* experience of working as a consecutive/liaison interpreter for at least 150 hours as a volunteer, as a freelance or as an employee, which can be evidenced for example by a letter from an employer.* an understanding of the procedures and background of some or all of the following activities: immigration, asylum, hospitals, police stations, courts of law, local authority services, education and employment.* the personal skills and qualities required to study independently and work unsupervised and in situations that require sensitivity and confidentiality.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.
Entry requirements
Requirements:Applicants should have the required level of proficiency in English Language plus another language, be able to demonstrate academic ability and have experience in the profession.To meet the English language requirements you should have one of the following:* English Language GCSE grade C or above or equivalent:* Key skills level 2* BTEC first diploma (was previously GNVQ intermediate)* NVQ level2 or* IELTS 6.0 with no skill below 5.5 or equivalentOther academic requirements are:* To be a native speaker of another language including the ability to read, write and speak the language with a full comprehension of it. This can be evidenced by a qualification comparable to English GCSE grade C or above* Professional Diploma in Public Service Interpreting from Leeds Metropolitan or* An honours degree or equivalent or* The Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI- CIOL)Your application should also include:* evidence of previous research experience or an ability to undertake primary and secondary research and apply critical thinking to an area of interpreting or language skills development. This can be evidenced by describing research you have undertaken either through a course of study or as part of your working life.* experience of working as a consecutive/liaison interpreter for at least 150 hours as a volunteer, as a freelance or as an employee, which can be evidenced for example by a letter from an employer.* an understanding of the procedures and background of some or all of the following activities: immigration, asylum, hospitals, police stations, courts of law, local authority services, education and employment.* the personal skills and qualities required to study independently and work unsupervised and in situations that require sensitivity and confidentiality.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Students
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however relevant work and life experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases relevant work and life experiences cannot be considered in lieu.
Requirements:Applicants should have the required level of proficiency in English Language plus another language, be able to demonstrate academic ability and have experience in the profession.To meet the English language requirements you should have one of the following:* English Language GCSE grade C or above or equivalent:* Key skills level 2* BTEC first diploma (was previously GNVQ intermediate)* NVQ level2 or* IELTS 6.0 with no skill below 5.5 or equivalentOther academic requirements are:* To be a native speaker of another language including the ability to read, write and speak the language with a full comprehension of it. This can be evidenced by a qualification comparable to English GCSE grade C or above* Professional Diploma in Public Service Interpreting from Leeds Metropolitan or* An honours degree or equivalent or* The Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI- CIOL)Your application should also include:* evidence of previous research experience or an ability to undertake primary and secondary research and apply critical thinking to an area of interpreting or language skills development. This can be evidenced by describing research you have undertaken either through a course of study or as part of your working life.* experience of working as a consecutive/liaison interpreter for at least 150 hours as a volunteer, as a freelance or as an employee, which can be evidenced for example by a letter from an employer.* an understanding of the procedures and background of some or all of the following activities: immigration, asylum, hospitals, police stations, courts of law, local authority services, education and employment.* the personal skills and qualities required to study independently and work unsupervised and in situations that require sensitivity and confidentiality.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

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  • Dan Barnes

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Dan Barnes
Principle Healthcare International

BA (Hons) French with International Business

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Doing a language degree is a great way to set yourself apart in the competitive job market – my course at Leeds Beckett provided me with fantastic opportunities to study abroad, learn in small classes and work on industry projects. I was tasked with presenting a business solution to an international company– which landed me my current job!

This course is an investment in your future career, it may enable you to achieve a higher level of pay and get more complicated and frequent freelance interpreting work. You will also have developed in a specialised subject area and be able to effectively use best practices and tailored solutions for all of your clients' requirements, reinforcing your applications for work.

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  • Freelance Interpreter
Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

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MODULES & LEARNING

This module examines professional and ethical knowledge and research in order to understand and contribute to the public service interpreting industry as a whole.

This module covers advanced language development skills and specialist knowledge relating to the health, legal and social settings of public service interpreting in order to equip you to be an expert in your chosen field.

Most interpreting courses include language training or development so are restricted to people speaking specific language combinations. This Advanced Professional Diploma in Public Service Interpreting is not language specific so it can be taken by anyone with the specified competence in English and any other language(s). The course does not aim to improve your language skills directly but to develop a deeper understanding of the nuances in your role so you can undertake more complicated interpreting assignments in a particular aspect of public service interpreting. You will be a valuable professional who, through practice, reflection and research can contribute to setting and maintaining high standards in the industry.As the course is delivered online you do not need to attend classes at the university - it is very flexible and available to linguists wherever you live. You will be allocated a personal tutor who will advise you by email or phone on how to work through the course and be successful.As one of our students, you will get a student card and access to a wide range of resources and services available.This course also allows you to access SCICrec, the European Directorate General for Interpreting's innovative interpreting software.

  • Dr Theophile Munyangeyo
    Public Service InterpretingDr Theophile Munyangeyo
    Senior Lecturer
  • Working in the School of Languages, during his academic career, Theo has designed a range of courses in applied language studies and developed extensive teaching materials in the area of applied linguistics. He specialises in the ethical issues raised in interpreting and translating, and he has presented his research throughout Europe.
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FEES & FUNDING
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2014/15 is £1295. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2014/15 is £1295. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.
FEES & FUNDING
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2014/15 is £1295. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2014/15 is £1295. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.
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