This is a preparatory course for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) examination, which is a nationally recognised interpreting qualification (you’ll need to register for the exam with the Chartered Institute of Linguists). It’s ideal for dedicated students who are committed to developing professional skills to embrace their new career as a public service interpreter.
You'll be taught by a dedicated team of lecturers with extensive experience in interpreting and DPSI teaching. See below for languages we have recently covered – we usually offer a range of languages and our pass rate is above the national average.
On the course you'll benefit from excellent facilities for digital recording, filming opportunities, a mock courtroom and our library and online resources. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in enrichment activities such as off-site visits to a magistrates’ court and a police station, workshops on topical issues related to interpreting, and practice and liaison opportunities with students on the Conference Interpreting MA course.
You’ll be taught by a dedicated team of lecturers, at least one of them specialising in your own language combination.
The main languages offered on the most recent courses are:
Your language may still be offered even if it isn't listed here. Please note, though, that any language pathway can only be opened for a minimum of two students.
English is the main teaching language. Language-specific tutorials are delivered in the respective languages.
Please note: This is a preparatory course for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) examination. London Metropolitan University is not an examination centre. You'll need to register for the exam with the Chartered Institute of Linguists. Please visit the Chartered Institute of Linguists' website for more information.
We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.
To apply for this course, you should have:
Students who demonstrate the appropriate entry criteria on their application form will be invited for an aptitude entry test.
The aptitude test will include the following elements:
This course is for students with an awareness and understanding of multicultural environments who want to develop professional skills for embracing their new career as a public service interpreter. No previous experience in interpreting is required.
This 20-week course is scheduled to run from 10am to 3pm on Fridays from January to June 2021 (subject to minor adjustments). Morning sessions will be dedicated to learning general interpreting skills and exploring legal concepts relating to immigration, the police and the courts (criminal and civil law). The sessions are interactive with the use of multimedia facilities. Afternoon sessions will be dedicated to language-specific tutorials.
Homework is set after every session. You'll be able to use our library and the University's virtual platform to learn collaboratively by accessing teaching materials, discussions and other tasks.
"My DPSI lecturer was very helpful. She has a real passion for teaching and she really cared for her students. I deeply appreciated her professionalism and reliability."
"I got a lot of guidance and practice. Tutors were very helpful and always wanted to help and support us in any possible way. They were approachable and I felt comfortable discussing matters with them. The course material was good guidance."
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You may also be interested in our MA Interpreting or MA Conference Interpreting programmes.
Complete the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting application form and send it back to firstname.lastname@example.org
Places are limited so we advise you to apply as soon as possible.
To pay the course fee please go to our secure online shop.
Please select when you would like to start: