The role of the community interpreter is becoming increasingly important, particularly in regions with many linguistic communities. The interpreter acts as a bridge between communities and enables people to access services and situations which would otherwise not be possible. This qualification offers the opportunity for learners who are speakers of other languages to learn about the area of community interpreting. Learners may wish to study the subject as they have an interest in the topic or they may wish to use the qualification as a stepping stone to becoming a community interpreter. The level 1 qualification offers the opportunity to learn about the language skills required when working in the community – giving an awareness of how language changes depending on the situation. There is also an opportunity to look at how public and voluntary service sectors work and their interaction with the community. The role of the interpreter is also explored and discussed. The award consists of three mandatory units.


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Entry Requirements

Level 1 literacy skills

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Next Steps

Move on to the Level 2 Community Interpreting Course.

Important information

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