Course overview

Are you bilingual? Ever thought about using your language skills to help out in the community? Did you know you can get many jobs with languages? If you speak English and another language fluently, you could make a great community interpreter. This community interpreter course gives you an introduction to the language and interpreting skills needed for this type of work. It can teach you foundational concepts to test your community interpreting skills informally with family or friends. This course can prepare you to help members of your family or community to overcome language barriers in their everyday lives. It can also help you decide if you’re interested in pursuing community interpreting jobs. This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Course description

This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Understand the role and context of community interpreting work. Learn about the public service settings in which community interpreters work. Study the codes of practice and responsibilities of community interpreters.

This course does not qualify you to work but it can prepare you for further training that is required to work as a community interpreter. The aim of the course is to introduce you to the profession to help you decide if it’s right for you.

After this course, you can decide if you want to sign up for a level 2 qualification in community interpreting.

Your tutor can guide you through your study options if you’re not sure which pathway is right for you.

To study this community interpreter course online you’ll need an internet connection. This is so you can access our digital learning platform, Canvas.

The WEA specialises in teaching adults. We want you to enjoy your studies, and that’s why our tutors take great care to create a positive learning environment.

Most of our courses are free for most of our learners. Please note that you need to reach the end of the enrolment process to see the discounts.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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