Community Interpreting Pathway

What are the WEA Pathways and how can they help your organisation?

  • Are you looking for an adult educational provider to deliver training? 
  • Does your organisation work with communities? 
  • Are you involved in adult education, lifelong learning and/or upskilling adults? 

At the WEA we work in partnership with hundreds of community organisations, employers and trade unions across England and Scotland -delivering adult education ‘within reach’ of local communities.

The WEA pathways have been developed as our new partner programme offering a range of courses tailored to suit you. 

We can run tasters which give you a flavour of the WEA organisation and student learning experience with the opportunity to work with us further with our WEA Pathways. 

We deliver many of these courses in partnership with local councils, community associations and refugee charities.

The Community Interpreting Pathway provides a range of opportunities for people to explore their skills, abilities and interests in becoming a community interpreter. 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 pathway is for speakers of other languages.

The Get Started range of courses and tasters aim to build confidence and self-esteem. Students can move to the Develop range of courses. Some students may wish to start at the Develop stage. 

Get Started with our tasters

  • Understanding public services: Part of the role of a community interpreter is to support people in accessing free services. Explore the terms and vocabulary used in these Services.
  • What is community interpreting?: Discover what an interpreter in the community does; how to provide valuable help to people who have difficulty in accessing help and advice


Accredited courses

  • Award in Understanding Community Interpreting – Level 1: This qualification offers the opportunity for students who are speakers of other languages to learn about the role of the community interpreter. .
  • Award in Preparation for Work in Community Interpreting - Level 2: This qualification offers the opportunity for students to gain knowledge and skills in community interpreting including the role of codes of practice.

Moving On

  • Confidence to Study: Identify key study skills for further study at level 3 and above 
  • Certificate in Community Interpreting – Level 3: This qualification equips students, with high levels of language skills in both their first language and English, to undertake interpreting work in the community at a basic level of two-way communication.

Interested in the Community Interpreting Pathway? Email to get more information or download our community interpreting leaflet.

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