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Course Overview: Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting

If you want to use your language skills to earn money and help your community as a paid interpreter, the Learn Q Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting online exam-only qualification is the answer. This exam allows experienced interpreters to gain the UK’s most desirable entry-level interpreting qualification without any need to study a time consuming course, answer questions or write essays.

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The Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting course is for people who speak English and at least one other language fluently and wishes to become a professional interpreting career.

It is suitable for people who are brand new to the profession, and also those who already have some interpreting experience.

YOU DO NOT NEED ANY EXISTING INTERPRETING QUALIFICATIONS TO TAKE THE LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE IN COMMUNITY INTERPRETING.

There is no requirement to write long essays, simply tell us when you are ready and our qualified and skilled assessors will assess if you already have what it takes to become a community interpreter.

The exam takes place remotely, using videoconferencing software. We invite you to take part in a role play assessment where you will interpret and provide a sight translation for a Limited English Speaker. You will have to act as professional and not only demonstrate your linguistic skills but also show that you are aware of the industry terminology and requirements.

Our qualification can be achieved quickly and smoothly from the comfort of your own home and this flexibility does not affect its quality. The qualification has been created by a team that has over 10 years of experience delivering online interpreting and language assessments and is strictly regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) that regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.

When you sign up for the exam, you will get access to useful resources that will help you to prepare, including sample glossaries, past papers and our exam tips and techniques webinar. Up to two weeks prior to your exam taking place, you will receive an email with further details designed to help you to prepare, including the health topic that you will need to revise.

The exam takes less than one hour and consists of two parts:

  • Part 1: two way (consecutive) health interpreting role play – 25 mins
  • Part 2: sight translation health role play – 10 mins

All candidates receive full and detailed feedback on their performance within 10 working days of the exam completion.

The assessment for the Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting is a practical examination of your interpreting ability which takes place remotely, using videoconferencing software (Zoom).

It is a role play assessment where you have to act as a professional interpreter, demonstrating your language skills and knowledge of relevant terminology and requirements. The exam is made up of two parts:

Part 1 (25 mins): a two way (consecutive) health interpreting role play (where you interpret a conversation between a doctor and a patient, using both English and your other language)

Part 2 (10 mins): a health sight translation (you are provided a text in English of around 250 words, you read through it first and then you read it out loud in your other language – like you were reading it for someone who couldn’t read the English version)

You do not need to write long essays, write anything down in either language or answer any questions.

This Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting qualification is fully accredited and nationally recognised by Ofqual – the UK government regulator of qualifications. This means that the qualification is accepted by both Interpreting Agencies and Interpreting clients UK wide. Although there is no international accreditation standard, usually UK qualifications are held in high esteem around the world.

This exam lasts up to 60mins. The average times for each of the parts is:

  • Part 1: two way (consecutive) health interpreting role play – 25 mins
  • Part 2: sight translation health role play – 10 mins

Successful candidates can use their Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting certificate to find paid work as an interpreter in community / public service settings including:

  • Health
  • Mental Health
  • Job centres / welfare
  • Social services
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Immigration
  • Local government

After working as an interpreter for a recommended minimum of 2 years, some interpreters choose to move on to taking a Diploma in Public Service Interpreting. The DPSI is a degree equivalent qualification that is seen as the ‘gold’ standard for interpreters and can be used to find legal interpreting work. The DPSI has a very low pass rate even for experienced interpreters so at Learn Q we don’t recommend attempting it without a minimum of a Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting and 2 years professional interpreting experience.

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There are two parts to the exam:

Part 1: consecutive interpreting. You interpret a conversation between a doctor and a patient
Part 2: Sight translation. You are provided a text in English of around 250 words, you read through it first and then you read it out loud in your other language – like you were reading it for someone who couldn’t read the English version.

That’s it – no questions, no essays, no writing. Just the practical.

You need to make your own mind up, but you can practice with other students to help you decide.
The advice and guidance in our preparation course will also help you to decide when you are ready.

If you would rather take a mock exam before your main exam you can do so at a reduced price and this is useful in helping you to understand how the exam will work and whether you are ready to sit it.

We prefer students to pass first time, which is why you don’t need to take your exam until you are ready. If you do fail, you would need to pay for a resit, but the price of a re-sit is much lower than the first exam.

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