Certificate in Community Interpreting Level 3

This nationally recognised qulification is for people who are fluent in English and another language. Applicants must have some experience, paid or unpaid, of interpreting in a public sector context in the UK. Some of this experience should be with people not previously peronally known to the applicant. Participants have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed to work as a community interpreter including the role of the interpreter, professional conduct and codes of practice and knowledge of the sectors within which they will be working - Housing, Health, Education, Immigration, Benefits and Social Services. Entry is by written application and interview only.


Are you a Professional Interpreter and you would like a formal qualification? Or are you aspiring to get into this industry? If so the Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting Qualification is perfect for you.


  • Course Fee: £595 (payable in interest free installments by request) 

  • Accredited Qualification



The Level 3 Certificate is based on the National Occupational Standards. It is aimed at learners who wish to undertake interpreting work at a basic level of two-way communicating.

The qualification consists of six units – four mandatory and two taken from two optional areas.

The unique features of the qualification include:


  • It has a balance of practical and theoretical units

  • The two-way interpreting unit can be taken at Level 3 or Level4

  • Learners have a choice of seven specialist sectors to study

  • Unit certification is available for each unit.


Who is the course aimed at?


This course is suitable for candidates who would like to learn about the role of a Community Interpreter and explore the public and voluntary sectors and how they support community needs. The role of the interpreter is fully explored and discussed. This is a course for committed individuals who would like to start their career as Interpreters in the Community. It is suitable for candidates who have experience in interpreting for friends and relatives or other members of the community in public service settings in the UK and are interested in developing their skills and knowledge in order to find paid employment.


What topics are covered?


Introduction to the Course and to Community Interpreting
Health (Weeks 2 to 8 all include Research/Assignments/Practice)
Mental Health
Social Services
Telephone Interpreting & Note taking
 Cultural Awareness & Final Role Plays
 Ethics & CPD / Delivery of Portfolio
The Business of Interpreting – Becoming a Freelancer





Career opportunities


Past students are working in a range of jobs in the public sector such as legal services and


Holders of the DPSI can apply for membership of the National Register of Public Service

Interpreters. This register is used by the public services to recruit interpreters at the local

and national level.


Entry requirements



• Fluent in English (oral and written – minimum ESOL level 2, C1 CEF or equivalent) and native speaker of another language
• Some experience of interpreting (volunteering or otherwise)
• Knowledge of UK public service providers
• Availability over the 12 weeks period









More information please contact the team on 01159784361 or 01159420311

or email: languagesolutions@mangospice.org or contact@mangospice.org