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DPSI: Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (Law Option)

The Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) is a qualification for those who work, or would like to work, in one of these areas:

  • Law: courts, solicitors, immigration

  • Healthcare: hospitals, clinics, GP practices

  • Local Government: housing, social work, education

  • Level: first degree-level qualification in terms of language skills required.


What are the benefits?


There are many benefits to holding the qualification:

  • Ofqual-accredited, nationally recognised qualification

  • Exemptions for the DPI qualification

  • Improved career prospects. You will be entitled to:

  • Use the title 'DPSI' after your name

  • Apply for membership of the Chartered Institute of Linguists

  • Apply for registration on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI)



The diploma in public service interpreting (DPSI) is a nationally recognised award and provides evidence of the ability to interpret between providers and users of the public services such as law, health, or local government.


The programmes focus on the theory and practice of interpreting and at the same time prepares the student to work in the law sector. Speakers from the appropriate sector play a prominent role in the course and visits are arranged to institutions within your chosen sector. Student will closely work with the course tutor who is a qualified interpreter.


The skills acquired by the students during the course include consecutive and simultaneous, sight translations, written translations, note taking skills. In addition students will gain knowledge of ethical and professional practices related to the role of a Public Service Interpreter.


Who is the course aimed at?


This course is aimed at those who want to work as public service interpreters in the Law sector, and prepares students for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) examinations organised by the institute of linguist. The DPSI is the main qualification for interpreters who work in Public services.





Career opportunities


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


Applicants must be fluent in English and one foreign language candidate’s command of the written and spoken languages should be equal to the standard of first year honours language degree.


Students must be able to switch between languages easily transferring ideas and concepts between them.


All applicants will be invited for a brief interview before any offer of a place will be made on the course.




Successful achievement of the course objectives will be gained through attending classroom based teaching sessions one day per week starting in October 2020 over a period of 37 weeks. In addition, there is a requirement to attend 9 language tutoring sessions. All sessions well be delivered at our Nottingham based training facility close to the City Centre, motorway access, rail, road and bus networks.





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