Public Service Interpreting
The Public Service Interpreting courses have been designed, with funding from the Welsh Assembly Government, to support bilingual students in their preparation for the examination that leads to the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI), a recognised qualification awarded by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (IoL). The DPSI is a first-degree level qualification (NQF Level 6) designed as a means of quality control for public service interpreters. The DPSI examination is open to anyone regardless of whether they have undergone any formal training and takes place once a year in June. More information about it can be found at www.iol.org.uk
We work closely with service providers and offer joint training sessions with their staff to ensure the training meets their needs.
Public Service (PS) interpreters normally work on a freelance or self-employed basis and there is little predictability of demand for their services. We are working with the Wales Interpretation and Translation Service (WITS) who are recruiting potential PS interpreters and are able to give some guidance regarding current demand for different languages.
There are courses in this programme that appear online only as they are offered on demand.
We offer a Foundation Certificate in PSI when students reach 60 level 1 credits from a portfolio of relevant courses listed in our web pages.
Cardiff University is an Examination Centre for Chartered Institute of Linguists (IoL) Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) qualification.
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Public Service Interpreting Courses
This course is designed to help students of Public Service Interpreting courses to reach the level of English required for the DPSI examination. It will cover comprehension of PSI texts and dialogue as well as appropriate and correct use of English including public service terminology and idiomatic expressions.
This course is designed for non-native English speakers who speak English fluently but wish to improve their communication skills, comprehension and gain confidence with the view to training as Public Service interpreters. The course will cover pronunciation, idiomatic English, British culture, the terminology of public service institutions, telephone and letter writing techniques and recognition of regional accents.
This course will give students an overview of the understanding, knowledge and skills required of a public service interpreter and of practical issues associated with working as a public service interpreter in the UK. It will include professional conduct and development, terminology and basic skills.
This course is designed to support bilingual students in the development of the skills, knowledge and understanding required to work as public service interpreters in health settings and in their preparation for the Health option of the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) examination run by the Chartered Institute of Linguists.
This course is designed to support bilingual students in the development of the skills, knowledge and understanding required to work as public service interpreters in legal settings and in their preparation for the English Law option of the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) examination run by the Chartered Institute of Linguists.
This course is designed to offer Polish speaking students intending to sit the DPSI examination in Health, feedback on their performance in DPSI tasks and to raise their awareness of translation problems and possible solutions via distance learning.