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Public Service Interpreting

Academic Lead: Elsa Cowie

Our Public Service Interpreting programme has been designed, with funding from the Welsh Government, to introduce bilingual students to the profession including role boundaries, professional conduct, terminology and practical issues, to help those already working as interpreters to assess and further develop their interpreting and other professional skills and to offer guidance to students who are considering or preparing for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) examination.

The DPSI is a qualification awarded by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) as a means of quality control for public service interpreters. The DPSI examination is open to anyone regardless of whether they have completed any courses and takes place once a year in June. More information about it can be found at

We work with service providers and invite students to take part in training sessions with public service professionals to promote effective joint working practices.

Public Service (PS) interpreters normally work on a freelance / self-employed basis and there is little predictability of demand for their services. We work with the Wales Interpretation and Translation Service (WITS) who recruit and book interpreters for local public service providers and are able to provide information regarding demand for different languages.

We offer supplementary bilingual courses for some languages to students enrolled on any of the public service interpreting courses. The languages currently covered are listed in the Frequently Asked Questions document posted online at

Students who gain 60 level 1 (CQFW 4) credits from a portfolio of relevant courses listed in our web pages at are entitled to a Foundation Certificate in Public Service Interpreting

Find the answers to frequently asked questions about our Public Service Interpreting courses on our website.

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Public Service Interpreting Courses

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