iBSL Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting Studies - 3 year programme
Year One - Getting started
The first year will focus on improving your BSL and the fundamentals of interpreting theory and practice. You will be set project work to complete off site and you will develop your research and presentations skills, working in English and BSL. You will develop your knowledge of Deaf issues and interpreting and will undertake practical interpreting tasks in a safe environment. We will meet 5 times during the year, allowing you time to apply the theory to practice. You will complete 3 written essays that are marked externally by IBSL and they will be your first pieces of evidence that you include in your coursework file. The last weekend will include Trainee Sign Language Interpreter (TSLI) assessments. On successful completion of the assessments in Year One, you will start Year Two as a regulated trainee interpreter and will have a named supervisor who will support you through the programme. You will need to complete monthly activity logs for your supervisor and in order to satisfy the NRCPD (National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People) trainee requirements.
*Please note that the TSLI assessment fees are included in the course fees, however you will need to pay for your own annual TSLI registration with NRCPD. We also provide the named supervisor and support as part of your fees for the duration of the programme, so there are no additional costs for this.
Year Two - Working as a TSLI
In the second year we begin the interpreting assessments and meet mostly every two months. We’ll continue to cover topics such as continuous professional development; the role of the interpreter; interpreting modes, theories and models; preparation and self-evaluation; as well as practical interpreting exercises.
You’ll be assessed through a variety of observation; self-evaluation, as well as practical interpreting activities both on the programme and out in the community. These will be marked by your Teacher-Assessor and iBSL.
In Year Two you are able to apply your knowledge to practice and it will give you time to reflect on your work, share your experiences from the workplace and develop your interpreting skills.
Year Three - Delving into the detail and applying your skills to aim for RSLI
The remainder of the programme will reinforce your learning, taking your knowledge and understanding to a much deeper level, while continuing to improve your BSL, English and processing skills. You will meet bi-monthly then monthly leading up to the final assessment weekend.
We’ll cover topics such as additional interpreting theories, modes and models; professional ethics; preparation and evaluation; linguistics and socio-linguistics; co-working; advanced English; technology; as well as translation theory and practice. You’ll be out working as a TSLI enabling you to put your skills into practice every day.
iBSL Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting Studies Facts
Example of course dates last year:
- 6th & 7th September
- 22nd & 23rd November
- 28th & 29th February
- 22nd & 23rd May
- 17th & 18th July
- 18th & 19th September
- 20th & 21st November
Fridays 1pm – 8pm
Saturdays 9am – 2pm
Location: Remark! 18 Leather Lane London
Linda Bruce (RSLI), Lynn Delfosse (RSLI), Clive Mason (RSLT) Mo Saville (RSLI)
All iBSL approved assessors
Lynn and Linda have been so supportive, the feedback that I received from them has enabled me to develop my skills and improve my professional practice, it’s been invaluable. They are extremely knowledgeable, well organised and highly professional. I recommend them both as skilled and experienced trainers and assessors. Their attention to detail and expertise ensures their students receive a top quality service.
Rachel Smith - IBSL Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting Studies Student
I wanted to say how professional the team have been throughout my application to undertake the iBSL course. Without your support it would have been so easy for me to have given up but I felt comfortable informing you of the reasons why I had to delay my assessment and you reassured me throughout.
I have since recommended you to my fellow trainee interpreters and hope they apply for future courses. I know I will!
Lesley Weatherson - IBSL Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting Studies Student
The Remark IBSL level 6 interpreting qualification was perfect for me as the one weekend per month Friday 1-8 and Saturday 9-2 format fitted around my work and family commitments.
The Interpreter Training Programme the year before was the same and was great preparation.
The mix of theory and practical, being able to gather and sign off evidence and work as we progressed throughout was so much better than a previous course I tried somewhere else and could not complete.
The tutors were fantastic and kept us on track, giving brilliant constructive feedback.
Our group was so supportive and friendly and we truly became a team during the course.
I highly recommend this route to RSLI qualification.
Paul Black - IBSL Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting Studies Student