IBSL Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting Studies
Three year programme
This course is suitable for people who hold a Level 6 qualification in British Sign Language. You will be able to register as Trainee Sign Language Interpreter (TSLI) upon successful completion of the first year of the course. The second and third year of the course will then develop your skills towards the Level 6 qualification in BSL/English Interpreting, which will allow you to register with the NRCPD as a Registered Sign Language Interpreter (RSLI).
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.
You’ll be assessed through a mixture of observation, essays, written assignments and professional discussions, which will be marked by a combination of your Teacher-Assesors, iBSL and other qualified witness assessors. Plus you will need a handful of clips as evidence of your interpreting performance, for your coursework file. But don’t worry! We take the stress away by providing many of these assessed interpreting activities within the programme days. We’ll provide the Deaf and hearing participants; make sure that everyone involved is at the right level; and that seating and lighting arrangements are all sorted. Leaving you to source just three evidence clips or observations in the workplace over the three-year duration of the programme, showcasing your best interpreting work.
In addition, you’ll have 1-1 time with your Teacher-Assessors to track your progress, discuss your performance and develop your coursework file.
Finally, there is a live assessment where you will plan and carry out a co-worked interpreting assignment. This will take place on the last weekend of the programme and is assessed by an iBSL External Examiner.
Bespoke 1 year programme
This 1-year course is suitable for people who have already completed an Interpreter Training Programme (ITP) (or equivalent) and are ready to work towards achieving the iBSL Level 6 Diploma in BSL/English Interpreting qualification. You will be able to register with the NRCPD as a Registered Sign Language Interpreter (RSLI) upon successful completion of this course.
This course is delivered over a total of 18 days (2 days/month x 9 teaching months). It is predominately an assessment programme, where you will receive support to compile your portfolio of interpreting evidence. The course also includes several refresher sessions, on a range of topics, which are intended to give you the skills and knowledge required to undertake the assessments successfully.
Interview & Selection
Three Year Programme Interview date - February 28th 2019
This will be a full day which will involve an overview of what the course entails, followed by some group activities and discussions, individual productive and receptive activities, and a 1-1 meeting with an Assessor. Written feedback will be given and if you are successful in obtaining a place on the course this will contribute to your personal development plan.
The assessment for both courses takes the form of a mixture of observations, essays, multiple-choice exams and written assignments. Your work will be marked by your assessor, the awarding body and by other qualified witnesses. The content of this has been mapped by NRCPD and the IBSL Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting Studies is listed as a qualification that allows you to register with NRCPD as a RSLI (Registered Sign Language Interpreter). Details can be found here.
A large part of your portfolio is filmed clips of your interpreting performance: these clips serve as evidence of your ability to interpret at Level 6 of the National Occupational Standards for Interpreting. We make things easier for you by building the assessments into the course. We provide the Deaf and hearing participants, which means you only have to source three pieces of interpreting evidence yourself.
There is a final live assessment, which requires you to plan and perform an interpreting assignment with a co-worker. This will be incorporated into the course schedule and will be assessed by iBSL.
Three Year Programme Facts
Class Dates for our programme commencing in 2019:
Interview and selection day - 28th February 2019
- 25th & 25th May
- 6th & 7th September
- 22nd & 23rd November
- 28th & 29th February
- 22nd & 23rd May
- 17th & 18th July
- 18th & 19th September
- 20th & 21st November
2021 (Dates tbc)
2022 (Dates tbc)
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
Bespoke One Year Programme Facts
2019 intake TBC