Interpreter Training Course

Course Information

Interpreter Training Courses

iBSL Level 6 Diploma in BSL/English Interpreting - Advanced - 1 year

This 1 year programme is suitable for candidates who have already completed an Interpreter Training Programme or equivalent and are ready after some refresher sessions to compile their coursework file. It will enable you to register as a RSLI through successful completion of the qualification assessments.

The programme takes place over 18 days, 2 days a month over 10 months and is predominantly an assessment programme where we support you to compile your coursework file. We deliver refresher sessions on a range of topics throughout the programme to ensure you are all equipped to undertake the assessments.

iBSL Level 6 Diploma in BSL/English Interpreting - 3 year
This programme is suitable for candidates with a BSL Level 6 NVQ qualification. It will take you from registering as a Trainee Sign Language Interpreter (TSLI) after successful completion of the first year of the programme, to enabling you to qualify as a Registered Sign Language Interpreter (RSLI) status by the end.

The first year of the course takes place once every 3 months and consists of lots of theory and class practicals. It is here you will be able to practice in a safe environment and develop your skills.  It also includes the three iBSL essays that need to be sent off for marking, and the TSLI assessment is on the last weekend of the first year.

On successful completion of the assessments from year one you will start year two as a TSLI. In the second year we begin the interpreting assessments and meet mostly every two months.  During the third year classes take place bi-monthly, then monthly leading up to the External Examiner’s final visit.

The course topics include professional ethics; preparation and evaluation; linguistics and social linguistics; co-working; advanced English; technology; as well as translation.

Successful completion of the award will enable you to register as RSLI.

Interview & Selection

iBSL Level 6 One Year Diploma Advanced Interview date - Available on request

iBSL Level 6 Three Year Diploma Interview date - 12th April 2018


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 information and selection day fee is £150.


On either programme you’ll be assessed through a mixture of observation, essays, multiple-choice exams and written assignments, which will be marked by a combination of your Teacher-Assesors, iBSL and other qualified witnesses.

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. Leaving you to source just three pieces of evidence over the the programme, showcasing your best interpreting work.

Finally, there is a live assessment where you will plan and carry out a co-worked interpreting assignment. This will be laid on during the programme days and is assessed by iBSL.

iBSL Level 6 One Year Diploma

Key Facts

Class Dates:


  • 27th & 28th April 2018
  • 25th & 26th May 2018
  • 22nd & 23rd June 2018
  • 27th & 28th July 2018
  • 21st and 22nd Sept 2018
  • 26h & 27th October 2018
  • 23rd & 24th November 2018
  • December 2018 TBC
  • January 2019 TBC

Interview & Selection Date: Available on request


Fridays 1pm – 8pm

Saturdays 9am – 2pm

Course Teachers:

Linda Bruce (RSLI), Lynn Delfosse (RSLI), Clive Mason (RSLT) Mo Saville (RSLI)

All iBSL approved assessors

Entry Requirements

iBSL Level 6 Three Year Diploma

Key Facts

Our next course is expected to start in June 2018 and we'll be doing the assessment day on 12th April 2018.

Course Teachers:

Linda Bruce (RSLI), Lynn Delfosse (RSLI), Clive Mason (RSLT) Mo Saville (RSLI)

All iBSL approved assessors

Entry Requirements