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Understanding Community Interpreting Level 1 Award

  • Overview of the course

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    This course offers the opportunity for learners who are speakers of other languages to learn about the area of Community Interpreting. Learners may wish to study this subject as they have an interest in the topic or they may wish to use the qualification as a stepping stone to becoming a Community Interpreter. The qualification offers the opportunity to learn about the language skills required when working in the community – giving an awareness of how language changes depending on the situation. There is also an opportunity to look at how Public and Voluntary Service sectors work and their interaction with the community. The role of the interpreter is explored and discussed.
  • What you'll learn

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    The aims of the qualification are to enable learners
    • To learn how to use language skills to the best advantage
    • To learn about the sectors where interpreters may be required to work
    • To learn about the role of the Community Interpreter
  • Entry requirements

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    You need a willingness to learn and a strong desire to seek work. You also need to come to college with a good attitude and be prepared to work hard. You must be over 19 years of age.
    All learners must undertake an assessment before being enrolled on this course. This will be done on the ‘Find Out About Community Interpreting’ course prior to the main course starting.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will build up a portfolio folder of work which shows the range of skills and knowledge you have developed. The work you produce will provide evidence of the units delivered. You will also receive supportive feedback throughout the course and will be given the opportunity to talk to your tutor and review your work.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    • A ring binder folder to keep your work organised is essential.
    • You will also need to bring a pen and a notepad to take notes.
    • Computer Suites
    • Café serving hot & cold food
    • Multi-media & interactive white boards
    • Prayer Room
    • Free car parking New Bury:
    o Computer Suites
    o Café serving hot & cold food
    o Ample car parking
    o Portable hearing loop
    Brownlow Fold:
    o Spacious Sports Hall
    o Fully equipped Cookery Room
    o Computer Suites
    o Café serving hot & cold food
    o Designated Craft Room
    Deane & Derby:
    o Computer Suites
    o Café serving hot & cold food
    o Multi-media & interactive white boards
    o Prayer Room
    o Ample car parking
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    Suzanne Delaney Tutor 01204 482387
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the 'apply' button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details we will send you a text with a link to book a telephone interview. Please be aware that when a tutor calls you our number will appear as unknown/with-held/private.
  • Groups and Times

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    Group: A. First class: 19 March 2024. Last class: 18 Jun 2024
    • Tuesday : 09:00 - 12:00
    • Tuesday : 12:30 - 14:30
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £175.00
    Other fees: £35.00
    Courses fees are subject to change.
  • Future opportunities

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    Learners may wish to progress onto the Ascentis Level 2 Certificate in Community Interpreting (learners will need an assessment for this which will be done in class).

    Other courses available to support your learning:
    • Free English and maths courses for those who have not yet attained a grade at C at GCSE (grade 4 equivalent)
    • Free digital literacy courses for beginners in computing and tablets
    • Free positive steps to wellbeing courses to support improved mental wellbeing, health and confidence
    • A range of employability skills courses

    Information, advice and guidance is available at all Bolton College centres. Our Adult Community Learning Job Coach is available to support learners who are seeking employment.
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one applies to the exams you took):


    The best way to contact us is via our Live Chat service available from any page of our website. We endeavour to staff this service from 9am – 7pm, Monday to Thursdays and until 4pm on Fridays (during term time).
    Bolton College works hard to ensure that the information provided is accurate.
    All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is still very important to us and so there may continue to be an element of study outside of the classroom during the, academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during these times or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 14:30
    5.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    11 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane & Derby Community Learning Centre

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