Community Interpreting

CERTA Level 2 Award in Preparation for Work in Community Interpreting

Starting in April 2020

Fridays 10am-2.30pm for 11 weeks

Plus additional Mental Health Awareness sessions on three Wednesdays and three Thursdays, 9.30am-2.45pm.

Course fee: £195.20, or free to learners on means tested benefits

If you are interested in joining this course, you will need to do an assessment. Due to the Coronavirus, we will send you out an assessment, and if it is marked as satisfactory, we will contact you for a telephone assessment.

If you would like to receive an assessment by email or post, please call the WEA on 0300 303 3464 or contact the Centre.

The Level 2 Award is for students who are interested in community interpreting work in a voluntary or paid capacity in a range of settings, including housing, education, social care, welfare benefits, immigration and health. The Award is suitable for students who wish to gain knowledge and skills of community interpreting including the role of codes of practice, and learn about the settings where interpreters may be required to work.

This course will include Level 1 qualifications in Mental Health Awareness and Stress Awareness. These units support learners to gain a wider knowledge of the mental health issues that can affect people’s lives, and explore the common misconceptions of mental health difficulties and how stress affects our lives.

To join this course, you must be a confident speaker of English and be fluent in at least one other language. You also need to be able to read and write English at Level 1.

After you finish this course, you may be able to go on to:

  • Work – many of our learners move straight into work with interpreting agencies after completing the Level 2 course
  • Volunteering – if you want to gain experience before looking for paid work, we will support you to find volunteer interpreting work at St John’s Centre or elsewhere
  • Further study – if there is enough interest, we will be able to offer a Level 3 Community Interpreting course in September 2020.