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PGDip in British Sign Language/English Interpreting and Translation

Course Description

This postgraduate course promotes the necessary interrelationship of these two elements and the application in planning, delivering and reviewing one's own professional interpreting work. Fundamental to progression within the programme is the development of BSL competence with particular emphasis on the appropriate use of sign to understand and respond to complex information in the workplace. You will develop the advanced level of understanding and fluency required to contribute to high level discussions and explore the appropriate registers and discourse styles for presenting and delivering formal, prepared, technical information.

Key elements of the course focus on promoting understanding and competence required for undertaking the role of a BSL/English interpreter. Training and support strategies will be studied, alongside issues of the values, practices and professionalism of interpreters and their relationship with personnel in allied occupational roles. At this stage, you will also receive initial coaching in skills, strategies and models for interpreting practice.
This is a two-year part-time course for those seeking to attain professional status as British Sign Language/English Interpreters. The course is mapped with the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD), allowing graduates to register with NRCPD. This course will enable those currently practising to improve their skills and work towards nationally recognised professional and academic qualifications. The course focuses on interpreting skills development including Level four British Sign Language (BSL) tuition.

The taught sessions occur on six two-day blocks a year (one weekend a month, every other month, commenting in January), with accessible coaching and support structures available in between teaching weekends. Students on this programme will benefit from high quality learning opportunities designed for people who wish to maintain their career while engaging in further development of their professional competence. This course offers you a very strong and experienced teaching team, drawing upon leading edge research and conceptual frameworks; innovative teaching practices and materials, including on-line tutor support; plus good staff/ learner ratios aimed at providing an effective learning environment.


Year 1

Principles of Sign Language Interpreting
Interpreting as a Profession
Developing BSL Performance

Year 2

Spoken English as a Source and Target Language
From Translation to Simultaneous Interpretation
Interpreting Practicum

Visit the PGDip in British Sign Language/English Interpreting and Translation page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Intermediate level British Sign Language skills (i.e. Signature Stage 3 or equivalent);A degree in a relevant field or equivalent;Potential to achieve postgraduate level academic performance (including linguistic performance;Potential to function as a competent member of the target work-force.

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