Community Interpreting

Britain is now a multilingual society, but there are still members of some communities who have a limited grasp of spoken English. Many members of British society are able to function in more than one language. This qualification allows learners to develop their considerable skills to help others to overcome linguistic barriers in everyday situations, such as accessing education, health services, housing, justice, and other public services. Ascentis has developed a suite of qualifications which recognise and build on learners’ linguistic ability and help them to develop the complex skills needed to act as an interpreter.

Who are these qualifications for?

These qualifications are aimed at learners who have an interest in learning about the role of an interpreter and working with different linguistic groups in the community. They are also for learners who wish to acquire qualifications to enable them to work towards becoming a Community Interpreter.

There are no formal entry requirements for these qualifications and guidance can be found in each specification.

Why should I choose Ascentis?
  • Full suite of qualifications from Level 1 to Level 3
  • Funding available at all levels
  • Bespoke staff training
  • No minimum registrations
  • Progression for ESOL learners
  • Level 3 is based on Industry recognised occupational standards and is aimed at learners who wish to undertake paid employment
  • Learners can choose sectors to specialise in at Level 3 
  • Unit certification is available for each of the units
  • Verification and certification can be offered throughout the year, allowing maximum flexibility for centres
Where can my learners go from here? 
How do I get started?

For more information on our Community Interpreting qualifications, please contact the Commercial Team on 01524 845046 or email [email protected]. You can also book an online meeting at a time to suit you here.

If you wish to apply now, please download the Centre Recognition Form and/or Qualification Approval Form which are available on our Join Us page.  

To view the Community Interpreting Centre Guidance click here.

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