Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting (CCI) – classroom based learning and assessment

The Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting (CCI), regulated by Ofqual, is nationally recognised as the entry level standard for paid public service interpreting work in the following specialisms:

  • Health
  • Mental Health
  • Social Services
  • Welfare Benefits
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Immigration (restricted assignments only)

As well as our own online exam only Level 3 CCI, we are also an approved centre to offer the Ascentis Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting (CCI) qualification. This classroom-based course, taken at our exam centre in London, combines face-to-face and independent learning and assessment and costs £725.

It is suitable for bilingual/multilingual people who speak English and another language fluently and:

  • Have an interest in and awareness of the role of a community interpreter and public service generally;
  • Want to begin a career as a public service interpreter;
  • Any existing interpreting experience, including voluntary work, is an advantage but not essential.

Applicants are tested for their suitability, including English proficiency, before being accepted on to the course.

Content and format

The qualification is delivered as a 12 week course. Learners must attend one full day session per week and complete assignments outside of this with a total time commitment of around 84 hours (minimum of 80% attendance required).

There are seven modules covering interpreting skills, the role of the community interpreters and the issues this raises, professional codes of ethics and practice, knowledge of the sectors in which community interpreters are required to work. They are:

  • Module 1: Preparing for Community Interpreting Assignments
  • Module 2: Supporting Interpreting through Sight Translation
  • Module 3: Develop own Performance as a Community Interpreter
  • Module 4: Working as a Community Interpreter in Public Services
  • Module 5: Planning to work as a Community Interpreter within either Mental Health, Education, Health or Immigration (learner to choose one area)
  • Module 6: Planning to work as a Community Interpreter within either Mental Health, Education, Health or Immigration (learner to choose one area)
  • Module 7: Interpret Two-Way

All modules are internally assessed through the learner’s portfolio of evidence covering the relevant assessment criteria. The centre (in this case TLS) assesses this internally and then passes it on to awarding body Ascentis for external verification.

Booking

Prospective applicants should use the form below to enquire about the qualification.

If you have you got a question, require more information before applying or need help with your existing application you can contact us here.

Level 3 CCI classroom based - enquiry form
Spoken and written fluency of both chosen language and English required.