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Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting uses the National Occupational Standards in Interpreting (CILT, 2006), which define competent performance in interpreting 1.

It has been assumed for the purposes of this specification that candidates for assessment willhave language competence as set down by CILT, The National Centre for Languages, before embarking on this programme.

The qualification is no longer limited to BSL and English. It can be delivered in a number of combinations; signed language ? signed language, or signed language ? spoken language, as long as the candidates can demonstrate the required competences in both languages. That means that people with appropriate skills in two signed languages, for instance BSL and ISL, can undertake the qualification.

Candidates are expected to have language competence in both/all languages for which they provide evidence for this qualification. This should be

- the equivalent of Level 7* in the first language. At Level 7, candidates can understand and use complex and specialised language.  Candidates can deal with all work situations, both within and outside candidates? area of professional expertise;

- the equivalent of Level 6* in the second language. At Level 6, candidates can understand and use complex language and express themselves fluently.  Candidates can deal confidently with most work situations.

* Level 7 is equivalent to NVQ Level 5 in the National Qualifications Framework prior to the introduction of the revised 8-level structure used for NVQs in the Qualifications & Credit Framework from 2010.

** Level 6 is equivalent to NVQ Level 4 in the National Qualifications Framework prior to the introduction of the revised 8-level structure used for NVQs in the Qualifications & Credit Framework from 2010.

It is the responsibility of the centre to ensure that the above languages requirements have been met before accepting a candidate for this qualification.

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Refer to CILT website: cilt.org.uk for definition of interpreting and the role of the interpreter.

The qualifications are accredited by Ofqual (The British Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator). The Awarding Body is Signature. The Qualifications are recognised on the British National Qualifications Framework, and are mapped on the European Qualifications and Credits Framework, QCF.

Course Duration

 

Recommended Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are

  • 1,280 = 128 credits plus
  • two language units at Level 6 = +360 hours
  • Total - 1,640 = 164 credits

See Course Schedules and Fees for detailed information on timetabling. 

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Mandatory INT6A1 K/602/0479

Prepare for sign language interpreting assignments

130 hours 70 hours 200 hours 20 credits

 

Mandatory INT6B1 L/602/0488

Interpret one-way as a professional sign language interpreter

200 hours 100 hours 300 hours 30 credits

 

Mandatory INT6C1 R/602/0489

Interpret two-way as a professional sign language interpreter

200 hours 100 hours 300 hours 30 credits

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Mandatory INT6D1 J/602/0490

Develop your performance as a sign language interpreter

160 hours 80 hours 240 hours 24 credits

 

Optional  INT6E1 L/602/0491

Support sign language interpreting through sight translations of routine written documents

160 hours 80 hours 240 hours 24 credits

 

Optional INT6G R/602/0492

Work with other sign language interpreters

160 hours 80 hours 240 hours 24 credits 

ASSESSMENT - PORTFOLIO OF EVIDENCE SAMPLES

To be awarded the Level 6 NVQ interpreting in Irish Sign Language and English or BSL, the candidate must achieve both the receptive (L601) and the productive (S602) language units.  A portfolio of evidence is required for a further 5 interpreting untis to gain the award, total units required - 7 units.  The candidate must demonstrate communication ability across a range of use from social relating to work, formal contexts, from standard broadcast items, using webcam/video recorded messages and completing self evaluation tasks must be submitted to gain the award.

The compilation of evidence is done mostly in ISL with some written elements.

Candidates who may have literacy or English as a second language challenges will be offered support with written English.

In addition to structured practical language classes, we provide learners with opportunities to study the language in laboratory analysis on computer, role-play in class sessions, debates and discussions. The cultural heritage, key figures in deaf history, storytelling and poetry in sign languages, international deaf organisations, current affairs in the global Deaf community and issues key to Deaf Human Rights such as rights in education, language, and service provision form part of our deaf awareness training programmes.

DEAF LANGUAGE MODELS

It can be difficult for people to meet deaf people if they are new to the Deaf Community.

We supply deaf language models to assist you with compiling in evidence samples.  The language models participate in role plays, debates, group discussions, and form audiences for presentations.

Entry to the Profession

National/Scottish Vocational Qualifications Level 4 National Qualifications Framework (for England, Wales and Northern Ireland) Level 6 Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Level 10.

You should note that new entrants to the profession should be qualified at least to these minimum levels:

- National/Scottish Vocational Qualifications Level 4

- National Qualifications Framework (for England, Wales and Northern Ireland) Level 6

- Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Level 10.

- The Irish Public Service Register.

- Trinity College Higher Diploma in Interpreting /

- New Degree in Sign Language Interpreting

For information about a career as a professional interpreter, go to CILT's careers website, www.languageswork.org.uk.

To find out more about UK National Occupational Standards, and to download approved standards, go to www.ukstandards.org.uk.

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Progression route

-Level 1 ISL - 9 credits

-Level 2 ISL - 15 credits

-Level 3 ISL NVQ - 28 credits

-Level 6 ISL NVQ - 36 credits - degree - level

-Level 6 Interpreter Training - degree level

-Level 6 Translation - degree level - suitable for deaf and hearing interpreter-translators