Interpreter courses / CPD workshops

Interpreting Training - 'Next Step' Develop Interpreting Skills course


This course is suitable for students who are signing at BSL Level 6 Language Qualification standard (either having achieved this qualification or working towards holding this qualification).

This course has now begun, therefore we will be soon be welcoming new enrolments for the course beginning in 2020. Keep an eye on our website for new announcements.

Students who enrol on this course could be working as Communication Support Workers (CSWs) and wish to enhance their skills, and/or be pursuing, or be considering and have an interest in, a career as a Sign Language Interpreter. Students are expected to be in contact with a range of Deaf native Sign Language users, through work, voluntary work or other.

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Qualification Structure

The Next Steps -Developing the Skills training modules will consist of:

Preparation skills
One-Way Interpreting
Two-Way interpreting
Sight Translation
Consecutive / Simultaneous
Coping Strategies - control interaction
Language research and development
Register - BSL and English
Turn- taking
Self evaluation - Glossing, Objective, Miscues
Use of time lag
Sight translation
Intro to Socio-linguistics
Research Homework
Advanced BSL

Our tutors:
Helen Fuller (Hearing), Judith Jackson (Deaf)

Helen has been working for 20 years as an Interpreter here in England and abroad, as an EV for NVQ Interpreting Portfolio, and also working along with Judith in Next Steps-Developing skills Interpreting courses for the last 7 years; with RNID and Remark in England, Ireland and Wales, she brings a wealth of experience to budding interpreters! She has previously worked. She can share a very wide experience with students.

Judith has been working for 35 years as a teacher, IV and Assessor. She was involved in creating Assessing Criteria for Signature. As an International Interpreter she has also worked with Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Finland, Holland. She is 5th generation Deaf and offers a 'rich' real life perspective on Interpreting services and the changes experienced by the Deaf over time; A great deal of experience she loves to share with students. Never a dull moment with Judith!

Judith and Helen are an incredible team as they both can bring their own perspective (Deaf/hearing) on the subject of Interpreting. They have designed this unique course for you! As well as learning the key language interpreting skills, you will learn what it means to be professional and the ethics & dilemmas involved in this. They will teach you skills but you will also be given a large amount of practical work. They will coach and mentor you throughout the course, giving constructive feedback and real guidance so that you are able to make the most of your newly learnt skills and knowledge.

We can offer:

This is a taught course providing a framework within which to learn the theoretical skills and practical skills, both needed in the role of Sign Language Interpreter. Modules taught in the classroom cover all aspects of Interpreting and students are expected to enhance their learning outside of the classroom through self-study, continual assessment and reflection.

This course will aid people who work as CSWs and can be a springboard to becoming a Trainee Interpreter (TI) It provides the knowledge and skills needed to work in these roles. Trainees, after some support and interpreting experience, may later progress to full qualification status through the completion of the NVQ Portfolio Building Programme route or University Qualification Route (not offered at SfT)

Course Dates

Friday-Saturday Once a Month:
Fridays: 10.30am-4.30pm
Saturdays: 10am-4pm

2019: October 4th-5th
November 1st-2nd
December 6th-7th

2020: January 10th-11th
February 7th-8th
March 13th-14th
April 3rd-4th
May 1st-2nd
June 5th-6th
July 3rd-4th

Course Costs

We offer 1:1 assessment for £130 (+VAT) involving 2 assessment tasks and feedback provided by qualified assessors and an internal verifier.

Course fees are £2700 (including VAT).
Payment of fees by installments may be agreed on arrangement.

Course fees are subject to change

Why Choose us

Our purpose built training suite is ideally situated within easy access of the M3 and is only 40 minutes on the train from London. We care about our students and we will support you every step of the way throughout your BSL journey. Our tutors and assessors are extremely talented in their field and have many years of experience behind them. Our 12 years delivering high quality teaching has given us a good reputation with students and the Deaf community alike.

Previous participants have said...

"The pace was good, the feedback was AMAZING and other centres can't compete, I just wish I knew about SFT years ago! I'll miss you all."
"The course has been fantastic I would and will recommend it. I have gained so much from it and am looking forward to using my skills and knowledge and continue to improve!"
"Full of interesting and complex information from experts - THANK YOU"
"Most definitely. I feel I'm getting good support and am REALLY enjoying this course . Its great to have Judith's view as a client."
"The learning pace is perfect. We have been made to feel we can ask questions at any point to clarify things"
"it is nice to have a Deaf and hearing perspective from the teaching "
"excellent. Food for thought. Read up on books to support theory. Tried out a few new skills at work. "
"Really relaxed atmosphere with constructive feedback so we are aware of what we need to improve "
"The skills and knowledge I learn on the course are invaluable at work."