University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

British Sign Language/English Interpreting and Translation

The aim of the course is to produce practitioners with high order interpreting skills who are able to interpret between deaf people whose 1st or preferred language is British sign language (BSL) and the many hearing people with whom they interact; except in exceptional circumstances, students are expected to be working as BSL/English interpreters whilst attending the course; only through such contact and practice students are able to develop the level of competence required and have the opportunity to collect the necessary evidence to complete their portfolios.

Entry requirements

BA or equivalent; signature NVQ level 3; working at least part time as a BSL/English interpreter.

Course modules

Modules include: Developing BSL performance; principles of BSL/English interpreting; spoken English as a source and target language; from translation to simultaneous interpreting; interpreting as a profession; interpreting practicum; BSL -advanced analysis and application; English - advanced analysis and application; developing advanced BSL performance and skills; advanced interpreting skills and analysis.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through written assignments, BSL presentations, self evaluations, PDP, AV interpreting evidence in live and simulated settings.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time weekend - 3 years
MA Part-time weekend £ 735 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PgCert Part-time weekend £ 735 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

Key information

Course Enquiries
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