Interpreter Course - Level 5

Interpreter Course aims to develop interpreting skills to work in community settings such as health, community work, the courts, tenancy services. etc. Students will learn the skills required for interpreting mostly in a classroom environment where the theoretical skills will be taught and practical application of the skills will be held using role-play situations. All theoretical and practical work will include assessment activities on an ongoing basis throughout the course.

The interpreter Course is an approved course by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. This course is designed for local and international students.

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We understand that you have a variety of needs. Our experienced and well-qualified teaching team uses a variety of teaching strategies to provide constructive and interesting learning. 

Our classes are small – maximum of 9 students. We check your progress regularly.

Interpreter Course (Level 5)

Entry Requirements

  • Student must be 18 years of age at the time of Application
  • Suitable entry permit (Visa/immigration status) to study
  • Applicants who do not have English as a first language or who have studied in a country where their language of instructions in the school at primary and secondary level is not English will need to meet one of the following English requirements:
    • Academic IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL paper based test (PBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE) OR
    • TOEFL Internet based test (IBT) score of 46 or higher (with a writing score of 20) OR
    • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations : FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill OR
    • NZCEL: Level 4 with the Academic endorsement OR
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PToE (Academic) score of 42 OR
    • City & Guilds IESOL: B2 communicator with a score of 42
  • Statement of Purpose (Statement of interest in working as an interpreter in community contexts)

6 weeks.

Study Option
35 hours (20 hours classroom and 15 hours self study) per week.
Classes are usually in the afternoon (1:00pm – 5:00pm) Mon – Fri.

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Course Detail
Interpreter Course is developed to provide students with interpreting skills to work in community settings such as health, community work, the courts, tenancy services. There are five modules in this course. All modules are compulsory.

  • Module 1: Communication skills needed for interpreting
  • Module 2: Interpreting skills; speech, memory, listening
  • Module 3: Preparation for and participation in an interpreting session
  • Module 4: Techniques to enhance the interpreting process; cross-cultural communication, signpost words, note-taking and summarising skills
  • Module 5: The role of the liaison interpreter

There are total of six assessments based on five modules. Students will appear in one assessment at the end of each week over a six-week period. You will undertake this assessment in test conditions in a classroom situation. If you do not pass the assessments there will be opportunities made to re-sit and obtain learning support to assist you. Students will attend orientation on first day of their course.


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