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Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting and Translation

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“Signature are passionate about increasing the number of BSL users across the UK. Appa me are one of our fantastic centres who contributes towards us doing this, delivering a range of BSL courses with great dedication and commitment”
– Lindsay Foster Executive Director

Wellcome to the Information Page for Level 6 Sign Language Interpreting and Translation

Our new Level 6 courses start in January. We offer an adaptable, interpreter led course based on the current Signature BSL Level 6 Interpreting and Translation specification. Options are;

Stream 1: BSL to English Interpreting.

Stream 3: Deaf relay.

Our interpreting course is taught and assessed continuously throughout its duration. Unlike previous interpreting courses, Part 1 and Part 2 will run concurrently.

Also, as a graduate of our course, you will be given one free CPD course with us.


The Units you will learn are;

The course is separated into two parts.

Part 1 covers the underpinning theories and principles of interpreting and translation. It is mandatory for all candidates.
Learning Outcomes:
LO 1) Analyse and evaluate key theories and principles in interpreting and translation
LO 2) Maintain skills and systems for interpreting and translation tasks
LO 3) Prepare for interpreting and translation assignments
LO 4) Plan and implement continuous professional development

Part 2 covers the practical skills required for professional interpreting and translating and is divided into four areas of practice, called ‘streams’. At appa we offer 2 possible streams of the Signature qualification. These represent your specialisation for Part 2, all students take the same Part 1 classes.

Stream 1: Spoken <> signed interpreting; English and BSL

Stream 3: Relay interpreting; BSL and modified BSL

Stream 4: Written <> signed translation

Candidates who wish to specialise in more than 1 stream are required to undertake assessments in all the chosen streams. For example, a candidate who wishes to specialise in signed <> signed language interpreting and in written <> signed language translation must complete the required assessments for both streams.

Study Tips

At this level you should be able to understand (receptive ability) a wide range of BSL up to that used by professional,native BSL users.

BSL Zone is a great resource for exposure to such a broad range of BSL.

Learning at Appa

Accreditation and faculty:

The course is Signature accredited and designed by interpreters for interpreters. The taught sessions are delivered by a range of qualified teachers who themselves are also out there in the field as professional BSL interpreters. The course has been crafted to give you the very best in learning how to adapt your British Sign Language skills to the wider domains that require the skills, ability and mindset of qualified interpreters.

Your learning Environment and follow-up CPD:

Our centre is geared towards a positive learning environment, you are also given your own personal tutorials, and once completed you will be given 1 free CPD workshop, which will start your CPD journey. You will also receive a discount on any appa run CPD courses for the following 18 months.

Course Details

Assessment is compulsory for all students and costs;
£55 (£35 for Appa students)
Currently, classes will be held remotely via Zoom.
We will assess the option of face to face classes alongside remote learning if risk can be managed adequately.


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