Taught course

British Sign Language/English Interpreting and Translation

University of Central Lancashire · School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

BA or equivalent, Signature NVQ Level 3, Working at least part time as a BSL/English interpreter.

Months of entry


Course content

Taught part-time over a three-year period, the ten modules of the MA BSL/English Interpreting and Translation course form a coherent professional training leading to membership of the national Register of BSL/English Interpreters, and a Masters level degree qualification.
The course comprises sixteen two-day blocks (contact time) over a three year period. Except in exceptional circumstances, students will be expected to be working as BSL/English interpreters whilst attending the course. Only through such contact and practice will students be able to develop the level of competence required and have the opportunity to collect the necessary evidence to complete their portfolios.
The course includes theoretically based knowledge of language, linguistics and culture required in order to understand the various client groups' language choices and interact appropriately with them, and the practical language manipulation skills that are required of competent interpreters. The course will promote the necessary inter-relationship of these two elements and apply them in strategies for planning, delivering and reviewing your own professional interpreting work. Links with Professional Bodies: 'Signature' National Register of BSL/English Interpreters

The course programme is comprised of the following modules:

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

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Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

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