CPD

Advancing Practice in Signed/Spoken Language Interpreting (Single Modules)

We offer standalone modules which are suitable for experienced interpreters working between signed and spoken languages who would like to evidence advancement of their professional practice.  The modules can form a valuable component of continuing professional development for interpreters.  In the UK, successful participation in individual modules is recognized as fulfilling the annual mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of The National Registers for Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) and the Scottish Register for Professionals working with the Deaf Community (SRLPDC).

 

We also offer a MSc/PgDip/PgCert Advancing Practice in Signed/Spoken Language Interpreting and on completion of a single module, you may choose to work towards achieving one of these named qualifications. 

Entry requirements

Up-to-date registration as a sign language interpreter (where this is available) and at least three years of professional experience post registration, or equivalent. As applicants are likely to come from a wide variety of backgrounds in relation to previous academic qualifications, each application will be considered individually. As the modules are delivered in English, international applicants without an honours degree that has been studied in English will need to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5, with no individual component score less than 6.0. Online interviews with applicants may be arranged.

Structure

We suggest that students should spend at least 15 hours on independent learning/course work each week per module, including engagement with online discussions. Students will be expected to dedicate one regular evening per week to synchronous online activity. Where possible these will be scheduled to meet student preferences.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The entire course is delivered online. You will use an extensive range of learning technologies and multimedia resources to support directed, independent learning.  Contact between staff and students can involve recorded or live online lectures, seminars, case-based discussions and tutorials.

Your performance on the course will be assessed through your engagement with online discussion, case studies, essays and e-portfolios.

Modules

Theory and Practice of Interpreting 1(20 credits at SCQF Level 11)  - This module will be taught in Semester One. The module includes topic areas on theories and concepts of interpreting, an introduction to Demand Control-Schema, linguistic and contextual challenges, and consideration of how quality in interpreting is evaluated. This will function to refresh and update knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of interpreting work, and allow participants to consider these issues from the perspective of experienced practitioners.

Theory and Practice of Interpreting 2 (20 credits at SCQF Level 11) - This module will be taught in Semester Two. The module includes topic areas on co-working, ethical practice, rapport management, professionalism and self care. This module focusses on the softer skills involved in interpreting practice, and will encourage students to reflect on the relationships and dynamics involved in interpreted interaction, and encourage participants to reflect on the sustainability of their professional practice.

The following modules, on specialist areas of interpreting, build on the knowledge developed in the core modules:

Interpreting in Healthcare Settings (20 credits at SCQF Level 11) – This module is taught in Semester One. Participants will reflect on their professional practice in a range of healthcare contexts, including primary and secondary care environments. 

Interpreting in Mental Healthcare Settings (20 credits at SCQF Level 11) – This module is taught in Semester Two. The module enables participants to explore the dynamics of interpreted interaction in a range of mental healthcare environments.

Interpreting in Justice Settings (20 credits at SCQF Level 11) – This module is taught in Semester One. The module includes focus on the terminology, protocols and policies of the justice sector in the UK, reflecting on participants’ work in a variety of contexts including police stations, court and prison.

Interpreting in Educational Settings (20 credits at SCQF Level 11) – This module is taught in Semester Two. The module enables participants to develop understanding of the different stages of education (nursery/primary/secondary/tertiary/higher) and the most effective ways of practicing in these different contexts.

Interpreting in Arts and Culture Settings (20 credits at SCQF Level 11) – This module is taught in Semester One. The module covers interpreting in both performative and non-performative settings and a range of media (visual arts, dance, drama, poetry, literature and film). 

Interpreting in Employment Settings (20 credits at SCQF Level 11) – This module is taught in Semester Two. The module extends participants’ knowledge of working effectively with deaf employees in a range of employment settings, and the social and political influences that impact on interpreters’ practice.

Supportive Practice (20 credits at SCQF Level 11) - This module is taught in Semester 2, with evidence collection extending to Semester 1 of the following academic year. The module enables participants to extend their own reflective practice towards facilitating the professional development of colleagues.

NB Please check with staff for availability of specialist modules as these offerings will vary from year to year.

SCQF=Scottish Credit Qualification Framework

NB Please check with staff for availability of specialist modules as these offerings will vary from year to year.

SCQF=Scottish Credit Qualification Framework

 

Studying single modules

Students will register as ‘associate students’ for individual modules. Those who wish to progress to study for a postgraduate award may change their student registration status at a later date.

Key details

Start Date: Modules start in either September (Semester One) or January (Semester Two) each year.

Duration: Each module is taught over one Semester.

Outcome: Students wishing to complete a named postgraduate award must attain the following:
• PgCert BSL/English Interpreting (Post-Reg) - 60 credits within four years
• PgDip BSL/English Interpreting (Post-Reg) - 120 credits within five years
• MSc BSL/English Interpreting (Post-Reg) - 180 credits within seven years

Application deadline: The application deadline for modules starting in September is 30 June. The deadline for modules starting in January is 30 October.

Delivery/location: Online

Professional registration: N/A

Fees: Fees are charged per module - see https://www.qmu.ac.uk/current-students/current-students-general-information/fees-and-charges/202122-postgraduate-fee/. Fees for 2021 entry are £885 per module.

For further information, including application process, please contact: Dr Rachel Mapson at interpreting@qmu.ac.uk or  on  0131 474 0000.

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