Frequently Asked Questions -

Interpreting (British Sign Language/English) plus Foundation


How will I be taught?

A range of learning and teaching methods will become familiar to you, including lectures, seminars, discussions and the use of audio-visual materials.  In addition, you will learn British Sign Language using interactive and innovative methods.  You will also be encouraged to attend interpreted theatre performances and other cultural events.  Membership of the University Sign Language Society is also recommended.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, mainly through continuous assessment. In addition you will be required to submit translations between English and BSL, BSL presentations, discourse and written English.


What are my future prospects?

Successful completion of this course will allow you to progress directly onto our BA (Hons) Interpreting (British Sign Language/English) degree course.  These qualifications provide the knowledge and skills you need for a career as a professional interpreter.

Can I work as a sign language interpreter when I graduate?

Upon graduation in order to work as a sign language interpreter you will be required to register with the professional body the NRCPD - The National Register of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind people.

The"NRCPD regulates communication professionals who work with deaf and deafblind people. Our job is to safeguard the wellbeing and interests of people who rely on those professionals."

When applying to the 3 or 4 year interpreting programme, please ensure you are familiar and aware of the NRCPD requirements for registration.  These can be found on the NRCPD's website,  and also include 'Restrictions on Practice', Professional Indemnity Insurance, Enhanced Disclosure and Barring System check, and a 'Fit and Proper Person's Declaration' 

Please go to the NRCPD website, click on the tab for 'Registering' and then 'Sign Language Interpreter' and you will find the above information there. If you have difficulty locating this information, then type the item into the NRCPD search box. 

If you have any queries in relation to the above information and your application to the course, please contact the Course Leader for the Interpreting Subject of your chosen programme.


What do I need to do Interpreting with Foundation Year?

We expect you to have: 

  • an interest in the Deaf Community
  • an interest in British Sign Language
  • self confidence and self reliance
  • pro-active approach towards learning and self-development


What specialist skills will I develop?

In addition to knowledge and understanding of the Deaf Community, you will also gain the following:

  • receptive and expressive skills in British Sign Language in a range of topics
  • knowledge of and practical skills in translation
  • knowledge of  the linguistic basis of British Sign Language


What do I need to apply for Interpreting with Foundation Year

Please follow this link: BA (Hons)Interpreting (BSL/English) with Foundation Year