School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Interpreting (British Sign Language/English) plus Foundation (4 years)

Why choose this course?

The Interpreting (BSL/English) plus foundation degree is a four year course and, for the final three years of study, follows the same aims and content as the Interpreting (BSL/English) degree.  These pages will give you specific information about the first year of study.

The extra year of study on this course enables students with no or little prior knowledge of sign language to develop the  skills they need for the BA (Hons) Interpreting (BSL/English) degree.  Some of our students have already achieved a basic BSL qualification, but choose this route in order to gain confidence and a deeper knowledge of the language. 

In one academic year, students will be guided from Basic through to Intermediate Sign Language and will cover a range of topics including environmental and political issues, travel, and health. Students are given the time and support to develop both expressive and receptive skills, with considerable focus placed on understanding and applying essential grammatical structures.

Experienced and enthusiastic teaching staff use a range of interactive and innovative teaching and learning methods in class and online, and students also have the opportunity to attend interpreted theatre performances and other cultural events. 

An enhanced DBS is required prior to attending the final year work placement modules (See the Entry Requirement tab for more information)

Further information about the final three years can be found on the Interpreting (BSL/English) pages.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:

UNDERGRADUATE

Year 1 (Foundation)

3GK003 Academic Skills (20 Credits)

3GK005 Critical Thinking (20 Credits)

3GK007 Wolverhampton and its People (20 Credits)

3GK004 The World at Work: Careers and Personal Development (20 Credits)

3GK006 Extended Project (20 Credits)

3GK008 Culture and Nationality in Conflict (20 Credits)

Year 2

4IG001 Intermediate British Sign Language Enhancement for Interpreters A (20 Credits)

4IG003 Introduction to Sign Linguistics (20 Credits)

4IG002 Introduction to Interpreting Issues1 (20 Credits)

4IG004 Intermediate British Sign Language Enhancement for Interpreters B (20 Credits)

4IG009 Intermediate BSL Enhancement for Interpreters C (20 Credits)

4IG005 Introduction to Interpreting Issues 2 (20 Credits)

Year 3

5IG001 Advanced (1) British Sign Language Enhancement for Interpreters A (20 Credits)

5IG003 British Sign Language Syntax and Translation (20 Credits)

5IG002 Consecutive Interpreting 1 (20 Credits)

5IG004 Advanced (1) British Sign Language Enhancement for Interpreters B (20 Credits)

5IG007 Advanced British Sign Language Enhancement for Interpreters C (20 Credits)

5IG005 Consecutive Interpreting 2 20 SEM2 Core (20 Credits)

Year 4

6IG007 Sight Translation (20 Credits)

6IG002 Simultaneous Interpreting 1 (20 Credits)

6IG005 Simultaneous Interpreting 2 (20 Credits)

6IG008 The Translation Agency (20 Credits)

6IG003 Interpreting Work Placement 1 (20 Credits)

6IG006 Interpreting Work Placement 2 (20 Credits)

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Successful completion of this year will allow you to progress on to the  three year BA (Hons) Interpreting (BSL/English) course. Many students who graduate from the BA go on to become registered interpreters and have the potential to work in a range of environments e.g. education, health, social services, theatre, international events, TV, or any setting where Deaf people who use BSL as their preferred language wish to communicate with hearing people. Previous graduates have also gone on to become community project workers, policy advisors, teachers, social workers (with further qualifications) and employment/careers advisors.  Please see the Interpreting (BSL/Eng) pages for information about professional accreditation.

 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

You will taught by both deaf and hearing staff who are experts in their field, the course is aimed at people with no prior knowledge of BSL, you will benefit from innovative and highly interactive teaching which continues outside the classroom through a diverse range of online activities. You will also have access to an extensive range of digitised BSL video resources that have been collected over many years and offer valuable insight into the variety that exists within this non-standardised language.

The University of Wolverhampton is placed at the heart of a thriving deaf community and has an active Sign Language Society. Our subject has strong links to deaf events, interpreted theatre performances and the internationally regarded ‘Deaffest’ – an annual deaf film festival, all of which provide you with excellent volunteering opportunities.

 

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively by producing and understanding opinions and facts in BSL at an intermediate level
  2. Identify, describe, understand and produce key grammatical features of BSL
  3. Apply knowledge of BSL linguistic features to efficient and effective translations between BSL and English at an intermediate level
  4. Demonstrate awareness of personal learning strategies and skills through research and presentations in signed, spoken and written modalities
  5. Show understanding of spatial grammar by expressing concepts visually and communicating opinions and facts cohesively in BSL
  6. Demonstrate a competent level of digital literacy through participation in online interactive tasks in both signed and written modalities.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

The cost of an enhanced DBS Check is £44.00

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry

  • British Sign Language (BSL) Signature Level 2

Please note students with BSL qualifications over 2 years old, or with BSL to the required entry level or above but who do not possess a formal language qualification (for example, a native language user), will be required to complete a skills assessment.

 PLUS EITHER

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grade CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

An Enhanced DBS is required prior to attending the final year work placement modules.  Your tutors will notify you when to start this process.

The DBS does not form part of the entry conditions but students are made aware of possible difficulties with regards to work placement site allocations and registration as an interpreter with the Professional Registration Body (NRCPD) if any issues arise. This is to avoid the situation where students study part of the course or complete the course but cannot find employment in the sector due to DBS issues.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

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.www.nrcpd.org.uk

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, www.nrcpd.org.uk and also include 'Restrictions on Practice', Professional Indemnity Insurance, Enhanced Disclosure and Barring System check, and a 'Fit and Proper Person's Declaration'  http://www.nrcpd.org.uk/documents/registering/fit_and_proper_persons_declaration.pdf

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.  Should you have a difficulty locating this information, then please 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.

 

 

"National Register of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind people, the (NRCPD)"

Accredited by the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) for the purpose of fulfilling the educational requirements to become a Registered Sign Language Interpreter.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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