- 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.
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
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.