School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Interpreting (British Sign Language/English)

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

This long established and highly respected course will train you to become a British Sign Language/English Interpreter and help to enhance the value of the role you play working with, or for, the D/deaf community.

This long established and highly respected course will train you to become a British Sign Language/English Interpreter and help to enhance the value of the role you play working with, or for, the D/deaf community.

Why choose this course?

This long established and highly respected course will train you to become a British Sign Language/English Interpreter and help to enhance the value of the role you play working with, or for, the D/deaf community. You will have the opportunity to develop your British Sign Language and Interpreting skills to an enhanced level using a range of in class and online interactive and innovative teaching and learning methods. You will engage in intensive study incorporating practical, analytical and theoretical aspects of culture, language, interpreting and professional skills, and have the opportunity to undertake a work placement* in your third year. 

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

Read more about Interpreting at the University of Wolverhampton.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1

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 2

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 3

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

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

A long standing course and one of the few of its kind in Interpreting (British Sign Language/English) in the UK.  Many graduates choose to become interpreters registered with the professional body and have the potential to work in a range of environments upon graduation.

Students who choose to study Interpreting BSL/English, benefit from access to a local thriving D/deaf community with many opportunities to become involved in a range of related events. The well established work placement component in the final year also provides the chance to apply learning to real life situations and develop practical/professional skills ready for the workplace. The course has a sound history of graduate employability success. 

Comments from our External Examiner on provision:

"The curriculum is very well developed and all materials pertaining to the courses that I have reviewed are clearly structured and highly relevant to the profession".

“This programme's content is also mapped onto national requirements for interpreters offering additional confirmation that the course content is appropriately preparing students for professional life."

“Assessment strategies are well conceived and applied. They map onto the learning outcomes in an effective way and students receive valuable feedback regarding their strengths and weaknesses.”

"The variety of assessments used is commendable and there are many innovative approaches to assessment evidenced in the materials that I have reviewed.....the assessments often reflect a good deal of innovation and creativity on the part of the lecturers".

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

  1. Apply conceptual, theoretical and vocational knowledge of BSL to the study of Deaf people and their language.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Deaf issues within the wider context of hearing impairment.
  3. Develop interpersonal skills in a bilingual environment and gain/demonstrate an awareness of the impact of the interpreter upon the communities they serve.
  4. Evidence knowledge of interpreting ethics and protocol in a number of interpreting settings.
  5. Graduate individuals to work cohesively in an interpreting environment in accordance with the national interpreting registration standards.
  6. Sustain and foster the enjoyment of lifelong learning within the professional development of individual interpreters.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

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

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Pass 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

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 for further information.

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

"The work placement experience for me summed up everything I had learnt throughout my time at the University of Wolverhampton. It was a wonderful experience and I certainly gained much more than I anticipated from it. I now have everything I feel I need in order to work confidently within the community and I am looking forward to the exciting career I have ahead of me."

“Soon after graduating as a Trainee Interpreter I was offered a job as an in-house interpreter for a local community based interpreting agency. I was supported, encouraged and able to put theory into practice incorporating the many aspects taught on the degree.”

"The most positive aspects of my placement were...too many things to list. It was a brilliant experience!"








"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.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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