Professional Body Accreditation
Successfully completing a course that is accredited by a professional body can give you a step up on the career ladder. In some cases it can be the only route to becoming a practitioner in your chosen occupation.
BA (Hons) in Interpreting BSL/English and BA (Hons) Interpreting BSL/English with Foundation Year
The National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) exists to protect the public by regulating communication and language professionals who work with deaf and deafblind people.
To become a Registered Sign Language Interpreter you need to show the NRCPD that you are highly skilled in a signed language like BSL, ISL or ASL and a second language that can be another signed language or a spoken language. One of those languages must be native to the UK and Ireland.
The NRCPD approve courses that meet agreed professional standards. Only people who have successfully completed an approved course can join the Register. They assess course content to ensure it meets agreed professional standards and make sure graduates are appropriately trained.
People and organisations who need the services of communication and language professionals can be sure a Registrant:
- is properly trained by successfully completing an approved course;
- has agreed to abide by the NRCPD Code of Conduct;
- is subject to a complaints process;
- continues their professional development;
- has an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service; and
- has valid professional indemnity insurance.
Our BA (Hons) in Interpreting BSL/English has recently been validated for RSLI (Registered Sign Language Interpreter) status by the NRCPD for those students achieving a first class honours degree (and necessary additional evidence).
All students have the opportunity commencing Level 6 to register as a ‘Trainee Interpreter’.
Visit the NRCPD website to find out more.