Community interpreting

Community Interpreting

Community Interpreting

Community Interpreting

Studying a community interpreting course will allow you to help others in your local community develop their skills and overcome language barriers that they face in everyday situations; so, if you speak both English and another language, you may be interested in our online community interpreting courses.

Through these courses you will learn all the terminology and techniques involved in interpreting, practise and improve your interpreting skills and work towards gaining a level 2 nationally recognised qualification.

Once you have completed the level 2 qualification, you will then be able to undertake paid interpreting work, progress on to level 3 studies with another provider or complete an IoLET’s Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI).

How will I be taught?

You will have online classes and do some independent learning at home to build a portfolio that evidences your knowledge, skills and experience. 

You may also be required to carry out some level of online independent study in between sessions and will need a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC and a good internet connection to do this. You may need access to a laptop or PC to complete assignments throughout the course.

Don’t worry if this is a new way of learning for you – our tutors will explain how this works and support you to do this. We also host Skill Up drop in workshops where you can brush up on your digital skills to help support your learning. 

Classroom of learners in a lesson all sat around computers
A woman and man sat in a classroom reading a book together

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary for each of our courses and before you start you will be assessed to ensure you join the right level course for you. 

You will be able to find more information about the requirements needed for your chosen course by contacting our support team on 0161 291 6733, dropping into your local adult learning centre or emailing us at

Community Interpreting courses

Select the course that you are interested in from the list below to find out more.

This course covers the basics of Community Interpreting, where it is needed, what ‘good practice’ means, and gives you the chance to practise.

This course gives more advanced interpreting practice, assesses your interpreting abilities, and can provide a qualification to help you gain employment.

Help and support

You will find a range of support on offer when you study with MAES. From our friendly and enthusiastic business support team located in our learning centres to our well-qualified and committed tutors. 

We are also home to Make it Happen – a service run by our dedicated Careers and Progression team who will provide expert knowledge and personalised support to prepare you for the next stage in your career. Find out more below.