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BSL/ English Interpreting Modules

These online modules are suitable for registered BSL/English interpreters who would like to evidence advancement of their professional practice or work towards achieving a post-registration qualification at postgraduate level (this qualification is currently subject to validation). The modules can form a valuable component of continuing professional development for interpreters, and the Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI) confirm that one module will meet the requirements of their Continuing Professional Development Policy.

Entry requirements

A typical entry is a first or second class honours degree in BSL/English interpreting, or a relevant professional qualification. Entrants are also expected to be currently registered and have at least three years post-registration BSL/English interpreting experience. However, each application will be considered individually. Students wishing to apply for Theory and Practice of Interpreting 2 will normally be expected to have completed the first module, or had equivalent study experience within a university environment.

Structure

We suggest that students should spend at least 15 hours on independent learning/course work each week per module, including engagement with online discussions. Students will be expected to dedicate one regular evening per week to synchronous online activity. Where possible these will be scheduled to meet student preferences.

Teaching, learning and assessment

This is a distance learning course and students will engage with staff members and each other through regular contact within the online teaching and learning environment. An extensive range of learning technologies - including The Hub, eportfolio and multimedia resources - will be available to support directed, independent learning. Learning materials may include narrated PowerPoint lectures, video or audio clips, reading materials, case-based data, guided learning activities, discussion boards and self-assessment quizzes. Online seminars and discussion groups will be scheduled to allow maximum participation. Discussions and seminars will also be archived to allow students to review the content after the event. Assessment for different modules may be through case-based assignments, reflective journals, research reports, electronic portfolio and online discussions. For MSc students there is also a final dissertation.

Modules

Theory and Practice of Interpreting 1(20 credits at SCQF Level 11)  - This module will be taught in Semester 1. The module includes topic areas on theories and concepts of interpreting, an introduction to Demand Control-Schema, linguistic and contextual challenges, and consideration of how quality in interpreting is evaluated. This will function to refresh and update knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of interpreting work, and allow participants to consider these issues from the perspective of experienced practitioners.

Theory and Practice of Interpreting 2 (20 credits at SCQF Level 11) - This module will be taught in Semester 2. The module includes topic areas on co-working, ethical practice, rapport management, professionalism and self care. This module focusses on the softer skills involved in interpreting practice, and will encourage students to reflect on the relationships and dynamics involved in interpreted interaction, and encourage participants to reflect on the sustainability of their professional practice.

The following modules, on specialist areas of interpreting, build on the knowledge developed in the core modules:

Interpreting in Healthcare Settings (20 credits at SCQF Level 11) – This module will be taught in Semester 1, starting in September 2018  Participants will reflect on their professional practice in a range of healthcare contexts, including primary and secondary care environments. 

Interpreting in Mental Healthcare Settings (20 credits at SCQF Level 11) – This module will be taught in Semester 2, starting in January 2019. The module enables participants to explore the dynamics of interpreted interaction in a range of mental healthcare environments.

Further modules will be introduced during the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic years.

Interpreting in Justice Settings (20 credits at SCQF Level 11) – This module will be taught in Semester 1. The module includes focus on the terminology, protocols and policies of the justice sector in the UK, reflecting on participants’ work in a variety of contexts including police stations, court and prison.

Interpreting in Educational Settings (20 credits at SCQF Level 11) – This module will be taught in Semester 2. The module enables participants to develop understanding of the different stages of education (nursery/primary/secondary/tertiary/higher) and the most effective ways of practicing in these different contexts.

Interpreting in Arts and Culture Settings (20 credits at SCQF Level 11) – This module will be taught in Semester 1. The module covers interpreting in both performative and non-performative settings and a range of media (visual arts, dance, drama, poetry, literature and film). 

Interpreting in Employment Settings (20 credits at SCQF Level 11) – This module will be taught in Semester 2. The module extends participants’ knowledge of working effectively with Deaf employees in a range of employment settings, and the social and political influences that impact on interpreters’ practice.

 

Studying single modules

Students will register as ‘associate students’ for individual modules. Those who wish to progress to study for a postgraduate award may change their student registration status at a later date.

Key details

Start Date: Modules start in either September or January each year.

Duration: Each module is taught over one Semester.   Students wishing to complete postgraduate awards must attain 60 within four years for a PgCert, 120 credits within five years for a PgDip and 180 credits within seven years for an MSc

Application deadline: The deadline for applications for Theory and Practice 2 , 2018 is 30 June 2018. The deadline for applications for the 2019 January intake will be announced in the New Year.

Delivery/ location: Online

Professional registration: N/A

Fees: Fees are charged per module. The module fee for the interpreting modules in the 2018/2019 academic year is £475.

For further information, including application process, please contact: Dr Ben Matthews or Dr Rachel Mapson at interpreting@qmu.ac.uk or  on  0131 474 0000.

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