Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting

ENROLLING NOW for October 2017

BSL Training Academy is an approved Training and Assessment Centre dedicated to offering training programmes to the highest standard. We have an excellent team of qualified Deaf and hearing professionals who, with their expert knowledge and experience are consistently able to ensure candidates achieve their goals year after year.

This diploma course aims for interpreters to focus on the portfolio only after completing the IDC (Interpreter Development Course) where this leads them through the NVQ6 evidence collection and Portfolio Building.

By the end of the course, those interpreters who complete their portfolio will hold a  NVQ Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting and be eligible to qualify as a NVQ6 Sign Language Interpreter.

Course Information

At BSL Training Academy we offer 18 x 3 hour seminars at our Training Centre. Our course offers candidates the opportunity to learn and develop their skills within a safe and encouraging environment.  In our commitment to offering high quality courses we ensure that group sizes are limited thus allowing candidates to gain from working and learning in a small group situation.

The course will lead candidates through the process of Interpreting, current research and theories and the application of these in the working environment. Candidates will also be closely guided through evidence collection and the portfolio building process.

We value the experience that each candidate brings to the course and, as such, encourage discussion and sharing of experiences to enhance learning.

Qualification structure

To be awarded a Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting candidates must achieve five units in total (four mandatory units and one optional) in order to be awarded the full qualification. Candidates will provide proof of their interpreting competence against the National Occupational Standards by compiling a portfolio of evidence covering the five chosen units. Signature approved centre internally assess and verifiy all units. External quality assurance is provided by Signature.

This qualification consists of five units. Four are mandatory: candidates choose one of the two optional units

Unit code QAN unit number Unit title Assessment
INT6A1 K/602/0479 Prepare for sign language interpreting assignments Written paper
INT6B1 L/602/0488 Interpret one-way as a professional sign language interpreter Interpreting assignment
INT6C1 R/602/0489 Interpret two-way as a professional sign language interpreter Practical assessment of skills
INT6D1 J/602/0490 Develop your performance as a sign language interpreter Practical assessment of skills
INT6E1 L/602/0491 Optional unit: Support sign language interpreting through sight translations of routine written documents Written paper
INT6G1 R/602/0492 Optional unit: Work with other sign language interpreters Practical assessment of skills

Bi-weekly Sessions (Dates)

Start Date: Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Finish Date: Tuesday 17th July 2018

10 x Portfolio Sessions: 3rd October, 7th November, 5th December, 2nd January, 30th January, 13th February, 6th March, 1st May, 5th June and 3rd July.

8 x Tutorials / Evidence Sessions: 17th October, 21st November, 16th January, 20th March, 17th April, 15th May, 19th June and 17th July.


9.45am – 12.45pm

Entry Requirements

All applicants will be required to attend an Initial Assessment, prior to being offered a place on the course.  Interpreters will be assessed against the Interpreter Diploma Assessment Specifications and standards.  The assessment will be in 3 parts:

  1. Interview regarding knowledge and experience of the Interpreting Profession
  2. BSL to English Production
  3. English to BSL Production

Initial Assessment dates from today until Friday 29th September 2017.

Number of places: Minimum 6 candidates and Maximum 8 candidates per group.

IDC: Interpreter Development Course

Candidates who are not at the standard to begin collecting evidence, will be offered the opportunity to follow an Interpreter Development Course with a Registered Sign Language Interpreter from Communication Plus with a view to join the Interpreting Diploma within 12 months.

Initial Assessments are available anytime from today until Friday 29th September 2017. To assess the interpreting skills in 3 parts and feedback will be posted afterward.


  • £75 for initial assessment
  • £2,450 for Level Six NVQ Diploma in Sign Language Interpreter
  • £525 for Units’ Registration


Fees including

  • Course Fee (NVQ Portfolio Building, Tutorials & Sampling Evidences)
  • Assessors
  • IV and EV Visits
  • Units’ Registration
  • Adminstration



For further information please contact the Training Centre Administrator on
0121 707 8685 or training@commplus.org.uk