TRAINING COURSES
AND CPD WORKSHOPS  

Bridge is an award-winning training provider, approved as a centre by the awarding body TQUK and an official exam centre for the Chartered Institute of Linguists. Bridge offers linguists training of a high standard, recognised both nationally and internationally, in a variety of subjects and levels.

Most of our qualifications are available via distance learning and can be started and completed at any time.

AWARD WINNING TRAINING
Bridge was awarded the Nuffield Trophy in 2017
for Best Group Entry in the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting
by the Institute of Linguists

Below you will find more information about the following training courses and CPD workshops:

  • TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting (RGF) – 16 credits
  • Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (Level 6) – English Law
  • Preparation course for the Diploma in Police Interpreting (level 6)
  • TQUK Advanced Medical Interpreting
  • Self Employment and Tax Management Workshop

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TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting (RQF) – 16 credits

This is a nationally recognised qualification and the minimum required to enable a bilingual speaker to work as a Community Interpreter.

This course is ideal for bilingual adults, who do not already hold an interpreting qualification and wish to develop their interpreting skills to gain employment, enhance their CV or progress to further training.

Requirements: You must be fluent in English and at least another language.

You will learn:

  • How to understand the role of the Community Interpreter
  • About public services in the UK
  • How to develop and practice sight translation
  • How to demonstrate the skills of two-way interpreting
  • How to develop and enhance your own performance
  • How to deliver a professional service while respecting the ethics surrounding the role of the Community Interpreter

The assessment includes a portfolio of evidence and an observation test (oral exam). This course is available via distance learning and can be completed at your own pace. It also takes place at our premises 3 times a year between January and April, April and July and August and November.

Diploma in public service interpreting (level 6) – English law option

This course is for those with some experience in interpreting who wish to gain a qualification recognised at national and European level in order to work in Public Service Interpreting and more specifically for the Ministry of Justice, the Probation Service and the Police. This level 6 qualification is equivalent to a first-degree level qualification.

The class based course starts in September every year and completes the following year in June.

The distance learning option can be started at any time and completed at your own pace.

This course includes multiple practice sessions, sets of full mock exams and continuous support from your tutor. This allows the development of interpreting techniques such as simultaneous interpreting and the principles and practice of written translation and sight translation.

Students who gain the DPSI qualification will be able to apply for registration on the National Register for Public Services Interpreters (NRPSI) and will be able to use the initials DPSI after their name.

The examination consists of the following modules:

  • Interpreting using consecutive and whispered techniques
  • Sight translation from and into English
  • Written Translation from and into English

Diploma in police interpreting (level 6)

This qualification replaces the Metropolitan Police Test and has now been introduced nationally. This course is for those with some experience in interpreting who wish to gain a qualification recognised at national and European level in order to work in Police interpreting. This level 6 qualification is equivalent to a first-degree level qualification.

This course is only available online and can be started at any time and completed at your own pace.

It includes multiple practice sessions, sets of full mock exams and continuous support from your tutor. This allows the development of interpreting techniques such as simultaneous interpreting and the principles and practice of written translation and sight translation.

Students who gain the DPI qualification will be able to apply for registration on the National Register for Public Services Interpreters (NRPSI Ltd.) and will be able to use the initials DPI after their name.

The Diploma in Police Interpreting examinations consist of five units and the structure is as follows:

  • Interpret consecutively two-way in a Police context and take a Police statement
  • Interpret simultaneously – whispered – from English in a Police context
  • Provide a Sight Translation from English in a Police context
  • Translate a Police statement into English
  • Translate from English in a Police context

The exams will take place twice a year in November and May and are organised by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL).

Tquk advanced medical interpreting

Bridge is proud to introduce its very own in-house qualification and CPD workshop: the Advanced Medical Interpreting, endorsed by TQUK. This course has been carefully crafted by us to enable our qualified interpreters to work on their professional development and expand their knowledge of healthcare procedures and terminology.

Upon completion of the coursework, you will receive an Advanced Medical Interpreting certificate delivered by our Awarding Body TQUK.

This qualification is composed of the following modules:

  • Primary Healthcare
  • Hospitals & Specialised Units
  • Mental health
  • Telephone Interpreting & Note Taking skills within healthcare settings
  • Sight Translation within healthcare settings
  • Resources and Challenging Terminology
  • Ethics and Challenges to the role of the interpreter within healthcare settings

This course is only available online and can be started at any time and completed at your own pace.

Self employment and tax management workshop

This CPD workshop is for self-employed interpreters and more generally for self-employed individuals who wish to know more about their tax obligations and what to do to ensure these are met.

This short workshop is available via distance learning and can be completed at your own pace. It also takes place regularly at our premises so do not forger to join our mailing list to stay up-to-date!

The workshop is run by the lovely Melissa Middleton from PNE Enterprise.

Melissa has a lot of experience training self-employed people and supporting businesses in the region. During the workshop, she will cover:

  • Legal responsibilities for a self-employed interpreter
  • Managing flow of invoices and payments from various interpreting/translation agencies which operate different payment rates and terms
  • Registration with HMRC for tax purposes (either as self-employed or as a second income )
  • Best practice on keeping accounts – what counts as income and expenditure
  • Self-assessment form completion and National insurance payments if applicable

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As a provider of further education, we are now able to offer to our students the fantastic opportunity to purchase a TOTUM card (NUS extra card). The TOTUM card will unlock many discounts online and in shops, restaurants and cinemas.

You can purchase:

  • a 1-year card for £12,
  • a 2-year card for £22 or
  • a 3-year card for £32

Due to the limited availability of the TOTUM cards through Bridge, the purchase of these cards will be made available to our students on a first comes first served basis.

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Gateshead Interchange Centre
West Street
Gateshead
NE8 1BH

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0191 66 200 15

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