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Diploma in Police Interpreting (DPI)

Level Level 6
Fees £1,135
Start dateSeptember 2022
January 2023 
Module leaderDr Brooke Townsley
Online course delivery. This course can be completed entirely online


Train for the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) Diploma in Police Interpreting (DPI).

Qualified interpreters and translators for the police are in high demand and this programme will give you the expert knowledge and practical experience you need to take the CIoL DPI examination. DPI holders can apply to register on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI).

Course highlights

  • Programme taught by practising experts in Police Interpreting and Translation
  • Large database of past DPI exam papers (all languages) are available for your study
  • All DPI languages are catered for (subject to a minimum enrolment on the programme)
  • We are proud to be a CIoLHE Language Partner

Course content

Through a mix of online interactive seminars, activities, research and reflection you'll gain the essential training you need to take the CIoL DPI exam and you’ll learn to work collaboratively using our e-learning technologies.

Additionally, you’ll get the flexibility to tailor your studies to your preferred language combinations.

Teaching and learning

You'll attend an online interactive seminar every Thursday, between 9.30pm to 12.30pm. (January start course, Friday 09:30 -12300) There will be 12 online workshops and a range of online synchronous and asynchronous learning learning activities, follow-up tasks and projects.

In addition to your workshop sessions, you'll have tutorials with your Language Consultant. This will be a native speaker of your Other Language and an experienced interpreter and translator. Your Language Consultant will help you with all aspects of your interpreting and translation out of English into your OL target language, including advising on bilingual terminology.


Assessment on the programme is via Formative Assessment tasks which are set at regular intervals throughout the programme. These include:

  • Written translations into and out of English
  • Witness statement taking and note taking
  • Simulated police interpreting assignments
  • Oral sight translation
  • Simultaneous interpreting out of English
  • Practice DPI exam tasks under exam conditions.

You'll receive feedback on your assessment tasks in a number of ways including written comments, video and audio recordings and/or in tutorials.

The Summative Assesment is the DPI exam which is set and marked by the CloL. Your final exam will take place in June at our CloL exam centre.

On completion of your programme, you'll receive a Certificate of Completion.

How to apply



  • Native or near-native language proficiency in English and your Other Language (spoken and written)
  • Ability to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week to study and research in addition to class time
  • Successful interview with programme leader


  • Level 3 Community Interpreting
  • Prior experience in interpreting and/or translation (any field)
  • English language and/or other language qualifications

To apply, please complete the application form.

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