Diploma in Translation Exam Preparation Courses

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Our Diploma in Translation (DipTrans) exam preparation courses support you in preparing for the Diploma in Translation exam.

About our DipTrans preparation courses

Our Diploma in Translation (DipTrans) preparation course aims to support students in working towards the IoL Educational Trust (IoLET) Diploma in Translation exam. The course is delivered in ‘blended learning’ mode and comprises a series of Saturday workshops throughout the year as well as regular online translation assignments.

Who are these courses for?

Our DipTrans preparation courses are for you if you:

  • are a native speaker of the translation target language (the language you will be translating into in the exam)
  • have degree-level (or equivalent) proficiency in the source language (the language you are translating from in the exam)
  • Want to gain a professional qualification to embark on a career in translation

International students – please note this is not a course that will allow international students to come to the UK and study on a Tier 4 visa.

About the DipTrans qualification

The DipTrans is the oldest professional qualification of its kind, widely recognised by employers in the UK and around the world, and intended for working translators and for those who wish to embark on a career in professional translation. It is a postgraduate-level professional qualification offered by the IoL Educational Trust (IoLET).

Course dates

Workshops for 2019 (10am–12pm and 1-3pm)

  • 19 January 2019
  • 16 February 2019
  • 16 March 2019
  • 6 April 2019
  • 4 May 2019
  • 28 September 2019
  • 26 October 2019
  • 23 November 2019

Courses open for booking
Part Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
English into Italian 19 January 2019 1 year Saturdays (dates as listed) from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm £1060 Apply
Italian into English 19 January 2019 1 year Saturdays (dates as listed) from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm £1060 Apply
English into French 19 January 2019 1 year Saturdays (dates as listed) from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm £1060 Apply
French into English 19 January 2019 1 year Saturdays (dates as listed) from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm £1060 Apply
English into German 19 January 2019 1 year Saturdays (dates as listed) from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm £1060 Apply
German into English 19 January 2019 1 year Saturdays (dates as listed) from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm £1060 Apply
English into Spanish 19 January 2019 1 year Saturdays (dates as listed) from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm £1060 Apply
Spanish into English 19 January 2019 1 year Saturdays (dates as listed) from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm £1060 Apply

Can't find your language combination above? Let us know about a new language combination. We might run this class in the future and will tell you about it.

Course content

Our Diploma in Translation preparation course runs for one calendar year and gradually builds your translation competence to exam level. From January to May and again from September to December, you will be attending monthly on-site workshops, which will cover important translation and exam basics as well as topics such as effective subject research and terminology management, text analysis for translation purposes, translation and revision strategies and, towards the end of the year, targeted exam skills training. Each of these topical sessions will be followed by language-specific sessions with your translation tutor.* In addition, you will, throughout the year, complete a monthly translation assignment online and will receive tailored feedback on your translations from your designated translation tutor.

*Languages subject to annual confirmation

You will learn to:

  • analyse and assess a variety of texts or text types in your source and target languages
  • apply practical translation skills to the standard required of a newly qualified translator
  • explain and justify translation solutions
  • carry out cultural and lexical research relevant to a variety of topics

Teaching methods

The course is taught through a combination of on-site workshops and online translation assignment, on which you will receive individual written feedback. Our lecturers use a variety of both face-to-face and distance learning methods to equip you with the skills needed to further your translation skills, such as:

  • sight translation
  • group translation
  • text analysis for translation purposes
  • strategy discussion
  • individual written feedback on translation assignments
  • research methods for translation purposes
  • glossary building and editing
  • analysis of past exam papers and reports

Before enrolling on the course, all candidates are required to pass an admissions test. 

Dip Trans Exam

The DipTrans exam takes place every January and the University of Westminster is one of several exam centres for the Diploma in Translation. It is important that you are aware that the DipTrans exam fee is not included in the preparation course fee. You will need to register for the DipTrans exam independently of taking the course. You can also register for the Diploma in Translation exam without having taken a preparatory course.

See more information on taking the DipTrans exam at Westminster.

Cancellations

Please also note that all classes are subject to sufficient enrolment. Each course needs to recruit a minimum number of students in order to run. In the event of a class cancellation due to insufficient numbers of students registering, you will be informed in advance and you will receive a full refund of the fees paid for the course.

Dates for submission of online translation assignments

  • 26 January 2019
  • 23 February 2019
  • 23 March 2019
  • 13 April 2019
  • 11 May 2019
  • 15 June 2019
  • 13 July 2019
  • 10 August 2019
  • 7 September 2019
  • 5 October 2019
  • 2 November 2019
  • 30 November 2019

Contact us

Short Course Support Team

E: [email protected]
T: +44 (0)20 3506 9900