Britain is now a multi-lingual society, but there are still members of some communities who have a limited grasp of spoken English. These individuals rely on others to help them overcome linguistic barriers in everyday situations, such as accessing education, health services, housing, justice, and other public services. Ascentis has developed a suite of qualifications to meet this need.


Who are these qualifications for?

These qualifications are aimed at learners who have an interest in learning about the role of an interpreter and working with different linguistic groups in the community.  They are also for learners who wish to acquire qualifications to enable them to work towards becoming a Community Interpreter.  There are no formal entry requirements for Levels 1 and 2.  There is an expectation at Levels 3 and 4 that the learner will have developed language skills at Level 5 in their first language and Level 4 in English.



Ascentis Level 1 Award in Understanding Community Interpreting Specification

Ascentis Level 2 Certificate in Preparing for the Community Interpreting Role Specification

Ascentis Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting Specification

Ascentis Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting Specification

Where can my learners go from here?

Access to HE

Education & Training


Why should I choose Ascentis?

  • Full suite of qualifications from Level 1 to Level 4
  • Funding available at all levels
  • Level 3 is based on National Occupational Standards and is aimed at learners who wish to undertake interpreting work at a basic level
  • Learners can choose sectors to specialise in at Levels 3 and 4
  • Unit certification is available for each of the units
  • Verification and certification can be offered throughout the year, allowing maximum flexibility for centres

How do I get started?

For more information on how to deliver our Community Interpreting qualifications, or to move your Community Learning provision to Ascentis, or to request a visit to your centre, please contact the Commercial Team on 01524 845046 or click here to email.


If you wish to apply now, please download the Centre Recognition Form and/or Qualification Approval Form which are available in our Key Information section. You can also view the Community Interpreting Centre Guidance by clicking the link.