Institute of Linguists Educational Trust (IoLET) Diploma in Translation [MODULE 1]  CPD

This continuing professional development (CPD) course in practical translation prepares you for the Institute of Linguists Educational Trust (IoLET) Diploma in Translation examination.

The IoLET's Diploma in Translation is a professional qualification intended for those who, having reached a level of linguistic competence at least equivalent to a good Honours degree, wish to embark on a career in professional translation.

Successful candidates are entitled to use the designation 'Dip Trans' and may be eligible to apply for full membership of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL).

The course  consists of three free-standing practical translation modules that can be taken in any order (subject to availability of places in individual language groups). The modules are offered in the following sequence: Module 1 in the Spring Term, Module 2 in the Summer Term and Module 3 in the Autumn Term in preparation for the January exam.
Each module consists of 6 assignments and two 30-minute telephone, Skype or email tutorials.

The course is suitable for:  

  • Practising translators who wish to gain a formal translation qualification
  • People who wish to embark on a career in translation

You will work on practical translation assignments, such as past papers and/or text of a similar length and difficulty. We may also use shorter text to familiarise you with the requirements of the course or specific text types or domains. Although you can take individual modules only, we usually recommend taking all available practical modules in order to explore the available semi-specialist options and to progress translation competence.

Certificate of Completion

On successful completion of each module, you receive a Certificate of Completion, which may be used as evidence of Continuing Professional Development.

Please note, fees for taking the IoLET examinations are not included in the course fees. A guide to examination fees is available from the CioL.

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Monday 26 January 2015 The course is taught by distance learning rather than scheduled classes. 10 weeks 425.00 CE5003 Apply Now
Monday 20 April 2015 The course is taught by distance learning rather than scheduled classes. 10 weeks 425.00 (Module 2) CE5004 Apply Now
Tuesday 30 June 2015 Translation Summer Provision (current students as advised only). Summer 2015 240.00 (Module 2) CE5015 Waiting List
Thursday 10 September 2015 The course is taught by distance learning rather than scheduled classes. 10 weeks 425.00 (Module 3) CE5004 Waiting List

Eligibility

You should be a native speaker of your target language (the language you translate into). In rare cases, where the language you use daily has taken the place of your mother tongue, you should contact the course director before registering for a course. The University reserves the right to decide whether you have a sufficient level of proficiency to be admitted on a course. 

You are not required to present evidence of formal qualifications to the University or the Institute of Linguists. However, the IoLET stresses that you should have at least one of the following (for full details, see the Institute's Handbook and Advice to Candidates (pdf)):

  • a degree/combined degree in the source language (the language they translate from)
  • a pass in an exam qualifying for CIoL membership, or a qualification recognised by the Institute
  • extensive knowledge of the source language.

You should also have the following:

  • excellent understanding of the source language and target language grammar, including spelling and punctuation (this is an essential prerequisite; the course does not cover grammar)
  • at least an Honours degree level of competence in the source language
  • excellent competence, including writing skills, in the target language
  • an understanding of the source language and the target language cultures
  • an interest in current affairs
  • time-management and organisational skills (these are particularly essential for completing the distance learning modules within the tight timeframe)
  • a high degree of self-discipline and a commitment to the course
  • an ability to assess, and reflect on, your own work.

You will also need to research your texts in terms of background knowledge and, if applicable, specialist terminology.

In order to have a fair chance of passing the exam, you will also need to have, or to develop, the following:

  • an eye for detail
  • an awareness of language usage in different genres, both in the source language and target language
  • background knowledge in your chosen semi-specialised areas
  • an ability to use resources critically.

If you have been living in a source-language environment for some time you need to be particularly aware of, and willing to address, a possible loss of mother-tongue competence, and of interference from the source language.

Further requirements:

  • reliable and regular email access
  • Word 97-2003 or later versions
  • applicants are expected to have informed themselves of the nature of the examination before enrolling on a course. Detailed information, including the Institute's Handbook and Advice to Candidates, is available here.

This course is not suitable for those who wish to practise high-level modern language skills. It is specifically designed for students who wish to gain the IoLET Diploma in Translation.

What will I learn?

All modules are designed to develop your translation skills with a view to the IoLET examination requirements, as well as to good professional practice. While the course is based mainly on practical translation work, relevant theoretical aspects of translation are discussed in the study notes, a handbook for students which includes aspects of translation theory and an annotated bibliography.

Each module consists of 6 assignments (past papers from the Institute of Linguists' Diploma in Translation examination or similar texts) and two 30-minute telephone, Skype or email tutorials. Each module follows the pattern of the examination, including two assignments from Unit 1 (general paper), two from Unit 2 (semi-specialist papers Technology, Literature, Business) and two from Unit 3 (Science, Social Science, Law). 

Languages combinations

English - Spanish | Spanish - English
English - French | French - English
English - German | German - English
English - Italian | Italian - English
English - Portuguese | Portuguese - English
English - Dutch | Dutch - English
English - Russian | Russian - English
English - Polish | Polish - English
English - Arabic
English - Turkish
English - Slovak
English - Czech

We reserve the right to change or cancel language combinations according to class size, tutor availability, and other variables beyond our control.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching and learning is through written feedback from tutors, tutorials and independent learning supported by the Study Notes, a handbook for students which includes aspects of theory and an annotated bibliography. In addition, you will be able to benefit from peer discussions across languages and cultures in our virtual learning environment.

The assignments are not formally assessed; you will develop your translation competence on the basis of your tutor's feedback. The online discussion forum will provide further opportunities to share ideas, knowledge and experience with other students.

Please note that students bear the cost of telephone tutorials.

Exam registration

The Chartered Institute of Linguists' examination is set and assessed by the Institute. The registration period is normally 1 May to 31 August. Other Individual exam centres, including City, may have their own registration deadlines. Students at City receive detailed exam information before the registration period starts.

Exam centres

In the UK, there are three types of examination centres. City University London is a teaching centre which is registered as an examination centre. Information about other types of centres can be obtained from the Institute's website.

If you are currently studying with City, or have studied with City in the past, you can sit the Dip Trans exam at City. Please note that it is your responsibility to find an exam centre if you do not wish to, or are unable to, sit the exam at your teaching centre. You are strongly advised to ensure that they have access to an exam centre before you embark on the course. For further details about the examinations, including exam centres outside the UK, please see IoLET's website.

Please note the following:

  • City University London is unable to offer word processing facilities.
  • City University cannot accept external candidates.
  • Exam fees and exam centre fees are incurred by the Institute and by exam centres respectively. These fees, are not included in the course fees.

Recommended Reading


You may find the following texts useful, but they are not required reading.

  • Baker, M (2011) In Other Words, A Coursebook on Translation (2nd edn). London: Routledge
  • Bassnett, S (1998, rpt 2002) Translation Studies. London: Routledge.
  • Munday, J (2012) Introducing Translation Studies. Theories and Applications (3rd edn). London and New York: Routledge.
  • Samuelsson-Brown, G (2012) A Practical Guide for Translators (5th edn). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Application Deadline:

Enrolment opens on 1 October each year and closes two weeks before the start of each module