Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (Spoken Language)

Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (Spoken Language) - PSP60922

VOCATIONAL

Master language interpreting skills from industry experts. 

Student type:
Learning mode:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Fees:

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Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

Are you interested in working as an interpreter?

Globalisation and migration have resulted in increased contact between people from different language backgrounds, so interpreters are more in-demand than ever.

RMIT is the leader in delivering interpreting qualifications that prepare work-ready graduates, with over 40 years of experience delivering interpreting and translating certificates, diplomas and degrees.

Utilising your advanced bilingual skills, this diploma creates a range of opportunities for you to facilitate communication between speakers of different languages. You'll learn to use communication media, and practice ethical principles in a range of professional contexts. In addition to weekly lectures and tutorials, you'll also have access to one-on-one practice sessions, allowing you to receive personalised feedback on your progress. 

We're endorsed by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) to offer up to 40 languages. In Semester 1 2024, the following language may be offered subject to demand and meeting minimum numbers:

  • Arabic
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Persian
  • Mandarin (not eligible for scholarship).

We require a minimum number of participants for each language. 

Why study the Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English) at RMIT?

Personalised learning

Access one-on-one practice sessions and receive feedback from NAATI-certified professional interpreter teaching staff.

Real-world scenarios

Put your skills into practice through role-plays and simulations and prepare for a range of professional contexts.

NAATI endorsed

Graduates will be eligible and well-prepared to sit the external NAATI Certified Interpreter test.

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Scholarships available

The Victorian Government is offering scholarships to students in Arabic, Greek, Italian, and Persian in this Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (Spoken Language) in 2024. Check your eligibility and find out how to apply. 

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Details

Learning and teaching

The Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (Spoken Language) creates a range of opportunities for you to apply your knowledge and skills. 

This Advanced Diploma is designed for people who have advanced bilingual skills to facilitate communication between speakers of different languages. You’ll gain advanced oral transfer skills for interpreting in specialised settings, use communication media in interpreting, and study and apply ethical principles in professional contexts.

You will attend weekly lectures and tutorials, as well as one-on-one practice sessions with your teacher. You will participate in learning activities including scenarios, case studies, role play (in dialogue, monologue and sight translation), online practice tools, group discussions and projects, practical demonstrations, reflective journals and simulations of real-life assignments. You will be required to participate in face to face classes on campus 2-3 days per week and online classes 1 day a week.

Assessment may include written work, quizzes, presentations, interpreting demonstrations, and  class observation and peer review.

Subjects are delivered in English. Some subjects may have bilingual activities and assessment tasks. 

Assessment methods

Assessment may include written work, quizzes, presentations, interpreting demonstrations, and  class observation and peer review.

Learning at RMIT

The types of classes you have will depend on the course you’re studying. Classes are offered in various formats designed to provide meaningful engagement with staff, industry and peers and provide for access and use of spaces where learning can be applied and active, including an array of specialised equipment.

Most RMIT courses do not include passive large-scale classes such as lectures, instead the content traditionally provided in lectures is made available online. This may be in the form of readings, videos or other on-demand learning materials. This content will also support the basis of interactive learning that takes place in on-campus classes.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.

Teaching staff are all NAATI-certified professional interpreters who bring a wealth of experience, current knowledge and skills into the classes, ensuring teaching and learning are in line with current industry standards.

You will participate in simulated interpreting activities with students from other discipline areas such as community services, criminal justice, occupational therapy and social work, giving you the opportunity to put your skills into practice.

In addition to the established industry connections within this qualifications, you will also have the opportunity to attend industry events and connect with the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT). You may also be interested in participating in RMIT Mentoring, where you will be matched with an industry professional for networking, professional development, and career advice.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this advanced diploma and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

This diploma typically requires 3 days per week on-campus study, and an additional 3 hours of independent study time per subject per week.

You will complete 8 core subjects and 7 elective subjects.

You will prepare to interpret in complex settings by learning:

  • theoretical approaches
  • discourse management strategies
  • transfer skills
  • interpreting via communication media
  • interpreting as part of a team
  • professional practice issues

Through classes, workshops and guided group and individual learning activities, you will practise your interpreting skills and gain an appreciation of professional ethics and industry knowledge.

After completing this diploma you will be eligable to sit the external NAATI Certified Interpreter test. 

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (Spoken Language)
Program code: C6183
National curriculum code: PSP60922

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (Spoken Language)
City Campus
1 year full-time
C6183
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
C6183
CRICOS

Career

Demand for qualified interpreters is increasing due to high levels of interaction between people and cultures as a result of globalised economies, immigration and humanitarian reasons.

A large number of people also face language barriers due to physical disabilities (such as deafness or impaired hearing) and require language assistance.

Graduates find employment as freelancers and contractors to language services agencies. They also work in public and private sector organisations such as hospitals, courts, businesses, government departments and agencies.

The qualification awarded for this Advanced Diploma is preferred by many international/multinational organisations and agencies such as NGOs, embassies, private companies and manufacturers. 

The program is endorsed by NAATI. Graduates will be eligible to sit the external NAATI Certified Interpreter test after completing this program.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

There are no minimum academic entry requirements.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in both English and the nominated Language Other Than English (LOTE).

All applicants must submit the selection task to nominate the LOTE that they are applying for and how they meet language proficiency.

Languages offered

In Semester 1, 2024, the following languages may be offered subject to demand:

  • Arabic
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Persian.

The Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (Spoken Language) requires that applicants are already proficient in both English and in their nominated Language Other Than English (LOTE). 

English Language Requirements

Successful completion of an approved English proficiency test within the last two years, achieving:  

  • Versant English Placement Test: minimum band of C1 in Listening, Speaking and Reading and minimum band of B2 in Writing
  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall of 7 (with no communication band below 6.5)  
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - iBT): Overall score of 94 with minimum score of 22 in Listening, 25 in Speaking, 24 in Reading and 21 in Writing
  • PTE (Academic): Overall score 65 (no communication band less than 58).

OR 

Successfully completed a tertiary qualification (bachelor level or higher) where the language of instruction was English and the qualification was from one of the RMIT recognised English speaking countries. 

OR 

If you are a native English-speaker, you will need to provide evidence of either: 

  • Completing your primary and secondary education (equivalent to Australian secondary education year 12) at an institution/s where English was the primary language of instruction; 
  • Completing your secondary (equivalent to Australian secondary education year 12) and a post-secondary qualification (Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma) at an institution/s where English was the primary language of instruction.

If you do not have any of the test results listed, RMIT can arrange for you to complete the Versant English Placement Test at no cost (maximum one test sitting per applicant per intake). To access this online test, please complete and submit your Selection Task and RMIT will contact you to arrange the test.

LOTE requirements

Successful completion of a recognised year 12 or senior secondary school qualification (equivalent to an Australian year 12) taught in the LOTE you are applying to study in the program. 

OR

Successful completion of a tertiary qualification taught in the LOTE you are applying to study in the program. 

OR   

Complete an RMIT administered LOTE test. The LOTE test includes reading, writing, and translating from your second language into your first language (one of them must be English). Applicants will be able to complete the LOTE test as part of their Selection Task.

Semester 1, 2024

The selection task requires you to identify:

  • Which language you wish to study. (Languages offered are subject to demand per intake).
  • If you wish to be considered for a Victorian Government Department of Families, Fairness and Housing scholarship (specified languages only) 
  • How you meet English requirements (supporting evidence required) OR indicate that you need to complete a Versant English Placement Test
  • How you meet LOTE requirements through previous study (supporting evidence required) OR have you complete a LOTE test, which includes reading, writing and translating tasks in your LOTE.

Selection task dates

If you are applying direct to RMIT, you must complete and submit your direct application. The link to submit your selection task will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application. Please see the Apply page for information on eligibility to apply direct.

Selection task dates for direct applicants
Applicant type Register and submit the selection task by
Direct applicants 31 January 2024

Additional information

Non-academic abilities you’ll need to complete this program

The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.

The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.

If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require.

By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:

  • understand more about the program
  • determine if you may need support during your studies
  • make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you

If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.

To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service

The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.

Pathways

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Understanding pathways

Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.

Even though there are no formal pathways into this course, there are often other ways you can gain entry.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

When you sucessfully complete this advanced diploma, you may be eligible for entry into other RMIT undergraduate programs.

Fees

Tuition fees

The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.

  • 2024 government subsidised place: AU$7,000* per annum
  • 2024 full-fee place: AU$9,000* per annum

*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

Fee finder

Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$351 maximum fee for 2024.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment

The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Eligibility Exemption criteria

**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility

Defer your payment

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.

Payments and refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2024 is $351.  

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

Victorian Government Scholarships available

The Victorian Government Department of Families, Fairness and Housing are offering a limited number of scholarships for students who undertake the Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (Spoken Language) in 2024 in the following LOTE:

  • Arabic
  • Greek
  • Italian 
  • Persian

If you wish to be considered for a Scholarship for one of these languages, please indicate this on your Selection Task. Visit the Victorian Government website for more information.

Please note: There are limited scholarships available in each language. Once allocation is fully exhausted you may be offered a Government funded or fee-paying place depending on your eligibility. The scholarship places are on a 'first come, first served' basis, where priority is given to applicants based on the time they fulfil the eligibility requirements. Applications for scholarships may close early if all places are allocated. 

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.

If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact Study@RMIT for more information.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.