Frequently Asked Questions.

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What does ‘e-learning’ mean?
‘e-learning’ or ‘online learning’ are courses that are available online. offers linguists the chance to study from wherever you are in the world, starting whenever you feel ready. We can do this easily, as you are provided with a unique web link and password for each course / lesson, and you access all of the content online, at your own convenience and pace. View our e-learning courses for linguists here.

What resources will be included in the courses?
Each course provides various resources for the lesson content, helping to support your understanding of each subject. These include downloads, reading material, videos and more. Whilst taking each course you will also build a glossary of both English and the other language terms which will become apparent throughout the lessons. You can also have this reviewed and marked by a professionally qualified linguist through purchasing a Translation Practice ‘add-on’.

What does a typical lesson look like?
Lessons vary in content, depending on the subject matter, however examples of lesson content include written information about language skills or the subject matter, additional downloads such as PDF documents and other resources such as videos – these all support your understanding of the particular subject matter in the lesson. Every lesson has at least one exercise to complete with answers provided at the end.

Do you have any student feedback I could read?
Please find feedback from previous and current students on the Student Feedback page.

What do I do if I would like face-to-face support?
We understand! Even though e-learning is very common, we are linguists after all – sometimes we want to talk to someone. This is why we have created face-to-face Skype Sessions that you can book. You will be assigned a Language Partner who will support you. View our Skype Sessions here.

Are the courses purely designed as exam preparation for those who already roughly meet the exam standard, or is it designed to bring candidates up from a lower standard?
Our courses are intended for candidates who:

  • Have registered to take, or who wish to register to take, a CIOL examination
  • Are committed to developing professional skills to embrace their career as public service and commercial interpreters and / or translators
  • Would like to improve their interpreting / translation standards

What are your enrolment requirements?
Our courses are available to everyone. However, candidates are advised to ensure that their level of linguistic attainment in the source language is at least equivalent to a good honours degree, and that they are familiar with the relevant cultural background.

What language are the courses taught in?
English and the ‘Other Language’.

When can I start a course?
You can start your course at any time as this course is provided on an e-learning basis. View our courses.

What are the entry requirements?
The course is available to candidates with a high level of linguistic competence equivalent, at least, to a good honours degree in languages.


How can I register for an exam with your centre?
Visit the Exams page for more information.

What information or documents do I need to provide when I register for an exam with you?
Visit the Exams page for more information.

What is the success rate for passing exams?
Success percentage rates are measured by the CIOL as they are the awarding body of the qualifications issued. Please contact them to find out what the statistics are as we do not hold these details. Their contact details are at


How much do your courses cost?
Please visit the Buy Your Training page to see all course purchase information.

Is the course fee payable upfront or can it be paid in instalments?
All courses are bought online for your convenience. We do offer instalment options on some courses - please look at the course details on the Buy Your Training page, to see details.

Do course costs include the exam fee?
The exam fee is not included in the course fee, as exams are a separate process and the exam fee is payable to the CIoL, not us. Visit the CIoL website here