Higher Certificate in Court Interpreting

Period of study: 1 Year

The Higher Certificate in Court Interpreting exits at HEQSF level 5 and the minimum duration is one (1) year.

The purpose of the Higher Certificate in Court Interpreting is to provide an opportunity for court interpreters who are already in the profession as well as newcomers to the field of court interpreting to obtain a recognised formal and professional qualification.

The qualification vertically articulates to further studies in language and communication related programmes at SPU and other Universities.

Admission requirements

The qualification is directed at enabling individuals to apply relevant skills, knowledge and principles to execute management functions.

To gain access to the Higher Certificate in Court Interpreting programme a student has  to have the following:

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) (Grade 12) pass with Higher Certificate requirement or National Certificate Vocational (NCV);
  • English Home Language: NSC level 4 OR English 1st Additional Language: NSC level 5;
  • Students should have least one other African language to enrol for the Higher Certificate In Court Interpreting, taken as a home language (NCS level 4) OR 1st Additional Language (NCS level 5);
  • Mathematics: 30% (NSC Level 2) OR Mathematical Literacy: 40% (NSC Level 3)
  • APS Minimum points: 25
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) access: Up to 10% of the intake in any year may be approved through the RPL, whether as the result of formal or non-formal learning (incorporating experiential learning) at Level 4, or a demonstrated functional equivalent.
  • Mature age applicants with relevant industry experience and applicants with level 4 qualifications may be approved for entry by the University Registrar.


Students may also use their interpreting skills in other spheres of society such as the medical field, local municipalities, educational institutions, national and local government services, the legislature and business, for example.

The programme enables graduates to be critical and reflective practitioners and specialists in the field of interpreting.

Critical thinking and reflective skills will enable these graduates to address numerous complexities relating to interpreting in legal and other contexts.

Career opportunities include court or legal interpreting, interpreting in community-based environments, meetings, conferences, health and medical settings and government agencies, for example.

The qualification vertically articulates to further studies in language, and communication-related programmes at SPU and other universities

You can download a comprehensive list of all our qualifications that will be offered in 2022 by clicking here.