Signature Level 3 Certificate in Communication Support Work for Deaf Learners (QCF)

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  • UK

This qualification is appropriate for specialist learning support practitioners who work with deaf learners in FE colleges, adult and community learning centres, or learning providers, and for those supporting work-based training such as in voluntary, community, private, and public organisations. It allows for the underpinning knowledge, understanding, and skills to fulfil the specialist learning support practitioner role. 

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

This qualification is not listed on the 16-19 performance tables.

Education context

Signature is a recognised awarding body regulated by Ofqual, whose qualifications appear on the Register of Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Awarding organisation
  • Signature
Qualification code

This qualification comprises eight units, all of which are mandatory.

Subject areas
  • User support
  • Preparing to Support Learning
  • Learning Support in Lifelong Learning contexts
  • Principles of Learning Support - Communication Support for Deaf Learners
  • Supporting Learning – Communication Support for Deaf Learners
  • Reflective Journal
  • Supporting  Bilingual Access
  • Clear Speech and Notetaking
  • Accessible English for Deaf and Deafblind People
  • Level 3

Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). 

The RQF is the new system for cataloguing all qualifications regulated by Ofqual, indexing them by level and size.  

A levels are also Level 3 qualifications regulated the the RQF.

Level 3 is the same level as Level 6 of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), 


Candidates must achieve a Pass in all units to achieve an overall Pass in the qualification.


Assessment for all the units associated with this qualification is in the form of submission of a portfolio.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

All units of this qualification carry equal weighting.

Resit arrangements

All units are assessed individually, and can be resat should candidates fail one of the units of the eight required. 

Guided/notional learning hours
330 hours
Guided/notional learning hours notes

190 guided learning hours

140 additional study hours

For comparison, an A level is 360 GLH.

UCAS Tariff points

Signature Level 3 Certificate in Communication Support for Deaf Learners

Grade Points
P 16
Key issues for UK HE admissions

Holders of this qualification will have the ability to communicate with and support deaf learners.

Timing of assessments/results for learners

Candidates' assessments are 'on demand', with a notice period of between one and six weeks.

Candidates receive their results within six weeks of the assessment date.

Certificates are issued to successful candidates within four weeks of results being issued.

Reporting and certification information

The results of many UK qualifications are reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL).

  • A levels and results from larger awarding bodies are reported automatically

  • IB results are only reported with the candidate’s permission

  • Some results are not reported through ABL, this does not reflect the validity of the qualification.

View the results available through ABL.

Where results are not available through ABL, HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

Certification information is reported to Ofqual and the DfE.

Progression information

Signature offers other qualifications in BSL and Deafblind, which candidates may be interested in pursuing.