Signature Level 3 Certificate in Lipspeaking (QCF)

Qualification code

Vocational qualifications are either work-related qualifications designed to enable students to gain the skills required to perform a particular job, or qualifications that may be taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the DfE performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16 – 19 year olds by the Secretary of State for Education in England under Section 96, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

The purpose of this qualification is to provide those who want to work as lipspeakers with the underpinning knowledge, understanding, and skills to effectively fulfil their role. This qualification is intended to support the professionalism of the lipspeaking workforce, and enable a wider recognition of the valuable role it plays.


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


Prepare for Lipspeaking Assignments

Written essay giving two accounts of preparing for assignment.

Deliver Lipspeaking Assignments

Practical assessment delivering a lipspeaking assignment.

Develop your performance as a Lipspeaker

Small portfolio demonstrating the evaluation of performance and areas of improvement.

Co-work with other lipspeakers

Written essay of a co-worked assignment.

Further information

There are a number of key considerations for HEPs when reviewing vocational qualifications that are not listed on the DfE 16 –19 performance tables for England:

  • Some of these qualifications are occupational, and may not be designed specifically for progression to HE.
  • Applicants holding these qualifications may be school or college leavers, however, some may be more mature students who are likely to have other relevant experience alongside these qualifications.
  • These qualifications may have been taken as part of a wider study programme an apprenticeship.
  • If they are presented for admission to HE it is likely to be in conjunction with other qualifications.

Holders of this qualification will be able to support deaf people who access communication via lipspeakers.