Signature Level 3 Certificate in Working Effectively with Visual Frame Hands and Hands on Signing (QCF)

Qualification code

Technical qualifications are work-related qualifications designed to enable students to gain the skills required to perform a particular job. They are designed with post-19 students in mind and may be taken as part of an apprenticeship.

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the 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.

In this qualification students will use knowledge and skills to enable them to work effectively with deafblind people who use Visual Frame Hands On, in a variety of everyday settings including conversations, socialising, education, personnel, and employment.


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


VFHO301  Producing and Receiving Visual Frame Hands On

Practical Assessment

MOD301  Modifying Language for Deafblind People

Written Assessment

Further information

There are a number of key considerations for HEPs when reviewing Technical qualifications that are not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 Performance Tables for England:

  • These qualifications are occupational, and are not designed specifically for full-time 16 – 19 programmes.
  • Applicants holding these qualifications may be school or college leavers, however many are likely to be more mature students who may have other relevant experience alongside these qualifications.
  • These qualifications may have been taken as part of 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 communicate with deafblind people who use Visual Frame and Hands On communication.