Who we are

Signature is the leading awarding body for deaf communication and language qualifications in the UK.

Since Signature became an independent organisation in 1982 to promote and teach British Sign Language (BSL), we have supported more than 500,000 people to learn British Sign Language. We have also had thousands of other learners who have completed other deaf communication and language qualifications with us.

We create qualifications that provide our learners with the skills they need to build successful careers. While as a charitable organisation, we work tirelessly to improve communication, by creating learning opportunities for every stage of life.

All of our qualifications are accredited by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) who regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.

In 2019, Signature was named 'Awarding Organisation of the Year' at the Federation of Awarding Bodies awards.

Who we work with

We are proud to work with highly skilled people; our staff, consultants and suppliers strive to make sure that our centres and learners gain the strongest qualifications on the market. We work alongside native BSL users to ensure that our assessments have the highest quality of language and content.

Our History

Over our 40 year history we have achieved a lot of things, watch our short video below to find out more about our achievements.