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English Functional Skills

Level 1 English Functional Skills

Our functional skills courses are accessible online at any time to suit your needs however there are two mandatory live sessions per week so you can receive advice from the tutor and discuss how we can further support you to gain your qualification.

Functional Skills English Level 1 is a nationally recognised qualification, accredited by awarding bodies including; AQA, City & Guilds, Edexcel, OCR, Open Awards and Pearson.

It will help prepare you for Functional Skills English Level 2, which is equivalent to a GCSE English pass grade.


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Qualifications Included


Weeks of Study


Hours of Learning per Week

What to expect

Do you need a GCSE English pass grade or to apply for jobs, access higher education or complete an apprenticeship? Level 1 Functional Skills English is an important stepping stone to Level 2 English which is equivalent to a GCSE English pass grade.

This online Functional English Level 1 course uses real-life examples to improve your understanding of English concepts and how to apply them. If you learn best with practical examples, this is the English course for you.

Qualifications Included

Level 1 English Functional Skills

Entry Requirements

Our Courses are Available to All Eligible Adults

You Will Require Use of a Laptop or Desktop Computer


24/7 online learning platform access on all devices.

Access to tutorials, fact sheets and worksheets.

Upgrade your subscription or pay for a tutor support add-on at any time.

No Contract – pay as you go and cancel your payments at any time.


One 30 minute one-to-one lessons per month by phone or using Zoom.

24/7 online learning platform access on all devices.

Access to tutorials, fact sheets and worksheets.

No Contract – pay as you go and cancel your payments at any time.

Does not not include marking of mock papers and feedback which can be purchased separately

What You'll Be Studying..

Course Modules

With your Functional Skills English Level 1, you will be ready to move onto your Level 2 Functional Skills English Qualification.

Having your Functional Skills English (or GCSE equivalent) qualification is vital for many careers and could help you to progress into the career you want, as many careers require a basic level of maths and English.

Your Functional Skills qualification will also enable you to continue your education as it is a requirement for many further education courses, especially at degree level.

  • Identify relevant information and lines of argument in explanations or presentations
  • Make requests and ask relevant questions to obtain specific information in different contexts
  • Respond effectively to detailed questions
  • Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and accurately on a range of topics
  • Express opinions and arguments and support them with evidence
  • Follow and understand discussions and make contributions relevant to the situation and the subject
  • Use appropriate phrases, registers and adapt contributions to take account of audience, purpose and medium
  • Respect the turn-taking rights of others during discussions, using appropriate language for interjection
  • Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
  • Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts
  • Identify meanings in texts
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion
  • Recognise how language and other textual features have been varied to suit audience and purpose
  • (Use reference materials and) appropriate strategies for a range of purposes, including to find the meaning of words
  • Understand organisational and structural features and use them to locate relevant information (in a range of straightforward texts)
  • Infer meanings from images (not explicit in accompanying text)
  • Recognise vocabulary typically associated with specific types and purposes
  • Read and understand a range of specialist words in context
  • Use knowledge of punctuation to aid understanding of straightforward texts
  • Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly, coherently and accurately
  • Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience
  • Use format, structure and language appropriate for audience and purpose
  • Write consistently and accurately in complex sentences, using paragraphs where appropriate
  • Use a range of punctuation correctly (eg full stops, question marks, exclamation marks,
    commas, possessive apostrophes)
  • Use correct grammar (eg subject-verb agreement, consistent use of tenses, definite and
    indefinite articles)
  • Spell words used most often in work, study and daily life, including specialist words

Getting your Level 1 English Functional Skills


How do I apply for funding for this course?

You can apply for funding by following the ‘study for free’ option above and clicking the ‘apply now’ button in green.

Is this course 100% online?

Yes, the course is 100% online but there are two mandatory live sessions per week which you’ll need to attend.

Can I go on to Level 2 after completing this course?

If you pass the level 1 Functional Skills then yes you can.  You would still need to do the initial assessment for the level 2 course just as you would for the Level 1.

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