Functional Skills English Level 1

Looking to improve your literacy level? We’ve been delivering free English Level 1 courses to adults across the UK for over a decade.

During the course you’ll boost your reading, writing and speaking and listening skills, while earning a nationally-recognised City & Guilds qualification along the way.

Want to know more about the course itself? You’ve come to the right place.

An introduction to Level 1 English

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  Email support – our tutors are available to help if you get stuck
Email support – our tutors are available to help if you get stuck
  Exam centre guidance – we’ll help you find a nearby examination centre to take your exam
Exam centre guidance – we’ll help you find a nearby examination centre to take your exam
  One-to-one tutorial with one of our fully qualified tutors
One-to-one tutorial with one of our fully qualified tutors 1 3 5
  Attempts at a marked mock paper with feedback
Attempts at a marked mock paper with feedback 1 2 4
  Phone support, call one of our maths tutor when you need support
Phone support, call one of our maths tutor when you need support

English Level 1: Modules & Units

The Functional Skills course will give people the necessary skills to communicate effectively at home as well as in the workplace.

Level 1 is made up of three main modules, consisting of the following units:

Reading

Vocabulary and Word Recognition

Understand vocabulary

Specialist words

Finding the meaning of unfamiliar words

Different vocabulary for different context

Grammar and Punctuation

Understanding punctuation when reading

Apostrophes and missing letters

Reading and grammar

Reading Comprehension 1

Reading and understanding

Types of text, their purposes and the language they use

Reading for pleasure

Fact sheet: layout and characteristics

Reading Comprehension 2

Understanding the right level of detail

Finding information

Scanning and skimming

Writing

Spelling

Ways to improve your spelling

Spelling rules

Spell it out – homophones

Grammar and Punctuation

The power of punctuation

Writing and Grammar 1

Using correct grammar: verbs

Building paragraphs

Linking sentences together

Writing and Grammar 2

Planning and drafting your writing

Focus your writing

Choosing language to suit your needs

Writing and Grammar 3

Fact sheet: producing legible text

Using formatting and images in your writing

Using forms

Using lists and bullets in your writing

Writing letters and emails

Proof-reading

Speaking and Listening

Listen and Respond

Listening for relevant information

Active listening

Listening on the phone

Following along and responding

Providing feedback and checking that you understand

Speak to Communicate

Speaking clearly

Making requests

Giving instructions

Presenting your ideas

Giving an account

Explaining and describing

Questions and answers

Engage in Discussion

Taking part in discussions

What qualifications is Functional Skills English Level 1 equivalent to?

The Level 1 Functional Skills qualification in English is the same as a Level 1 Award, Certificate, Diploma, ESOL, NVQ or GCSE ‘pass’ (grade D-G).

This attainment level is proof that you can display knowledge in English, while also preparing you for further study in the subject.

Who is Functional Skills English Level 1 accredited by?

Our English courses are accredited by City & Guilds. The combination of their quality learning resources and our experienced, friendly Tutors has helped thousands of people improving their literacy levels at Think Employment since 2003.

Once our learners complete the Functional Skills course, they’ll receive a City & Guilds qualification that’s recognised by employers all around the world.

How does Functional Skills English Level 1 provide useful skills (real world examples)?

Completing a Level 1 Functional Skills qualification in English is a sure-fire way of improving your literacy skills.

Learn to read and interpret different types of texts better, understand why and how to use punctuation when you write and acquire speaking and listening skills and techniques that will help you in your personal life as well as in the workplace.

Buy our online level 1 English course
Basic Supported Supported Plus
Good Value Better Value Best Value
Was £175
£125
Was £300
£250
Was £450
£400
Access your learning 24/7 on all devices
Access your learning 24/7 on all devices
  Email support – our tutors are available to help if you get stuck
Email support – our tutors are available to help if you get stuck
  Exam centre guidance – we’ll help you find a nearby examination centre to take your exam
Exam centre guidance – we’ll help you find a nearby examination centre to take your exam
  One-to-one tutorial with one of our fully qualified tutors
One-to-one tutorial with one of our fully qualified tutors 1 3 5
  Attempts at a marked mock paper with feedback
Attempts at a marked mock paper with feedback 1 2 4
  Phone support, call one of our maths tutor when you need support
Phone support, call one of our maths tutor when you need support