Functional Skills English Level 1 Course

Our Functional Skills English Level 1 online course can be studied in the comfort of your own home. Level 1 English is ideal first step for people who need a Level 2 English qualification as the equivalent to a GCSE pass grade to apply for jobs, access higher education, start an apprenticeship or go to University.

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Learn at your own pace around your schedule using a desktop, laptop, mobile or tablet. Access your learning from home 24/7.

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Functional Skills English Level 1 Online Course

Functional Skills English Level 1 is an essential qualification for work, higher education and day-to-day life. Our Functional Skills English Level 1 online course will help you improve your English at your own pace.

Whether you need your level 1 English qualification as quickly as possible or need to fit your course around work and other commitments, this course allows you to learn in your own time.

Please note: you’ll need to sit your Functional Skills English exams under exam conditions at test centre or from home with remote invigilation using video conferencing software (Zoom, Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp video chat etc). The exams are sold separately in the event you’ve already booked your test and so you have the option to sit the test at a preferred test centre.

We can’t be beaten on price. Save up to £272.80 on Level 1 English.

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Interested in Level 2 Maths & English? View our course combined prices.

Zoe Spilsbury
Zoe Spilsbury
Very supportive tutors who encouraged me until I achieved the desired result.... and this took 3 attempts!! Even when I felt like giving up Tim, Helen and team were there for me offering support. Thankyou
Think Online training have guided me from the start to ensure I had the best possible chance of success. Helen Wild was incredible with me. There was a stage where I had to put on hold my learning due to unfortunate issues in my personal life and not only did she check up on me to see if I was okay, she also showed incredible patience with the delay in my studying. When I was able to continue she helped me through to the exam day and, thanks to her, I am now pleased to have passed.
Jason Scott
Jason Scott
I can't thank everyone at Think Online enough! I was offered a last minute place on a University apprenticeship and had to attain both Maths and English at Level 2 in a very short space of time. With an enormous amount of support from Helen, Tim, Stephane and all the team at TO I have achieved my goal! No fuss, prompt replies, including Tim taking time on his weekend to mark my mocks ahead of sitting the exam. Truly first rate experience all round. Thanks Guys! Jason
Samphire Bartholomew
Samphire Bartholomew
I'm really grateful to the team at Think Online Training who guided me through passing my Functional Skills Level 2 Maths qualification recently. I found them very professional and supportive all the way through the process - it took me about 2 months to pass and it's enabled me to continue on my change of career path whereby I needed Maths to be accepted on my chosen uni course. It's preferable to take abit longer to complete the online course, then have time to revise and sit a couple of mocks before the actual exam, but I only had a limited timeframe to do it so had to put in the extra hours - it shows it is do-able in a short space of time! However, Level 2 is challenging although the online course is excellent at taking you up the levels so you can gradually progress. So, a massive thank you to the team at Think Online Training, you've helped me to move forward in my life in a major way 🙂 Best wishes, Samphire
David Caswell
David Caswell
Great place to learn, super helpful was able to pass both my English and Maths Functional skills level 2 in about 4 months! Tutors are all brilliant and really care.
Sharon Ball
Sharon Ball
Think employment gave me the chance to change my life for the better. I needed a gcse grade c and it had been over 30 years since leaving school and could remember what exams I had taken then so I searched the Internet to find a course that I could do immediately as most places were closed not just because of Covid but because it was the summer term. So I checked out their website and someone contacted me straight away and said they could fit me in within the month, great I thought that was back in July I have now passed both my maths and English level 2 and so I can apply for my next journey of improving my skills and life chances. Thanks to Helen for all her help who was always at the end of the phone or email, a tremendous person to have at your time in need. Thanks to Jen and tim for being great tutors.
Teresa prout
Teresa prout
Excellent way to learn online . Tutor’s were very helpful and gave great support. Would really recommend this service. 😊
I’m so happy that I chose think online training to help me pass my maths exam. Maths is my least favourite subject, but the resources that were provided and the fantastic support that I received made me feel confident and well prepared.
Miss katrina roche
Miss katrina roche
Really good service one of the team Helen wild is fab keeps you completly updated on everything especially through the coronavirus when she would have been inundated.
Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith
Would avoid. Not a great service, does not include exam costs which are quite high. Contacting the platform itself is also difficult, often questions in emails are ignored/brushed over. Then was effectively suggested I was a liar when I couldn't access the FAQ (for some reason they did not open). Simply not happy with the service. Diagnostic test in my opinion is not thorough unlike others I have tried (undertook maths, and other subjects, on previous platforms). Cheaper alternatives available.

Three steps to achieve your Level 1 English Qualification

1. English Assessment

& Advice

We’ll assess your English level with a short online English test. One of our English tutors will explain your results over the phone. We’ll create an English course to fit your current skill level and show you how to use our learning management system.

2. Online Course &

English Tutor Support

You’ll start your online learning with the support of our friendly, helpful English tutors. You’ll be able access and progress with your learning 24/7 on desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile phone. Subject specific tests will help you track your learning progress.

3. Take your Functional

Skills English test

When you’ve progressed well with your learning, you’ll sit an additional diagnostic and a mock test to see if you’re ready for the final test. If you pass the mock test we’ll book your Functional Skills English Level 1 test or progress you onto Level 2.

Step 1: English Assessment and Advice

Once you have completed the Initial Assessment & Diagnostic, you will be able to speak with one of our tutors who will tell you about your results and what the next step is.

The English Diagnostic Assessment will give a detailed breakdown of your current skill level broken down by the main English topics;



Spelling, punctuation and grammar


Years Experience Delivering Functional Skills Qualifications

Step 2: Online Course and Tutor Support

Our learning platform has a simple, personalised interface. Take the course at your own pace using skill gap assessments, engaging video content and progress checks to see how you’re advancing through the learning.

The programme is fully compatible with desktop, tablet and mobile devices so you can study on the go.

Complete exercises throughout the course and finally move on to examination practise whenever you are ready.

Your bespoke course will feature a mixture of  written and video resources with lots of knowledge checks along the way.

Step 3: Take your Functional Skills English Tests

We’ve partnered with test centres up and down the country so you can sit your exam at a test centre near you.

Or you can sit your test remotely for example from home with invigilation using video conferencing software such as; Zoom or WhatsApp video chat.


What are the entry requirements?

There are no entry requirements to enrol on this course. You just need to pass our Initial Assessment. Instructions on how to take this will be given at purchase.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no entry requirements to enrol on this course. You just need to pass our Initial Assessment. Instructions on how to take this will be given at purchase.

Do universities/employers accept Functional Skills?

While the majority of universities and employers accept Functional Skills, we recommend that you check with them first before purchasing.

How do I login and track my progress?

You will be provided with login details after you purchase. All progress tracking can be accessed directly via our dedicated learning platform.

When can I start?

Get started straight away. Enquire today and you could start learning the very same day.

When can I start?

Get started straight away. Enquire today and you could start learning the very same day.

How long is the course?

The exam board recommends 55 hours of learning for this course. You can take as little or as much time as you need.

Are there any exams?

Yes. There are 3 exams for this course which will need to be sat at an approved exam centre or remotely with invigilation using video chat software such as Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp. Your exam fees are not included in the price of the course. The exam cost is £275 including a pre-assessment and mock tests.

What if I need help during my course?

Your tutor will be contactable via email if you have any issues. Depending on your support package, you can also contact your tutor via telephone or arrange a one-to-one web tutorial.

What if I need help during my course?

Your tutor will be contactable via email if you have any issues. Depending on your support package, you can also contact your tutor via telephone or arrange a one-to-one web tutorial.

When will I get my results and certificate?

It can take up to 6 weeks to get your results. This is due to the Functional Skills qualification reforms.

Can I cancel or refund my course?
Our refund policy is valid for a period of 7 days from the date of purchase. If you are not satisfied with the service for any reason, email [email protected] to request a refund. If 7 days has lapsed since your purchase, we’re unable to offer you a refund.
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