Functional Skills English Level 1 Course

Study online at your own pace with the support from our experienced, friendly tutors

Call us on 0800 433 7896, email [email protected] or choose your support package and checkout below!

Functional Skills English Level 1 Online Course

Start by choosing how much support you might need.

Level 1 English is a great stepping stone for those who are not ready for Level 2. Throughout the course you’ll gain basic reading and writing skills that are essential within your career and everyday life. We offer various levels of tutor support to go alongside our English Level 1 course so we can tailor your learning experience to suit your needs. Study towards a nationally recognised qualification in preparation for your next steps.

Choose your support from the options below or click here for support packages explained.

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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
Unlimited Email support
Phone support, call one of our IT tutor when you need support
Unlimited Phone support
One-to-one tutorial with one of our fully qualified tutors
One-to-one tutorials 1 tutorial 3 tutorials 5 tutorials
Attempts at a marked mock paper with feedback
Mock Exams 1 mock exam 2 mock exams 4 mock exams

Quick and easy enrolment

You can get started straight away, once you checkout you will receive your login details by email.

Start for as little as £62.50

Take advantage of our payment plans and
spread the cost of your course.

24/7 online access

Our learning platform is accessible on all devices and can be used anytime, anywhere.

Think Online Training have been delivering Functional

Skills Training for more than 15 years.

Tutor Support

All support packages include unlimited email support with our experienced tutors. Depending on how confident you are, we also offer packages including one-to-one web tutorials and extra attempts at marked mock exams.

No Time Limits

Our guided learning hours for this course is 45 hours however there are no restrictions on how long you take to complete the course. You can fit your learning around your work and personal life and work at your own pace.

Formal Qualifications

Functional Skills is designed to give you practical skills that can be applied in your working life. Level 1 Functional Skills English is equivalent to GCSE grade D-G and is widely accepted by employers and universities across the UK.

Course Details

Why retake GCSE English?

A GCSE English pass grade is essential for education courses such as access courses, apprenticeships and higher education. It’s also very a common requirement to apply for jobs.

Functional Skills English Level 1 will give you a basic level of knowledge around the subject with the support of our friendly, experienced English tutors. Our English tutors help our students learn at their own pace and learn English level 1 from home.

Our Functional Skills English Level 1 online course is accredited by City & Guilds and is a nationally recognised qualification.

Functional Skills English Level 1 is equivalent to a GCSE English grade 1 to 3 (D to G on the old GCSE grading system). English Level 1 course is popular with adults who failed GCSE English.

Level 1 English is for adults who need to retake GCSE English but aren’t ready for English Level 2. (Which is the that same as a GCSE English pass grade.)

What happens when you buy our Functional Skills English Level 1 course?

After purchasing one of our online courses, you’ll get access to our online English course via email.

One of our tutors will get in touch for an over the phone assessment so we can personalise your English Level 1 course.

If you have any questions call us on 0800 433 7896 (9:00 am-5:00 pm) or email [email protected].

During the course you will cover the following:


  • End of sentence punctuation
  • Correct use of commas
  • Format and structure
  • Sequencing
  • Correct use of apostrophes
  • Subject-verb agreement and sentences
  • Use correct verb tense
  • Identify suitable responses
  • Spelling


  • Language suitable for purpose and audience
  • Identify main points and ideas
  • Utilise information contained in texts
  • Read and understand texts in detail
  • Identify how points and ideas are presented
You don’t need any prior qualifications to enrol on this course.

If you’re unsure which level you should be starting at, an Initial Assessment will give you a better idea of where to begin.

This fully interactive assessment usually takes about 20 minutes to complete. It will give you a clear indication of your current level in English or maths from Pre-Entry to Level 2. The results will help to determine what level you should enrol on.

If you cannot sit your exam at one of our centres, you will need to make your own arrangements with your local exam centre.

Think Employment can’t offer any assistant in finding exam centres outside of our catchment area, we have testing centres in London, Manchester, Leeds, Hull and Grimsby. If you’re near one of our centres then you will be able to sit your exam there.

Please note, our course fees do not include the examination fee.

Here are our frequently asked questions

If your question is not answered here, please don’t hesitate to send us a message online or call us directly on 0800 433 7042.


How many hours will it take?

The guided learning hours for this course is 45 hours.

Is there a time limit for how long I can take to complete?

You can take as long as you need to complete the course. There is no time limit.

How will I be studying?

All of your learning material is available on our dedicated learning platform.

The platform is accessible on all devices and is available 24/7.

What assessments will I have to do?

There are 3 exams for this course, Reading, Writing, and Speaking & Listening. Depending on your support package, you will also have the option to attempt marked mock exams before you take your final exam.

Where will I take my exams?

We have our own examination centres in Leeds, Grimsby, Hull and Stockport. If you cannot get to these locations, you’ll need to make arrangements with an examination centre near you.

Please note: our course fees do not include the examination fee.


There’s alot to consider when trying to work out how long a course may take someone.  First of all you need to be at a certain level prior to starting, this is why we offer our Initial Assessments free of charge.  So that you can be sure you’re starting the right course for you.  Once you’ve done the Initial Assessment you will then go through a Diagnostic which will go into more detail and show us your strengths and weaknesses.  We will then ask you to go through the units that you need practice in.

In general though, the awarding bodies state that the Guided Learning Hours for this qualification is 55.  You can use the calculator below to work out how many days the qualification is likely to take you.

Access your online course through our easy to navigate learning platform including Initial Assessments to identify gaps in your knowledge, interactive resources, and exam preparation.

Our dedicated platform features engaging lessons, videos and exercises so you'll stay motivated throughout.

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