Functional Skills Qualification in English (Entry 1)

The Entry Level 1 English course is ideal for learners who want to improve their reading and writing skills, either for work or further study.

What will I study?


  • Understand short texts on familiar topics and experiences
  • Read and understand simple, regular words


  • Use written words and phrases to present information
  • Construct simple sentences and punctuate using capital letters and full stops
  • Spell correctly some personal or very familiar words

Speaking & Listening

  • Understand the main points of short explanations and listen for specific information
  • Follow instructions
  • Respond appropriately to comments and requests
  • Make contributions clearly to be heard and understood
  • Ask questions using appropriate terms to obtain specific information

Who is the course for?

  • People aged 16 – 18
  • People aged up to 24 who declare a disability and have an EHC Plan
  • Adults aged 19+ (if studying towards a vocational qualification)

The course is suitable for learners who:

  • have not yet achieved Entry Level 1 Functional skills
  • are taking a vocational course for which English is needed
  • would like to brush up on their English skills in order to start a vocational programme

What are the entry requirements?

To start the course you need to show at Initial assessment that this is a suitable level for your current skills.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of the course there will be two paper based tests (Reading & Writing) and 2 documented conversations for Speaking & Listening.

What could I progress to?

After you have achieved the Entry Level 1 English qualification, you could progress to:

What is a Study Programme?

If you are aged 16 – 18 or up to 24, declare a disability and have an EHC Plan this course will form part of your study programme. The programme also includes:

  • Work-related qualification or target
  • Maths
  • Citizenship & Employability
  • Work Experience or Placement
  • Enrichment
  • 1-to-1 Personal Tutor Sessions

Find out more about our Study Programme

How much will the course cost?

English qualifications are free for everyone up to Level 2.