Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 1

The 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?


  • Identify main points and how they are presented in different texts
  • Understand texts in detail
  • Read and understand texts and take appropriate action


  • Write clearly and coherently including an appropriate level of detail
  • Present information in a logical sequence
  • Use language format and structure suitable for purpose and audience
  • Use correct grammar including subject/verb agreement and correct and consistent use of tense
  • Ensure written work includes accurate grammar, punctuation and spelling and that meaning is clear

Speaking & Listening

  • Make relevant contributions to discussions
  • Prepare for and contribute to formal discussion of ideas and opinions
  • Be flexible in discussions, making different kinds of contributions
  • Present information clearly and in appropriate language

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)

This course is suitable for students who:

  • have achieved Entry Level 3 Functional Skills
  • are taking a vocational course for which English is required

What are the entry requirements?

To start on this 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 recorded conversations for Speaking & Listening.

What could I progress to?

After you have achieved the 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.