Functional Skills Level 1 Maths & English

The Functional Skills Level 1 is a qualification demonstrating a basic understanding in Maths and English and provides a foundation from which learners can progress to their Functional Skills Level 2, an equivalent to a GCSE grade C/level 4. Find the best Functional Skills Level 1 support materials here.

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What is Functional Skills Level 1?

Functional Skills Level 1 is a qualification demonstrating the ability to apply a basic understanding of maths and English in real-life situations. What is level 1 functional skills equivalent to? Functional Skills level 1 is equivalent to a grade D or E at GCSE, but are a stepping stone for students to move onto the functional skills level 2.

Functional Skills is a set of qualifications ranging from entry level 1 to level 2 designed to allow learners to apply their knowledge of maths and English in everyday scenarios, making it highly valued by employers and providing essential life skills.

At Pass Functional Skills, all our qualifications are Ofqual approved, meaning they all follow the same government-set curriculum, irrespective of the exam board, and are accepted by any training providers requesting this qualification. All our exams are done online from the comfort of your own home; all you need is a computer or laptop with a webcam and a strong internet connection, and our invigilators will guide you through the rest. We want to make our exams as accessible as possible, and so we offer them all year round, weekdays and weekends, meaning you can sit your exam at whatever time suits you.

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Functional Skills Level 1 Exams

At Pass Functional Skills we are registered with 2 major exam boards: City and Guilds and Open Awards for your functional skills level 1 exam. This gives learners the choice of selecting the exam board that is best suited to them. All exam boards are Ofqual regulated.

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Functional Skills Level 1 Online Courses

We offer detailed, comprehensive courses for both maths and English functional skills, for Level 1. Each course covers the full curriculum, and contains everything you need to prepare for your functional skills level 1, including video tutorials, practice questions, exam style questions, mock exams, all with written and video solutions and historic progress tracking. The recommended study time for our functional skills level 1 course is 50 hours.

  • Mock exams, practice questions and tutorials

  • Every level 1 topic covered

  • Track your scores and progress

  • Level 1 maths and English covered for all exam boards

  • Exceptional pass rates

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Functional Skills Level 1 Revision

Everything is covered on these functional skill level 1 revision pages. Each topic that is within the functional skills English and maths curriculum is listed, with links to topic pages. On each topic page is an explanation of what is in the topic along with practice questions, video explanations and links to worksheets. You can also take a subject knowledge assessment for maths and English functional skills level 1. Finally, a good revision plan always ends with past papers. At Pass Functional Skills you can access all level 1 past papers.

Sometimes whilst revising for level 1, students ask what is functional skills level 1 equivalent to? It is equivalent to a grade D or E at GCSE but is a good stepping stone onto level 2. Access both the maths and English level 1 past papers below to help you prepare and move onto your level 2 course once ready.

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What is in the Functional Skills Level 1 Exams?

Functional Skills English Level 1

Reading: This is a 60-minute paper that requires you to complete short answer questions on a number of texts provided in the exam. You will need to demonstrate you can identify the key points within texts and recognise vocabulary associated with specific types and purposes of texts.

Writing: This is a 60-minute paper requiring you to demonstrate your writing skills in different contexts and texts with specific purposes determined by the scenario in the paper. You will need to communicate your opinions clearly, with a structure relevant to the task and with accurate spelling and grammar.

Speaking listening and communication: This is a group exam where you will discuss a pre-determined topic with other learners. It lasts approximately 60 minutes and requires you to extract relevant information from key points discussed, ask and respond effectively to questions and communicate opinions clearly. Remember this is an exam focusing on your communication skills, not your level of knowledge on the chosen topic.


Functional Skills Maths Level 1

This is a 2-hour exam comprising of a non-calculator and calculator section. The content of this exam can be broken up into 3 main topics:

Using numbers and the number system- use and calculate with fractions decimals and percentages, identify compare and extend numerical and spatial patterns, calculate simple interest, order and compare whole numbers, fractions, ratios and decimals, and count in steps of various sizes.

Using common measures, shape and space- this includes using calculations with common measures such as money and time, drawing and describing 2D and 3D shapes, and working out the relationship between common units of measurement to define quantities.

Handle information and data- select, construct and interpret statistical diagrams, select and use methods and forms to present outcomes, extract and interpret information from tables, diagrams, charts and graphs, interpret probabilities, recognise and use the probability scale, apply simple statistics and features of charts to compare sets of data.

Functional Skills English Level 1 Exam

Get onto the next step with this revolutionary online functional skills English Level 1 exam. Sit all three sections reading, writing and SLC at home on your laptop or computer.

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Revision Products

To help learners with their preparation for their exams, we have lots of free functional skills level 1 resources as well as functional skills maths and English course materials. See the list below to help you start your revision.

Functional Skills Level 1 FAQs

What is Functional Skills Level 1 Equivalent to?

Functional Skills level 1 English and maths is equivalent to a grade D/3 or E/2 at GCSE. However, it is useful for students to learn the basics before moving onto the Level 2 qualification.

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What is the functional skills level 1 pass mark?

It can vary from exam to exam, and between exam boards, but is generally around 60%. If you are achieving over 60% consistently on functional skills maths and English tests and mock exams, then you should be in a good position to pass your exam.

What is included in functional skills English and maths level 1?

Functional skills maths level 1 includes 3 topic areas, and comprises of 1 exam split up into calculator and non-calculator:

  • Using Numbers
  • Common measures, shape and space
  • Handling information and data


Functional skills English level 1 includes 3 topic areas, in which there is a separate exam for each component:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking, listening and communicating

How long does it take to get exam results?

Taking your exam for functional skills level 1 online means that there is a faster results turnaround than sitting in person. You will get your exam results within as little as 1 week of sitting the exam. However, results can take up to a maximum of 10 working days.

Is level 1 maths equivalent to a GCSE?

A level 1 functional skills qualification in maths isn’t equivalent to a GCSE but a level is. As the equivalent GCSE grade to a level 1 is a 2/3 it is just below a pass.

Is an online functional skills maths level 1 widely accepted?

All our exams are Ofqual-regulated, so even though they are online they are still widely accepted by employers.