Functional Skills Maths & English Level 1

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.

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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.

Functional Skills Level 1 Revision

Everything is covered on these level 1 revision pages. Each topic that is within the functional skills 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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Functional Skills Level 1 Exams

At Pass Functional Skills we are registered with 2 major exam boards: City and Guilds and Open Awards. 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.

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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 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 resources as well as course materials. See the list below to help you start your revision.

Functional Skills Level 1 Revision

At Pass Functional Skills we offer high-quality revision materials for both Level 1 English and maths functional skills. Click below to go to see the respective maths and English pages and to start your revision journey.