Functional Skills English Level 1 Course

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Functional Skills English Level 1 Course

The Pass Functional Skills Level 1 English Course helps you prepare for your exam with online revision and practice. Enrol on the course today to start revising right away.

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  • 100% online learning - 50 Hours Recommended - 24/7 Access
  • Subject Knowledge Assessment, Progress Tracking, Exam Question and Video Solutions for All Questions.
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Course Content

View our English Level 1 course curriculum map to see how the topics on our course match up to the specification points.


Unit 1: Reading

In this unit, students will enhance their reading skills through techniques like scanning for specific information, skimming for general understanding, and detailed reading for in-depth analysis. They will also learn to recognize and understand the function of various text features, such as headings and bullet points, which help organize and clarify the content.

Unit 2: Writing

This unit aims to improve writing proficiency by focusing on essential grammar rules, including correct punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure. Students will learn strategies to avoid common writing mistakes, ensuring their written work is clear and error-free. Additionally, the unit will cover different writing styles, such as essays and reports, to help students apply their skills in various writing tasks.

Unit 3: Speaking and Listening

This unit focuses on building effective communication skills. Students will practice presenting and narrating, learning how to structure their talks and engage their audience. They will also develop techniques for presenting persuasive arguments, including how to support their points with evidence and respond to opposing views.

31 sections
Why Do Writers Write?
Types of Texts
Presentational Elements
Key and Detailed Points
Language Techniques
Investigating Layout
Fact and Opinion
Investigating Images
Finding Meaning
Specialist Words
Understanding Styles of Writing and Tone
Comparing Texts
The Exam
Assessing the Basics
Linking Up Your Answer
Language Features
Common Mistakes
Planning Your Answers
Check Your Answer
The Exam
Extracting Information
The SLC Exam



The Initial Assessment

Before you get started with your online English functional skills level 1 course, we recommend that you have a go at the initial assessment. This test will determine what level you are working at and suggest which course you should enrol on based on your results.

Your current level will be calculated using your initial level and information from how well you do on the tests to help you see what level you are working at. You will be able to see this increase as you improve through the course.

This helps providers and tutors to monitor their students’ progress, but it also helps students themselves to see if they are making the progress that they need to.

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Subject Knowledge Assessment

Once you haven completed the initial assessment and enrolled on the suggested course, you are ready to get started!

The first step is to take the subject knowledge assessment. This will determine areas that you may be slightly weaker in and highlight them. Once completed, you will get a list of recommended topics which are topics that you should focus your revision on. We suggest that you still work through the whole course but go back over these suggested topics to make sure you’re really nailing them.

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Tracking Your Progress

Our course is designed so that you can easily navigate different topics. Topics are split up into revision, practice questions and topic tests. You can track your progress through these different sections from your dashboard, where you will find percentage course completion, average scores and your latest results.

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Booking your English Exam

Once you have completed all of the course, and are averaging 60% on the practice questions, topic tests and past papers, you should feel ready to sit your exam.

You can book your English Level 1 Functional Skills exam here, you can select a date and time that works best for you or book your exam without a fixed date and choose it later.

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How to use the Functional Skills English L1 Course


Video Tutorials

Using the video tutorials, study and master your understanding of grammar, spelling, punctuation and comprehension. These are the main areas to focus on in the level 1 English exam. You can also discover and use the different writing and language features you will need throughout the course. These tutorials will also explain and walk you through everything you need to know.


Practice Questions

Feel free to move onto the practice questions after you decide you have an understanding of all the different language features and put your hard work to the test. The smart system will save and keep track of your answers and progress.


Exam Questions

Once you are comfortable answering the practice questions, move on to the exam style questions! These questions will help you to test yourself in a more exam-style setting. As mentioned before, the smart system will mark your answers as well and also give you feedback on any possible mistakes you could have made.



One of the features we provide with Pass Functional Skills is that you are given the correct answers to each question. We also provide you with reasons as to why the answer is correct. Most online English courses don’t actually give you the answers to any exam or practice questions. Here at Pass Functional Skills, we do!

Frequently Asked Questions

It will! An increasingly high number of students taking and completing our level 1 English course are passing. As long as the work is put in, you will see immense improvement and join the vast majority that pass their level 1 exam first time!

Most likely, our level 1 course is accepted by all of the major exam boards, including NCFE, City & Guilds, AQA, Open Awards, and more. As all of these exam boards follow the level 1 curriculum that the government sets, their main specifications and our own are very much alike, making our course apt for all.

As this is one of our most asked questions, unfortunately we are unable to give a specific answer as all learners require a different amount of time to prepare themselves to pass the exam. We recommend 50 hours of study time for every learner. Some learners need as little as 5 hours of revision but some may need even more than the recommended 50 hours! Feel free to spend as much time as you’d like studying and preparing for the exam as we also offer the self-study course which allows you to do everything in your own time.

For all learners we give a standard of 12 months of access to our level 1 course, however we can extend this amount of time if you request as you can keep it as long as you need it!

Yes it does! Our course covers a Functional Skills writing level 1 section, as well as reading and SLC sections. This covers all the criteria for the level 1 English exam and is made to help all learners pass first time.

There are sections of the level 1 English course available for free, however if you would prefer to have the best chances of improvement and get the most useful resources possible, we do highly recommend purchasing access to the full course to increase your chances of passing.

  • Functional skills English reading level 1 exam – 1 hour – You will be given sections of text that you will then have to read and analyse.
  • Functional skills English level 1 writing exam – 1 hour – There will be a series of scenarios to which you have to give long-form answers to.
  • Functional skills speaking and listening level 1 exam –  Around 1 hour  – You will have to discuss topics with other learners
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  1. 5 star

  2. Sophie Garside has been tutoring my brother who has dyslexia, dysgraphia and English is his second language. I cannot tell how grateful we are for all Sophie`s support, help, patience and kindness. She is a real asset to the organisation. I wish all his tutor would be like her!

  3. Very good course with clear explanations all the way through

  4. Did not pass

  5. I got my level 1 qualification at last with this course

  6. A good revision course with clear explanations

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