English Skills (Basic)

Are your basic English skills letting you down?  Are you being left behind or overlooked because your skills aren’t what they should or could be? This is the ideal course for individuals who would like to develop and enhance their English skills. This course aims to provide the learner with the foundations of how The English language is structured. Each unit studied will aid your learning and build your confidence in a number of areas.

The aim of the basic English skills course is to identify what you currently know and provide you with different ways of using your English Skills.  English is a skill for life.  By studying this course you will attain the standard of English needed to express yourself and your ideas clearly.  Better skills can lead to a better job or to further study like National Vocational Qualifications.

Consider this course if:

  • Your second language is English and you have reasonable skills already
  • You find communicating by letter or email difficult
  • Your report writing needs improvement
  • You feel your Grammar lets you down

On this course you will:

  • Improve your ability to communicate in English
  • Gain a better understanding of the principles and practice of written and spoken English
  • Enhance your employability
  • Increase your self-confidence

Home or distance learning is the ideal way to study for so many. It provides you with the flexibility to study at a time and pace to suit you. This means you can fit gaining an education in around your busy lifestyle.

This is the ideal course for individuals who would like to develop and enhance their English skills.
Study with winners

We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

At your own pace

Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

Unlimited Tutor Support ™

Get as much help as you want from your personal course tutor via phone and email.

Awarding body: ABC Awards
Our course ref: X104

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government for their qualifications on the national framework.  ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our students.

Study Hours

Up to 120 hours which is under 40 minutes per day for 6 months.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours.  This is usually ample time for learners, even with full time jobs and other commitments.  Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards. The Course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme.  Tens of thousands of people each year further their education with an ABC award.

Additional Information
Level 1
Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
Section 1

Develop a basic understanding of English spelling.

Each unit in this course is broken down into 3 sections including:
Section 1 – English Guide
Section 2 – Mock Assessment
Section 3 – Assessment

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start.  However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

Very pleased
Anahi Castell

Very pleased with my coarse, I learn much with it

Ready to learn
JD. Bresler

I am not from the UK, I find I can speak well but sometimes that is not corresponded in my written work. You have difficult grammar and words in England. Good luck to me.

Supported all the way
Sara Rice

From the beginning you are supported all the way.

Prefer online learning
Kris Genders

Positive learning experience. Unlike school.