Functional Skills English Level 1

Our course code: X106

Course fee £345 or from £26 per month

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You can now sit functional skills exams online! Find out more

Are you looking to raise your own literacy level? Our Functional Skills English Level 1 is an ideal starting point. We teach you the basics of the English Language to improve your reading, writing and speaking skills. You’ll learn how to write clear sentences, use punctuation correctly, and read and understand texts. The aim is to develop a range of valuable skills that you can use in real life and take into the workplace.

Why Functional Skills English at Level 1?

Functional Skills English prepares you for the real world by teaching you skills you will use in everyday life. It aims to build confidence, capability, and independence in using these skills, so you can function in society. So, for example, say you stress when reading technical letters or filling out forms, Functional Skills can make those moments simpler. No more thinking about how to write down your thoughts on paper – we teach you how!

In addition, functional skills are now commonly accepted by employers. In fact, they show employers that you’ve taken the time to improve your skills for the workplace. A big win in their eyes. Better yet, functional skills are easier to learn, obtain, and are recognised by NCFE – a leading UK awarding body.

87% of employers value Functional Skills for their approach to applied skills, flexible assessment and problem solving. (Education and Training Foundation)

Having strong English language skills under your belt can do wonders for your life, learning and career. Our Level 1 Functional Skills English course cuts out the noise to improve your ability to communicate anytime, anywhere, anyhow. Enrol today and take the first step toward your English learning journey.

Want to improve your mathematical efficiency, too? Check out our Functional Skills Maths Level 1 to boost your representation, analysis, interpretation skills today.

When studying Functional Skills English Level 1, you will:

  • Improve your vocabulary skills
  • Learn to use punctuation correctly
  • Read, understand and discuss a range of texts
  • Present your ideas and opinions in a clear way
  • Discover the purpose of writing for an audience
  • Take part in discussions that involve new subjects
  • In addition, you’ll start your English learning journey

Functional Skills English gives you transferable reading, writing and communication skills to reach the next step of your career.

  • A formal qualification

    This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

  • Study with winners

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

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

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

  • Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
  • Our course code: X106
  • Qualification code: 603/5058/1
  • Official Qualification Title: NCFE Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 1

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

It takes around 45 hours of study to complete this course.

Study Method

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 Duration

You have up to 6 months in total to complete this course but on average takes learners around 2-3 months to complete. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


This course is designed for distance learning study. To successfully pass the course, you’ll complete a series of practice papers and, with your tutor’s approval, your final exams.

Exams cost just £95 when you choose to sit them online, or to sit them in person here at Oxbridge. If you want us to come to you, it will cost £175 + travel costs.

Find out more about the online exam process here.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE CACHE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - NCFE Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 1

Difficulty - 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.

Course Content

1: Reading

During this unit you’ll brush up on your reading skills through comparing short extracts of texts, identifying key points, and learn how to distinguish between fact and opinion. Next, you’ll consider language and textual features, expanding your vocabulary with a dictionary. Presentational features such as bullet points, headings and text boxes are key to making reading impactful, within this unit you’ll learn different ways of presenting texts, as well as being to understand how imagery is perceived and intended in reading. You’ll discover the types of vocabulary such as formal and informal, and consider how the language used can be read differently. Finally, you’ll look at specialist words and learn what they may mean, as well as learning the importance of punctuation and its purpose within text.

2: Writing

Throughout this unit you’ll learn how to write confidently, starting with how to complete sentences using punctuation and capital letters, personal pronouns, and proper nouns. Next, you’ll learn the difference between singular and plural, as well as verb forms in writing. You’ll consider the intended tense and be able to grammatically complete sentences to reflect that. You’ll learn spelling rules in English writing such as silent letters, pronunciation and the letters to avoid ending words with. Additionally, you’ll learn to write an introduction to text coherently, be able to structure a paragraph, see what a good paragraph looks like, and be able to check it for accuracy. You’ll be able to write letters and emails using the correct format and style, through identifying the addressees and selecting the correct formal or informal format. Finally, you’ll learn how to write simple, compound and complex sentences to add depth to your writing.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

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.

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

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

That’s no problem! You can study for and sit your functional skills exams entirely online. Find out more about the online exam process here.

Yes, functional skills courses require you to complete final examinations.

Exams cost just £95 when you choose to sit them online, or to sit them in person here at Oxbridge. If you want us to come to you, it will cost £175 + travel costs. Find out more about the online exam process here.

Although we provide practise papers with your course, if you need more, you’ll be charged an extra £50 per paper for the cost of marking. There are also additional costs for exams: you can either sit these online or here at Oxbridge in Birmingham at a cost of £95, or you can choose to sit them at an exam centre near you. This will cost £175, plus the cost of mileage, for an invigilator to come and supervise. The same costs apply to re-sits.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!