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Functional Skills English (Level 1) - Online Learning

Course outline

This Functional Skills English course will extend your knowledge of reading, writing, speaking, listening and communicating.

There are three modules:


  • Unit 1: Identify facts and opinions
    • You will look into how opinions can sometimes be presented as fact and the ways in which they can differentiate between a fact and an opinion.
  • Unit 2: Different situations and different purposes of texts
    • You will explore texts with different purposes, including persuasive text, informative text, descriptive text and instructive text. This unit will also cover texts that are used for more than one purpose.
  • Unit 3: Textual features and devices
    • You will look at different organisational features that can be used in a piece of text and how these can be identified when reading.
  • Unit 4: Using a dictionary and thesaurus (Understanding a range of specialist words in context and how to research them if not)
    • You will look at how to understand a range of specialist words in context and how to research words that are unfamiliar to them.

Speaking, Listening and Communication

  • Unit 1: Identifying information and responding to questions
    • You will look at how they can develop and improve their listening skills and will consider how crucial these skills are when it comes to giving and receiving instructions or holding an important conversation.
  • Unit 2: Communicate, express opinions and using effective language
    • You will look at how they can develop and improve their speaking skills and will consider how crucial these skills are when it comes to speaking to people in different scenarios and for different purposes. This unit covers how speaking skills can be used to persuade others.
  • Unit 3: Contributions and discussions
    • You will look at the process of preparing a presentation – including how to research a chosen topic and break down areas of a presentation to make it easier for the audience to digest.


  • Unit 1: Punctuation, grammar and sentence structure
    • You will look at the use of a variety of punctuation, grammar and sentence structure features within writing. You will consider how each of these features can impact on overall sentence structure and the flow of a piece of writing.
  • Unit 2: Spelling
    • You will look at the importance of correctly spelling common words used in work, study and daily life. They will consider the use of singular and plural words, prefixes and suffixes, nouns and verbs, and how all of these can impact on spelling techniques.
  • Unit 3: Formal and informal language
    • You will focus on the use of formal and informal language in different scenarios for different purposes and will look at specific situations where the type of language used is crucial.
  • Unit 4: Layout, format, structure and writing of various texts
    • You will explore a variety of different organisational features and layouts for different texts. The different layouts of letters and emails will be covered, as well as the reasons for using different layout features.

This course is delivered via distance learning, allowing you to choose when and where you study. Studying will enhance both your personal skills and professional development.

You will have a Personal Tutor to ensure you have all the support needed to succeed.

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Online Learning

You can start this course at any time.

Course code: C036253 / Q036254


City & Guilds Functional Skills English Level 1


12 weeks

Level Level 1
Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course but you must be aged 19 or over.


Online Examination


Functional Skills English Level 2 or GCSE English.

Additional information

The tuition fee is funded in full* by the government, but you must submit information when you enrol to qualify. You can find out what information you need to submit here.

*Geographical restrictions may apply.

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