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Level 1 Functional Skills English

Course Overview

This functional skills English course is designed to teach level 1 knowledge of the following topics: reading, writing, speaking, listening and communicating. Work through all three modules in each area to fully prepare for the functional skills examinations. Each module includes practice assessments, challenging activities and reflective learning to allow your learners to develop the crucial knowledge and skills needed to pass their exams successfully.

Key Information

Course Length

Course Levels
Level 1
Level 1
Level 1

Learning Method(s)
Online materials
Online assessment

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  • Fully online course
  • Study from anywhere, at any time
  • Gain an accredited level 1 qualification
  • Nationally recognised
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  • Perfect for beginners
  • Unlimited support from qualified tutors
  • Receive a digital e-certificate upon completion
  • No hidden costs

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Reading (Functional Skills English Level 1)

Unit 1: Identify facts and opinions

Unit 1 summary: 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

Unit 2 summary: 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

Unit 3 summary: 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)

Unit 4 summary: 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 (Functional Skills English Level 1)

Unit 1: Identifying information and responding to questions

Unit 1 summary: Learn how to develop and improve listening skills and 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

Unit 2 summary: Learn how to develop and improve their speaking skills and 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

Unit 3 summary: 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.

Writing (Functional Skills English Level 1)

Unit 1: Punctuation, grammar and sentence structure

Unit 1 summary: Look at the use of a variety of punctuation, grammar and sentence structure features within writing. Consider how each of these features can impact on overall sentence structure and the flow of a piece of writing.

Unit 2: Spelling

Unit 2 summary: Look at the importance of correctly spelling common words used in work, study and daily life. Consider the use of singular and plural words, prefixes and suffixes, nouns and verbs, and how all of these can impact spelling techniques.

Unit 3: Formal and informal language

Unit 3 summary: 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

Unit 4 summary: 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.

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