Free online functional skills courses
These free online courses aim to provide an introduction to Functional Skills English and Functional Skills Maths at Levels 1 and 2, while giving you the opportunity to earn Open University digital badges. Please note, however, that to gain a functional skills qualification you will need to do an accredited course (see below).
The courses have been produced as part of the Department for Education’s Flexible Learning Fund, and were written by Bedford College Group in partnership with Middlesbrough College, West Herts College and The Open University. You can access the courses using the links here:
All the learndirect Entry Level 1 to Entry Level 3 English and Maths online learning content is free. Find out more
Can I gain a functional skills qualification through these courses?
No. To gain a functional skills qualification you will need to do an accredited course.
Where can I do an accredited functional skills course?
To do a course you can enrol with your local College, Adult Education Service or training provider.
Can I do an accredited functional skills course online?
Yes, there are also accredited online courses. Your local College, Adult Education Service or independent training provider may offer these.
Can I take a functional skills exam online?
Most course providers require you to attend a centre to sit the exam, but you may be able to take the exam online.
How long does it take to gain a functional skills qualification?
This depends very much on your starting point, however functional skills courses are offered on the basis of 55 guided learning hours. You may be able to complete a functional skills course within 12 weeks or less, or you may take up to a year.
Are functional skills courses free?
Functional skills courses are free of charge for people who have not previously achieved a Level 2 qualification in maths and/or English.
Where can I do a free online functional skills course?
Online functional skills courses may also be available free of charge, although you may need to meet eligibility criteria, such as postcode or employment status. There are also online functional skills courses available that are not free of charge. The following organisations may be able to offer you a free online functional skills course, depending on where you live:
- West Berkshire Training Consortium
- City College Leeds - contact Craig Lane, Programme Manager, Functional Skills for more information
- Runway Training
How do I find an accredited functional skills course?
Your local FE College, Adult Education Service or independent training provider should be able to help. You can also search for functional skills courses on the National Careers Service website or call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.