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.

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:

Everyday English 1

Everyday English 2

Everyday Maths 1    

Everyday Maths 2


All the learndirect Entry Level 1 to Entry Level 3 English and Maths online learning content is free. 

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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 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. Online functional skills courses are also free of charge, although there may be eligibility criteria, such as postcode. 

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