English Functional Skills


Our free, fully funded online ENGLISH FUNCTIONAL SKILLS COURSE  is intended for anyone wishing to develop their English skills. It focuses on both the underpinning skills as well as the ability to apply English to different contexts. The course has been designed to help learners of all ages and levels, supporting them to develop and demonstrate the practical skills needed in real-life situations confidently.

The English Functional Skills course will help you develop new skills, improve your job prospects and even prepare you for a new job role.  

You must attend one of our centres for your final exam. 

Free English Course Price

Course Aims:

  • Listen, understand and respond to verbal communication in a range of familiar contexts.
  • Acquire an understanding of everyday words and their uses and effects, and apply this understanding in different contexts.
  • Read with accuracy straightforward texts encountered in everyday life/work, and develop confidence to read more widely.
  • Write straightforward texts and documents with clarity and effectiveness, and demonstrate a sound grasp of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

If you have any questions about the course please visit our FAQs page.


I can’t believe I passed my English exam. Thank you so much for the opportunity and thank you so much to my tutor, she is an amazing teacher.

Margaret, Functional Skills English

Go Train are co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF), the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) so training is completely FREE if you are:

  • A UK resident or can provide Right to Work documents
  • Are over 19 years old
  • Live in a funded area for Go Train

Guided Learning Hours: 55 

Course Durations: 4 weeks (Full time)*

*Study at your own pace for up to 12 weeks


  • No pre-qualifications required.
  • You will need to complete an online initial assessment to ensure your level of English is suitable for this course.
  • You must have access to a PC/Laptop to complete the course online 
  • Live in a funded area for Go Train

Once the course has been completed online your tutor will arrange your exam. English reading & writing exam will take place in your local centre, with a speaking & listening group assessment online.

  • Gain a fully funded, nationally recognised qualification.
  • Boost your confidence and career prospects.
  • Distance learning allows you to choose when and where you study.
  • Personal Tutors are assigned to you to ensure you have  the support needed to succeed.
  • Improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, quickly and easily.


All of our courses are free for learners because we are government funded. Without funding course costs would range from £700.00 to £1,200.00. In order to confirm your eligibility for funding please complete the application form below. If you’d like to find out more or have any further questions please CLICK HERE to contact us.


ELIGIBILITY FOR FREE TRAINING:  For most people training is completely free but we have to check your eligibility. Go Train are co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF), the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and the Greater London Authority (GLA).
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