We study two schemes for a time-fractional Fokker–Planck equation with space and time-dependent forcing in one
space dimension. The first scheme is continuous in time and is discretized in space using a piecewise-linear Galerkin finite element method. The second is continuous in space and employs a time-stepping procedure similar to the classical implicit Euler method. We show that the space discretization is second-order accurate in
the spatial L2-norm, whereas the corresponding error for the time-stepping scheme is of order kα for a uniform time step k, where α ∈ (1/2, 1) is the fractional diffusion parameter. In numerical experiments using a combined, fully-discrete method, we observe convergence behaviour consistent with these results.