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Update for the new academic year

2 September 2021
Posted in: News

Please refer to this page for information about the Covid-19 and our response. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

— Main points

  • Face-to-face courses are back on at City Lit and class sizes will return to normal.
  • Some Covid-19 safety measures are still in place so if you're joining us for a course in one of our buildings please read the Covid guidelines here.
  • We will continue to offer online courses for most subjects. 

As we look forward to welcoming you back to the College this academic year, we want to update you on our plans for the building, which we have based on Government guidelines.

Our priority has always been the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff, as well as ensuring the best possible learning experience, given the circumstances.

In line with Government guidelines, there is no longer a requirement for social distancing and full details of what this means for us all are in the Covid guidelines

Our college buildings are open

We are looking forward to increasing the number of subject areas and classes back in our buildings as we cautiously increase the number of students who are studying from the College. As the requirement for social distancing has ceased, many classes will be returning to pre pandemic numbers in terms of students able to enrol on our courses. Some subject areas which have worked well online will continue to be delivered online for at least the first term.

Our objective here is to create some stability for students and tutors until there is a greater degree of certainty regarding the potential for future lockdowns or restrictions on movement. We will continue to review the balance of online and face to face courses throughout the academic year and adjust accordingly.

Please filter searches on the website for ‘Keeley Street’ and/or the ‘Photography Studio’ to find the courses that will be delivered face-to-face or click here to search our in-person courses next term.

We continue to offer a huge range of online courses

As the new academic year progresses, we hope to bring more courses back to the College starting from January 2022. This will be an iterative process, and of course we will listen to feedback and preferences of students before finalising any decision. We can confirm that a substantial online offer will be a permanent feature of the College going forward, as it has proved very popular with many of our students.

Thank you for being part of City Lit

Finally, thank you for remaining committed to your learning over the last year and for being part of the City Lit community during these uncertain times. We believe that there has never been a more important time for lifelong learning, which we know has helped people get through the challenges of the past twelve months.

We will keep you informed of changes as they develop.  


Online learning at City Lit

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City Lit online courses

Study at a time that suits you. You'll need an email address, reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with an updated browser (ideally Google Chrome) and your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

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Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit

Whilst many of our courses remain online we will be reopening for face-to-face learning in September. We've been working hard to create a safe environment for you. We all have a part to play in keeping the College safe, and we'll be asking you to follow a few new rules too.

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