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Join us for some free and fun taster sessions to experience what it is like to study at City Lit

From world history to British Sign Language, you will get a flavour of the courses on offer and have the chance to meet some of our highly knowledgeable and friendly tutors

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  1. Get together and read
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Allen
    Enjoy talking with other people about the things you have read? Want to share great stories, poems and drama? Come along and join the conversation. The group is led by a shared reading practitioner trained by The Reader Organisation.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £50.00
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  2. English Functional Skills (Level 2)
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Do you want to develop your English skills and gain a qualification? Do you need to show employers you have a good level of reading and writing and can speak well in a variety of situations. A level 2 functional skills qualification is equivalent to a GCSE and often required by employers. The course will develop your analytical skills, ensure you are confident in the most essential areas of literacy, and you will come to appreciate the variety and richness of English language use.



    You must have passed the Getting Ready for English Functional Skills (level 2) course before you do this Functional Skills qualification.



    (Assessments including mock tests will take place in the City Lit building and you need to be able to attend these in person as required).



    You also need to do an initial pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on the webpage. Log on with your email address (not name).







    At the same time you complete your pre-course assessment, please also complete our pre-course form and tell us more about yourself.

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    This course is free for learners who meet the residency criteria and have not achieved a GCSE grade C (4) and higher in English



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  3. Maths functional skills level 2
    Course start date:  Tue 8 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Do you need to gain a national maths qualification to show you have a good level of mathematical competence? Functional Skills Level 2 Maths shows employers and others that your maths skills are at a good level and that you can use skills to solve complex issues in a variety of situations. You will develop your maths to become a problem-solver, analyser and decision-maker.



    You must complete the Getting Ready for Maths functional skills (level 2) course before doing the full qualification course.



    (Assessments including mock tests will take place in the City Lit building and you need to be able to attend these in person as required).



    You need to complete a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).







    At the same time you complete your pre-course assessment, please also complete our pre-course form and tell us more about yourself.









    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.



    This course is free for learners who meet the residency criteria and have not achieved a GCSE grade C (4) and higher in Maths



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  4. BSL Taster Session
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Dec 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emma Iliffe
    This is a one-off free session to give you a taste of what happens in a British Sign Language class. The class will be a fun and relaxed group where you will learn some basic signs in BSL. If you enjoy the class, you can discuss course options with the tutor at the end.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
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  5. English and maths for life (pre-entry)
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Blended (learn both online and in-person)

    Do you need help with reading and writing English? Can you write the letters of the alphabet or do you need to practise? Do you need to improve your spelling? Can you use numbers and count up to 100 or do you need help? On this course you will learn how to write individual letters, spell whole words, write simple sentences, read whole words, read simple sentences and understand notices. You will become confident in your speaking. And you will also practise the maths you need for everyday life so you can shop, use money and measure things correctly.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  6. Get confident with digital skills - for deaf people (Entry 2)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will help you to get more confident, knowledgeable and skilful with Digital Skills. By the end of this course you will be able to use your device, Internet and emails confidently.



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  7. Essential digital skills for work (Level 1)
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you have some digital skills but lack confidence to use them? Would you like to gain the most essential digital skills needed for today's workplace? If so, and you need to develop the foundational digital skills for today's job market, this is the course for you. The course will give you the confidence to use different digital devices and tools to collaborate and communicate efficiently with work colleagues, to create and edit documents and presentations, and make simple spreadsheets. You will learn about different types of digital communication as well as how to use online resources for finding and using information and completing transactions. You will learn the transferable digital skills you need to progress, participate and express yourself in the workplace and gain a qualification. 53% of UK employees do not have the digital skills needed for work. You don't need to be one of them.



    You need to complete a pre-course assessment to make sure you are on the right course. Click on the Start Assessment button. Or call our administrator on 0207 492 2511 or email universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk to arrange an assessment with one of our course advisors and start your journey.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  8. Getting Ready for Maths functional skills level 2
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Do you want to develop your mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems and make decisions? The Functional Skills Level 2 Maths qualification shows employers and others that your maths skills are at a good level and that you can use these to solving complex problems in a variety of situations.This introductory course will make sure you know what to expect from, and are ready to start, the full accredited course. You must pass this course before you can join the qualification course.



    (Assessments including mock tests will take place in the City Lit building and you need to be able to attend these in person as required).



    You also need to do an initial pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).







    At the same time you complete your pre-course assessment, please also complete our pre-course form and tell us more about yourself.

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    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  9. Getting ready for maths GCSE
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Do you want to gain a Maths GCSE but are not ready yet to achieve this in a single year? Do you need to test your abilities before attempting the qualification course? Then this Getting Ready for Maths GCSE is the course for you. It will prepare you for the accreditation and familiarise you with its content, level and expectation. You will need to complete and pass an initial assessment before starting this course to demonstrate at least a Level 1 Functional Skills level of Maths. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  10. Getting ready for English Language GCSE
    Course start date:  Mon 8 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you excited by the English language? Do you want to gain an English language GCSE but are not ready yet to achieve this in a single year? Do you need to test your abilities before attempting the qualification course? Then this Getting Ready for English Language GCSE is the course for you. It will prepare you for the accreditation and familiarise you with its content, level and expectation.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  11. BSL level 1 for Deaf people
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Brown
    This course is for Deaf learners who already use sign language in their everyday lives and want to further develop their skills in British Sign Language at level 1.







    You will be able to communicate in BSL in a range of everyday topics and achieve a level 1 qualification, accredited by Signature.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  12. BSL level 2 for Deaf people
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Brown
    This course is for Deaf people who already have BSL level 1. Build up your BSL skills and knowledge in a range of topics. You can achieve a level 2 qualification, accredited by Signature.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
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