Essential skills

We offer courses in ESOL, English, maths and Digital Skills. You can improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing and your computing and digital skills. We run courses from beginner to advanced – for those who can write only a few words to those who are going to university, for those who are new to computing to those ready for ECDL level 3.

Got a question? Call 020 7492 2511 or email english@citylit.ac.uk for ESOL & English, maths@citylit.ac.uk for maths and getdigital@citylit.ac.uk for digital skills and computing.

You can also call us on 020 7831 7831 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm.

View all of our digital skills and computing courses for hearing students

View all of our digital skills and computing courses for deaf students

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  1. Maths - Working towards Entry Level 3

    Course Date: Wed 25 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your skills and improve your confidence with maths. Learn about fractions and decimals and use your skills in everyday situations such as shopping, DIY and banking. When you complete the course, depending on your progress you may continue into part b of Working Towards Entry 3.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  2. English - Making Progress at Entry Level 1

    Course Date: Tue 31 Oct 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get started writing simple sentences, spelling key words and using punctuation. You will also improve your reading skills.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  3. English - Making progress at Entry Level 2

    Course Date: Fri 3 Nov 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will enable you to read and write short pieces of work, learn more about grammar and improve your spelling and punctuation.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  4. English - Working towards Level 1

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Improve your skills in reading, writing, grammar and spelling. Learn more about punctuation, types of texts and develop your vocabulary and paragraph writing.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  5. English pronunciation: stage 2

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Designed for people who have completed ‘English Pronunciation: stage 1’ although new students with sufficient skills can join. Develop fluency and clarity, explore diphthongs and triphthongs, inflexion and the rhythms of Standard English.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £159.00

  6. ESOL: preparing for level 1

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For many students, moving from entry 3 to level 1 can be difficult. This course will prepare you for Level 1 by helping you become more accurate with your grammar and focusing on your reading and writing. You will still have lots of practice of speaking and listening. When you are ready, you can continue with level 1.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  7. English pronunciation: stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018 (and 11 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Are you a non-native fluent speaker who wants to improve your pronunciation of English? Work on correct formation of vowel and consonant sounds including the English neutral vowel and the distinction between voiced and unvoiced sounds.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £159.00

  8. Maths - Working towards Level 1

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  9. Maths - Working towards Entry Level 3/Level 1

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  10. ESOL entry 1

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For students who can speak or write only a few words in English or maybe none at all. On this beginners' course, you will learn a lot of new words and also learn grammar so you can ask and answer questions and read and write about yourself, your family and friends and complete forms and short emails.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £28.00

  11. English pronunciation: stage 3

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Designed for students who have completed English Pronunciation stages 1 and 2. Conversation and the reading aloud of a variety of texts will help to pinpoint those pronunciation worries still to be addressed. Tutor: David John Gwillim.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £159.00

  12. English: pre-entry

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is for native speakers who are just getting started in reading and writing English. You will develop basic skills in reading notices around you, learn new vocabulary and practise writing basic information about yourself. Also, you will work with basic numbers and measurements and use your skills in your everyday life. This course has no exams.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  13. Preparing for GCSE English

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Extend the range of your reading, writing and speaking abilities. This course can help you to prepare for English GCSE course.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  14. ESOL pronunciation: stage 1 (level 1-2)

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Tired of people not understanding you? Would you like to sound 'more English'? Do you need to commununicate well with people in your work? Then this specialist course will help you. Learn how to make the individual sounds of English, hear the differences between them and read and write the phonemic script, a special alphabet of sounds. This course is aimed at students with a good level of English - level 1 and 2 (B2-C1). Highly fluent students at level 3 or above should apply to the courses in the drama department.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £26.00

  15. ESOL with your camera entry 3 - level 1

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you enjoy taking photos? Do you want to improve your photographs? Join this course and improve your English in a hands on practical way. You'll use your photography to improve your vocabulary and learn how to describe people, objects, parts of the city and nature, give opinions and express judgements in both speaking and writing. All you need is a camera on your phone, tablet or a simple digital camera.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £26.00

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