Essential Skills Courses at City Lit

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.

You need to have an initial online assessment before joining an English, maths or ESOL course. Please go to the course page you would like to enrol on and click 'Start Assessment'. We advise you to use Google Chrome as your browser when doing this.

Study at home with our online courses.

You can now study ESOL, English, maths and digital skills with our online face-to-face courses. You will need a computer with a microphone, a camera and the internet. It is best to use Google Chrome as your web browser. Your tutor will send you information on how to join your online class after you have enrolled.

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

Please note: All our essential skills courses are FREE if you are in work and earn less than £20,962 a year. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your salary. The majority of English and maths courses are free for everyone while other courses also have zero or reduced fees if you are on JSA, ESA (WRAG) or a means-tested benefit. Call 020 7831 7831 for more details.

  1. City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

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    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
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  2. Learn English - learn about London, entry 2 - entry 3

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to improve your English and learn about London at the same time? This course will help you feel more confident about living in London and using your English. You will visit interesting places and learn about the history of the city and the people who live there. You will also learn about important events in the city in the past and now. You will improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing. You will learn a lot of new words to describe people and places and how to express yourself fluently and correctly.

    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 (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £20,962. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  3. Learn English - discover London, its history, culture and people, level 1 - level 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to improve your English and learn about London, its history, culture and people at the same time? On this course, you will visit places of interest and learn about the history of these places especially about the different people and cultures who have lived there, and about important events which have shaped the city. You will do your own research and so improve your reading and writing skills as well as your speaking and listening. In addition, you will feel more at home in London and able to participate in its rich and diverse life.

    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 (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £20,962. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. English pronunciation: stage 1 (intensive)

    Course Date: Mon 27 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve your pronunciation of standard English on this intensive course which includes detailed study of vowel and consonant sounds. This course is for speakers of other languages who are fluent in English. Some homework required.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £156.00

  5. English pronunciation: stage 2 (intensive)

    Course Date: Mon 3 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Ideal if you have completed 'English pronunciation: stage 1', the course develops fluency and clarity and explores diphthongs and triphthongs, inflexion and intonation, and the rhythms of standard English.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £156.00

  6. English for life (level 1)

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to become a better and more confident communiciator in both writing and speaking? Do you want to be express yourself better in informal situations such as writing emails to friends, or in more formal situations such as corresponding with your colleagues at work or dealing with the council or your child's school? On this course you will improve your vocabulary, learn more about sentence construction and how to structure your writing in a variety of formats. Additionally, you will discover new spelling strategies and learn how to use punctuation accurately. You will also develop your reading skills by reading texts from a range of everyday sources and become confident to read different types of texts for both work and pleasure.This course is part of a three-term programme.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  7. English Functional Skills (level 1)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to develop your English skills so you can be confident at work and in daily life, and gain a qualification? Level 1 functional skills exam is the first step in showing employers and others you have a good level of English reading and writing and that you can speak well in a variety of situations. You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the Getting Ready for English Functional Skills (level 1) course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  8. English for life (entry level 1 and 2)

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you need to improve your writing, reading and speaking confidence in a supportive and encouraging environment? Come to this class and learn how to read and write full sentences in English about important events and other topics that interest you, as well as complete everyday practical tasks such as completing forms, understanding important letters and making appointments. Become confident in your spelling, vocabulary, using capital letters, full stops and expressing your thoughts and feelings.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  9. English for life (entry 3)

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to improve your writing, reading and speaking in a supportive and encouraging environment? Come to this class and learn how to read and write paragraphs and short texts about topics that interest you, important events and everyday practical tasks such as completing forms and important letters. Become much more confident in your spelling, vocabulary, using puncuation and expressing your thoughts and feelings including how to deal with difficult situations.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  10. Maths for life (entry 3)

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to become more confident in maths in your daily life? This course will enable you use maths every day to help with common tasks such as shopping, making money calculations, measuring and understanding figures, charts and graphs in newspapers or online. You will work with whole numbers, fractions and understand decimal numbers, You will solve problems involving time, money and measurement. You will be able to state properties of shapes, both 2D and 3D and read and interpret information in tables and charts.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  11. Maths for life (level 1)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you need to become more confident using maths in your everyday life? This course will help you with the practical application and understanding of maths in your daily life. You will begin to see how mathematics is everywhere! You will work with whole numbers, recognise the relationship between fractions and decimal numbers and work with percentages. You will focus on solving problems involving time, money and measurements, be able to measure confidently and convert between units of measurement. You will be able to state properties of shapes, both 2D and 3D and be better able to interpret the graphs you see in newspapers and online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  12. Grammar in practice: intermediate (entry 3 -level 1)

    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Confused by verb tenses? Need to know when to use past simple or present perfect? Puzzled by the passive? This course will make English grammar simpler for you and increase your confidence by giving you lots of opportunities to put your grammar into practice.

    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. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £20,962. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  13. Write with confidence: grammar, punctuation and style for everyday writing (level 1 and above)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to work on your writing? Do you need to become more confident writing different texts? Do you need tto improve your writing for work? This course provides a supportive workshop environment for you to explore issues of grammar and style in your own writing. This workshop is particularly geared to anyone who is not confident with their writing and is writing within a professional, academic or creative context.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £37.00

  14. Grammar in practice: upper intermediate (level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 1 May 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Unsure when to use present perfect or past perfect? Is reported speech still causing you problems? Do you need to practise your conditionals? Join this course and put your grammar into practice in speaking, writing, reading and listening. Gain confidence in using grammar effectively through engaging contextualised tasks.

    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 (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £20,962. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

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