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.

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  1. Grammar Workshop

    Course Date: Thu 25 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  2. ESOL and making podcasts level 1-2

    Course Date: Sun 4 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how to make a podcast, and simultaneously improve your English. Learn how to record yourself, edit and upload files as well as what to say and how to say it. Podcasting is a fantastic way of improving your language including your pronunciation, your vocabulary, your spoken accuracy and your fluency.

    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. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help..
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. ESOL level 1 (reading and writing)

    Course Date: Mon 19 Feb 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you now a confident speaker and writer of English? Can you communicate quite easily in your daily life, understand people around you and read and write about everyday subjects? This intermediate course will help you speak, read and write about more complicated topics with greater accuracy. You will learn how to make a presentation, write formally and informally and read about more challenging and interesting subjects. There will be reading and writing exams in July.

    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: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £64.00

  4. ESOL entry 3 (reading and writing)

    Course Date: Mon 19 Feb 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you quite confident about your everyday English? Can you go shopping, talk about simple subjects and write a letter or email? But do you make quite a lot mistakes? Is it difficult to speak, read or write about more complicated topics? This pre-intermediate course will help you practise your speaking, listening, reading and writing so you can understand people better, talk about most daily topics, read a simple news story and write a long email or letter. In July there will be reading and writing exams.

    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: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £56.00

  5. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

    Course Date: Tue 20 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you need proof of your ability to use English to study at graduate level or to work in a professional environment? Do you want to show yourself that you have reached a high level of competency in your new language? ‘Cambridge English: Advanced’ (CAE) is an internationally recognised in depth test of English language skills. for people with C1 level English skills or above. This course will develop your language skills and prepare you for the test.
    Full fee: £759.00
    Senior fee: £759.00
    Concession: £759.00

  6. ESOL level 2 (reading and writing)

    Course Date: Tue 20 Feb 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You have a good level of competency in all areas of your English. You can express yourself accurately in speaking and writing, can read newspapers and understand most televison and radio. This upper-intermedate to advanced course will enrich your vocabulary in both formal and informal English, enhance your grammar and prepare you fully for the demands of work and study in the UK. There will be reading and writing exam in July.

    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: £339.00
    Senior fee: £271.00
    Concession: £68.00

  7. ESOL entry 2 (reading and writing)

    Course Date: Tue 20 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Can you have some short conversations and read and write simple emails? This elementary course will help you learn more vocabulary and grammar so you can talk, read and write about more interesting subjects and make fewer mistakes. In July, there will be reading and writing exams.

    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: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £60.00

  8. Maths for work series - analysing data at work

    Course Date: Wed 28 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to become confident analysing data in your workplace, both numerically and creating visual representations? You will not be using Excel in the course, though you may be interested in joining one of our Excel courses afterwards.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  9. Maths for work series - PAYE: how your pay is calculated

    Course Date: Wed 21 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Find out how your pay is calculated. Be able to discuss the various aspects of pay and how government charges affect what you take home.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  10. English: working towards level 1

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  11. ESOL pronounciation: stage 2 (level 1-2)

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    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

  12. English pronunciation: stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018 (and 6 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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £189.00

  13. English: making progress at entry level 1

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  14. English pronunciation: stage 2

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018 (and 3 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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £189.00

  15. ESOL: preparing for level 1

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

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