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 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.

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 £19,890 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.

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  1. City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    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.
    From: £10.00

  2. English for university studies

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 25 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you currently at university or thinking of studying? Do you need to learn how to write an academic essay, speak well in seminars, read efficiently and effectively, and use notes to help you develop ideas and arguments? This course gives you the skills and confidence to be successful at university and make the most of your studies.

    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 £20,572.50 . 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. Improve your spelling and writing (entry 3-level 1)

    New
    Course Date: Thu 31 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Practise or practice? How do you spell 'friend'? If you struggle with spelling, then this is the course for you. It will help you understand and apply spelling rules and use different memory techniques to make spelling easier. This course is for those who speak English very fluently. It is aimed at E3/Level 1 learners.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  4. English Language GCSE

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 31 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Are you excited by the English language? Do you want to engage with fiction and non-fiction? Do you need to improve your writing and critical thinking across a range of topics and themes? An English Language GCSE is an essential qualification for anyone wanting to practise higher-order reading skills and use these to develop fluent and effective writing. It is one of the most commonly required qualifications by employers and universities, and will enhance your job and education prospects. This specification will ensure that you can read fluently and write effectively, demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language, and analyse texts. You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the English Language GCSE (Introduction) course.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  5. ESOL and reading stories: vocabulary, discussion, critique (level 2)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you enjoy reading stories and wish to improve your communication and discussion skills? Then this is the course for you. Extend your reading skills by working out meaning, and learn how to express yourself and your opinions across a range of different types of stories.

    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 £20,572.50 . 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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Maths higher GCSE

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 4 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you excited by the language of Maths? Do you want to understand how numbers, symbols and formulas allow us identify,solve problems and find patterns and structure in the world. This course will extend your analytical and problem-solving skills and help you develop logic to plan and manage other projects. A Maths GCSE is one of the most commonly required qualifications by employers and universities and by achieving it you will enhance your job and education prospects.

    You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the Maths GCSE (Introduction) course.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  7. Maths foundation GCSE

    Course Date: Mon 4 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you excited by the language of Maths? Do you want to understand how numbers, symbols and formulas allow us identify,solve problems and find patterns and structure in the world. This course will extend your analytical and problem-solving skills and help you develop logic to plan and manage other projects. A Maths GCSE is one of the most commonly required qualifications by employers and universities and by achieving it you will enhance your job and education prospects.

    You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the Maths GCSE (Introduction) course.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  8. English for life (level 1)

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  9. English for the Office: with digital skills (Level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you need to develop your English for work? Would you like to work in an office? Join this course and learn the English skills you need to be confident in the main areas of office and administrative work including: sounding confident and professional on the phone and in person, taking and organising notes, writing clear and concise formal and informal emails and letters on a PC, writing reports, spelling, punctuating and using grammar well.



    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. Contact the Essential Skills department on 020 7492 2511 for an appointment or email english@citylit.ac.uk.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  10. ESOL: preparing for level 1

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (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 to 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. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  11. English pronunciation: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 10 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: £129.00

  12. English pronunciation: stage 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 4 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: £129.00

  13. Maths for life (level 1)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  14. Maths for life (entry 3)

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  15. Matters of opinion (level 2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you need to improve your fluency, your vocabulary and your pronunciation? Join this course and learn how to express your opinion and talk about important topics: love, politics, films, current affairs, morals. This course will help you develop your grammar and to talk in a more complex way.



    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 £20,572.50 . 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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

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