Essential skills

Essential Skills Courses at City Lit

Do you want to develop your English, ESOL, Maths or Digital Skills? Do you need to improve these skills to make progress at work, express yourself fully and participate in modern life? Whether English is your first or second language, you haven’t studied maths since school or you need to become confident on the computer, we can help you.

You can study on a wide range of courses from beginner to advanced and learn all the skills you need to do well at work, communicate effectively and become an active citizen. All our classes are taught by highly qualified tutors passionate about their subject.

Most of our courses are FREE if you are on a low income or claiming benefits. You will also usually need to do a pre-course assessment.
For more details contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the links below.

Study at home with our online courses.

The majority of our ESOL, English, maths and digital skills classes are now live online. You will need a computer with a microphone, a camera and the internet. It is best to use Google Chrome.

For ESOL courses (if English is not your first language), click here
For English (fluent speakers) click here
For Maths click here
For Digital Skills (computing) click here
For Deaf English & Maths courses click here
For Deaf Digital Skills (computing) courses click here

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  1. 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. ESOL and film: discussion, expression, critical writing (level 1-2)
    Last Few Places Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Love film? Learning English? This course will help you develop your English through watching, discussing and responding to a variety of film clips. The course willl focus on improving your listening skills so you can understand the meaning of what is said and not said, as well as developing your vocabulary and range of expression in speaking, listening, and giving opinions. You will also improve your reading and speaking through performing short dialogues.

    Before this course, 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 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 receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. 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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  3. Learn English - learn about London, entry 2 - entry 3
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.

    Before this course, 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 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 receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. 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 £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  4. Learn English - discover London, its history, culture and people, level 1 - level 2
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.

    Before this course, 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 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 receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. 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 £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  5. English pronunciation: stage 1 (intensive)
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Improve your pronunciation of Standard English on this intensive pronunciation 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 ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £156.00
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  6. English pronunciation: stage 2 (intensive)
    Course Date:  Mon 26 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Ideal if you have completed 'English pronunciation: stage 1', this intensive 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 ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £156.00
  7. English language GCSE (introduction)
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Thu 9 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Are you excited by the English language? Do you want to gain an English language GCSE? This short introduction course will give you a flavour of what successfully completing a GCSE involves and will show if you are ready for the accredited programme in terms of time investment, dedication, interest and ability. You must pass this course before being able to start the full GCSE and take an initial assessment before starting this course. Click the Start Assessment button on this page. Please log on with your email address (not name) and use Chrome if possible. Or Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511.

    In addition please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.

    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
  8. Maths foundation GCSE (introduction)
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    This short course is to make sure you are ready for the full GCSE Maths Foundation programme (AC201) and to ensure you know what to expect from the full qualification, its content and the commitment required for success in terms of time investment, dedication, interest and ability. GCSE Maths is a qualification which show employers and universities that you have a good level of maths as well as effective concentration and study skills. It also demonstrates that you are able to learn and retain abstract concepts. Please note the Friday classes are not every Friday, but approximately every third week.

    You must pass this course before being able to start the full GCSE and take an initial assessment before starting this course. Click the Start Assessment button on this page. Please log on with your email address (not name) and use Chrome if possible. Or Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511.

    After you have completed your assessment, please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself -https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. 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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  9. ESOL level 1 (speaking and listening)
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 a speaking and listening exam in February.

    Before this course, 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 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 receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. 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 £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £68.00
  10. ESOL entry 3 (speaking and listening)
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 of 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 February, there will be a speaking and listening exam.

    Before this course, 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 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 receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. 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 £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £60.00
  11. Maths higher GCSE (introduction)
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    This short course is to make sure you are ready for the full GCSE Higher Maths course AC202, you know what to expect from the full course, its content and the commitment required for success.GCSE Maths is a qualification which show employers and universities that you have a good level of maths skills, concentration and study skills. It also shows that you are able to learn and retain abstract concepts. Please note the Thursday classes are not every Thursday, but approximately every third week.

    You must pass this course before being able to start the full GCSE and take an initial assessment before starting this course. Click the Start Assessment button on this page. Please log on with your email address (not name) and use Chrome if possible. Or Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511.

    After you have completed your assessment, please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself -https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. 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
  12. Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Would you like to narrate audio books? Are you interested in community work such as talking newspapers for the blind? Explore vocal skills and techniques required in these areas and identify what style works for you. This course will be delivered online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
  13. English pronunciation: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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. This term the course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £135.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  14. English pronunciation: stage 2
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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, inflection and the rhythms of Standard English. This term the course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £135.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  15. ESOL level 2 (speaking and listening)
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 television and radio. This upper-intermediate to advanced course will enrich your vocabulary and expression 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 a speaking and listening exam in February.

    Before this course, 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 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 receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. 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 £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £68.00

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