Skills for life and work

We offer a range of courses for you to develop your skills and knowledge for both life and work. You can enjoy a course starting from beginners’ level all the way to advanced level. Build your confidence in reading, writing, mathematics, and digital skills on a short or long course. Our supportive tutors will help you gain the skills and qualifications to achieve your ambitions.

Most of our courses are FREE if you are on a low income or claiming benefits.

  • How do I apply?

    Step 1: Book an appointment for an assessment at our campus so we can offer you the right course.

    Step 2: We will mark your assessment in 7 working days and email you with the courses we can offer.

    Step 3: Then complete your enrolment by either calling or visiting the college enrolment team.

  • How to book an appointment for an assessment?

  • Where will the assessment take place?

    Initial assessments take place at our City Lit Campus Keeley Street London, WC2B 4BA on the M floor student learning centre.

  • What are the Assessment times?

    Monday: 11-2pm

    Wednesday: 5-7pm

    You can also visit us during these times for an assessment without an appointment.

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  1. Getting ready for English Language GCSE
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This is a revision class for those students enrolled on the GCSE course.



    This course is free for learners who have not achieved a GCSE grade C (4) and higher in English. For more information Click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  2. Develop your writing and language skills (level 1-level 2)
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Have you been learning English for a long time but your writing just doesn’t seem to be improving? Are you quite a fluent speaker but find formal speaking difficult? Do you feel ‘stuck’. This course will release you! You will focus on how to improve the structure of your writing both the whole text, paragraphs and sentences. You will work on understanding the grammar of the language, and the skills you learn to develop your writing will help you improve your more formal speaking whether this is for job interviews, meetings at work or giving presentations. This course is ideal if you have been living in the UK for several years, feel quite comfortable in speaking English as a second language, but lack confidence in your literacy skills.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 8078 0489 for a face-to-face assessment or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here

    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  3. Pre Entry ESOL (Intro to reading and writing english)
    Course start date:  Thu 2 May 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you need to learn how to read and write basic English? Can you say and write the letters of the alphabet? Can you spell simple words or write simple sentences about yourself? Can you fill in a basic form? Can you identify numbers and count from 0 to 100? Can you identify social signs and symbols in the UK? If the answers to these questions are no, this is the right course for you! It is an introduction to basic reading and writing to help you with everyday life and becoming more independent in the UK. This course will also allow you to explore important reading and writing skills outside of the classroom setting and will increase your confidence in speaking.







    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk/020 4582 0423 for a face-to-face assessment. There is no online assessment for pre-entry courses. Please come in person for an assessment.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here

    Full fee £130.00 Senior fee £91.00 Concession £65.00
  4. English pronunciation: stage 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Jan 2025 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Are you a non-native fluent speaker who wants to improve your pronunciation of English and to speak the language more clearly and confidently? Work on clear 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 in the college.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  5. English pronunciation: stage 3
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 26 Sep 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Designed for students who have completed 'English Pronunciation' stages 1 and 2, and those who have near native placement. Conversation and the reading aloud of a variety of texts will help to pinpoint those pronunciation worries still to be addressed when speaking English as a non-native speaker. This course will be taught in the college.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  6. English pronunciation: stage 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Apr 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Designed for people who have completed ‘English Pronunciation: stage 1’ although new students with sufficient skills can join. Develop confidence and clarity, explore diphthongs and triphthongs, inflection and the rhythms of Standard English. This term the course will be taught in the college.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  7. English dialogue: speaking, listening, pronunciation, performance (level 1-2)
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you want to sound ‘more English’ when you speak? Do you want the chance to experiment with becoming expressive in English, playing with how you sound when you speak different dialogues? On this course, you will work on different dialogues from everyday speech and well known plays. And you will also create your own! The chance to work on how to perform and enact this speech will enable you to focus on how to link and ‘chunk’ words, develop your rhythm and stress, work on your fluency and ensure that the meaning of what you are saying becomes expressed. You will also be working with ‘real’ language, not the sometimes artificial language of English course books. Although you will be performing the texts, you do not need to be an actor, just willing to give it a go. By writing your own dialogues, you will also develop your writing skills so by the end of the course you can write and perform together with your classmates your own 5 minute play!.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 8078 0489 for a face-to-face assessment or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00
  8. Workplace communication skills: how to be confident in meetings and in groups (level 1-2)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you sometimes feel you cannot speak in meetings? Are you shy with customers? In your daily life, do you find it difficult to give your opinions? This course will give you the confidence and skills to express yourself in different situations.







    Our experienced skills tutor, also a trained actor, will help you learn how to stay calm and focused. You will work on increasing your vocabulary, developing your listening skills and expressing your thoughts and opinions clearly in a positive manner.







    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 8078 0489 for a face-to-face assessment or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £50.00
  9. ESOL, digital skills and maths - for life and work (entry 2-entry 3)
    Course start date:  Thu 24 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you quite confident about your everyday English? Can you have some short conversations and read and write simple emails? Can you go shopping, talk about simple subjects, and write a letter? But do you make quite a lot mistakes? Is it difficult to speak, read or write about more complicated topics? This course will help you learn more vocabulary and grammar so you can talk, read and write about more interesting everyday things and make fewer mistakes. Your will 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. You will also improve your maths and the English you need to do maths such as for simple calculations with money and using percentages.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 8078 0489 for a face-to-face assessment or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).



    Free course: This is a Multiply course. Multiply is a new government programme to help adults improve their numeracy skills. This course is free for Londoners aged 19 or over. For more information Click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  10. Workplace communication skills: how to be confident writing a CV and applying for jobs (level 1-level 2)
    Course start date:  Thu 21 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Your CV is usually the best chance you have to make a good impression on a potential employer. Too many CVs are badly written and fail to address what the employer is looking for. Don't let yours be one of these!







    On this course you will gain the skills and confidence you need to apply for work successfully. You will focus on where to look for work, the different ways of applying for work, the best language to use on CVs and applications as well as how to prepare for interviews.







    By the of the course you will confident you can find the work you are looking for.



    You need to do a pre-course activity to make sure this is the right course for you. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 8078 0489 for information and to book a pre-course assessment. Or you can click the Start Assessment button on this page.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £10.00
  11. Bitesize maths: becoming confident with numbers and calculations (level 1-2)
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    If you are told your council tax bill of £725 is increasing by 2% do you know the answer? Can you work it out in your head or do you need to write the calculation down? If you have to convert the size of your room from feet to metres to order carpet, do you know the maths for this? When you look at your shopping list, can you make a quick estimate of the total cost? If the answer to these questions is not a confident 'yes', then this is the course for you. You will develop your number skills so you can be confident in carrying out the most essential calculations involving multiplying, dividing, adding and subtracting, using fractions, percentages, ratios and conversions. You will focus on problem-solving with numbers as tools to help you and you will learn the language of maths to help you approach the everyday world with more confidence and skill.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / (telephone temporarily unavailable) or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.



    Free course: This is a Multiply course. Multiply is a new government programme to help adults improve their numeracy skills. This course is free for Londoners aged 19 or over. For more information Click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  12. ESOL, maths and digital skills - for life and work (entry 2-entry 3)
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you quite confident about your everyday English? Can you have some short conversations and read and write simple emails? Can you go shopping, talk about simple subjects, and write a letter? But do you make quite a lot mistakes? Is it difficult to speak, read or write about more complicated topics? This course will help you learn more vocabulary and grammar so you can talk, read and write about more interesting everyday things and make fewer mistakes. Your will 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. You will also improve your maths and the English you need to do maths such as for simple calculations with money and using percentages.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 8078 0489 for a face-to-face assessment or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).



    Free course: This is a Multiply course. Multiply is a new government programme to help adults improve their numeracy skills. This course is free for Londoners aged 19 or over. For more information Click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  13. Communication skills: developing your writing, speaking and digital skills through creating a radio programme (ESOL level 1-2)
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you want to develop your writing and speaking skills? Would you also like to improve your digital skills? On this course you will work on writing, enacting and recording short radio programmes about news items, arts, hobbies, and other areas of interest. By doing this, you will improve your communication skills including emphasising meaning, choosing the right words, speaking and writing concisely with the right tone and creating emotions. You will also focus on your pronunciation and fluency. You will work on how to edit and put together a programme. We hope we can distribute your programme to friendly listeners!



    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 8078 0489 for a face-to-face assessment or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00
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