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

    City Lit gift vouchers - the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning this Christmas. Gift vouchers are available from just £10 and can be used to book a place on any of our online and London-based courses including art, languages, dance classes, poetry, and much more.
    From: £10.00

  2. English for life (level 1)

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to become more confident in writing and speaking? Would you like to express yourself more effectively in difficult situations, in emails to friends, at work, when dealing with the council or your child's school? On this course, you will develop your reading and writings skills so you can act confidently in the most important everyday situations and be able to give your opinions and debate with others about a range of topics and events. You will work on how to organise your writing use paragraphs well and form different types of sentences. You will improve your vocabulary, discover new spelling strategies and learn how to use punctuation accurately. You will develop your reading skills to be able to find information and details, identify the purposes and summarise different types of texts. By the end of this three-term programme, you will be a competent reader and writer both at work and home and ready to do exams such as Functional Skills.

    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 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

  3. English pronunciation: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 3 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 course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £129.00

  4. English pronunciation: stage 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 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, inflexion 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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £129.00

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

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your English for work. Not sure if your English or digital skills are good enough to work in an office? Join this course and learn the English skills you need to answer the phone professionally, take and leave messages, write clear and concise emails and letters on a PC, spell common words correctly and more.

    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 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

  6. ESOL entry 1

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For students who can speak or write only a few words in English or maybe none at all. On this beginners' course, you will learn new words and grammar, how to ask and answer questions, how to read and write about yourself, your family, and friends, and how to complete forms and short emails. 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). For more information click here

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £32.00

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

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    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.

    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 You are on a Low Wage. 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

  8. Grammar in practice: advanced (level 2+)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Is your grammar holding you back? Learn how to communicate more effectively by analysing, discussing and experimenting with English grammar. This course will help you realise that grammar is really about meaning: understanding better the meaning of what someone is saying and expressing yourself more meaningfully.

    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. The course runs over three terms (though you may start any term, places allowing).

    This course is FREE if You are on a Low Wage. 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  9. English for life (entry 3)

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to improve your English reading and writing so that you can express yourself confidently and do the most important and common everyday tasks? Join this course and develop your reading and writing, while also talking about your own life events and key issues such as news stories, public figures, health and culture. You will learn how to read and write paragraphs and short texts about topics that interest you and important events. You will practise filling in forms, writing formal and informal letters and emails and you will improve your spelling, vocabulary and use of punctuation. You will also become more confident in expressing your thoughts and feelings and dealing with difficult situations, for example, at work or in your personal 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 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

  10. Maths for life (entry 3)

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you need to become more confident in maths in your daily life, whether making calculations with money, understanding figures, charts and graphs in newspapers or online or measuring areas? This course will help you with the essential maths you need to participate, make progress and express yourself in a modern society. You will work with whole numbers, fractions and decimal numbers and use maths to solve problems involving time, money and measurement. You will learn about the properties of shapes, both 2D and 3D and how to read, interpret and comment on information in tables and charts. By the end of the course, you will be much more aware of how much maths there is in everyday life and how maths can help you.

    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 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

  11. Maths for life (level 1)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Become more confident using maths in your everyday life. This course will help you understand and use maths in your daily life so that data, graphs, charts and other mathematical representations come alive. You will begin to see how mathematics is everywhere and you will develop the maths you need to participate, make progress and express yourself in a modern society, without the pressure of an exam. You will work with whole numbers, recognise the relationship between fractions and decimal numbers and work with percentages. You will work on problem-solving involving time, money and measurements, as well as 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, discuss and comment on the graphs you see in newspapers and online.

    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 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

  12. English dialogue: speaking, listening, pronunciation, performance (level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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!.

    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). 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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  13. English pronunciation: stage 3

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Designed for students who have completed 'English Pronunciation' stages 1 and 2. Conversation and the reading aloud of a variety of texts will help to pinpoint those pronunciation worries still to be addressed.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £129.00

  14. English and maths for life (pre-entry)

    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you need help with reading and writing English? Can you write the letters of the alphabet or do you need to practise? Do you need to improve your spelling? Can you use numbers and count up to 100 or do you need help? On this course we will help you with your English and maths. You will learn how to write individual letters, spell whole words, write simple sentences, read whole words, read simple sentences and understand notices. You will become confident in your speaking. And you will also practise the maths you need for everyday life so you can shop, use money and measure things correctly.

    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 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

  15. Writing skills in practice: advanced (level 2+)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you need to develop your writing so you can express yourself in a full and rich manner? On this course, you will focus on how to structure different types of writing, organise your ideas, and improve your vocabulary while focusing on difficulties typically faced by high level learners of English, such as tone and register. Learn how to research information and use your notes to write to the point, expressing complex ideas in a style which is engaging and takes the reader into account.

    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 You are on a Low Wage. 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

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