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 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 Language GCSE (introduction)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 10 Sep 2020
    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 will need to complete and pass an initial assessment before starting this course and pass this course before being able to start the full GCSE.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.

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

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  3. ESOL entry 3 (speaking and listening)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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 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)

    For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £60.00

  4. ESOL level 1 (speaking and listening)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (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.

    YBefore 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £271.00
    Concession: £68.00

  5. English for life (level 1)

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  6. Maths foundation GCSE (introduction)

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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. 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. Please note the Friday classes are not every Friday, but around every three weeks.



    You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the Maths GCSE (Introduction) course. 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.

    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  7. Maths higher GCSE (introduction)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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. 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. Please note the Thursday classes are not every Friday, but around every three weeks.

    You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course, and pass this course before joining AC202. 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.

    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  8. English pronunciation: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 2 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £135.00

  9. English pronunciation: stage 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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 term the course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £135.00

  10. ESOL level 2 (speaking and listening)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (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-intermedate 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.

    YBefore 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £271.00
    Concession: £68.00

  11. ESOL entry 2 (speaking and listening)

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Can you have some short conversations and read and write simple emails? 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. 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)

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

  12. English for life (entry level 1 and 2)

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to improve your reading and writing of English and your formal speaking? Come to this class and express yourself. Learn how to read and write full sentences in English about important events and topics that interest you. Learn how to fill in forms, understand important letters and make appointments. Become confident in your spelling, vocabulary, using capital letters, full stops and expressing your thoughts and feelings. This course will help you learn all the English skills you need in life without the pressure of an 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 will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  13. English for life (entry 3)

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  14. ESOL entry 1

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £36.00

  15. Maths for life (entry 3)

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 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: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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