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. 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

  2. Conversation and pronunciation (entry 2-3)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you want to sound more English, improve your listening, and speak more fluently and confidently? This course will help your English conversations at home, at work and with friends, and help other people understand you better.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course, and you can arrange this by contacting the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £20,962. 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: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £18.00

  3. English for business (level 2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you want to work in business but lack the confidence? Do you already have a job but feel that your language skills are holding you back? This course will help you activate and improve your business English so you can approach negotiations, meetings, presentations and reports with confidence. Aimed at second language speakers of English with a high level of competence (level 2) in the language.

    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 £20,962. 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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. Read well, write well (level 1-level 2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Learning how to write well requires learning how to read well. This course will prepare you for all types of writing but especially essay writing. Learn and practise how to answer essay questions by choosing what to read, how to read it and make notes, and then turning these notes into good pieces of writing with effective introductions and conclusions and well argued opinions. This course will be especially suitable for anyone wanting to study or who works in a job which requires good writing.



    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.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £20,962. 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  5. Communicating at work (level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you need to write reports or give presentations at work? Are you required to talk at meetings or conduct video conferences? Are you writing letters, summaries, minutes, statements or copy for websites? This course will take your business and work English to the next level when communicating face-to-face, on the phone or in writing.

    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 £20,962. 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  6. Brush up your grammar (level 1 and above)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What’s the difference between a verb and a noun, a subject and an object, a main clause and a subordinate clause? If you’re not sure and want to find out, this course is for you. It’s designed to give people who never studied grammar at school a better understanding of the workings of the English language.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £51.00

  7. Learning Strategies for English and maths students (Entry Level)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 23 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you have some specific learning challenges and difficulties that affects your learning of English and maths? Perhaps you have dyslexia or poor memory, maybe you find producing complex sentences difficult or find it hard to keep concentrated, or you suffer from high levels of anxiety? This course will help you understand and recognise your specific challenges and help you develop effective strategies to help you in your studies especially in English and maths.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  8. Write with confidence: grammar, punctuation and style for everyday writing (level 1 and above)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 23 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Would you like to be able to understand some of the errors you make when writing? Do you wish to write more succinctly, with correct punctuation, and use a wider variety of sentences?



    If you are not confident with your professional, academic or creative writing skills, then this course can help to improve your understanding of some key areas of punctuation and grammar. ‘Write with Confidence’ covers structure & sequence, punctuation, sentence types, active and passive voice, and adding variety to your writing.

    There will be opportunities to work on and proof read your own writing.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £37.00

  9. ESOL pronunciation: stage 2 (level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What are the different ways of pronouncing 'a'? Does 'for' always sound like 'four'? Is 't' always pronounced the same way? Learn the answers to these questions as you focus on fluent pronunciation practising linking, rhythm and stress and discover how context affects the pronunciation of English. This course is aimed at students with a good level of English - level 1 and 2 (B2-C1), who have completed Stage 1. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for more information. Highly fluent students at level 3 or above should apply to the courses in the drama department.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £20,962. 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: £28.00

  10. ESOL and singing: sing your way to better English (entry 3 - level 2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 31 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you learning English? Do you enjoy singing? Why not combine the two? Singing is an excellent way to develop your English. You will improve your vocabulary, listening, reading, pronunciation and fluency.You do not need to be a good singer to do this course. The focus is on using singing and songs to develop your pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and reading.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course so we can check your level. 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.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £20,962. 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: £20.00

  11. ESOL and making podcasts: pronunciation, presentation, expression (level 1-2)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to improve your pronunciation, learn more about how you sound when you speak English and develop your speaking? A podcast is a digital recording which can be used in a very practical way to help develop your English. On this course, you will discover how to make a podcast to record yourself, edit and upload your files as well as what to say and how to say it. You will be able to practise speaking on your own and interviewing others as well as learn how to prepare what to say and how to say it. Podcasting is a fantastic way of improving your pronunciation, your vocabulary, your spoken accuracy, and your fluency.

    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 £20,962. 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

  12. Office skills for ESOL students (entry 3 - level 1)

    Course Date: Mon 10 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to work in an office? Not sure if your English or computing skills are good enough? Perhaps you already work in an office but want to improve your administration skills? Join this course and learn the English you need to answer the phone correctly, write good emails, letters and memos, and spell common words. At the same time, you will improve your digital computer skills including your word processing, file management, and emailing.

    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.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £20,962. 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: £20.00

  13. Getting ready for English Functional Skills (level 1)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 3 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you want to develop your English skills so you can be confident at work and in daily life, and gain a qualification? This course will make sure you are ready for Level 1 functional skills exam and know what to expect from the accredited course. Level 1 English Functional Skills is the first step in showing employers and others you have a good level of English reading and writing and that you can speak well in a variety of situations. You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course, and pass this course before joining the accredited section.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  14. Improve your spelling (entry 3-level 1)

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Practise or practice? I before E except after C? 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

  15. Matters of opinion (level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you need to improve your fluency, your vocabulary and your pronunciation? Join this course and learn how to express your opinions, develop your range of expression and talk about important topics: love, politics, films, current affairs, morals. This course will help you develop your grammar and enable you to talk in a more complex and sophisticated 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 £20,962. 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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