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

    Help your friends and family achieve their New Year's resolutions in 2021! Our City Lit Gift Vouchers are perfect for anyone who wants to learn something new this year. Available from just £10 and can be used to book a place on any of our online courses including art, languages, dance classes, poetry, and much more.
    From: £10.00

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

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 19 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.



    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

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

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 20 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

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

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 21 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  5. Develop your reading and writing (part 1): phonics and spelling (Entry level)

    Course Date: Thu 21 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you need more help with your reading, writing, spelling? Do you find reading whole words difficult? Are you wondering how the sounds of words connect with how to write and spell them? This course will help you use phonics to develop your English. You will learn how to hear and identify the individual sounds which make up a word and then blend the sounds together form the whole word. By being able to relate sight and sound - written letters and the sounds associated with them - a whole new world will open up to you and you will start to feel confident that you can read words, spell them and use them.

    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. Develop your writing and reading: spelling, punctuation, vocabulary (Entry 3-Level 1)

    Course Date: Thu 21 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to be sure of your spelling? Do you want to know when to use a comma rather than a full-stop? Would you like to extend your vocabulary so you can be more precise when you write? On this course you will improve different types of writing such as letter-writing, work emails, descriptive writing, essays and stories and you will focus on your spelling, punctuation and voculary so that you can confident that whatever you write is clear, accurate and professional.

    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 the webpage. 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

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

    Course Date: Mon 25 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Tired of people not understanding you? Would you like to sound 'more English'? Do you need to commununicate well with people in your work? Then this specialist course will help you. Learn how to make the individual sounds of English, hear the differences between them, and read and write the phonemic script, a special alphabet of sounds. This course is aimed at students with a good level of English - level 1 and 2 (B2-C1). Highly fluent students at level 3 or above should apply to the courses in the drama department.

    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: £39.00

  8. English for professionals: English for business and work (level 2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 25 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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 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.

    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  9. English for professionals: becoming fully proficient

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 26 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you a working in a professional setting and wanting to refine your English? Are you on a post-graduate course or completing a PhD and need some help to communicate at this level? This course will focus on some of the most challenging aspects of English proficiency in particular those areas of English for which there are no obvious rules or explanations. Why this word, not that? Why is this structure more appropriate than that one? We will look in particular at the effect of language, how it will be received and interpreted. This course is an excellent follow on from our C2 Proficiency course, but can also be done as a stand-alone course.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 0207 492 2511 for more details or do our online assessment. Click Start Assessment. Use Chrome if possible and log in with your email (not name).

    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: £189.00

  10. Develop your reading and writing for the workplace and beyond: analysing, comparing and critically evaluating (Level 2)

    Course Date: Wed 27 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you have to read and process a lot of information at work? How do you compare the usefulness or relevance of different pieces of writing? How do you decide one text is better or more reliable than another? How do you judge the quality of a piece of writing whether your own or someone else's? What techniques does a writer use to convince you of a point of view? Are you reading ‘fake news’? This course will help you analyse, compare and evaluate different texts both inside and outside work. You will practise distinguishing implicit and explicit information and meaning, learn how to read multiple texts on paper or online to identify, select and process relevant information or ideas, how to identify different ways in which writers influence the reader and you will focus on how to decide on the quality of different pieces of writing. This course is ideal if you are wanting to do an English GCSE or Level 2 Functional Skills course but do not have the time for a full qualification.

    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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £35.00

  11. Develop your writing for the workplace and beyond: tone, register, style (Level 2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 28 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    When you write an email at work or letter to a friend, do you wonder how you come across? Have you ever looked at someone else’s writing and noticed how their words and phrases seem just right; that the formality is appropriate for the reader and level of detail suitable and fit for purpose? Just as your style of clothing can set the tone of an occasion, be more or less appropriate and create different impressions, so can your choice of words and a good writer considers these different aspects. This course you will help you analyse pieces of writing and apply what you learn to texts both inside and outside the workplace so you can adapt your style, tone and register to impact and influence the reader in the way you think best.

    You will need to complete a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skill@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on the webpage. Please log in with your email (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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £45.00

  12. Communicating at work (level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 28 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

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

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 29 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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 will be on usinng songs to develop your pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and reading.

    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: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £33.00

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

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 29 Jan 2021
    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

  15. Develop your writing: through grammar (level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Occasionally you can cook a delicious meal just by accident. But most good cooks will create great tasting meals by knowing the ingredients well. It’s the same with writing. This course will enable you to create fantastic pieces of writing by helping you get to know key grammatical features and how you can use these to: add authority to your writing, alter its tone, make your arguments more persuasive, add emphasis, change pace and tension, make the information and ideas more concise and clearer, and create rich descriptions. By the end of the course you will be much more aware of how to use grammatical knowledge to write well whether at work, in your studies or your life in general. You will have improved your writing through grammar.

    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £45.00

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