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

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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

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

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 29 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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

  4. Communicating for life: speaking, reading and writing English (entry 3 - level 1)

    Course Date: Thu 30 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will help with your English communication in reading, writing, speaking and listening. The emphasis will be on developing your expression in speaking and writing through creative tasks.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  5. 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

  6. ESOL entry 3 (reading and writing)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you quite confident in your everyday English? Can you go shopping, talk about simple subjects and write a letter or email? But do you make quite a lot of 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 that you can understand people better, talk about most daily topics, read a simple news story and write a long email or letter. There will be reading and writing exams.



    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 one of the following applies:

    a) 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. OR

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance (WRAG). Please bring proof of income to your assessment or enrolment. OR

    c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit), earn less than £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and are doing the course to become employed or move into more sustainable employment.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £231.00
    Concession: £58.00

  7. Getting ready for English Language GCSE - part B

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Are you excited by the English language? Do you want to gain an English language GCSE but are not ready yet to achieve this in a single year? Do you need to test your abilities before attempting the qualification course? Then this Getting Ready for English Language GCSE is the course for you. It will prepare you for the accreditation and familiarise you with its content, level and expectation. You will need to complete and pass an initial assessment before starting this course to demonstrate at least a Level 1 Functional Skills level of English as well as analytical abilities.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  8. ESOL entry 2 (reading and writing)

    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you able to have short conversations in English, and read and write simple emails? This elementary course will help you learn more vocabulary and grammar so that you can talk, read and write about more interesting subjects and make fewer mistakes. There will be reading and writing exams at the end of the course.



    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 one of the following applies:

    a) 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. OR

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance (WRAG). Please bring proof of income to your assessment or enrolment. OR

    c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit), earn less than £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and are doing the course to become employed or move into more sustainable employment.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £60.00

  9. ESOL level 2 (reading and writing)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you have a good level of competency in all areas of your English? Can you express yourself accurately in speaking and writing, read newspapers and understand most televison and radio? This upper-intermedate to advanced course will enrich your vocabulary 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 reading and writing exam in July.



    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 more information.

    This course is FREE if one of the following applies:

    a) 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. OR

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance (WRAG). Please bring proof of income to your assessment or enrolment. OR

    c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit), earn less than £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and are doing the course to become employed or move into more sustainable employment.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £271.00
    Concession: £68.00

  10. Maths at work series - analysing data at work

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Increase your confidence in analysing data at work or in everyday life. This standalone session will look at types of data, analysis of data (both numerical and visual) and drawing conclusions from these.

    You will not be using Excel in this session, though you may be interested in joining one of our Excel courses afterwards.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £7.00

  11. 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

  12. Communicating at work: reports (level 1-2)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you need to write reports at work or in your studies? Are you looking for work that will involve report writing? This course will help you develop the language and skills you need to write an engaging and interesting report. You will learn the language commonly used in formal reports, how to be precise and clear, how to refer to data and other information, as well as paragraph effectively.

    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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  13. English for life (level 1)

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to become a better and more confident communiciator in both writing and speaking? Do you want to be express yourself better in informal situations such as writing emails to friends, or in more formal situations such as corresponding with your colleagues at work or dealing with the council or your child's school? On this course you will improve your vocabulary, learn more about sentence construction and how to structure your writing in a variety of formats. Additionally, you will discover new spelling strategies and learn how to use punctuation accurately. You will also develop your reading skills by reading texts from a range of everyday sources and become confident to read different types of texts for both work and pleasure.This course is part of a three-term programme.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  14. English pronunciation: stage 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    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.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £129.00

  15. English Functional Skills (level 1)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to develop your English skills so you can be confident at work and in daily life, and gain a qualification? Level 1 functional skills exam 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 have passed the Getting Ready for English Functional Skills (level 1) course.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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