Essential skills

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. Maths for life (entry 3)
    Last Few Places
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  2. English and maths for life (pre-entry)
    Last Few Places
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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
  3. English for life (entry level 1 and 2)
    Last Few Places
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    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. 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
  4. ESOL: Develop your listening skills (level 1)
    Last Few Places
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Are you tired of asking people to repeat themselves? Do you nod and smile when you don't understand? Do you wish you could understand the TV better or follow phone conversations more easily? Good listening skills are essential to your English language development and students often never learn specific listening techniques. This course will help you change your experience of listening to English. It will change from being a stream of meaningless sounds into one in which you can identify the words and focus on the meaning of what you are hearing. You will be able to relax when you are having conversations and enjoy films without subtitles!

    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 £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £56.00
  5. English pronunciation: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £135.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  6. English for professionals: C1 Advanced (Cambridge English: Advanced, CAE)
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Do you need proof of your ability to use English to study at graduate level or to work in a professional environment? Do you want to show yourself that you have reached a high level of competency in your new language? Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is an internationally recognised in-depth test of English language skill for people with ESOL Level 2 (C1) or above. This course will develop your language skills as well as prepare you for the test and enable you to communicate at a very high level of English either in the UK or abroad. 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 Chome if possible.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £299.00
  7. Grammar in practice: intermediate (entry 3 -level 1)
    Last Few Places
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    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 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 £79.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  8. Develop your writing and reading: spelling, punctuation, vocabulary (Entry 3-Level 1)
    Last Few Places
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    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.

    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
  9. Develop your writing and language skills (level 1-level 2)
    Last Few Places
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Have you been learning English for a long time but find your writing just doesn’t seem to improve? Are you quite a fluent speaker but find formal speaking difficult? Do you feel ‘stuck’. This course will release you! You will focus on how to improve the structure of your writing both the whole text, paragraphs and sentences. You will work on understanding the grammar of the language, and the skills you learn to develop your writing will help you improve your more formal speaking whether this is for job interviews, meetings at work or giving presentations. This course is ideal if you have been living in the UK for several years, feel quite comfortable in speaking English as a second language, but lack confidence in your literacy 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 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 £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £20.00
  10. Develop your reading and writing: phonics and spelling (Entry level)
    Last Few Places
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 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
  11. English pronunciation: stage 2
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    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 £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £135.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  12. Writing skills in practice: advanced (level 2+)
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 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
    Rating:
    20% of 100
  13. Grammar in practice: upper intermediate (level 1-2)
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Unsure when to use present perfect or past perfect? Is reported speech still causing you problems? Do you need to practise your conditionals? Join this course and put your grammar into practice in speaking, writing, reading and listening. Gain confidence in using grammar effectively through engaging in contextualised tasks.

    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 £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £85.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  14. English pronunciation: stage 3
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    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 £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £135.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  15. ESOL entry 2-entry 3
    Last Few Places Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Are you quite confident about your everyday English? Can you have some short conversations and read and write simple emails? Can you go shopping, talk about simple subjects and write a letter? But do you make quite a lot mistakes? Is it difficult to speak, read or write about more complicated topics? 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. Your will 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.

    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £32.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100

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