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. English pronunciation: stage 3
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 24 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Designed for students who have completed 'English Pronunciation' stages 1 and 2- this is an online version of our hugely popular face to face courses. 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
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  2. Grammar in practice: advanced (level 2+)
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 28 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    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
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  3. English for professionals: communicating, selling, negotiating and managing in business and work (Level 2)
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 27 Sep 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 and work English so you can approach negotiations, meetings, presentations and workplace communication with confidence. You will focus on the skills that are most frequently called for in London job advertisements including: written and verbal communication, sales, influencing and negotiating, problem-solving and leadership.

    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
  4. English for professionals: how to make your writing clear, concise and flowing (advanced ESOL)
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you often have lots to say but find it difficult to write your ideas in an organised way? Do you want to learn how to write to the point, with your ideas connected and flowing, clear and organised? This course will help you achieve this for writing both inside and outside the workplace. You will use fictional and factual texts to help you develop these aspects of your writing so you can become a confident communicator whether writing work emails and reports or giving presentations in the office, creating your blogs or writing essays in your studies.

    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. Communication skills: read well, write well (level 1-level 2)
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022

    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
  6. Effective decision-making for new managers: analysing, problem-solving problem-preventing, strategic thinking
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    What makes a good manager? What are the skills needed by all managers regardless of level and industry? Decision-making is certainly one of these. A manager is making many decisions every day. Some are long-term, large scale, others are short-term and small-scale. Some are relatively risk-free, others involve much more uncertainty and even ambiguity. On this course, you will investigate what constitutes effective decision-making, what makes a good decision-maker especially in regard to more high risk situations. What is the relationship between your decision-making and wider strategies? What is strategic thinking? How do you identify potential problems? How do you analyse and research problems? How do you handle multiple information sources and data? How do you consider and judge alternative solutions to your problems? How do you see the bigger picture and wider implications? What is the relationship between decision-making and actions? By the end of this course, you will be confident you can be more decision-oriented, aware of how to prevent as well as solve problems and be able think more strategically.

    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
  7. English for professionals: becoming fully proficient
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022

    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 £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £199.00
  8. Communication skills for work: presenting, persuading, reporting, explaining (Level 1-2)
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 27 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you need to write reports or give presentations at work? Dl you have to talk at meetings or conduct video conferences? Are you writing letters, summaries, minutes, statements or copy for websites? Are you lacking the confidence to apply for this type of work? This course will develop the skills and language you need for the workplace so you can present ideas, persuade and influence colleagues to support these ideas, write them up in reports and also explain your opinions and describe facts. You will develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing and become a confident communicator in the workplace.

    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
  9. Advanced writing skills: how to write creatively and expressively (level 2)
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 3 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Do you want and need to do more than write workplace emails and information-based texts? Are you ready to develop your ability to create images with words, affect the reader's imagination, and express complex ideas and themes. Creativity and expression are essential to all good writing, including emails. This course will develop your capacity to do this by reading short pieces of English literature and analysing how different these are created, how different techniques, language features and grammar are used to convey moods, emotions, atmosphere, humour, characters and images. You will be set tasks such as writing a blog or portfolio, which the teacher will help you with, that require you to use and develop what you have learned from the class analyses to create expressive and meaningful pieces of writing.

    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
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  10. English Communication Skills for professionals: finding the right word in business (advanced)
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 9 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Are you already working at a good level of English but still not sufficient for the needs of your workplace or to develop your career? Do you need to find just the right word, the correct tone, the exact phrase' This course will help you develop the right English for the right situation particularly in the world of work. Learn about different styles of writing, and effective and appropriate communication.

    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

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