Skills for life

Skills for Life

Develop the skills you need to participate fully in modern life, make progress at work and express yourself with confidence.

Whether you are a cleaner or a junior manager, office or construction worker, beginner or advanced level, our courses will help you develop the most in-demand workplace skills and at same time improve your general communication, English, ESOL, Data Literacy, Maths and Digital Skills. Our courses will also improve your skills and competences for life outside work from going to the doctors and filling out forms to talking about politics and discussing art.

Inside and outside work, in all types of jobs, at all levels, adults need to be problem-solvers, analysers, decision-makers, team-players, to see the bigger picture and be detail-oriented. Join our courses, online or face-to-face, and develop these universal essentials skills with our motivating, innovative and professional tutors.

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.

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  1. ESOL pronunciation: stage 2 (level 1-2)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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 universal.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 a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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 £70.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  2. ESOL pronunciation: stage 1 (level 1-2)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tired of people not understanding you? Would you like to sound 'more English'? Do you need to communicate 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 face-to-face or online. 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).



    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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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 £65.00
    Rating:
    88% of 100
  3. ESOL: Thinking in English (entry 3-level 1)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you want to stop translating from the your first language? Do you want your English to be more automatic and fluent? On this course, the emphasis is on thinking in English. In each class, you will have a problem, a dilemma, a puzzle or a challenging issue to solve, address or debate. You will need to learn to read or listen between the lines, understand implications and indirect English. You will learn how to analyse text or talks and make decisions or judgements about what has happened and why. You will need to give reasons for your answers, solutions, comments and learn to express yourself in detail so other people can understand you. You will learn about how to speak to the point. These discussions and opinion-giving will improve your vocabulary, your pronunciation and your communication skills and help you think in and with English.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. 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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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 £50.00
  4. Develop your English: grammar foundation (level 1-2)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    What’s the difference between a verb and a adverb, a subject and an object, a main clause and a subordinate clause? What is a compound sentence? What does a determiner do? Understanding and analysing grammatical structure is a key component in developing your English skills whether speaking, writing or even reading. This course will provide you with all the grammar knowledge you need to become familiar with the language you use everyday and will be a very effective foundation for other work you do to improve your English. It will also assist you when you learn other languages.



    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 £70.00
  5. ESOL Communicating at work: letters, emails, memos, notes, meetings and presentations (level 1)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you work in an office or on reception? Would you like to but lack the confidence? This course will help you with all the English skills you need to communicate well in an office both online and face-to-face. You will learn the right language for office emails both formal and informal, how to take notes during a meeting, how to answer the phone and take messages at the same time, how to talk in meetings and how to agree, disagree and put forward your ideas. You will also practise how to give a work presentation. You will develop other key work skills such as decision-making and working with other people.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. 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).



    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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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 £80.00
  6. English for professionals: communicating, managing, selling (Level 2)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. 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).



    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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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 £95.00
  7. Develop your confidence in writing: sentences, grammar and punctuation in everyday writing (level 1-2)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Would you like to be more confident in the way you write whether emails or reports at work or messages to friends? Do you want to work on how you form sentences, understand grammar and use punctuation so your writing is more creative? It can be tempting to just randomly put a comma in a sentence, avoid adverbs or crumble when it comes to using a clause, but it doesn’t have to be that way. This course will help you be more secure in your professional, academic or creative writing skills and help you improve some of your weak areas around forming and punctuating sentences with appropriate grammatical form. You will develop your confidence in the most essential areas of writing including different sentence structures, writing paragraphs, using punctuation effectively, using active and passive voices and proofreading.



    You will need to do a pre-course assessment before joining this course. Contact universal.skills@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.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
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  8. Becoming confident in numbers: mental maths (level 1-2)
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    If you are told your council tax bill of £725 is increasing by 2% do you know the answer? Can you work it out in your head or do you need to write the calculation down? If you have to convert the size of your room from feet to metres to order carpet, do you know the maths for this? When you look at your shopping list, can you make a quick estimate of the total cost? If the answer to these questions is not a confident 'yes', then this is the course for you. You will develop your number skills so you can be confident in carrying out the most essential calculations involving multiplying, dividing, adding and subtracting, using fractions, percentages, ratios and conversions. You will focus on problem-solving with numbers as tools to help you and you will learn the language of maths to help you approach the everyday world with more confidence and skill.



    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.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  9. Becoming data literate: how to understand the data all around you (level 1-2)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Lost in data? Data is all around us. From Covid to football matches, cost of living crises to sales reports, Brexit to climate change, we are all now affected by data in the most intimate and impacting way. Understanding data, producing it and making decisions based on it are now essential skills for everyone. This course will help you focus on what data is, why it is important, what to use it for. You will learn about different types of calculations, working out and using percentages and averages, identifying and presenting different data patterns, and using different types of graphs and charts. By the end of the course you will have developed the key mathematical, numerical and analytical skills you need to use and make sense of important data at work, in the news and in your daily life.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. 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).



    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
  10. English dialogue: speaking, listening, pronunciation, performance (level 1-2)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you want to sound ‘more English’ when you speak? Do you want the chance to experiment with becoming expressive in English, playing with how you sound when you speak different dialogues? On this course, you will work on different dialogues from everyday speech and well known plays. And you will also create your own! The chance to work on how to perform and enact this speech will enable you to focus on how to link and ‘chunk’ words, develop your rhythm and stress, work on your fluency and ensure that the meaning of what you are saying becomes expressed. You will also be working with ‘real’ language, not the sometimes artificial language of English course books. Although you will be performing the texts, you do not need to be an actor, just willing to give it a go. By writing your own dialogues, you will also develop your writing skills so by the end of the course you can write and perform together with your classmates your own 5 minute play!.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. 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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £80.00
  11. Advanced English writing skills: how to write creatively, expressively and clearly (level 2)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you want to learn how to write with your ideas connected and flowing? Are you ready to develop your ability to create images with words, affect the reader's imagination, and express complex ideas and themes? This course will help you develop your writing by reading factual texts and short pieces of English literature and analysing how these are created and structured and 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 meaningful and well-organised pieces of writing.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. 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).



    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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  12. Professional communication skills: how to make your writing clear, concise and organised (level 2)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you find it difficult to organise your writing so it is more professional? Do you need to write to the point, with good flow so your ideas are clear? Being coherent, concise, clear and organised are essential to good writing inside and outside the workplace. This course will use fictional and factual texts to help you develop these aspects of your writing so you can become a confident communicator whether writing emails, reports or presentations in the office, creating blogs or pursuing your wider studies. This course is ideal if you need to write effectively at work or are wanting to do an English GCSE or Level 2 Functional Skills course but do not have the time for a full qualification or want to prepare for them.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. 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).



    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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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 £70.00
  13. English language GCSE
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you excited by the English language? Do you want to engage with fiction and non-fiction? Do you need to improve your writing and critical thinking across a range of topics and themes? An English Language GCSE is an essential qualification for anyone wanting to practise higher-order reading skills and use these to develop fluent and effective writing. It is one of the most commonly required qualifications by employers and universities, and will enhance your job and education prospects. This specification will ensure that you can read fluently and write effectively, demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language, and analyse texts.



    (Assessments including mock tests will take place in the City Lit building and you need to be able to attend these in person as required).



    You MUST pass the Introduction to English Language GCSE course (see website) before you can join this course. You also need to complete a pre-course assessment face-to-face or in person. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page.







    At the same time you complete your pre-course assessment, please also complete our pre-course form and tell us more about yourself.

    . https://forms.gle/2iQBRRsjsuociqVW6.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  14. Picture this: develop your English through art and photography (level 1)
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you enjoy art and photography? Do you want to improve your English? Join this course and increase your vocabulary, your expression and your writing in general by describing and using your own photos and those of others. Use images to develop personal expression and as a springboard for language development and creative writing. This is not a photography course - though we will help you develop these skills. It is a unique way to help you express yourself so you can talk and write about feelings, moods, places, people, objects, activities and much more.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment face--to-face or online. 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).
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  15. Business Administration (with digital skills): English communication skills for administrators and office workers (level 1-2)
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you need to develop your English skills for working in an office and communicating effectively as an administrator? This course will help you become a confident, flexible and successful communicator in writing, face-to-face, on the phone and digitally such as via emails and cloud-based software. You will work on the correct language for written documents and spoken interactions to colleagues, customers, in meetings and answering the phone. You will focus on different levels of formal and informal communication and how to speak and write clearly and concisely, with appropriate tone e.g. in emails and letters on a PC. You will also work on how to lay out key documents, spell well and punctuate correctly. By the end of this course, you will confident you can work successfully in an office environment.



    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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £45.00

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