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. Getting Ready for Maths functional skills level 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Do you want to develop your mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems and make decisions? The Functional Skills Level 2 Maths qualification shows employers and others that your maths skills are at a good level and that you can use these to solving complex problems in a variety of situations.This introductory course will make sure you know what to expect from, and are ready to start, the full accredited course. You must pass this course before you can join the qualification course.



    (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 also need to do an initial 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).







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

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    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  2. Workplace communication: using the right language when applying for jobs
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Is your CV is influencing employers in the way you want? Does it contain the right content? Is the language effective? Can you write and structure a covering letter? Do you come across well in interviews? Many applicants write poorly worded, ineffective CVs, person specifications and covering letters. Don't be one of them. Join this course to create the right impression for potential employers and improve your chances of finding the work you want.



    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 £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £10.00
  3. Professional communication skills: reading, analysing, and comparing data and text (level 2)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you have to read and process a lot of information at work? Do you need to read multiple texts at the same time? How do you judge these different texts and which information or ideas are useful? This course will improve your analytical skills about texts. You will learn how to compare and evaluate different types of texts, those used at work and also fiction pieces. You will practise identifying implicit and explicit information and meaning and learn how to read multiple texts to identify, select and process relevant information or ideas. You will focus on different ways in which writers influence the reader and you will learn how to identify contradictions and inconsistencies within texts. You can take what you learn on the course to improve and develop different types of writing both for inside and outside the workplace.



    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 or you are wanting to prepare for these qualifications.



    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 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
  4. English for professionals: C2 Proficiency (Cambridge English: Proficiency, CPE )
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Are you a professional 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? Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) qualification shows the world that you have reached an exceptional level of English. It the ultimate proof that you can communicate with the fluency and sophistication of a highly competent English speaker and that you have the level of English required to work or study at a top level. This course will develop your language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening and provide you with the preparation needed to pass the 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 £299.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £299.00
  5. Professional communication skills: effective written communication in the workplace (level 2)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Are you aware of how your written communication skills impact readers? Do your emails, texts, tweets and reports achieve what you want them to? High level literacy skills are essential to most job roles. On this course you will explore why written communication is so important as well as how you can develop these skills. You will focus on how to adapt your writing to different audiences, for different purposes and with different levels of formality. You will practise various types of writing, including emails and reports as well as social media communications including tweets, LinkedIn and Facebook posts. By the end of the course you will not only be more skilled in choosing the right words but also writing in different styles depending on who and why you are writing.



    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).



    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £85.00
  6. Financial planning: managing your money long-term
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you bury your head in sand when it comes to long-term financial planning? Would you like to plan but are put off by the jargon and the calculations? This course will help you come to terms with the need to plan and think ahead when it comes to money and financial well-being. You will learn about the key aspect of financial planning and what should be involved in your decision-making. You will focus on the distinctions between income and wealth and how changing inflation, interest-rates, taxation and national insurance contributions affect your planning. You will develop your mathematical skills so you feel confident when making these calculations. You will also consider how savings and debt repayments work and the calculations associated with them, including the different types of savings and investments. Finally you will look at different types of pensions and how you can plan for retirement. This is not an advice course. It is a course which will clarify what is involved in financial planning and provide you with the tools to do this.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  7. Becoming confident in algebra: problem-solving with equations (level 1-2)
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    What is algebra is? Why is it useful? For many of us, algebra is something that we encountered at school, didn't really understand or see the point of. Yet we actually all use algebra quite frequently in our everyday lives without realising because we need it to solve problems. Problems such as how much money we need to buy groceries, how many bags we need to carry the groceries and how much space we need to put the groceries in at home!



    This course will help you see the value and usefulness of algebra and how you can use it in your personal and work life to make calculations easier and to see patterns. You will start with easier calculations and problems so you understand how algebra works before moving on to more complex uses.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment to make sure this level is right for you. 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
  8. ESOL level 2 (reading and writing)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    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 television and radio? This upper-intermediate 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.



    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). 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 £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £170.00
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  9. ESOL level 1 (reading and writing)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

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

    Are you now a confident speaker and writer of English? Can you communicate quite easily in your daily life, understand people around you and read and write about everyday subjects? This intermediate course will help you speak, read and write about more complicated topics with greater accuracy. You will learn how to make a presentation, write formally and informally, and read about more challenging and interesting subjects. There will be reading and writing exams in July.







    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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £160.00
  10. ESOL entry 3 (reading and writing)
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  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.



    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
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £140.00
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  11. Business administration: maths for administrators (level 1-2)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you need to develop your Maths skills for working effectively as an business administrator or as a general office worker? An administrator has to make many mathematical calculations every day about pay, sales, expenditure, and staff absence. For example, you may need to calculate the area of a venue to look at maximum capacity and work out the most cost effective method of travel to get to there. Or calculate average marketing costs per month. This course will help you develop the maths behind these types of calculations, so you gain all the numerical skills you need to improve your work as an administrator whether this is working on sales, using percentages, or converting between currencies. You will work on understanding the maths beyond Excel formulae as well as how to presenting data effectively to managers and colleagues.



    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.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  12. Getting ready for maths GCSE
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

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

    Do you want to gain a Maths 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 Maths 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 Maths. 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

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