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. Maths for life and work (level 1)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Nov 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Do you need to improve your maths to become more confident in problem-solving, analysing and making decisions at work and in your personal life? Do you want to prepare for Functional Skills Level 2 maths, but are not yet ready? This course will help you with all of the above and make maths come alive. You will see how mathematics is everywhere and you will develop the maths you need to participate, make progress and express yourself in today's society. You will work with whole numbers and decimals, fractions and percentages and recognise the relationships between them. You will work on problem-solving involving time, money and measurements, as well learn how to measure confidently and convert between units of measurement. You will be able to state properties of shapes, both 2D and 3D and be better able to interpret, discuss and comment on the graphs, charts and tables you see in newspapers, on the internet and at work.



    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
  2. Maths foundation GCSE
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Are you excited by the language of Maths? Do you want to understand how numbers, symbols and formulas enable us to identify and solve problems as well as find patterns and structure in the world. This course will extend your analytical and problem-solving skills and help you develop logic to plan and manage activities. A Maths GCSE is one of the most commonly required qualifications by employers and universities and by achieving it you will enhance your job and education prospects. Please note the Friday classes are not every Friday, but approximately every third week..



    (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 have passed the Maths GCSE (Introduction) course (see website) and completed a pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this GCSE course. 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.







    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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    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. Maths functional skills level 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Do you need to gain a national maths qualification to show you have a good level of mathematical competence? Functional Skills Level 2 Maths shows employers and others that your maths skills are at a good level and that you can use skills to solve complex issues in a variety of situations. You will develop your maths to become a problem-solver, analyser and decision-maker.



    You must complete the Getting Ready for Maths functional skills (level 2) course before doing the full 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 need to complete 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).







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









    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.



    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. Finance planning: taking back control - how to budget successfully
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you feel overwhelmed by your money situation? Do want to take back control of your spending? The current cost of living crisis makes a basic but thorough understanding of budgeting essential. On this course you will learn about and put into practice the key elements of financial planning and the necessary maths skills. You will develop your own personal financial budget and plan and learn what to include and exclude, how to make the necessary calculations and how to be more successful in managing your money.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  5. Professional communication skills: effective verbal communication in the workplace (level 2)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    High level verbal communication is crucial in the workplace whatever your role. On this course you will explore why spoken communication is so essential as well as how you can develop these verbal skills. You will focus on active listening, effective questioning, how to participate well in meetings, different types of workplace conversations including initiating and closing, presenting and giving elevator pitches, plus coming across well in interviews. You will focus throughout on the different type of language you can use so you grow in confidence, awareness and verbal dexterity.



    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
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £85.00
  6. Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Have you achieved maths GCSE at grade 4 or above and are now wanting to take your maths up to the next level without doing a full A-Level? Are you particularly interested in practical statistical analysis? Then Core Maths (level 3) is for you. This qualification will develop your quantitative and problem-solving skills and will be valuable preparation for many types of work and qualifications that rely on understanding statistics. You will work on analysing data, maths for personal finance, estimation, critical analysis of data and models, probabilities, the normal distribution, correlation and regression. More details can be found here: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/aqa-certificate/mathematical-studies-1350/specification-at-a-glance



    You MUST complete the short Getting Ready for Core Maths course before graduating to this course. See the website.



    (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 also do a pre-course assessment online or face-to-face. 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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    If you are eligible for government funding and you are 19 or over and do not already have a full level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or 2 full A levels) you may be able to study this course for free. For more information click here



    The course fee is £724. If you are unable to pay this upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the course fee, repayable after the course ends. A deposit of £100 is also payable to secure your place (refundable after you complete the course). You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans



    For more information, please call Universal Skills on 0207 492 2511.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £724.00 Senior fee £724.00 Concession £724.00
  7. Getting job ready: identifying the most in-demand work skills and how you can develop them
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you want to maximise your chances of finding the work you want? This course will help you identify the skills, behaviours and strengths which are most in-demand across all sectors at all levels. You will then work on recognising the skills you have, how these relate to the in-demand skills, how you can develop them and how you can close any skills gaps you might have. You will practise exemplifying these in-demand qualities to help you with job applications and interviews. By the end of this course, you will know what you need to do to be best placed to find a job that works for you.



    This course is FREE if you are a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA). 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 £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £25.00

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