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 language GCSE (introduction)
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Thu 9 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Are you excited by the English language? Do you want to gain an English language GCSE? This short introduction course will give you a flavour of what successfully completing a GCSE involves and will show if you are ready for the accredited programme in terms of time investment, dedication, interest and ability. You must pass this course before being able to start the full GCSE and take an initial assessment before starting this course. Click the Start Assessment button on this page. Please log on with your email address (not name) and use Chrome if possible. Or Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511.

    In addition please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.

    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
  2. Maths foundation GCSE (introduction)
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    This short course is to make sure you are ready for the full GCSE Maths Foundation programme (AC201/AC205) and to ensure you know what to expect from the full qualification, its content and the commitment required for success in terms of time investment, dedication, interest and ability. GCSE Maths is a qualification which show employers and universities that you have a good level of maths as well as effective concentration and study skills. It also demonstrates that you are able to learn and retain abstract concepts. Please note the Friday classes are not every Friday, but approximately every third week.

    You must pass this course before being able to start the full GCSE and take an initial assessment before starting this course. Click the Start Assessment button on this page. Please log on with your email address (not name) and use Chrome if possible. Or Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511.

    After you have completed your assessment, please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself -https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. 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:
    100% of 100
  3. Maths higher GCSE (introduction)
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    This short course is to make sure you are ready for the full GCSE Higher Maths course AC202, you know what to expect from the full course, its content and the commitment required for success.GCSE Maths is a qualification which show employers and universities that you have a good level of maths skills, concentration and study skills. It also shows that you are able to learn and retain abstract concepts. Please note the Thursday classes are not every Thursday, but approximately every third week.

    You must pass this course before being able to start the full GCSE and take an initial assessment before starting this course. Click the Start Assessment button on this page. Please log on with your email address (not name) and use Chrome if possible. Or Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511.

    After you have completed your assessment, please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself -https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. 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. Workplace skills: how to write an impacting CV and covering letter
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Are you sure your CV is influencing employers in the way you want? Is it enticing them to know more about you? Does it contain the right content and is it written to maximise its impact? Do you know how to write and structure a covering letter? The vast majority of applicants write ineffective poorly worded CVs, person specifications and covering letters. Don't be one of them. Join this course 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 receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £4.00
  5. English and maths for life (pre-entry)
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    Course Date:  Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    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 and onsite. 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
  6. Getting ready for English Functional Skills (level 2)
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Would you like to develop your English skills and gain a qualification? A level 2 functional skills qualification is equivalent to a GCSE and often required by employers to show you have a good level of reading and writing and speak well in a variety of situations. This short course will ensure you have the analytical skills and language awareness to complete the accredited course.

    You must pass this course before joining the accredited Functional Skills Level 2 course. You need to do an initial 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.

    After you have completed your assessment, please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself -https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.

    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
  7. English for life (level 1)
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    Course Date:  Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you want to improve your communication skills and become a more confident speaker, listener, reader and writer of English? On this course, you will develop all your English language skills so you can act confidently in the most important everyday situations inside and outside work. You will become a skilled communicator when writing, using digital resources and in face-to-face interactions. You will develop your active listening skills so you can understand and empathise better. You will work on how to express yourself when speaking in different situations. And you will practise your reading so you can see the whole picture and the details, make effective decisions about what you read, and prioritise matters. By the end of this three-term programme, you will be a competent speaker, listener, reader and writer both at work and home and ready to do exams such as Functional 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.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  8. English for life (entry 3)
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you want to improve your English reading and writing so that you can express yourself confidently and do the most important and common everyday tasks? Join this course and develop your reading and writing, while also talking about your own life events and key issues such as news stories, public figures, health and culture. You will learn how to read and write paragraphs and short texts about topics that interest you and important events. You will practise filling in forms, writing formal and informal letters and emails and you will improve your spelling, vocabulary and use of punctuation. You will also become more confident in expressing your thoughts and feelings and dealing with difficult situations, for example, at work or in your personal life.

    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:
    100% of 100
  9. Maths for life (entry 3)
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    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 society today. 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.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  10. Maths for life (level 1)
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Become more confident in using maths to solve problems, analyse issues and make decisions at work or in everyday life. This course will 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, fractions, decimal numbers 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.

    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 for life (entry level 1-entry level 2)
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Fri 24 Sep 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.

    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
  12. Skills in English: thinking, reading, discussing, expressing (entry 3-level 1)
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Thu 7 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Would you like to do an English GCSE one day? Do you want to increase your confidence in English in expressing yourself when speaking and writing? Do you need to develop your reading skills so you can understand the general meaning of different types of texts and also make judgements about what you read, give your reasons for thinking certain things, see different points of view, identify different motives or pieces of information? This course will help you become a good communicator and thinker in English able to read, enjoy and use different texts, fact and fiction, to express yourself with vivid vocabulary, accurate language and well-thought out arguments.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  13. Develop your writing and reading: spelling, punctuation, vocabulary (entry 3-level 1)
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you want to be sure of your spelling? Do you want to know when to use a comma rather than a full-stop? Would you like to increase your vocabulary so you can be more expressive and precise when you write? On this course you will improve different types of writing such as letter-writing, work emails, texts, descriptive writing, essays and stories and you will focus on your spelling, punctuation and vocabulary so that you can confident that whatever you write is clear, accurate and professional.

    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 the webpage. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  14. English language GCSE
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Thu 28 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    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.

    Please note you MUST have passed the English Language GCSE (Introduction) course (see wbesite) 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). And use Chrome.

    After you have completed your assessment, please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself -https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. 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
  15. Maths foundation GCSE
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    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..

    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.

    In addition to the assessment, please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself -https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. 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:
    100% of 100

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