Essential Skills Courses at City Lit

We offer courses in ESOL, English, maths and digital skills. You can improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing and your computing and digital skills. We run courses from beginner to advanced – for those who can write only a few words to those who are going to university, for those who are new to computing to those ready for ECDL level 3.

You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates or you can do an on-line assessment.

Got a question? Call 020 7492 2511 or email english@citylit.ac.uk for ESOL & English, maths@citylit.ac.uk for maths and getdigital@citylit.ac.uk for digital skills and computing.

You can also call us on 020 7831 7831 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm.

View all of our digital skills and computing courses for hearing students

View all of our digital skills and computing courses for deaf students

Please note: All our essential skills courses are FREE if you are in work and earn less than £19,890 a year. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your salary. The majority of English and maths courses are free for everyone while other courses also have zero or reduced fees if you are on JSA, ESA (WRAG) or a means-tested benefit. Call 020 7831 7831 for more details.

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  1. City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From: £10.00

  2. ESOL for cleaners E1

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  3. Learn English - learn about London, entry 2 - entry 3

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to improve your English and learn about London at the same time? This course will help you feel more confident about living in London and using your English. You will visit interesting places and learn about the history of the city and the people who live there. You will also learn about important events in the city in the past and now. You will improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing. You will learn a lot of new words to describe people and places and how to express yourself fluently and correctly.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. The fees for this course are to be confirmed. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  4. Learn English - discover London, its history, culture and people, level 1 - level 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 15 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to improve your English and learn about London, its history, culture and people at the same time? On this course, you will visit places of interest and learn about the history of these places especially about the different people and cultures who have lived there, and about important events which have shaped the city. You will do your own research and so improve your reading and writing skills as well as your speaking and listening. In addition, you will feel more at home in London and able to participate in its rich and diverse life.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. English pronunciation: stage 1 (intensive)

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Improve your pronunciation of standard English on this intensive course which includes detailed study of vowel and consonant sounds. Ideal for speakers of other languages who are fluent in English. Some homework required.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  6. English pronunciation: stage 2 (intensive)

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal if you have completed 'English pronunciation: stage 1', the course develops fluency and clarity and explores diphthongs and triphthongs, inflexion and intonation, and the rhythms of standard English.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00

  7. English Language GCSE (introduction)

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 12 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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 will need to complete and pass an initial assessment before starting this course and except in exceptional circumstances pass this course before be able to start the full GCSE.
    Full fee: £0.00

  8. English for life (level 1)

    New
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to become a better and more confident communiciator in both writing and speaking? Do you want to be express yourself better in informal situations such as writing emails to friends, or in more formal situations such as corresponding with your colleagues at work or dealing with the council or your child's school? On this course you will improve your vocabulary, learn more about sentence construction and how to structure your writing in a variety of formats. Additionally, you will discover new spelling strategies and learn how to use punctuation accurately. You will also develop your reading skills by reading texts from a range of everyday sources and become confident to read different types of texts for both work and pleasure.This course is part of a three-term programme.
    Full fee: £0.00

  9. Maths foundation GCSE (introduction)

    New
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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. This short course is to make sure you are ready for the full GCSE Foundation Maths course AC201, you know what to expect from the full course, its content and the commitment required for success. You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course, and pass this course before joining AC201.
    Full fee: £0.00

  10. Maths higher GCSE (introduction)

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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. 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. You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course, and pass this course before joining AC202.
    Full fee: £0.00

  11. ESOL entry 3 (speaking and listening)

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you quite confident about your everyday English? Can you go shopping, talk about simple subjects, and write a letter or email? But do you make quite a lot 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 you can understand people better, talk about most daily topics, read a simple news story and write a long email or letter. In February, there will be a speaking and listening exam.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if one of the following applies:

    a) You are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Or

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance (WRAG).

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.
    Full fee: £299.00

  12. ESOL level 1 (speaking and listening)

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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 a speaking and listening exam in February.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if one of the following applies:

    a) You are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Or

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance (WRAG).

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.
    Full fee: £339.00

  13. ESOL: preparing for level 1

    New
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For many students, moving from entry 3 to level 1 can be difficult. This course will prepare you for Level 1 by helping you become more accurate with your grammar and focusing on your reading and writing. You will still have lots of practice of speaking and listening. When you are ready, you can continue to level 1.



    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.
    Full fee: £0.00

  14. ESOL level 2 (speaking and listening)

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You have a good level of competency in all areas of your English. You can express yourself accurately in speaking and writing, can read newspapers and understand most televison and radio. This upper-intermedate to advanced course will enrich your vocabulary and expression 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 a speaking and listening exam in February.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if one of the following applies:

    a) You are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Or

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance (WRAG).

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.
    Full fee: £339.00

  15. ESOL entry 2 (speaking and listening)

    New
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Can you have some short conversations and read and write simple emails? This course will help you learn more vocabulary and grammar so you can talk, read and write about more interesting everyday things and make fewer mistakes. In February, there will be a speaking and listening exam.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if one of the following applies:

    a) You are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Or

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance (WRAG).

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.
    Full fee: £299.00

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