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. Grammar in practice: advanced (level 2+)

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Is your grammar holding you back? Learn how to communicate more effectively by analysing, discussing and experimenting with English grammar. This course will help you realise that grammar is really about meaning: understanding better the meaning of what someone is saying and expressing yourself more meaningfully.

    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. The course runs over three terms (though you may start any term, places allowing).

    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  2. Brush up your grammar (level 1 or above)

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    What’s the difference between a verb and a noun, a subject and an object, a main clause and a subordinate clause? If you’re not sure and want to find out, this course is for you. It’s designed to give people who never studied grammar at school a better understanding of the workings of the English language.

    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  3. Write with confidence (level 1 or above): improve your grammar and punctuation for everyday writing

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you want to work on your writing? Do you need to become more confident writing different texts? Do you need tto improve your writing for work? This course provides a supportive workshop environment for you to explore issues of grammar and style in your own writing. This workshop is particularly geared to anyone who is not confident with their writing and is writing within a professional, academic or creative context.

    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. Developing your skills in English and maths at pre-entry level

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Just getting started in Reading and Writing? In this course you will learn to read notices around you, times and dates, spell familiar words and write basic information about yourself. You will learn to write/use numbers and measurements needed in your everyday life. This course is for native speakers.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  5. Improve your English with phonics (entry 1 and 2)

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you need more help with your reading and writing? This course will help you to hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. By knowing the sounds of individual letters, and groups of letters, and their combined sounds, you will be able to decode words as you read. Understanding phonics will also help you know which letters to use when you are writing words.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  6. Improve your spelling (entry 3 and level 1)

    Improve your spelling (entry 3 and level 1)

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    I before E except after C? Practise or practice? If you have struggled with spelling then this is the course for you! It will help you understand and apply spelling rules and use different memory techniques to make spelling easier. This course is for native speakers or those who speak English very fluently. It is aimed at E3/Level 1 learners.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  7. Maths level 1 accredited

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to gain a Level 1 Functional Skills qualification in Maths? Prepare for this whilst improving on your application of percentages and fractions, your use of measurements and scale drawings, your interpretation and drawing of graphs and more!
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  8. Advanced writing skills in practice (level 2+)

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you need to develop your writing so you can express yourself in a full and rich manner? On this course, you will focus on how to structure different types of writing, organise your ideas and improve your vocabulary while focusing on difficulties typically faced by high level learners of English, such as tone and register. Learn how to research information and use your notes to write to the point, expressing complex ideas, in a style which is engaging and takes the reader into account.

    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  9. Grammar in practice: upper intermediate (level 1-2)

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Unsure when to use present perfect or past perfect? Is reported speech still causing you problems? Do you need to practise your conditionals? Join this course and put your grammar into practice in speaking, writing, reading and listening. Gain confidence in using grammar effectively through engaging contextualised tasks.

    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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  10. ESOL entry 2-entry 3

    Course Date: Sat 4 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you quite confident about your everyday English? Can you have some short conversations and read and write simple emails? Can you go shopping, talk about simple subjects and write a letter? But do you make quite a lot mistakes? Is it difficult to speak, read or write about more complicated topics? 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. Your will 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.

    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 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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £28.00

  11. English pronunciation: stage 3

    Course Date: Sat 4 May 2019
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Designed for students who have completed 'English Pronunciation' stages 1 and 2. Conversation and the reading aloud of a variety of texts will help to pinpoint those pronunciation worries still to be addressed.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £159.00

  12. Preparing for GCSE maths

    Course Date: Sat 4 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you not quite ready for GCSE Maths.? Do you need to brush up on your skills to enable you to start the GCSE in September with a good foundation? Then this is the course for you!
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  13. Academic writing in practice (level 2+)

    Academic writing in practice (level 2+)

    Course Date: Tue 7 May 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Improve your writing skills within the context of academic study - in particular essay writing, planning, interpreting statistics for reports and note taking. Learn how to research your writing, read effectively, structure your writing and develop arguments with evidence. Develop your paragraphing, linking, and writing of introductions and conclusions. Essential for anyone with English as a second language who is currently studying or who wants to.

    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. 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  14. Grammar in practice: intermediate (entry 3 -level 1)

    Course Date: Wed 8 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Confused by verb tenses? Need to know when to use past simple or present perfect? Puzzled by the passive? This course will make English grammar simpler for you and increase your confidence by giving you lots of opportunities to put your grammar into practice.

    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. 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  15. Preparation for IELTS

    Course Date: Sat 11 May 2019
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Do you need proof of your English level to study at university or for professional purposes? This course will help you prepare for the IELTS Academic test, which is recognised as evidence of proficiency in English by more than 10,000 education and training providers worldwide. The IELTS Academic test is suitable for entry to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and also for professional registration purposes. It assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where English language is used, and reflects some of the features of language used in academic study. The fees for this course are to be confirmed. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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