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. Maths for life (level 1)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Become more confident using maths in your everyday life. In this course you will work with whole numbers, see the relationship between fractions and decimal numbers and work with percentages. You will solve problems involving time, money and measurement, be able 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 the graphs you see in newspapers and online.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  2. English for life (entry level 1 and 2)

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you need to improve your writing, reading and speaking confidence in a supportive and encouraging environment? Come to this class and learn how to read and write full sentences in English about important events and other topics that interest you, as well as complete everyday practical tasks such as completing forms, understanding important letters and making appointments. Become confident in your spelling, vocabulary, using capital letters, full stops and expressing your thoughts and feelings.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  3. English for life (entry 3)

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to improve your writing, reading and speaking in a supportive and encouraging environment? Come to this class and learn how to read and write paragraphs and short texts about topics that interest you, important events and everyday practical tasks such as completing forms and important letters. Become much more confident in your spelling, vocabulary, using puncuation and expressing your thoughts and feelings including how to deal with difficult situations.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  4. Pronunciation and self-presentation for speakers of other languages

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Work on the voice to achieve greater confidence, develop your presentation skills and work towards tension-free sound in both your own language and English.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £129.00

  5. ESOL entry 1

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For students who can speak or write only a few words in English or maybe none at all. On this beginners' course, you will learn new words and grammar, how to ask and answer questions, how to read and write about yourself, your family, and friends, and how to complete forms and short emails. 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 £20,572.50 . 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: £36.00

  6. English pronunciation: stage 3

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £129.00

  7. English and maths for life (pre-entry)

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you trying to improve your basic reading and writing? Do you need help in reading and writing words, using numbers and filling out forms? This course will help you with writing individual letters, spelling whole words, writing simple sentences, reading whole words, reading simple sentences, understanding notices and signs. You will also become confident in the basic maths you need for everyday life. And you will feel able to speak confidently about matters that interest you.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  8. Getting Ready for Maths functional skills (level 1)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your Maths skills and your application of those skills, be confident with these at work and in daily life, and prepare to gain a qualification. This course will make sure you are ready for Level 1 functional skills and know what to expect from the accredited course. Level 1 Maths Functional Skills is the first step in showing employers and others your maths skills are at a good level of Maths and that you can apply these to solving problems in a variety of situations. You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course, and pass this course before joining the accredited course AMA401.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  9. ESOL entry 2-entry 3

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Sep 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    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. 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 £20,572.50 . 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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £34.00

  10. English for the Office: with digital skills (Entry 3-Level 1)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you need to develop your English for work? Would you like to work in an office? Not sure if your English or digital skills are good enough? Join this course and learn the English skills you need to answer the phone professionally, take and leave messages, write clear and concise emails and letters on a PC, spell common words correctly and more.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. Contact the Essential Skills department on 020 7492 2511 for an appointment or email english@citylit.ac.uk.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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

    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    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. 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 £20,572.50 . 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

  12. English for professionals: Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you need proof of your ability to use English to study at graduate level or to work in a professional environment? Do you want to show yourself that you have reached a high level of competency in your new language? Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is an internationally recognised in-depth test of English language skill for people with ESOL Level 2 (C1) or above. This course will develop your language skills as well as prepare you for the test and enable you to communicate at a very high level of English either in the UK or abroad. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for more information.
    Full fee: £539.00
    Senior fee: £539.00
    Concession: £539.00

  13. Writing skills in practice: upper intermediate (level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Develop your writing by learning how to plan, structure and write letters, stories, articles, reports and more. Through writing in different ways, you will improve your grammatical accuracy, vocabulary and spelling, as well as your ability to link your ideas and write introductions and conclusions. Aimed at students who are at a good intermediate level or above (level 1-2).

    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. 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 £20,572.50 . 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

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

    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    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. 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 £20,572.50 . 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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Grammar in practice: advanced (level 2+)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    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. 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 £20,572.50 . 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

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