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. English - making progress at entry level 1 and 2

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you struggle with reading, writing and spelling? Would you like to be able to write complete sentences without support? Would you like to feel more confident about using full stops or a capital letters? Then this is the course for you!
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  2. English - making progress at entry level 3

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you struggle with spelling and punctuation? Does your grammar let you down? In this course you will learn more about grammar and improve your spelling and punctuation. The course will enable you to read and write short texts.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  3. Maths - making progress at level 1

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to understand and use percentages? See the relationship between fractions and decimals? Be able to measure confidently and convert between units of measurement? Interpret graphs and basic statistics? In this course you will apply these skills to a variety of everyday situations including money, DIY and much more!
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  5. 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

  6. 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. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Business: find the right word (advanced)

    Course Date: Tue 7 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you already working at a good level of English but still not sufficient for the needs of your workplace or to develop your career? Do you need to find 'just the right word, the correct tone, the exact phrase'? This course will help you develop the right English for the right situation particularly in the world of work. Learn about different styles of writing, and effective and appropriate communication.

    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  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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