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. ESOL pronunciation: stage 1 (level 1-2)

    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Tired of people not understanding you? Would you like to sound 'more English'? Do you need to commununicate well with people in your work? Then this specialist course will help you. Learn how to make the individual sounds of English, hear the differences between them, and read and write the phonemic script, a special alphabet of sounds. This course is aimed at students with a good level of English - level 1 and 2 (B2-C1). Highly fluent students at level 3 or above should apply to the courses in the drama department.

    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 is FREE if You are on a Low Wage. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £39.00

  2. ESOL pronunciation: stage 2 (level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What are the different ways of pronouncing 'a'? Does 'for' always sound like 'four'? Is 't' always pronounced the same way? Learn the answers to these questions as you focus on fluent pronunciation practising linking, rhythm and stress and discover how context affects the pronunciation of English. This course is aimed at students with a good level of English - level 1 and 2 (B2-C1), who have completed Stage 1. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk for more information. Highly fluent students at level 3 or above should apply to the courses in the drama department.

    This course is FREE if You are on a Low Wage. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. English for professionals: English for business and work (level 2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to work in business but lack the confidence? Do you already have a job but feel that your language skills are holding you back? This course will help you improve your business English so you can approach negotiations, meetings, presentations and reports with confidence. Aimed at second language speakers of English with a high level of competence (level 2) in the language.

    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 is FREE if You are on a Low Wage. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. Develop your writing for the workplace and beyond: concision, coherence and organisation (Level 2)

    Course Date: Wed 30 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you often have lots to say but don’t know how to write your ideas down? Does a blank piece of paper leave you in a cold sweat? Do you want to learn how to write to the point, with your ideas organised so they join together and support the overall purpose and intention of your text? Such concision, coherence and organisation are elements of good quality writing both inside and outside the workplace. This course will use fictional and factual everyday texts to help you develop these aspects of your writing so you can be more confident whether writing emails, reports or presentations in the office, creating blogs or pursuing your wider studies. This course is ideal if you are wanting to do an English GCSE or Level 2 Functional Skills course but do not have the time for a full qualification.

    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £35.00

  5. Develop your English: through film and social media (entry 3-level 1)

    New Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you love film? Are you interested in social media? Do you need to improve your English writing, reading and expression? This course will help you develop your English and digital skills by discussing and writing about films and other forms of media such as documentaries and interviews. You will also learn about the different styles of writing needed when you tweet, text, add comments online and write blogs. You will create your own online blog during the course as well as set up and use a Twitter account.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £62.00
    Concession: £22.00

  6. ESOL for cleaners E1 Saturday

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 3 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online


    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  7. Matters of opinion (level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 7 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you need to improve your fluency, your vocabulary and your pronunciation? Join this course and learn how to express your opinions, develop your range of expression and talk about important topics: love, politics, films, current affairs, morals. This course will help you develop your grammar and enable you to talk in a more complex and sophisticated way.

    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 is FREE if You are on a Low Wage. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  8. Develop your English: grammar foundation (level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 7 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What’s the difference between a verb and a adverb, a subject and an object, a main clause and a subordinate clause? What is a compound sentence? What does a determiner do? Understanding and analysing grammatical structure is a key component in developing your English skills whether speaking, writing or even reading. This course will provide you with all the grammar knowledge you need to become familiar with the language you use everyday and will be a very effective foundation of other work you do to improve your English. It will also assist you when you learn other languages.

    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £39.00

  9. Communicating at work: ESOL skills for the office (level 1)

    Course Date: Thu 8 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you working in an office or on reception? Would you like to do this work but lack the confidence? This course will help you with all the English skills you need as well as with some more specific office skills. Learn the right language for office emails both formal and informal, how to take notes during a meeting, how to answer the phone and take messages at the same time, how to talk at meetings and how to agree, disagree and put forward your ideas. You will also gain essential digital skills needed in an office environment such as using the cloud and shared documents.

    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 is FREE if You are on a Low Wage. For more information click here

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £56.00

  10. Maths functional skills (level 1)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to become more confident in your maths? Do you need to develop your maths skills for work and everyday life? This course will help you use maths to improve your daily life and enable you to

    participate, make progress and express yourself whether at work or at home or when making sense of

    information in the news such as data and statistics. . At the same time you will study to gain a qualification: level 1 functional skills maths. This accreditation is the first step in showing employers and others that your maths skills are at a good level and that you can apply these to solving problems in a variety of contexts.

    Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment and have successfully completed the Getting Ready for Functional Skills 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 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  11. ESOL Communicating at work: presentations (Level 1-2)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 11 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you need to give presentations at work? Do you sometimes have to do presentations at interviews? Do they make you nervous? This course will help you develop the language and skills required to present well and communicate with your audience. You will practise creating interesting and engaging introductions, linking your ideas, presenting evidence and reasons, talking without reading notes, and ending a presentation.

    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 is FREE if You are on a Low Wage. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  12. Develop your confidence in writing: sentences, grammar and punctuation (level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Would you like to be more confident in the way you form sentences, understand grammar and use punctuation in your writing? It can be tempting to just stick a comma in a sentence, avoid adverbs and crumble when it comes to knowing what a clause is, but it doesn’t have to be that way. This course will help you be more secure in your professional, academic or creative writing skills and help you improve some of your weak areas around forming and punctuating sentences with appropriate grammatical form. You will develop your confidence in the most essential areas of writing such as punctuation, word types, sentence structures, writing paragraphs, active and passive voice, and proofreading.

    You will need to do a pre-course assessment before joining this course. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on the webpage. Please log in with your email (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £45.00

  13. English Language GCSE

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 29 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the English Language GCSE (Introduction) 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).

    Please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself -https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  14. Develop your writing and reading: spelling foundation (Entry 3-Level 1)

    Course Date: Thu 29 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Practise or practice? Double 'ss' or single 's'? Has your employer told you you make too many spelling mistakes? Good spelling whether emailing friends or writing a job application is essential to ensure you create the right impression. Poor spelling can also make your meaning unclear. If you find spelling difficult or if you feel you don't know whether your spelling is correct or not, then this course will provide you with a foundation so you can go forward with your writing and be confident that you can spell the most common English words well. You will focus on the most important spelling rules and patterns in English and practise these regularly in different types of writing. You will also practise different techniques to make remembering certain patterns easier. This course is also ideal for anyone doing Functional Skills Entry 3 or Level 1 who wants more practice.

    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  15. English for the Office: with digital skills (Level 1-2)

    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your English for work. Not sure if your English or digital skills are good enough to work in an office? 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.

    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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