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

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 25 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £42.00

  2. English for professionals: becoming fully proficient

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 26 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you a working in a professional setting and wanting to refine your English? Are you on a post-graduate course or completing a PhD and need some help to communicate at this level? This course will focus on some of the most challenging aspects of English proficiency in particular those areas of English for which there are no obvious rules or explanations. Why this word, not that? Why is this structure more appropriate than that one? We will look in particular at the effect of language, how it will be received and interpreted. This course is an excellent followw on from our C2 Proficiency course, but can also be done as a stand-alone course.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 0207 492 2511 for more details or do our online assessment. Click Start Assessment. Use Chrome if possible and log in with your email (not name)











    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).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £239.00

  3. Develop your writing: through grammar (level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 27 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Occasionally you can cook a delicious meal just by accident. But most good cooks will create great tasting meals by knowing the ingredients well. It’s the same with writing. This course will enable you to create fantastic pieces of writing by helping you get to know key grammatical features and how you can use these to: add authority to your writing, alter its tone, make your arguments more persuasive, add emphasis, change pace and tension, make the information and ideas more concise and clearer, and create rich descriptions. By the end of the course you will be much more aware of how to use grammatical knowledge to write well whether at work, in your studies or your life in general. You will have improved your writing through grammar.

    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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £45.00

  4. Develop your reading and writing for the workplace and beyond: analysing, comparing and critically evaluating (Level 2)

    Course Date: Wed 27 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you have to read and process a lot of information at work? How do you compare the usefulness or relevance of different pieces of writing? How do you decide one text is better or more reliable than another? How do you judge the quality of a piece of writing whether your own or someone else's? What techniques does a writer use to convince you of a point of view? Are you reading ‘fake news’? This course will help you analyse, compare and evaluate different texts both inside and outside work. You will practise distinguishing implicit and explicit information and meaning, learn how to read multiple texts on paper or online to identify, select and process relevant information or ideas, how to identify different ways in which writers influence the reader and you will focus on how to decide on the quality of different pieces of writing. 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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £35.00

  5. Develop your writing for the workplace and beyond: tone, register, style (Level 2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 28 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    When you write an email at work or letter to a friend, do you wonder how you come across? Have you ever looked at someone else’s writing and noticed how their words and phrases seem just right; that the formality is appropriate for the reader and level of detail suitable and fit for purpose? Just as your style of clothing can set the tone of an occasion, be more or less appropriate and create different impressions, so can your choice of words and a good writer considers these different aspects. This course you will help you analyse pieces of writing and apply what you learn to texts both inside and outside the workplace so you can adapt your style, tone and register to impact and influence the reader in the way you think best.

    You will need to complete a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skill@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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £45.00

  6. Making maths easier in the workplace: analysing data, budgets and daily calculations (Level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 28 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    How confident do you feel managing data and budgets in your workplace? Do you really know the difference between mean, median, and mode? Are you sure you can work out percentages quickly and easily. Most of us in the workplace are using Excel to do our calculations but how well do we understand what we are doing? This course will help you become a confident maths user at work whether you are responsible for data analysis, budgets or just making everyday calculations such as timetabling.



    Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment to make sure this course matches your level. 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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. ESOL and singing: sing your way to better English (entry 3 - level 2)

    New Evening
    Course Date: Fri 29 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you learning English? Do you enjoy singing? Why not combine the two? Singing is an excellent way to develop your English. You will improve your vocabulary, listening, reading, pronunciation and fluency.You do not need to be a good singer to do this course. The focus is on using singing and songs to develop your pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and reading.

    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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £33.00

  8. ESOL and making podcasts: pronunciation, presentation, expression (level 1-2)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to improve your pronunciation, learn more about how you sound when you speak English and develop your speaking? A podcast is a digital recording which can be used in a very practical way to help develop your English. On this course, you will discover how to make a podcast to record yourself, edit and upload your files as well as what to say and how to say it. You will be able to practise speaking on your own and interviewing others as well as learn how to prepare what to say and how to say it. Podcasting is a fantastic way of improving your pronunciation, your vocabulary, your spoken accuracy, and your fluency.

    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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Office skills for ESOL students (entry 3 - level 1)

    Course Date: Mon 8 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Would you like to work in an office? Not sure if your English or computing skills are good enough? Perhaps you already work in an office but want to improve your administration skills? Join this course and learn the English you need to answer the phone correctly, write good emails, letters and memos, and spell common words. At the same time, you will improve your digital computer skills including your word processing, file management, and emailing.

    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.

    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 a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £20.00

  10. ESOL level 2 (reading and writing)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you have a good level of competency in all areas of your English? Can you express yourself accurately in speaking and writing, read newspapers and understand most televison and radio? This upper-intermedate to advanced course will enrich your vocabulary 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 reading and writing exam in July.



    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 a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £271.00
    Concession: £68.00

  11. ESOL entry 3 (reading and writing)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 22 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you quite confident in your everyday English? Can you go shopping, talk about simple subjects and write a letter or email? But do you make quite a lot of 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 that you can understand people better, talk about most daily topics, read a simple news story and write a long email or letter. There will be reading and writing exams.

    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 a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £56.00

  12. ESOL level 1 (reading and writing)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 22 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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 reading and writing exams in July.



    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 a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £64.00

  13. ESOL entry 2 (reading and writing)

    New
    Course Date: Tue 23 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you able to have short conversations in English, and read and write simple emails? This elementary course will help you learn more vocabulary and grammar so that you can talk, read and write about more interesting subjects and make fewer mistakes. There will be reading and writing exams at the end of the course.

    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 a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £60.00

  14. Getting ready for maths GCSE

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to gain a Maths GCSE but are not ready yet to achieve this in a single year? Do you need to test your abilities before attempting the qualification course? Then this Getting Ready for Maths GCSE is the course for you. It will prepare you for the accreditation and familiarise you with its content, level and expectation. You will need to complete and pass an initial assessment before starting this course to demonstrate at least a Level 1 Functional Skills level of Maths. 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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  15. Getting Ready for Maths functional skills level 2

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems and make decisions based on your results. Be able to recognise and obtain a solution or solutions to a complex problem. This introductory course will make sure you know what to expect from, and are ready to start, the accredited Level 2 functional skills course. Functional Skills Level 2 Maths shows employers and others that your maths skills are at a good level and that you can apply these to solving complex 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 AMA501A

    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.

    In addition to the assessment, please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself -
    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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