Skills for life

Skills for Life

Develop the skills you need to participate fully in modern life, make progress at work and express yourself with confidence.

Whether you are a cleaner or a junior manager, office or construction worker, beginner or advanced level, our courses will help you develop the most in-demand workplace skills and at same time improve your general communication, English, ESOL, Data Literacy, Maths and Digital Skills. Our courses will also improve your skills and competences for life outside work from going to the doctors and filling out forms to talking about politics and discussing art.

Inside and outside work, in all types of jobs, at all levels, adults need to be problem-solvers, analysers, decision-makers, team-players, to see the bigger picture and be detail-oriented. Join our courses, online or face-to-face, and develop these universal essentials skills with our motivating, innovative and professional tutors.

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.

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  1. Maths higher GCSE
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Are you excited by the language of Maths? Join this GCSE course after completing Maths higher GCSE (introduction) and learn how numbers, symbols and formulas enable us to identify and solve problems as well as find patterns and structure in the world. This course will extend your analytical and problem-solving skills and help you develop logic to plan and manage activities. A Maths GCSE is one of the most commonly required qualifications by employers and universities and by achieving it you will enhance your job and education prospects. Please note the Thursday classes are not every week, but approximately every third week.



    (Assessments including mock tests will take place in the City Lit building and you need to be able to attend these in person as required).



    You MUST have passed the Maths GCSE (Introduction) course (see website) and completed a pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this GCSE 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.







    At the same time you complete your pre-course assessment, please also complete our pre-course form and tell us more about yourself.

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    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
  2. Maths functional skills level 2
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Do you need to gain a national maths qualification to show you have a good level of mathematical competence? Functional Skills Level 2 Maths shows employers and others that your maths skills are at a good level and that you can use skills to solve complex issues in a variety of situations. You will develop your maths to become a problem-solver, analyser and decision-maker.



    You must complete the Getting Ready for Maths functional skills (level 2) course before doing the full qualification course.



    (Assessments including mock tests will take place in the City Lit building and you need to be able to attend these in person as required).



    You need to complete a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. 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).







    At the same time you complete your pre-course assessment, please also complete our pre-course form 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.



    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
  3. Finance planning: taking back control - how to budget successfully
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you feel overwhelmed by your money situation? Do want to take back control of your spending? The current cost of living crisis makes a basic but thorough understanding of budgeting essential. On this course you will learn about and put into practice the key elements of financial planning and the necessary maths skills. You will develop your own personal financial budget and plan and learn what to include and exclude, how to make the necessary calculations and how to be more successful in managing your money.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  4. Professional communication skills: effective verbal communication in the workplace (level 2)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    High level verbal communication is crucial in the workplace whatever your role. On this course you will explore why spoken communication is so essential as well as how you can develop these verbal skills. You will focus on active listening, effective questioning, how to participate well in meetings, different types of workplace conversations including initiating and closing, presenting and giving elevator pitches, plus coming across well in interviews. You will focus throughout on the different type of language you can use so you grow in confidence, awareness and verbal dexterity.



    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 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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £85.00
  5. Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Have you achieved maths GCSE at grade 4 or above and are now wanting to take your maths up to the next level without doing a full A-Level? Are you particularly interested in practical statistical analysis? Then Core Maths (level 3) is for you. This qualification will develop your quantitative and problem-solving skills and will be valuable preparation for many types of work and qualifications that rely on understanding statistics. You will work on analysing data, maths for personal finance, estimation, critical analysis of data and models, probabilities, the normal distribution, correlation and regression. More details can be found here: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/aqa-certificate/mathematical-studies-1350/specification-at-a-glance



    You MUST complete the short Getting Ready for Core Maths course before graduating to this course. See the website.



    (Assessments including mock tests will take place in the City Lit building and you need to be able to attend these in person as required).



    You MUST also do a pre-course assessment online or face-to-face. 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).







    At the same time you complete your pre-course assessment, please also complete our pre-course form and tell us more about yourself.

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    If you are eligible for government funding and you are 19 or over and do not already have a full level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or 2 full A levels) you may be able to study this course for free. For more information click here



    The course fee is £724. If you are unable to pay this upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the course fee, repayable after the course ends. A deposit of £100 is also payable to secure your place (refundable after you complete the course). You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans



    For more information, please call Universal Skills on 0207 492 2511.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £724.00 Senior fee £724.00 Concession £724.00
  6. Getting job ready: identifying the most in-demand work skills and how you can develop them
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you want to maximise your chances of finding the work you want? This course will help you identify the skills, behaviours and strengths which are most in-demand across all sectors at all levels. You will then work on recognising the skills you have, how these relate to the in-demand skills, how you can develop them and how you can close any skills gaps you might have. You will practise exemplifying these in-demand qualities to help you with job applications and interviews. By the end of this course, you will know what you need to do to be best placed to find a job that works for you.



    This course is FREE if you are a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA). 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 £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £25.00
  7. Workplace communication: using the right language when applying for jobs
    Course start date:  Thu 1 Dec 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Is your CV is influencing employers in the way you want? Does it contain the right content? Is the language effective? Can you write and structure a covering letter? Do you come across well in interviews? Many applicants write poorly worded, ineffective CVs, person specifications and covering letters. Don't be one of them. Join this course to create the right impression for potential employers and improve your chances of finding the work you want.



    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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £10.00
  8. Communication skills: working with people (ESOL entry 3- level 1)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you need to talk to members of the public at work - by phone, face-to-face, online? Do you have to understand your work colleagues? Does your supervisor send you emails you need to reply to? This course will help you become a good communicator at work mainly when speaking and listening but also when sending text messages and emails. You will practise how to interact and engage with customers, how to be polite, how to sell things, talk over the phone at call centres, take messages and talk at the same time, make small talk with work colleagues and write formal emails and polite text messages to your manager.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. 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 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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and 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 £50.00
  9. Matters of opinion (level 2)
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you need to improve your fluency, your vocabulary and your pronunciation? Join this course and learn how to express your opinion and talk about important topics: love, politics, films, current affairs, morals. This course will help you develop your grammar and to talk in a more complex way.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. 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 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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  10. Grammar in practice: intermediate (entry 3-level 1)
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  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 do a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. 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 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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £65.00
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  11. Develop your writing and reading: by using grammar (entry 3-level 1)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This course will help you improve your reading and writing by focusing on the meaning of grammar. How does the grammar you use change the meaning of what you write? How can you use your grammar knowledge to better understand what you are reading? How can you use your grammar awareness to write more interesting texts? You will improve your reading and writing by understanding key



    grammatical features and how you can use these to add authority to writing, change tone, add emphasis, make arguments more persuasive, change pace and make the information and ideas clearer.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment face--to-face or online. 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).
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  12. ESOL and singing: sing your way to better English (entry 3 - level 2)
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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 will be on using songs to develop your pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and reading.



    Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. 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 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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £55.00
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  13. Business Administration (with digital skills): English communication skills in a business environment (level 2)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you already a competent administrator, who is now looking to take on more responsibility and take your skills to the next level? Then this course will help you. On this course, you will develop your communication skills so you can become a confident lead administrator in any business environment both in relation to customers, colleagues and managers. You will work on communication skills in writing, speech (face-to-face and on the phone) and across digital platforms. You will work on producing documents such as reports, proposal and finance documents to a high standard, as well as meeting agendas, minutes and action plans. You will also work on communication skills within meetings and how to manage and coach direct reports. By the end of this course, you will be an authoritative communicator confident you can work successfully as an administrator in any business environment.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. 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 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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £50.00
  14. A mile in my shoes: how to tell a story (level 1-2)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    “I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes.....” What would it feel like for someone else to walk in your shoes so that just for that one moment they could be you? This course will help you find out. On this course you will work on creating and telling your own digital story. You will turn an event in your life into a story which you will record digitally. You will then invite other people to wear your shoes (literally), walk and listen to your story. This will be part of a small exhibition within City Lit! This is a unique opportunity to develop your English – your speaking, listening, vocabulary, range of expression, grammar and overall communication skill - as well as learn how to create an engaging and impacting story.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
  15. ESOL: Develop your writing through grammar (advanced)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    How will you develop your writing? One way is to think about how your writing affects the reader. Grammatical features play a significant role in creating these effects. On this course, you will explore how different grammatical forms can be used to create different impressions on reader and influence them. For example, how modal verbs can express different levels of assertiveness or how information can be made as clear as possible by using certain types of clauses and conjunctions. By becoming aware of how to use grammar to change meaning, your writing will become more sophisticated and impacting.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. 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 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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £90.00

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