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 for university studies

    New Evening
    Course Date: Fri 25 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you currently at university or thinking of studying? Do you need to learn how to write an academic essay, speak well in seminars, read efficiently and effectively, and use notes to help you develop ideas and arguments? This course gives you the skills and confidence to be successful at university and make the most of your studies.

    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 £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: £99.00

  2. English Language GCSE

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 31 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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.
    Full fee: £0.00

  3. ESOL and reading stories: vocabulary, discussion, critique (level 2)

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you enjoy reading stories and wish to improve your communication and discussion skills? Then this is the course for you. Extend your reading skills by working out meaning, and learn how to express yourself and your opinions across a range of different types of stories.

    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 £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: £129.00

  4. Maths foundation GCSE

    New
    Course Date: Mon 4 Nov 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you excited by the language of Maths? Do you want to understand how numbers, symbols and formulas allow us identify,solve problems and 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 other projects. 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.

    You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the Maths GCSE (Introduction) course.
    Full fee: £0.00

  5. Maths higher GCSE

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 4 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you excited by the language of Maths? Do you want to understand how numbers, symbols and formulas allow us identify,solve problems and 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 other projects. 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.

    You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the Maths GCSE (Introduction) course.
    Full fee: £0.00

  6. Getting ready for English Language GCSE - part A

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Are you excited by the English language? Do you want to gain an English language 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 English Language 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 English as well as analytical abilities.
    Full fee: £0.00

  7. GCSE English Revision

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Dec 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a revision class for those students enrolled on the GCSE course.
    Full fee: £0.00

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

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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 be confident in the main areas of office and administrative work including: speaking on the phone professionally, taking and leave messages, writing clear and concise formal and informal emails and letters on a PC, spelling and punctuating 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

  9. Matters of opinion (level 2)

    New Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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 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 £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

  10. Improve your English with phonics (entry 1- 2)

    New
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you need more help with your reading, writing, spelling? Do you find reading whole words difficult? Are you wondering how the sounds of words connect with how to write and spell them? This course will help you use phonics to develop your English. You will learn how to hear and identify the individual sounds which make up a word and then blend the sounds together form the whole word. By being able to relate sight and sound - written letters and the sounds associated with them - a whole new world will open up to you and you will start to feel confident that you can read words, spell them and use them.
    Full fee: £0.00

  11. Improve your spelling (entry 3-level 1)

    New
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Practise or practice? I before E except after C? How do you spell 'friend'? If you struggle 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 those who speak English very fluently. It is aimed at E3/Level 1 learners.
    Full fee: £0.00

  12. Conversation and pronunciation (entry 2-3)

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you want to sound more English, improve your listening, and speak more fluently and confidently? This course will help your English conversations at home, at work and with friends, and help other people understand you better.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course, and you can arrange this by contacting the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk.

    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: £89.00

  13. ESOL exam workshop

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Jan 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £0.00

  14. Communicating at work (level 1-2)

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you need to write reports or give presentations at work? Are you required to talk at meetings or conduct video conferences? Are you writing letters, summaries, minutes, statements or copy for websites? This course will take your business and work English to the next level when communicating face-to-face, on the phone or in writing.

    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 £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

  15. Read well, write well (level 1-level 2)

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Learning how to write well requires learning how to read well. This course will prepare you for all types of writing but especially essay writing. Learn and practise how to answer essay questions by choosing what to read, how to read it and make notes, and then turning these notes into good pieces of writing with effective introductions and conclusions and well argued opinions. This course will be especially suitable for anyone wanting to study or who works in a job which requires good writing.



    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 £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

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