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. City Lit gift vouchers - the perfect gift
    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From £10.00
  2. Introduction to English language GCSE
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you excited by the English language? Do you want to gain an English language GCSE? This short introduction course will prepare you for completing a GCSE involves and show if you are ready for the accredited programme in terms of time investment, dedication, interest and ability.



    You must pass this course before being able to start the full GCSE and take an initial assessment before starting this 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).



    Click the Start Assessment button on this page. Please log on with your email address (not name) and use Chrome if possible. Or Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511.







    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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    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  3. Introduction to Maths foundation GCSE
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    This short course is to make sure you are ready for the full GCSE Maths Foundation programme (AC201/AC205). It is also to ensure you know what to expect from the full qualification, its content and the commitment required for success in terms of time investment, dedication, interest and ability. GCSE Maths is a qualification which shows employers and universities that you have a good level of maths as well as effective concentration and study skills. It also demonstrates that you are able to learn and retain abstract concepts. Please note the Friday classes are not every Friday, 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 pass this course before being able to start the full GCSE and take an initial assessment before starting this course. Click the Start Assessment button on this page. Please log on with your email address (not name) and use Chrome if possible. Or Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511.







    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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    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  4. Introduction to Maths higher GCSE
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This short course is to make sure you are ready for the full GCSE Higher Maths course AC202 and you know what to expect from the full course, its content and the commitment required for success. You have to pass this course before joining the full accreditation.



    GCSE Maths is a qualification which show employers and universities that you have a good level of maths skills, concentration and study skills. It also shows that you are able to learn and retain abstract concepts.



    Please note the Thursday classes are not every Thursday, 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 take a pre-coursel assessment face-to-face or online. Click the Start Assessment button on this page. Please log on with your email address (not name). Or Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511.







    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
  5. Getting ready for Core Maths
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 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 develops 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.



    This short introductory course will ensure you have the skills and commitment to be ready for accreditation. You MUST complete this course before graduating to the full accreditation 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 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.









    More details of the qualification can be found here: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/aqa-certificate/mathematical-studies-1350/specification-at-a-glance.



    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
  6. Getting ready for English Functional Skills (level 2)
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Would you like to develop your English skills and gain a qualification? A level 2 functional skills qualification is equivalent to a GCSE and often required by employers to show you have a good level of reading and writing and can speak well in a variety of situations. You must pass this short 'Getting Ready' course before joining the accredited Functional Skills Level 2. This short course will ensure you have the analytical skills and language awareness to complete the accredited 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 do an initial 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). Use Chrome if possible.







    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  7. English communication skills - for life and work (level 1)
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you want to improve your communication skills and become a more confident reader, writer, speaker and listener in English? On this course, you will develop all your English language skills so you can act confidently in the most important everyday situations inside and outside work. You will become a skilled communicator when writing, using digital resources and in face-to-face interactions. You will develop your active listening skills so you can understand and empathise better. You will work on how to express yourself when speaking in different situations. You will practise your reading so you can see the whole picture and find details, make effective decisions about what you read, and prioritise matters. You will focus on your writing so you can write whole stories, letters, emails and other expressive texts. By the end of this three-term programme, you will be a competent speaker, listener, reader and writer both at work and home and ready to do exams such as Functional Skills Level 2.



    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.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  8. Getting Ready for Maths functional skills level 2
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Do you want to develop your mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems and make decisions? The Functional Skills Level 2 Maths qualification shows employers and others that your maths skills are at a good level and that you can use these to solving complex problems in a variety of situations.This introductory course will make sure you know what to expect from, and are ready to start, the full accredited course. You must pass this course before you can join the 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 also need to do an initial 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.

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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
  9. English, maths and digital skills for life (entry 1-entry 2)
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Do you want to improve your reading and writing of English and develop your communication skills? Would you like to practise your computer and digital skills at the same time? And work on your maths? In this class you will develop all of these skills so you can express yourself confidently when talking, writing and using the computer. You will learn how to read and write full sentences in English about important events and topics that interest you, how to fill in forms on paper and on the computer, how to understand and write important letters and emails land make appointments. You will become confident in your spelling, vocabulary, using capital letters, full stops and expressing your thoughts and feelings. You will practise searching for information on the Internet. And you will learn the maths you need for everyday life such as adding up your shopping costs and calculating your weekly budget. This course will help you learn all the most important skills you need in life.



    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.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  10. English communication skills - for life and work (entry 3)
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Do you want to improve your English reading, writing, speaking and listening so that you can express yourself confidently and do the most important and common everyday tasks? Join this course and develop your communication skills for work and personal life. You will learn how to read and write paragraphs and short texts about topics that interest you and important events. You will practise filling in forms, writing formal and informal letters and emails and you will improve your spelling, vocabulary and use of punctuation. You will also become more confident in expressing your thoughts and feelings and dealing with difficult situations, for example, at work or in your personal life. You will practise talking about your own life events and key issues such as news stories, public figures, health and culture.



    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 £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  11. Maths for life and work (foundation)
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you need to improve your everyday maths so you become more confident when making calculations with money, understanding figures, charts and graphs in newspapers or measuring rooms? Do you want to achieve a functional skills qualification but are not yet ready? This course will help you with the essential maths you need to participate, fully in society, make progress at work and solve everyday problems. You will learn about whole numbers, decimals and fractions and how to use maths to solve problems involving time, money and measurement. You will learn about the properties of shapes, both 2D and 3D and how to read, interpret and comment on information in tables and charts. By the end of the course, you will be much more aware of how much maths there is in everyday life and how maths can help you.



    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. Maths for life and work (level 1)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Do you need to improve your maths to become more confident in problem-solving, analysing and making decisions at work and in your personal life? Do you want to prepare for Functional Skills Level 2 maths, but are not yet ready? This course will help you with all of the above and make maths come alive. You will see how mathematics is everywhere and you will develop the maths you need to participate, make progress and express yourself in today's society. You will work with whole numbers and decimals, fractions and percentages and recognise the relationships between them. You will work on problem-solving involving time, money and measurements, as well learn how to measure confidently and convert between units of measurement. You will be able to state properties of shapes, both 2D and 3D and be better able to interpret, discuss and comment on the graphs, charts and tables you see in newspapers, on the internet and at work.



    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 £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  13. English and maths for life (pre-entry)
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    Do you need help with reading and writing English? Can you write the letters of the alphabet or do you need to practise? Do you need to improve your spelling? Can you use numbers and count up to 100 or do you need help? On this course you will learn how to write individual letters, spell whole words, write simple sentences, read whole words, read simple sentences and understand notices. You will become confident in your speaking. And you will also practise the maths you need for everyday life so you can shop, use money and measure things correctly.



    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 and in person. 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
  14. Becoming confident in numbers: mental maths (level 1-2)
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    If you are told your council tax bill of £725 is increasing by 2% do you know the answer? Can you work it out in your head or do you need to write the calculation down? If you have to convert the size of your room from feet to metres to order carpet, do you know the maths for this? When you look at your shopping list, can you make a quick estimate of the total cost? If the answer to these questions is not a confident 'yes', then this is the course for you. You will develop your number skills so you can be confident in carrying out the most essential calculations involving multiplying, dividing, adding and subtracting, using fractions, percentages, ratios and conversions. You will focus on problem-solving with numbers as tools to help you and you will learn the language of maths to help you approach the everyday world with more confidence and skill.



    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.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  15. Becoming data literate: how to understand the data all around you (level 1-2)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Lost in data? Data is all around us. From Covid to football matches, cost of living crises to sales reports, Brexit to climate change, we are all now affected by data in the most intimate and impacting way. Understanding data, producing it and making decisions based on it are now essential skills for everyone. This course will help you focus on what data is, why it is important, what to use it for. You will learn about different types of calculations, working out and using percentages and averages, identifying and presenting different data patterns, and using different types of graphs and charts. By the end of the course you will have developed the key mathematical, numerical and analytical skills you need to use and make sense of important data at work, in the news and in your daily life.



    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 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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