New courses

With the current situation leaving most of us at home, now is the ideal time to learn a new skill. Whether it is learning a language that you’ve always wanted to learn or exploring relaxation techniques to aid your wellbeing, keeping your brain and body active during this time is essential.

City Lit is offering a number of brand new courses starting from September.

Many of our courses are delivered online. The learning experience is very similar to being in a classroom, meaning that you can learn from our friendly and passionate tutors who want to help you to achieve your goals.

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  1. Deer

    London photography: wildlife in the city

    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This is an opportunity to enjoy the surroundings, flora and fauna of some of London’s finest parks whilst learning

    photography skills along the way. Suitable for beginners and more advanced. Image: Rachel Wegh - Parakeet.

    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £119.00

  2. The Origins of 'Camp': Shakespeare, Byron, Dickinson, Wilde and O'Hara

    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Essentially 'camp' is performance enjoyed because of its conscious artificiality. The word is modern, but 'camp' has existed for centuries and, using Susan Sontag's Notes on 'Camp' (1964), we will explore some of its earlier forms. It is often associated with a gay sensibility, but we will show this isn't necessarily so – ‘camp' can arise as the subversive viewpoint of any marginalised people.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  3. Liars, heaps and surprise tests: an introduction to paradox

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A paradox is an apparently absurd conclusion derived from seemingly uncontroversial premises through supposedly valid reasoning. This course will introduce you to six major philosophical paradoxes and some of the attempts to solve them.



    NB: The dates of this course are Thursday 24 Sept, Wednesday 30 Sept, Thursday 8 Oct, Thursday 15 Oct, Thursday 22 Oct and Thursday 29 Oct.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  4. The Byzantine Empire

    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the fascinating history of the Byzantines from its beginnings until the fall of Constantinople.

    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

  5. Craft focus: grammar, syntax, and style for creative writers

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 25 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Great poetry and prose begin when the writer puts the right words in the right places. Learn how and why the rules and conventions of language matter in this new course, which combines creative writing with opportunities to learn/revise essential points of grammar and useful literary concepts. Suitable for beginning writers looking to build confidence, and those with more experience who would like to practise these essential skills.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Celebrating London

    Course Date: Tue 29 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    London knows how to throw a great party. This course celebrates London by looking at London’s celebrations throughout its history. From Coronations to Olympics, Carnival to Festivals, join us to celebrate some of London’s greatest moments.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  7. 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 find it difficult to write your ideas down? Is it a challenge to begin your writing? Do you want to learn how to write to the point, with your ideas organised so they join together and support the 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. 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

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

    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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £62.00
    Concession: £22.00

  9. Letting go of guilt

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 4 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Guilt robs us of our self-respect yet we can heal by embracing self-compassion. When we can accept what happened and what we can learn from it, guilt loses its grip over us.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Introduction to youth work

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 5 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What is youth work? Find out more about what working in youth work looks like and what skills are required in this field. This course will prepare you to go on to our level 2 certificate in youth work.

    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: £99.00
    Concession: £0.00

  11. Muds and clays for healing and rejuvenation: taster workshop

    Course Date: Mon 5 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For millennia, clays have been used to neutralise poisons. This course will introduce you to the healing powers of muds and clays and show how you can start using both of these mineral substances at home to help with common health issues, increase vitality, and improve appearance and general wellbeing.

    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: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  12. The Upanishads: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 6 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The Upanishads are considered the pinnacle of Hindu spirituality and philosophy. They have inspired devotees and scholars at home and across the globe. Come and discover them.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  13. TikTok for business: introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 6 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course is aimed at people who want to use TikTok for business. It provides a general overview including the basics of the platform, safety and how to set up an account.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  14. US election countdown 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 8 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    US elections are always important. With Coronavirus, Civil Unrest, and increasingly divisive politics, the 2020 election is perhaps the most important election in a generation. Join City Lit's Principal, Mark Malcomson, for analysis of the upcoming election.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  15. From Page to Screen: Dracula and Jekyll and Hyde

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    They say ‘never judge a book, by its movie’. In this spooky Halloween inspired double bill we will explore two classic 19th century Gothic novels, Dracula (1897, Bram Stoker) and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886, Robert Louis Stevenson), and have a look at how these have been translated from page to screen by six filmmakers from the past 100 years or so of filmmaking.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

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