IT & digital skills qualifications

IT Qualifications & ICDL Courses Online & In London

Do you want to develop your digital skills and gain a qualification to demostrate your skills to employers?

You can join our Level 1 Essential Digital Skills for Work or our International Computer Driving License (ICDL, formerly ECDL) courses, level 2 (intermediate) and level 3 (advanced) courses here at City Lit.

All these courses will help you progress at work. You will learn the most important Microsoft Office programs including how they are used in an administration and work environment. Come and join us and take your employability skills up to the next level.

Do I need a pre-course assessment?

If you want to do ICDL course, or any other course with an exam, you need to do a pre-course assessment. To start your online assessment, click on any of the courses below and on the next page, click on the pink ‘Start Assessment’ button.

Alternatively, you can contact us on 020 7492 2511 or email to make an appointment for a face-to-face assessment. We have assessment sessions on the following dates:

  • Monday 22 August 2022. Room M06 -14:00-17:00
  • Thursday 1 September 2022. Room M06 - 11:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00, 17:00-19:00
  • Monday 5 September 2022. Room M06 - 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 -16:00, 17:00-19:00

Level 3 assessment dates: (only for applicants to Level 3 courses)

  • Saturday 3rd September. 10:00-15:00
  • Saturday 10th September. 10:00-15:00

Free courses available

Our courses are FREE to most learners if you earn less than £21,157.50 a year, or you are on JSA/ESA (WRAG). Some classes are now taking place in the City Lit building but the majority are live online interactive classes. You will need a computer with a microphone, a camera and the internet. We recommend using Google Chrome for the best experience.

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.


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  1. Level 3 certificate in IT user skills (ICDL Advanced)
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Dual Mode (Online or In Person)

    Do you want to know that you can work to an outstanding level in any work environment requiring an expertise in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access? Do you want a qualification to prove these skills? The Level 3 Certificate in IT User Skills (ECDL Advanced) will give you exceptional proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software, and will improve your productivity in using IT. You will gain all the skills you need to work at the highest level in an office environment. This course may be free if it is your first L3 qualification or you earn less than the living wage. The Advanced Learner Loan is also available.

    You must have completed an initial assessment before enrolling onto this course. Click on the Start Assessment button. Or call our administrator on 0207 492 2511 or email to arrange an assessment with one of our course advisors.

    This course is free for Londoners who are on a Low-Income or on Active-Benefits or Other-Benefits or if you do not already have a full level 3 qualification. For more information click here

    The course fee is £1200. 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 £200 is also payable to secure your place (refundable after you complete the course). You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan

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

    This course will be delivered online or in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £1,200.00 Senior fee £1,200.00 Concession £1,200.00

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