Technology, science & business

Technology, Science & Business Courses in London and Online

Excited by new technology, scientific breakthroughs or business success? Want to improve your digital skills for the workplace or personal use? Or perhaps you'd like to delve deeper into nature, conservation or astronomy?

We have a huge range of courses to support you in your learning in programming and coding, help you understand new developments in technology with AI, machine learning, data analysis with Python and statistics, give you the tools to succeed in business and digital marketing, or enable you to explore more of the world around you with our science and nature courses.

Our tutors are highly qualified industry professionals, and will help you reach your personal goals whether you are a complete beginner or are building on existing experience.

Learning with us is flexible, with part-time courses available online in daytime, evening and weekend formats. For more information about our tutor-led interactive online courses please see our guide to online learning.

Our business and technology courses are designed to help you enter employment, advance or reskill in career or start your own business. Currently they are free if you are a) on a Low Wage or b) on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). Please note that only courses with a start date in 2021 are eligible.

You will need to seek authorisation to enrol on our free Skills for Work courses if:

  1. you are enrolling on our free courses for the first time and want to enrol on more than 2 courses , or
  2. you have already completed free courses and would like to make further enrolments

Please email computing@citylit.ac.uk before calling to enrol.

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  1. Introduction to Python
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Nov 2021 (and 8 other dates)

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

    Want to learn more about how computers work and what computer programmers do? Get started using Python, the most popular and easy-to-use programming language in the world.



    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) 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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  2. Podcasting: introduction
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Nov 2021 (and 6 other dates)

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

    Do you want to create your own podcast? This is your chance to develop your ideas into a fully-fledged podcast which you will produce in this course.



    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) 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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £65.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  3. Excel: advanced
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Nov 2021 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Learn advanced features of Excel: linking, advanced sorting, filtering, advanced formulae, scenarios, data validation and audit spreadsheet, pivot tables and macros to create and work with complex spreadsheets.



    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) 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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  4. Build a website with WordPress in three sessions
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Nov 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    WordPress is the world's most popular content management system, and it's free! On this intensive, short course you'll learn how to use it to build your own website.



    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) 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
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  5. Social media for business: introduction
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    This practical course is aimed at people who would like to use social media marketing to promote their business. This class is ideal for those with some familiarity with social media. You will learn how social media can be used to



    communicate with your target audience.



    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) 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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
    Rating:
    70% of 100
  6. Search engine optimisation (SEO)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Would you like your website to appear higher up in search results, in Google or other search engines? Learn the



    basics of ethical optimisation and how to set up site structure and website copy for optimum search engine coverage.



    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) 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
  7. Intermediate Python
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 Nov 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Take your Python coding skills to the next level. Extend your programming skills by learning how to create secure and reusable code using sub-routines and modules, use advanced lists and dictionaries to create more complex programs that solve real world problems, use inbuilt libraries to boost the functionality of your programs and learn how to build graphical interfaces to your code that work on Windows, Mac and Linux systems.



    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) 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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  8. Make your first Android mobile app
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

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

    This course is a gentle introduction to programming and app development using the cloud application AppInventor 2.



    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) 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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
  9. Digital skills for the workplace: analysing, handling and presenting data with Excel (intermediate)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Knowing how to handle large amounts of data, analyse it effectively and then present the findings are essential workplace skills. A recent study of employers found that 88% want employees with data analysis skills. This intermediate Excel course will help you develop these skills by focusing on common workplace tasks and problems that require some of the more complex Excel functions. You will focus on how to handle large amounts of data and convert it into usable, valuable information. You will develop your skills so you can work with different formulae and functions to create for example automated budgets that take into account variable conditions. You will learn how to link data across spreadsheets and also calculate and present trends. You will work with pivot tables and learn why you use them. By the end of the course you will confidence you have the skills and insight to handle, analyse and present data for a range of circumstances.



    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 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 £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £90.00

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