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1 to 2 Year Courses

Turn your passion into a profession.

Your journey to a rewarding career begins here — where your passion meets purpose. In just 1 to 2 years, City Lit can help you turn your passion into a budding career and help you improve your career prospects at a fraction of the cost of traditional university education. Our courses are shorter than degree courses ensuring a quicker route qualification and putting you on the fast track to a fulfilling profession. Shape your future with City Lit and step into a passion-driven career!

FEATURED COURSES

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling: Integrative Pathway

Train to become a qualified counsellor. You will develop as a reflective, reflexive, skilful, knowledgeable, culturally aware, sensitive, and confident Integrative practitioner.

2 Years | Awarded by ABC Awards

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Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Former students now work in galleries, have their own studios, set up small businesses, participated in artist residencies, and have shown and sold work in exhibitions and events nationally and internationally.

1 Year | Certified by University of Arts London (UAL)

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Acting Diploma - Level 3

The perfect course if you want to be an actor but find it hard to fit the training around your other commitments. Thousands of working actors in England have trained at City Lit.

1 Year | Accredited by OCN London

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ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage

Gain the skills and recognised qualifications to work in the field of complementary therapy as either an employed or self-employed practitioner. Other certified ITEC courses are also avaiable.

1 Year | Accredited Industry Qualification

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City Lit Fine Art

The CLFA course is developed and taught by practicing artists and curators.

1 - 3 Years | Created and taught by artists

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Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling: Integrative Pathway

This course qualifies you to practise as a counsellor.

1 Year | Awarded by ABC Awards

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Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Former students now qork in galleries, have their own studios, set up small businesses, participated in artist residencies, and shown and sold work in exhibitions and events nationally and internationally.

1 Year | Certified by University of Arts London (UAL)

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Acting Diploma - Level 3

The perfect course if you want to be an actor but find it hard to fit the training around your other commitments. Thousands of working actors in England have trained at City Lit.

1 Year | Accredited by OCN London

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ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage

Gain the skills and recognised qualifications to work in the field of complementary therapy as either an employed or self-employed practitioner. Other certified ITEC courses are also avaiable.

1 Year | Accredited Industry Qualification

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City Lit Fine Art

The CLFA course is developed and taught by practicing artists and curators.

1 - 3 Years | Created and taught by artists

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Student Success Stories

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Belinda

Acting Diploma (Level 3)


The one-year Acting Diploma (Level 3) meant that Belinda could fuel her passion for acting alongside her full-time job. The professional qualification has assisted Belinda in the audition process and the contacts she made on the course helped her land her first short film and sign with an agent. Watch video >

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Akin

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling


When Akin came to City Lit, he was looking for a career change-up. He thrived on the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling: integrative pathway, absorbing and channelling the energy of his tutors and peers around him. Since gaining his qualification, Akin has gone on to set up his own private counselling practice. Watch video >

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Anett

Sports Massage Therapy ITEC Levels 3-5


When Anett moved to the UK in 2012 from Hungary, she had her eyes set on Sports Massage Therapy. Progressing from level 3 all the way to level 5 at City Lit, she benefitted from the anatomical focus and practical nature of the courses. Anett has since become a self-employed massage therapist. She even competed in the 2023 UK Massage Championships. Watch video >

Image of Esme Fenwick sitting in a room with computer screens visible in the background.Image of Esme Fenwick sitting in a room with computer screens visible in the background.

Esme

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design


Esme wanted to test the water before making the leap to Fine Art from another degree; the City Lit Pre-Foundation course and Foundation Art and Design Diploma helped her do just that. Treated as an artist from the get-go, her passions were nurtured by tutors, helping her to create her portfolio and giving her much-needed confidence in her ability. Watch video >

Courses To Boost Your Career

Gain a qualification or learn a new skill

Ready to fuel your passion? Find out whether you can turn your passion into a career with our accredited and City Lit certified courses. Gain a recognised qualification in less than a year with our short and fast-track intensive courses.

Art & Design

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Business & Technology

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Counselling & Wellbeing

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Performing Arts

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Skills & Employability

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Humanities & Languages

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About City Lit

City Lit is the ultimate destination for courses in London, from part-time short courses and one-off workshops to year-long programmes and accredited courses. We teach thousands of students every year and help them to reach their potential, engage with their communities, and build strong relationships. Ofsted inspectors rated City Lit as an Outstanding provider following inspection in May 2023.