Essential skills

We offer courses in ESOL, English, maths and digital skills. You can improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing and your computing and digital skills. We run courses from beginner to advanced – for those who can write only a few words to those who are going to university, for those who are new to computing to those ready for ECDL level 3.

You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See bildutrapagaran.info/esol for dates or you can do an on-line assessment.

Got a question? Call 020 7492 2511 or email [email protected] for ESOL & English, [email protected] for maths and [email protected] for digital skills and computing.

You can also call us on 222-66-889-99 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm.

View all of our digital skills and computing courses for hearing students

View all of our digital skills and computing courses for deaf students

Please note: All our essential skills courses are FREE if you are in work and earn less than £19,890 a year. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your salary. The majority of English and maths courses are free for everyone while other courses also have zero or reduced fees if you are on JSA, ESA (WRAG) or a means-tested benefit. Call 222-66-889-99 for more details.

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  1. English pronunciation: stage 1

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018 (and 10 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you a non-native fluent speaker who wants to improve your pronunciation of English? Work on correct formation of vowel and consonant sounds including the English neutral vowel and the distinction between voiced and unvoiced sounds.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  2. Cambridge English: proficiency (CPE)

    Course Date: Sat 22 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Are you a professional wanting to refine your English? Are you on a post-graduate course or completing a PhD and need some help to communicate at this level? Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) qualification shows the world that you have reached an exceptional level of English. It the ultimate proof that you can communicate with the fluency and sophistication of a highly competent English speaker and that you have the level of English required to work or study at a top level. This course will develop your language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening and provide you with the preparation needed to pass the exam. The fees for this course are to be confirmed. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or [email protected] for more information.
    Full fee: £539.00
    Senior fee: £539.00
    Concession: £539.00

  3. ESOL entry 2-entry 3

    Course Date: Sat 22 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you quite confident about your everyday English? Can you have some short conversations and read and write simple emails? Can you go shopping, talk about simple subjects, and write a letter? But do you make quite a lot mistakes? Is it difficult to speak, read or write about more complicated topics? This course will help you learn more vocabulary and grammar so you can talk, read and write about more interesting everyday things and make fewer mistakes. Your will practise your speaking, listening, reading and writing so you can understand people better, talk about most daily topics, read a simple news story, and write a long email or letter.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See bildutrapagaran.info/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. The fees for this course are to be confirmed. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or [email protected] for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £34.00

  4. Writing skills in practice (level 1-2)

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Develop your writing by learning how to plan, structure and write letters, stories, articles, reports and more. Through writing in different ways, you will improve your grammatical accuracy, vocabulary and spelling, as well as your ability to link your ideas and write introductions and conclusions. Aimed at students who are at a good intermediate level or above (level 1-2).

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See bildutrapagaran.info/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. The fees for this course are to be confirmed. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or [email protected] for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  5. Grammar in practice: advanced (level 2+)

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Is your grammar holding you back? Learn how to communicate more effectively by analysing, discussing and experimenting with English grammar. This course will help you realise that grammar is really about meaning: understanding better the meaning of what someone is saying and expressing yourself more meaningfully.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See bildutrapagaran.info/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. The fees for this course are to be confirmed. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or [email protected] for help or more information. The course runs over three terms (though you may start any term, places allowing).

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  6. English pronunciation: stage 3

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Designed for students who have completed 'English Pronunciation' stages 1 and 2. Conversation and the reading aloud of a variety of texts will help to pinpoint those pronunciation worries still to be addressed.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £189.00

  7. Advanced writing skills in practice (level 2+)

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you need to develop your writing so you can express yourself in a full and rich manner? On this course, you will focus on how to structure different types of writing, organise your ideas, and improve your vocabulary while focusing on difficulties typically faced by high level learners of English, such as tone and register. Learn how to research information and use your notes to write to the point, expressing complex ideas in a style which is engaging and takes the reader into account.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See bildutrapagaran.info/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. The fees for this course are to be confirmed. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or [email protected] for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  8. English for business (level 2+)

    Course Date: Mon 1 Oct 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you want to work in business but lack the confidence? Do you already have a job but feel that your language skills are holding you back? This course will help you activate and improve your business English so you can approach negotiations, meetings, presentations and reports with confidence. Aimed at second language speakers of English with a high level of competence (level 2) in the language.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See bildutrapagaran.info/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. The fees for this course are to be confirmed. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or [email protected] for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  9. ESOL pronunciation: stage 2 (level 1-2)

    Course Date: Mon 1 Oct 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Tired of people not understanding you? Would you like to sound 'more English'? Do you need to commununicate well with people in your work? Then this specialist course will help you. Learn how to make the individual sounds of English, hear the differences between them and read and write the phonemic script, a special alphabet of sounds. This course is aimed at students with a good level of English - level 1 and 2 (B2-C1). Highly fluent students at level 3 or above should apply to the courses in the drama department. The fees for this course are to be confirmed. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or [email protected] for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £28.00

  10. Write with confidence (level 1 or above): improve your grammar and punctuation for everyday writing

    Course Date: Thu 4 Oct 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Would you like to be able to understand some of the errors you make when writing? Do you wish to write more succinctly, with correct punctuation, and use a wider variety of sentences?



    If you are not confident with your professional, academic or creative writing skills, then this course can help to improve your understanding of some key areas of punctuation and grammar. ‘Write with Confidence’ covers structure & sequence, punctuation, sentence types, active and passive voice, and adding variety to your writing.

    There will be opportunities to work on and proof read your own writing.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  11. Conversation in practice (level 1-2)

    Course Date: Wed 10 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you want to improve your fluency and vocabulary? Become a more fluent and accurate speaker and a better listener by discussing a variety of challenging and engaging issues on current affairs, politics, cultural issues, films, books, and music.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See bildutrapagaran.info/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. The fees for this course are to be confirmed. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or [email protected] for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  12. Communicating at work: presentations (Level 1-2)

    Course Date: Sun 14 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you need to give presentations at work? Do you sometimes have to do presentations at interviews? Do they make you nervous? This course will help you develop the language and skills required to present well and communicate with your audience. You will practise creating interesting and engaging introductions, linking your ideas, presenting evidence and reasons, talking without reading notes, and ending a presentation.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See bildutrapagaran.info/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. The fees for this course are to be confirmed. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or [email protected] for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £12.00

  13. ESOL and reading stories: vocabulary, discussion, critique (level 2)

    Course Date: Sun 21 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you enjoy reading stories and wish to improve your communication and discussion skills? Then this is the course for you. Extend your reading skills by working out meaning, and learn how to express yourself and your opinions across a range of different types of stories.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See bildutrapagaran.info/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. The fees for this course are to be confirmed. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or [email protected] for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. English for university studies

    Course Date: Fri 26 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you currently at university or thinking of studying? Do you need to learn how to write an academic essay, speak well in seminars, read efficiently and effectively, and use notes to help you develop ideas and arguments? This course gives you the skills and confidence to be successful at university and make the most of your studies.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See bildutrapagaran.info/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. The fees for this course are to be confirmed. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or [email protected] for help or more information.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  15. Preparing for GCSE English

    Course Date: Mon 19 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Not quite ready to study for English GCSE? With this course you will prepare for the GCSE course by extending the range of your reading, writing and speaking abilities and improving your spelling and grammar.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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