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.

All our essential skills courses are free if you are in work and earn less than £19,890 a year. The majority of English and maths courses are free for everyone while other courses 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.

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.

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  1. English -making progress at level 1

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you struggle with punctuation? Are you confident in your use of paragraphs? Do you need to extend your vocabulary? Throughout this course you will improve on these skills whilst you read and write different types of texts.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  2. Maths foundation GCSE

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to Improve your job prospects? Get qualified for teacher training? Help your children with homework? With GCSE Maths, you will study the subject more systematically and extend your numerical skills. The Foundation course offers a comprehensive look at GCSE Maths up to grade 5 (equivalent to grade B/C). We have extended the number of teaching hours we provide to meet the challenges of the new GCSE specifications. The fees for this course are to be confirmed. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or [email protected] for more information.

    This course is FREE if you are employed (not self-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: £449.00
    Senior fee: £369.00
    Concession: £49.00

  3. Maths higher GCSE

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to Improve your job prospects? Get qualified for teacher training? Help your children with homework? With Higher GCSE, Maths you will study the subject more systematically and extend your analytical skills. The Higher course offers an in-depth look at maths up to grade 9 (equivalent to grade A*). We have now extended the number of teaching hours we provide to meet the challenges of the new GCSE specifications. The fees for this course are to be confirmed. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or [email protected] for more information.

    This course is FREE if you are employed (not self-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: £449.00
    Senior fee: £369.00
    Concession: £49.00

  4. ESOL entry 3 (speaking and listening)

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you quite confident about your everyday English? Can you go shopping, talk about simple subjects, and write a letter or email? But do you make quite a lot mistakes? Is it difficult to speak, read or write about more complicated topics? This pre-intermediate course will help you 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. In February, there will be a speaking and listening exam.

    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 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 one of the following applies:

    a) You are employed (not self-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.

    Or

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance (WRAG). Please bring proof of income to your assessment or enrolment.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. ESOL level 1 (speaking and listening)

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Are you now a confident speaker and writer of English? Can you communicate quite easily in your daily life, understand people around you, and read and write about everyday subjects? This intermediate course will help you speak, read and write about more complicated topics with greater accuracy. You will learn how to make a presentation, write formally and informally, and read about more challenging and interesting subjects. There will be a speaking and listening exam in February.

    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 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 one of the following applies:

    a) You are employed (not self-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.

    Or

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance (WRAG). Please bring proof of income to your assessment or enrolment.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £271.00

  6. ESOL entry 2 (speaking and listening)

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Can you have some short conversations and read and write simple emails? 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. In February, there will be a speaking and listening exam.

    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 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 one of the following applies:

    a) You are employed (not self-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.

    Or

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance (WRAG). Please bring proof of income to your assessment or enrolment.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £60.00

  7. ESOL: preparing for level 1

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For many students, moving from entry 3 to level 1 can be difficult. This course will prepare you for Level 1 by helping you become more accurate with your grammar and focusing on your reading and writing. You will still have lots of practice of speaking and listening. When you are ready, you can continue to level 1.



    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 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.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  8. Certificate in Advanced English

    Cambridge English: advanced (CAE)

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you need proof of your ability to use English to study at graduate level or to work in a professional environment? Do you want to show yourself that you have reached a high level of competency in your new language? Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is an internationally recognised in-depth test of English language skill for people with ESOL Level 2 (C1) or above. This course will develop your language skills as well as prepare you for the test and enable you to communicate at a very high level of English either in the UK or abroad. 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

  9. English pronunciation: stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018 (and 12 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    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: £189.00
    Concession: £189.00

  10. English pronunciation: stage 2

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Designed for people who have completed ‘English Pronunciation: stage 1’ although new students with sufficient skills can join. Develop fluency and clarity, explore diphthongs and triphthongs, inflexion and the rhythms of Standard English.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £189.00

  11. ESOL level 2 (speaking and listening)

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You have a good level of competency in all areas of your English. You can express yourself accurately in speaking and writing, can read newspapers and understand most televison and radio. This upper-intermedate to advanced course will enrich your vocabulary and expression in both formal and informal English, enhance your grammar, and prepare you fully for the demands of work and study in the UK. There will be a speaking and listening exam in February.

    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 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 one of the following applies:

    a) You are employed (not self-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.

    Or

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance (WRAG). Please bring proof of income to your assessment or enrolment.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £271.00
    Concession: £68.00

  12. English - making progress at entry level 1 and 2

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you struggle with reading, writing and spelling? Would you like to be able to write complete sentences without support? Would you like to feel more confident about using full stops or a capital letters? Then this is the course for you!
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  13. Making progress at maths entry 3

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to become more confident with maths? Learn more about fractions, decimals and measurement?. Use these skills in everyday situations involving money, shopping, DIY and reading graphs? In this course you will develop and apply these skills, and more!
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  14. English - making progress at entry level 3

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you struggle with spelling and punctuation? Does your grammar let you down? In this course you will learn more about grammar and improve your spelling and punctuation. The course will enable you to read and write short texts.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  15. Maths - making progress at level 1

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to understand and use percentages? See the relationship between fractions and decimals? Be able to measure confidently and convert between units of measurement? Interpret graphs and basic statistics? In this course you will apply these skills to a variety of everyday situations including money, DIY and much more!
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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