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. Communicating at work (level 1-2)

    Course Date: Tue 22 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you need to write reports or give presentations at work? Are you required to talk at meetings or conduct video conferences? Are you writing letters, summaries, minutes, statements or copy for websites? This course will take your business and work English to the next level when communicating face-to-face, on the phone or in writing.

    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 (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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  2. Maths for work series - working with percentages

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you use percentages at work? Would you like to feel more confident in your methods of calculating these? Can you interpret results and quote percentages in discussions? This standalone session will look at a variety of percentage questions, the most economical calculation methods, interpreting results and drawing conclusions.

    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: £29.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  3. ESOL and singing: Sing your way to better English (entry 3 - level 2)

    Course Date: Fri 1 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you learning English? Do you enjoy singing? Why not combine the two? Singing is an excellent way to develop your English. You will improve your vocabulary, listening, reading, pronunciation and fluency.You do not need to be a good singer to do this course. The focus is on using singing and songs to develop your pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and reading.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course so we can check your level. 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 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £20.00

  4. ESOL and making podcasts: pronunciation, presentation, expression (level 1-2)

    Course Date: Sun 10 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to improve your pronunciation, learn more about how you sound when you speak English and develop your speaking? A podcast is a digital recording which can be used in a very practical way to help develop your English. On this course, you will discover how to make a podcast to record yourself, edit and upload your files as well as what to say and how to say it. You will be able to practise speaking on your own and interviewing others as well as learn how to prepare what to say and how to say it. Podcasting is a fantastic way of improving your pronunciation, your vocabulary, your spoken accuracy, and your fluency.

    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 (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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Office skills for ESOL students (entry 3 - level 1)

    Course Date: Mon 11 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to work in an office? Not sure if your English or computing skills are good enough? Perhaps you already work in an office but want to improve your administration skills? Join this course and learn the English you need to answer the phone correctly, write good emails, letters and memos, and spell common words. At the same time, you will improve your digital computer skills including your word processing, file management, and emailing.

    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 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £20.00

  6. ESOL entry 3 (reading and writing)

    Course Date: Mon 25 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you quite confident in your everyday English? Can you go shopping, talk about simple subjects and write a letter or email? But do you make quite a lot of 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 that you can understand people better, talk about most daily topics, read a simple news story and write a long email or letter. There will be reading and writing exams.



    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: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £56.00

  7. ESOL level 1 (reading and writing)

    Course Date: Mon 25 Feb 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    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 reading and writing exams in July.



    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 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: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £64.00

  8. ESOL level 2 (reading and writing)

    Course Date: Tue 26 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you have a good level of competency in all areas of your English? Can you express yourself accurately in speaking and writing, read newspapers and understand most televison and radio? This upper-intermedate to advanced course will enrich your vocabulary 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 reading and writing exam in July.



    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. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.

    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

  9. ESOL entry 2 (reading and writing)

    Course Date: Tue 26 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you able to have short conversations in English, and read and write simple emails? This elementary course will help you learn more vocabulary and grammar so that you can talk, read and write about more interesting subjects and make fewer mistakes. There will be reading and writing exams at the end of the course.



    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

  10. Maths for work series - analysing data at work

    Course Date: Wed 27 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Increase your confidence in analysing data at work or in everyday life. This standalone session will look at types of data, analysis of data (both numerical and visual) and drawing conclusions from these.

    You will not be using Excel in this session, though you may be interested in joining one of our Excel courses afterwards.

    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: £29.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  11. Communicating at work: reports (Level 1-2)

    Course Date: Sun 7 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you need to write reports at work or in your studies? Are you looking for work that will involve report writing? This course will help you develop the language and skills you need to write an engaging and interesting report. You will learn the language commonly used in formal reports, how to be precise and clear, how to refer to data and other information, as well as paragraph effectively.

    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 (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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  12. English level 1 accredited

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to gain a Level 1 Functional Skills qualification in English? Prepare for this whilst improving on your use of punctuation, grammar, paragraphs and extending your vocabulary. You will read, write and discuss different types of texts.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  13. Matters of opinion (level 1-2)

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you need to improve your fluency, your vocabulary and your pronunciation? Join this course and learn how to express your opinions, develop your range of expression and talk about important topics: love, politics, films, current affairs, morals. This course will help you develop your grammar and enable you to talk in a more complex and sophisticated way.

    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 (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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  14. Maths level 1 accredited

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to gain a Level 1 Functional Skills qualification in Maths? Prepare for this whilst improving on your application of percentages and fractions, your use of measurements and scale drawings, your interpretation and drawing of graphs and more!
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  15. Business: find the right word (advanced)

    Course Date: Tue 7 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you already working at a good level of English but still not sufficient for the needs of your workplace or to develop your career? Do you need to find 'just the right word, the correct tone, the exact phrase'? This course will help you develop the right English for the right situation particularly in the world of work. Learn about different styles of writing, and effective and appropriate communication.

    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 (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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

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