Free ESOL, English Communication, Maths & Digital Skills Course

Contact Universal Skills to find a free course for you:
  Email: universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk
  Phone: 020 4582 0423 

Our ESOL, Digital Skills, English Communication and Maths courses are free if you are studying to: 

    • Progress into better work
    • Communicate well
    • Become an active citizen

And you are the following:

19 years or older

To study here in 2023/24 you need to be 19 years or older on 31st August 2023.

Assessed at the right level for the course

  Complete online assessment on course webpage

Or contact Universal Skills
  Email: universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk
  Phone: 020 4582 0423

Living in London (or certain other areas of the UK)

Your address must be in London (or certain other areas of England).
We will check your postcode when you enrol.

On one of these benefits

For all benefits except ESA and JSA your take home pay (not including benefits) must be less than £617 a month (sole benefit claim) or £988 (benefit claim with partner).

Benefit You need to show us
Universal Credit (UC)

 Your most recent Universal Credit Statement within the last 6 months

 Your National Insurance Number

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Send us your evidence
Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)

 Your most recent letter from Job Centre Plus/DWP within the last 6 months

 Your National Insurance Number

Get a proof of benefit letter - GOV.UK (dwp.gov.uk)
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Send us your evidence
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

 Your most recent letter from Job Centre Plus/DWP within the last 6 months

 Your National Insurance Number

Get a proof of benefit letter - GOV.UK (dwp.gov.uk)

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Send us your evidence
Income Support (IS)

 Your most recent letter within the last 6 months

Get a proof of benefit letter - GOV.UK (dwp.gov.uk)

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Send us your evidence
Working and Child tax credits (WTC)

 Your full award certificate from Inland Revenue within the last year

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Send us your evidence
Pension Credit (PC)

 Your full award certificate from Inland Revenue within the last year 

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Send us your evidence
Council Tax Reduction (CTR)

 Your most recent letter within the last year.

We cannot accept Council Tax exemptions or Council Tax discounts (for example, single occupancy discount or full-time student exemption).

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Send us your evidence
Housing Benefit (HB)

 Your most recent letter within the last year.

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Send us your evidence
Or on a low wage

Low wage in London is less than £25,300.60 (£13.15p/h)
Low wage in certain other areas of the UK is less than £20,319.00 (£10.42p/h)

Employment You need to show us
Employed

One of the following:

 A recent bank statement that shows your monthly salary

 A pay slip within 3 months of the course start date

 A employment contract that shows your gross salary

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Send us your evidence
Self-employed

One of the following:

 Your latest tax return

 Personal tax calculation / computation statement from HMRC

 Statement of accounts

 Accountant’s letter

 Annual tax summary

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Send us your evidence
Permitted to live in the UK
If you live in London
Residency status You need to show us

You are one of the following: 

  • UK national,
  • EEA / Swiss national with pre-settled status,
  • EEA / Swiss national with settled status,
  • Irish citizen ordinarily resident in UK/Ireland.
No evidence

You are a permanent resident in England with one of the following residency statuses:

  • Refugee Status
  • Discretionary Leave to Enter or Remain
  • Exceptional Leave to Enter or Remain
  • Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain
  • Humanitarian Protection
  • Leave Outside the Rules
  • Ukraine Family Scheme
  • Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine)
  • Ukraine Extension Scheme
  • Afghans eligible under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (formerly known as Locally Engaged Staff under the intimidation policy

One of the following:

 Certificate of entitlement to the right of abode

 Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) stamps and vignettes

 Biometric residence permit (BRP)

 Home Office travel documents

 Passport Stamp/Sticker - CAT D vignettes

Examples of evidence: Guidance on examining identity documents (accessible) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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Send us your evidence

You are any Asylum Seeker and one of these is true:

  • You have lived in the UK for six months or longer while your claim is being considered by the Home Office, and no decision has been made
  • You have been refused Asylum and have appealed against a decision and no decision has been made within six months of lodging the appeal
  • You have been granted permission by the UK Government to support yourself or are receiving local authority support

Recently arrived Asylum Seekers can contact us about how to study at City Lit
  Email: universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk
  Phone: 020 4582 0423

One of the following:

 Application registration cards (ARCs)

 Home Office Documents

Examples of evidence: Guidance on examining identity documents (accessible) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Do not send password protected documents.
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Send us your evidence
You have another immigration status and you have permission to live in the UK for 1 year from your course start date.

  Call: 020 3871 3111
Monday to Friday 12:00-18:00

Examples of evidence: Guidance on examining identity documents (accessible) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

If you live in certain other areas of the UK
Residency status You need to show us

You are one of the following: 

  • UK national, 
  • EEA / Swiss national with pre-settled status, 
  • EEA / Swiss national with settled status, 
  • Irish citizen ordinarily resident in UK/Ireland. 

AND

You have lived in the UK/EEA/British Overseas Territories or the Crown Dependencies for the last 3 years.

No evidence

You are a permanent resident in England with one of the following residency statuses:

  • Refugee Status
  • Discretionary Leave to Enter or Remain
  • Exceptional Leave to Enter or Remain
  • Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain
  • Humanitarian Protection
  • Leave Outside the Rules
  • Ukraine Family Scheme
  • Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine)
  • Ukraine Extension Scheme
  • Afghans eligible under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (formerly known as Locally Engaged Staff under the intimidation policy

One of the following:

 Certificate of entitlement to the right of abode

 Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) stamps and vignettes

 Biometric residence permit (BRP)

 Home Office travel documents

 Passport Stamp/Sticker - CAT D vignettes

Examples of evidence: Guidance on examining identity documents (accessible) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Do not send password protected documents.
Send only -PDF,-JPG,-DOC (.DOCX) files.

Send us your evidence

You have another immigration status and you have lived in the UK/EEA/British Overseas Territories or the Crown Dependencies for the last 3 years from your course start date.

  Call: 020 3871 3111
Monday to Friday 12:00-18:00

Examples of evidence: Guidance on examining identity documents (accessible) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Have a different residency status?
 Contact us online 
  Phone: 020 3871 3111
Monday to Friday 12:00-18:00

 

Still have questions?

Contact Us
Or call Student Services on 020 3871 3111
Monday to Friday 12:00-18:00.
 

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