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Wood Carving

Alexandra HarleyAlexandra Harley
Lecturer at CITY LIT

Alexandra Harley runs several courses in the sculpture department at City Lit. She started teaching the wood carving class but this has expanded to include teaching other courses such as sculpture, stone carving, life modelling and bronze casting. She also runs short courses in the summer programme, which is where she is able to try out some...more

ITEC level 3 certificate in Stone Therapy Massage

Jason BridgeJason Bridge
Lecturer at CITY LIT

After 20 years of working in hotels (the last 7 being a Human Resources Manager) I needed to re-evaluate my career. Whilst coping with a long term illness I eventually realised that I was not fulfilled and in 2005, I decided to completely re-train for a more holistic career. I joined City Lit as a part time tutor for Reflexology in 2008. I then...more

Alexander Technique for Performing Artists; Introduction to Alexander Technique

Brita Forsstrom
Lecturer at CITY LIT

Brita Forsstrom teaches Alexander Technique at City Lit. Brita has been teaching the Alexander Technique since qualifying in 1984 in private practice, adult education and workshops in the UK and abroad. She had taught a wide variety of people including actors, musicians and runners. Brita is co-author of Alexander Technique for Pregnancy and...more

Acting through Improvisation, Sketches and The Play, Foundation in Acting

Mark PhoenixMark Phoenix
Lecturer at CITY LIT

Mark Phoenix teaches many acting courses at the City Lit. Mark, has appeared in the movies; V for Vendetta and the Bank Job, along with much TV and theatre. He has worked with top theatre practitioners and as an ex City Lit student himself, wants to pass on what he learnt in rehearsing with great directors, to acting his students. He has been...more

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"We offer fun, inspirational daytime, evening and weekend courses for adults; from photography and languages to journalism and IT. "


Experience outstanding learning

If it’s excellent part-time courses you’re after, across an inspiring range of subjects, look no further than City Lit.

Founded in 1919, the College is Europe's largest adult education centre and, along with 30,000 students a year, you can enjoy its modern, bright building in Covent Garden and explore over 4,000 part-time courses at all levels, taking place in the evenings, daytimes and at weekends.

As a student you can enjoy some of the capital’s best adult education facilities; a flexible course offer including daytime, evening and weekend classes; excellent tutors, courses that range from the most popular in London to unique and specialist subjects; and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Currently City Lit has an average five star Hotcourses rating for its courses and has also been described as “Britain’s pre-eminent adult education institution.” (The Guardian) and “A bastion of lifelong learning.” (The Evening Standard). City Lit was also graded 'Outstanding' in a recent Government inspection.

What's on offer

Some of City Lit’s most popular courses include Acting, Jewellery-Making, Creative Writing, Languages, Photography, Complementary health, Pottery, Counselling, Dance, TV Presenting, Computing, Web Design, Fitness Instructor Training, Literature, History and Politics, Music, Singing, Music Technology, Psychology, Personal Development, English for speakers of other languages, Digital arts, Drawing and Painting and Graphic Design.

There are also courses in access to higher education, literacy and numeracy, speech therapy, teacher training, courses for people with learning difficulties, and a unique range of Deaf Education courses.

Visit our website to find out more.

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Subject Strengths

In its most recent inspection, City Lit was rated outstanding by Government inspectors. Over 95% of students rate their courses as 4 or 5 star on the City Lit website.

In 2005 City Lit also became the first adult education college ever to be awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its ground-breaking work with adults who stammer.

Subjects include the following: 

Art, Languages, Music, Drama, Humanities, Psychology and Counselling, Computing, Speech Therapy, Sign Language, Health and Movement and Teacher Training.

What City Lit students say:

Tom, Access course

"These courses are fantastic and an excellent opportunity for people like myself to return to education and turn their lives around."

Daphne, History

"I have enjoyed every course and learned a great deal from the excellent tutors. The classes have also been a great opportunity to meet other people who share my interests."

Student, Counselling level 1

"The tutor was excellent, clear explanations, sensitive and enthusiastic. I was amazed at how much I learnt about myself and how much more aware I have become of myself and others."

Support for part-time students is available. The Information and Advice Team can help you choose the right course at the right level, and can also help with financial and childcare support. There is also a counselling service, disability support, dyslexia support and study skills support.

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Located just a few minutes’ walk from either Holborn or Covent Garden tube, City Lit’s purpose-designed building includes: bright, modern classrooms; five student lounges and balconies; a roof-top sculpture court and garden; specialist facilities for music, dance, drama, art, fitness and complementary therapies; and a cafeteria, open from 8am to 10pm.


City Lit is located in Keeley Street, just a short walk from the heart of Covent Garden. The nearest underground stations are Holborn and Covent Garden.

Some classes are held at nearby buildings, see our other locations.

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Student Story

Tara Rushton

You might recognise Tara Rushton as the star of Kate Modern, the internet drama that was pulling in up to 2.5 million online viewers a week. Not content with this success, Tara signed up for advanced acting courses at City Lit as a way to hone her skills further.

"I was looking to further educate myself within the field of dramatic arts, and found out about City Lit online, as well as from friends."

Tara chose an introductory course in the highly regarded Stanislavski acting technique.

"The teachers are great, the facilities are great and I met some amazing people. I also loved the non-pretentious atmosphere of my class – it made me feel like I was in a safe place and free to be myself and as creative as I wanted.

So what’s next? I’m off to LA to meet with agents and to get a feel for the city. I am also working on producing my own show for the social network Bebo at the moment… so it’s lots of planning, writing, and re-writing.

I have already enrolled in two more classes at City Lit – I really think continuing to learn is so important and I’m sure that I’ll continue to enroll in more classes next year too."

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Keeley Street
Covent Garden
Tel: (0)20 7831 7831
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