PART TIME English Literature and Community Engagement Degree

Calling all book-lovers, English enthusiasts and budding creative writers, applications for the English Literature and Community Engagement part-time degree 2022/23 are open now!

This exciting degree programme will introduce you to literature in English from across the globe reaching back from the present day to the medieval. Alongside the study of literature you will have the chance to design and set-up a community engaged project and use this to examine the role of literature and reading in contemporary society.

The degree is taught one evening class a week over six years with the occasional Saturday school. You will have access to seminars, lectures, tutorials plus individual mentoring to support you in setting up a community engaged project.


Please direct any enquiries about the ELCE course to:


Course Director Dr Marie-Annick Gournet: 0117 4284598

Deputy Director Craig Savage: 0117 428 3747

Applying to the BA in English Literature and Community Engagement (ELCE) for 2022-23 

Sign up for one of these events and join our tutors, as well as mature student professionals, to find out more about the ELCE programme, to ask questions and to get support on how to apply for 2022-23. These events are for prospective applicants who will be over the age of 21 when starting undergraduate study and who are UK-based. 

Online Information Session 

Tuesday 12 July, 7 pm to 8 pm; online via Zoom Webinar 

This session will include a presentation from our panel about the part-time, mature student BA in English Literature and Community Engagement, including details of the course and how to apply. Questions from prospective applicants will also be accommodated. 

In-person Application Support 

Tuesday 26 July, 6 pm to 8 pm; Room G.H03, Arts Complex, 5 Woodland Rd, BS8 1TB 

Wednesday 27 July, 6 pm to 8 pm; Barton Hill Micro-Campus, BS5 0AX 

These two sessions will provide individual application support and advice. Tutors as well as a member of the Mature Student team will be on hand to guide you through applying to the BA in English Literature and Community Engagement. 

Book a session

DateTimeLocationRegistration Link
Tuesday 12 July 7 pm to 8 pm Online  Register
Tuesday 26 July 6 pm to 8 pm In-Person (Woodland Road) Register
Wednesday 27 July 6 pm to 8 pm In-Person (Barton Hill) Register

Course structure and fees

Find out more about the course structure and fees for the course including the units available to study in both English Literature and Community Engagement. 

of study

of study
Unit title Term Credits
Yr. 1 Level C/4 Introduction to Critical Theory & Thought  TB1  20
Yr. 1 Level C/4 Poetry  TB2  20
Yr. 1 Level C/4 Academic Skills for the Study of
English Literature & Community Engagement
 TB4  20
Yr. 2 Level C/4 Advanced Critical Theory & Thought  TB1  20
Yr. 2 Level C/4 The Short Story  TB2  20
Yr. 2 Level C/4 Community Engagement: Theory into Practice  TB4  20
Yr. 3 Level I/5 Period Unit 1 (1150-1550)  TB1  20
Yr. 3 or 4 Level I/5 American Literature  TB2  20
Yr. 3 or 4 Level I/5 Communities, Education, and Ways of Knowing  TB4  20
Yr. 4 Level I/5 Period Unit 2 (1550-1780)  TB1  20
Yr. 4 or 3 Level I/5 Literature and the Politics of Gender  TB2  20
Yr. 4 or 3 Level I/5 Literature, Creative Writing, and Community  TB4  20
Yr. 5 Level H/6  Special Author Study  TB4  20
Yr. 5 or 6 Level H/6  Period Unit 4 (1900-Present)  TB1  20
Yr. 5 or 6 Level H/6

Contemporary Literature, Social Change
and Movements

 TB2  20
Yr. 6 Level H/6 Dissertation (English Literature
or Community Engagement)
 TB4  20
Yr. 6 or 5 Level H/6  Period Unit 4 (1900-Present)  TB1  20
Yr. 6 or 5 Level H/6  Interrelation of Culture:
Britain, Africa, and the Carribean
 TB2  20

Applying for the course and further information

Admission to ELCE is via the application form below followed by an interview with the course director. Interviews will be held online or via phonecall. The director will contact applicants to arrange an interview date.

To apply, please click here

Or alternatively download and fill in our ELCE Application form 2022/23 (Office document, 106kB).

Application deadline: 5 August 2022

Any questions? Email course director Dr. Marie-Annick Gournet:

Application support

For further information about the course or for support with your application:


Telephone: course director Dr Marie-Annick Gournet on 0117 4284598 or deputy director Craig Savage on 0117 428 3747.

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Preparing for degree level study

Before embarking on the full BA course, you may be interested in our short preparatory course Reading English Literature. Please see our page on short courses.  

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