PART TIME English Literature and Community Engagement Degree

This unique course offers you a chance to gain an undergraduate degree from the University of Bristol and to share what you are learning in the wider community. Attend one evening a week during term time plus a few Saturday Schools each year.

It combines study of a full range of literature in English, from the medieval period to the present day, with a community engagement element. You will run a reading group or undertake similar work in the community as part of your degree.

This course is taught part time over six years (one evening a week and some Saturday schools)  and is aimed primarily at mature students. However, students on this course range widely in age (from those in their 20s to those aged over 70), prior educational experience and background. We encourage applications from those returning to education after a period of time away from studying. Each application will be judged on its own merits.

Course structure

Find out more about the course structure and units available for English Literature and Community Engagement.

Applying for the course and further information


Please download the information and application form below.

Application deadline Friday 13 September 2019

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Download the ELCE Application Form September 2019 (PDF, 191kB)‌ to apply for this course.

Further information and funding

Download the ELCE Information Pack (PDF, 539kB)‌ for detailed information about the course and funding options.

Application support

Contact Helen and Marie-Annick on for further information about the course or for support with your application.

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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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