BA English Literature and Community Engagement

Applications for entry in September 2018


Apply now to start in September 2018

We are still accepting applications.

The admissions process has now started so please submit your application as soon as you can.


A unique degree

The part-time BA English Literature and Community Engagement is unique.

It offers you a chance to gain an undergraduate degree from the University of Bristol, while attending one night per week, and to share what you are learning in the wider community.

The course has been running since 2008 and the first group of students graduated in 2014. Ellen Howard, one of our first ELCE students to graduate, has written about her experiences studying at Bristol in 'A six-year shared adventure in education'. Ellen's piece was featured in the Bristol Post: Speaker's Corner (16 May 2014). 

An award-winning programme

Damien Moran, who recently completed the third year of the degree, was an individual winner of an Adult Learner Award as part of Adult Learners' Week in May 2013. Well done, Damien!

The BA English Literature and Community Engagement was also a runner up for the prestigious Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) annual awards scheme for 2013. The UALL Awards Scheme 'recognises and celebrates projects, programmes and practices that promote lifelong learning in the university sector'. The scheme runs annually and entries are assessed on the criteria of 'creativity, innovation, sustainability, impact and transferability'.

About our students

One of the aims of the mode and content of this course is to broaden the range of students who are able to study for a degree in the English Department.

We are proud of, and celebrate, the diverse range of students currently enrolled on the degree. Our students range in age from early 20s to early 70s, with a wide range of social backgrounds and experiences represented.

Most of our students work, full- or part-time; a few are retired; many have family or other commitments. Some students started the course soon after completing an A-Level or Access course, while others had been out of education for up to 40 years. This diversity is an important part of what makes any discussion on the course wide-ranging and widely informed – and we believe that it also helps make the course a shared adventure.

Find out more about ELCE by reading some of our student experiences.


Please follow the link to the application pack.

As the admissions process has started, we recommend applying as soon as possible. 

How to apply 2018/2019

Information on how to apply will be updated in the next few weeks, including application forms for entry in 2018. Details of the open evening will also be available soon. 


Please contact for further information.

The course has been one of the richest experiences of my life

Lee-Ann Jameson

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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