Reading English Literature: A Pathway to Further Study

About the course

Reading English Literature is a short course, designed primarily to help mature students progress to a part-time degree in the English department. The course will next run on 15 Wednesday evenings, 6pm to 9pm, from January 2015. The course is aimed mainly at mature students from the local area, who wish to return to study. You do not need to have any prior qualifications to apply. The most important thing is to explain in your personal statement (on the application form) why you would like to study on the course.

How to apply - Places still available

Download the application pack (PDF, 384kB).

This pack contains all the information you need in order to apply, and the application form.  Complete and sign the form, and post it back to the address printed at the end (we regret that we cannot accept applications by email). 

If you have any questions about the contents of the pack or about applying, please email our course director, Gareth Griffith, at

The course will encourage you to develop skills in:

Reading a range of prose, poetry and drama.

Discussion: There will be an emphasis on class discussion and debate as well as on reading texts aloud. This is a great way to improve confidence and to start thinking about what you are reading. This leads towards…

Essay writing: There will be an emphasis in the opening weeks of the course on planning and writing essays: so don’t panic if you haven’t written one before or if you are out of practice!

What happens next?

Over the past few years, over 25 students have progressed to longer courses at Bristol University and elsewhere having completed the REL course.

Many have gone on to study on the BA English Literature and Community Engagement, which runs part-time one evening per week.

Four students have gone on to study on the BA English, which runs during the day - and we now have our first three REL graduates, Tracy Davis, Hannah Horsham and Charlotte Young!

Three students have also gone on to further degree-level study at Bath Spa, Exeter and the Open University.

How much does it cost?

The enrolment fee for this course is £360. Students on a low income can apply for support from the University's Access to Learning Fund, which includes specific provision for taster modules like this course.

More information and advice

The course director for Reading English Literature is Gareth Griffith. You can contact Gareth for an informal chat by e-mail

Advice for mature students

If you have any general questions about the experience of studying as a mature student, the University has a Mature Student Advisor, Maria Tottle.

You can contact her on 0117 954 5937 or by e-mail on; or visit the University's web pages for mature students.

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