Short part-time courses open to the public

Short Courses in English literature, creative writing and the history of slavery for Adult Part-Time Learners 

Open to the public.

Our courses aim to support, inspire and create new opportunities.  

  • Reading English Literature
  • Mastering English Literature
  • Ways Into History 

Are these courses for me? 

Our short courses provide a variety of avenues for adult learners. Some simply aim to reconnect people with the pleasures of reading and discussing literature in a group. Some offer a bridge into Higher Education, a degree or a post graduate qualification.

Our students often start their journey back into education after a break from study. They range in age from 19 to 80 and our student community crosses all barriers of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, social class and educational achievement. These courses offer a bridge into higher education.

Perhaps you have been busy raising a family or holding down a career and would like to do something new in your extra time. Did you leave education before you achieved the qualifications you would now like to gain? 

We have workshops in 'Creative Writing' and a specialist workshop in 'Shakespeare and Performance'. These workshops can help you progress creative projects you may already be engaged in. They can help you get started with projects you dream of creating!

 

Mastering English Literature

This course runs from January to May with breaks for half terms and Easter. It is for graduates in any discipline from any university who want to return to study and sharpen their study skills, or as preparation for the MA in English Literature at Bristol.

Students gain a taste of the University's expertise in Romantic literature, women's writing, poetry of the Twentieth Century and Shakespeare.

Key texts include:

Jane Austen   Sense and Sensibility

The poetry of John Keats

Philip Larkin   High Windows and Whitsun Weddings

Shakespeare   Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night

The course tutor assists students to analyse texts and write essays to postgraduate standard, bridging the gap between undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship. Students will have full access to the University library, student study centres and student support services.  

Guidance will be provided for students who wish to progress to an MA in English.  

When and Where?

Mastering English Literature runs on 10 Tuesday evenings 6pm to 8pm, starting January 2019 with breaks for half-term and Easter. Classes take place in the University Arts Complex, Woodland Road, BS8 1TB

Members of the public who hold a degree are welcome to apply.

Course Fee £400. Payment can be made in instalments.

Apply now.

 Mastering English Literature APPLICATION PACK January 2019 (PDF, 221kB)

“One of the most enriching experiences of my life:

challenging, endlessly informative, and so enjoyable.”

 

Reading English Literature

This course aims to be enjoyable introduction to the study of classic and modern literature. Share your ideas, explore poetry and gain a greater understanding of Shakespeare. This course aims to build student confidence through discussion of literary texts. You will be given support to develop your essay writing skills. The course fee includes a trip to the Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol to see a Shakespeare play which is then studied in class.

Students will have full access to the University library, student study centres and student support services.  

This course also helps you explore your options for further study. You will be supported to apply for degree courses including our part-time BA degree in English Literature and Community Engagement at Bristol University. Other options include the Foundation in Arts and Humanities (Cert HE).

When and Where?

Reading English Literature runs on 15 Wednesday evenings 6pm to 8.45pm, starting January 2019 with breaks for half-term and Easter. 

Classes mostly take place at St Pauls Learning Centre, 94 Grosvenor Rd, Bristol BS2 8XJ and there will be some sessions in the University Arts Complex, Woodland Road, BS8 1TB

No qualifications needed. Open to the public.

Course Fee £350. Payment can be made in instalments.

Students from low income backgrounds are welcome to apply for funding support.

Course details and frequently asked questions

Reading English Literature Information January 2019 (PDF, 227kB)

 

Apply now.

Reading English Literature APPLICATION FORM JANUARY 2019 (PDF, 80kB) 

“I left school at 16. It never would have occurred to me to go to university.

I loved the course. It opens your mind to what you can get out of a book.”

 

Ways Into History

Would you like to know more about slavery, and how it shaped Bristol? We'll be tackling difficult questions about the impact of slavery, such as Colston. This course aims to build student confidence through discussion of historical texts. You will be given support to develop your essay writing skills. We also take a walking tour of key historical locations in the centre of Bristol. 

Students will have full access to the University library, student study centres and student support services.  

This course will also help you to explore your options for further study at Bristol University including the BA degree in History or the Masters in History. Other options include the Foundation in Arts and Humanities (Cert HE).

When and Where?

Ways Into History runs on 15 Wednesday evenings 6pm to 8.45 pm, starting January 2019 with breaks for half-term and Easter. Classes take place at St Pauls Learning Centre, 94 Grosvenor Rd, Bristol BS2 8XJ

No qualifications needed. Open to the public.

Course Fee £350. Payment can be made in instalments.

Students from low income backgrounds are welcome to apply for funding support.

Apply now.

Ways into History Application Pack January 2019 (PDF, 602kB)

www.bristol.ac.uk/history/study/part-time/

 

The Monthly Read  

If you enjoy reading literature for pleasure, would like to build your confidence in discussing texts and be introduced to new ideas, this course could be for you. This is a supportive group for readers who simply wish to share ideas about books with the guidance of a university tutor. Each term we study three texts linked by a common literary theme.  

The Monthly Read: Interwar Elsewheres   Spring Term 2019

Huxley's vision of elsewhere is an ambiguous future utopia. His title could apply to Blixen's mythologising memoir of Kenya, where past, present, and multiple cultures collide. Byron adventured into Central Asia, and told his story in a book that changed travel writing forever.

Aldous Huxley   Brave New World

Karen Blixen   Out of Africa

Robert Byron   The Road to Oxiana

Booking and Dates - This information will be published in the next few weeks.

To express your interest, please email english-lifelong@bristol.ac.uk

 

The Monthly Read: She Has a Secret   Summer Term 2019

There are dangers - to individuals, to Society and its shibboleths - in secrets, as these novels show. Gaskell's challenged the conventional moral pieties of its age. Braddon's sensational fiction, perhaps the greatest Victorian bestseller, interrogated assumptions about criminality. Hardy light-heartedly (for him) subverted expectations around gender and class in his "novel of ingenuity".

Elizabeth Gaskell   Ruth

Mary Elizabeth Braddon   Lady Audley's Secret

Thomas Hardy   The Hand of Ethelberta

Booking and Dates - This information will be published in the next few weeks.

To express your interest, please email english-lifelong@bristol.ac.uk

When and Where?

Wednesdays 1.30pm - 4pm. Dates to be published.

Classes take place in the University Arts Complex, Woodland Road, BS8 1TB

Course Fee £105 per term

No qualifications needed. Open to the public.

 

Literature for Life

This course explores the 'big issues' of human existence through literature linked by a common  theme about human experience. The books are written by authors from different countries and cultural contexts. This course brings people together who share an interest in the power of literary language to convey life experiences. The tutor provides academic material to interpret the texts, with mini lectures and the option of writing an essay. Your work will receive detailed, encouraging feedback which will help you develop your essay writing skills and build confidence.

Literature for Life: Reinvention

with Stephen Derry

When?  Thursday afternoons 1.30pm - 3.30pm

8 meetings

11 October, 8 November, 15 November, 6 December, 13 December 2018, 17 January, 24 January and 14 February 2019

Where?

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution BRLSI, 16/18 Queen’s Square, Bath BA1 2HN

In this course, Stephen Derry, will support you in wide-ranging discussions of four novels, Silas Marner, The Custom of the Country, Orlando, and, Decline and Fall to explore the theme, Reinvention : by oneself of oneself, by others of oneself; through tragic, comic, even fantastic circumstances.

Stephen Derry in an experienced university tutor in English Literature. He particularly enjoys teaching mature and part-time students and has made this a speciality in his career. 

George Eliot   Silas Marner

Edith Wharton   The Custom of the Country

Virginia Woolf   Orlando

Evelyn Waugh   Decline and Fall

Course Fee £120 

No qualifications needed. Open to the public.

To book please click this link

Literature for Life: Reinvention 

 

Literature for Life: Haves and Have-nots

with Barbara Grodecka Lewis 

When?  Saturday afternoons 1.30pm - 4pm

6 meetings

20 October, 24 November 2018, 5 January, 2 February, 2 March and 30 March 2019

Where?

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution BRLSI, 16/18 Queen’s Square, Bath BA1 2HN

The theme for Literature for Life with Barbara Grodecka Lewis is the 'Haves and Have-nots'. Cervantes wrote 'There are only two families in the world . . . the haves and the have-nots.' This idea will be explored, thinking in terms not only of money and power, but also love, health and happiness.   

First Session: Katherine Mansfield   The Garden Party (short stories)  

1. The Daughters of the Late Colonel   2. Life of Ma Parker

Texts for following sessions include:

Aphra Behn   Oroonoko

EM Forster   Howards End

Ernest Hemingway   To Have and Have Not

Alan Paton   Cry, The Beloved Country

Emile Zola   The Belly of Paris

Course Fee £120 

No qualifications needed. Open to the public.

To book please click this link

Literature for Life: Haves and Have-nots

 

Fiction Writing Workshops 

This workshop provides an inspiring space to sharpen skills for those already engaged in creative writing projects. It also creates a supportive space for those who would like some encouragement to get started on their creative venture. 

Our creative writing tutor is an experienced author and teacher who writes drama for the BBC, as well as prose. Participants will be given guidance on plot and character development through writing exercises and sharing ideas as a group whilst looking at literary examples for inspiration. Your work will receive detailed, encouraging feedback and your writing voice will gain strength and confidence.

When and Where?

Friday mornings 10.30am - 12.30pm

8 meetings per term with breaks for half term

Autumn Term is fully booked. 

Dates for Autumn Term 12, 19 and 26 October (Half term) 9, 16, 23 and 30 Nov, 7 December 2018.

 

Dates for Spring and Summer Term to be published in the next few weeks.

Course Fee £120 per term

Percy Community Centre PCC, New King Street, Bath BA1 2BN

No qualifications needed. Open to the public.

 

Fiction Writing Workshop in Bristol

This workshop provides an inspiring space to sharpen skills for those already engaged in creative writing projects. It also creates a supportive space for those who would like some encouragement to get started on their creative venture. 

Our creative writing tutor is an experienced author and teacher who writes drama for the BBC, as well as prose. Participants will be given guidance on plot and character development through writing exercises and sharing ideas as a group whilst looking at literary examples for inspiration. Your work will receive detailed, encouraging feedback and your writing voice will gain strength and confidence.

When and Where?

Wednesday evenings 6.30pm - 8.30pm

8 meetings per term with a break for half term

17 and 24 October (Half term) 7, 14, 21, 28 November, 5 and 12  December 2018.

This course is fully booked. 

 

If the course you are trying to book is full, please email a request to be added to the waiting list. 

 

The courses below have now started. We may run similar courses in the future.

If you are interested, please email english-lifelong@bristol.ac.uk

Interpreting Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale

Andrew Hilton, founder of Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf)

Explore themes of suspicion and jealousy, compassion and forgiveness. Deepen your understanding of The Winter's Tale with a leading Shakespeare director using theatrical and academic techniques of interpretation.

You will be given a copy of The Winter's Tale and Shakespeare's main source, Robert Greene's Pandosto. The class will read the play out loud, scene by scene, analysing it in great detail. Andrew and an actor from his company will also experiment with alternative interpretations of key moments. 

No qualifications needed. Open to the public. Wednesday evenings.

The Winter's Tale course description (PDF, 319kB)

 

The Monthly Read

The Monthly Read: Three Rs   Autumn Term 2018

2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the publication of "Rebecca", a book that has been a 20th century classic. We will compare it with classic novels from the 18th and 19th centuries, discovering that in addition to similarities of title, all three delve into the mysteries and peculiarities of family relationships, and probe the difficulties of maintaining personal integrity in changing times and circumstances.

Daniel Defoe   Roxana

George Eliot   Romola

Daphne du Maurier  Rebecca

When?  Wednesday afternoons 1.30pm - 4.00pm

3 meetings on 17 October, 21 November, and 12 December 2018

Where?

Classes take place in the University Arts Complex, Woodland Road, BS8 1TB

Course Fee £105 per term

No qualifications needed. Open to the public.

 

English Literature and Community Engagement - Part time degree

Gain a University degree by studying part-time one night per week. No qualifications needed to apply. Unique lower course fee. Our student community includes students aged 20-70 from a range of social backgrounds and varying experiences.

 http://www.bristol.ac.uk/english/study/part-time/elce-course/

Please contact Gareth Griffith on 0117 928 8629 or Gareth.Griffith@bristol.ac.uk

 

If you would like course information, please email:

english-lifelong@bristol.ac.uk

  • Reading English Literature
  • Mastering English Literature
  • Ways Into History
  • Fiction Writing Workshops

 

  • Interpreting Shakespeare
  • Literature for Life Reinventions on Thursday afternoons
  • Literature for Life Haves and Have-nots on Saturday afternoons
  • The Monthly Read

 

Payments are made using the University secure online shop. Advance booking is required. Booking closes two days prior to the course start date.

Please read this guidance on how to book. (PDF, 342kB)
 
If you enjoyed one of our courses, please email your comments. Your feedback is very important to us.
 

Contact

Please email: english-lifelong@bristol.ac.uk

School of Humanities Part Time Programme
University of Bristol
11 Woodland Road
Bristol
BS8 1TB

Tel: 0117 928 8924 Tuesdays and Thursdays

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