Short part-time courses open to the public

Short Courses in English Literature and Creative Writing for Adult Learners 

Thinking of becoming a student? 

The University of Bristol offers a wide range of short part-time courses in Bristol and Bath which aim to support, inspire and create new opportunites. 

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? 

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.

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!

Courses start in October 2018 and January 2019.

If you would like course information, please email: english-lifelong@bristol.ac.uk

These taster evening courses start January 2019

You can apply now.

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.

 

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 Literture 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. 

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

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

 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 9pm, starting January 2019 with breaks for half-term and Easter. 

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.

Reading English Literature Application Pack January 2019 (PDF, 257kB)

“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 9pm, starting January 2019 with breaks for half-term and Easter. 

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.

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

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

 

Part-time degree

English Literature and Community Engagement 

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/

Come and join us on Tuesday 12 June for an informal open evening. 

No need to book. Deadline for applications for the part-time degree Monday 9 July 2018. Contact Gareth Griffith on 0117 928 88629 or Gareth.Griffith@bristol.ac.uk

 

These short courses start October 2018.

Booking opens August 2018.

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.  

When and Where?

Wednesdays 1.30pm - 4pm

University of Bristol, 3/5 Woodland Road, Bristol 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 recieve detailed, encouraging feedback which will help you develop your essay writing skills and build confidence. 

The theme for atumn 2018 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.   

When and Where?

Thursday afternoons 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Course Fee £120 per term

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

No qualifications needed. Open to the public.

 

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 recieve 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

Course Fee £120 per term

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

 No qualifications needed. Open to the public.

 

Booking opens August 2018

  • Reading English Literature
  • Mastering English Literature
  • Ways Into History
  • The Monthly Read
  • Literature for Life
  • Fiction Writing Workshops

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

Please read these instructions on how to book short courses (PDF, 587kB)

 

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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