Our courses aim to support, inspire and create new opportunities.
These adult part-time learning courses are open to the public. No qualifications required for most of these courses. Please check individual course listings for entry requirements.
Bookings are made using the University secure online shop. Places are given on a first come basis.
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.
Mastering English Literature
This course is for graduates in any discipline from any university who want to return to study and sharpen their study skills or prepare for the MA in English Literature at Bristol.
An Introduction to World Literature
We run three 8-week taster courses a year for adults who would like to try University-level study in an open and supportive environment. These are free to join, with no prior qualifications required. The tasters are held at community organisations, across the city of Bristol, and priority is given to residents of the local area.
- Literature and Fiction
The Monthly Read
Join our monthly seminar-style sessions led by a University tutor to discuss popular and little-known fiction.
Detective and Crime Fiction
A 8-week course exploring detective and crime fictions from its beginnings in the nineteenth century to modern crime fictions.
Deepen your understanding of a selected Shakespeare play with a leading Shakespeare director using theatrical and academic techniques of interpretation.
- Creative Writing Courses
This exciting course combines the study of contemporary novels and group discussion with the opportunity and inspiration to develop your own creative writing.
Memoir and Life Writing
How can we write about our lived experience? This course aims to encourage, support, and excite participants in engaging with creative writing in a safe and informal space.
Introduction to freelance journalism
This course will introduce you to the nuts and bolts of journalistic writing.
Writing your World
This course enables students to use life writing techniques to write their own short story over eight weeks.
A World of Poetic Forms
This exciting new course explores an array of poetic forms with origins from all over the world. Students will read and discuss a range of engaging examples before trying the form themselves.
Our mentoring programme is designed to provide intermediate writers with focussed support to help address specific issues they are facing in their writing. You will be matched with a mentor who has expertise in a genre/genres of your choice.
Genealogy and History
Black History: Revisited
Black History Revisited is a short course designed primarily to help mature students progress to a degree in the History Department. This course will provide you with historical knowledge and critical skills to understand contemporary debates around black history.
An Introduction to Genealogy
This 8-week course run by Dr Penny Walters will include an introduction to family history and genealogy, and the many resources available.
Genealogy 2: Delving Deeper
This short course will introduce participants to lateral thinking, using research logs and devising timelines for a more critical evaluation of your family history research.
We also run part-time taster courses for adults in collaboration with community groups. If you run a community group and would like to find out more, please get in touch.
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 'Interpreting Shakespeare'. 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!
If you would like course information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please address any enquiries about the courses to:
Department of English Part-time Courses
School of Humanities
3-5 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB
Tel: 0117 928 8924
Register your interest in our short course programme here