Short evening part-time courses open to the public

Mastering English Literature

This course is designed for graduates in any discipline who want to return to study and sharpen their study skills. Students gain a taste of the University's expertise in Romantic literature, women's writing, poetry of the Twentieth Century and Shakespeare. Guidance will be provided for students who wish to progress to an MA in English.  

Mastering English Literature will run on 10 Tuesday evenings 6pm to 8pm, starting January 2018 with breaks for half-term and Easter.

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

Mastering English Literature APPLICATION PACK January 2018 (PDF, 388kB)

 

“One of the most enriching experiences of my life:

challenging, endlessly informative, and so enjoyable.”

 

Application deadline extended to 27 November 2017

We will consider late applications.

  

 

Would you like to return to study? 

Our courses are designed to support, encourage and inspire. They aim to be an enjoyable confidence-building experience and offer a bridge into higher education for mature students who may lack conventional qualifications or have been out of education for a while. 

 

Reading English Literature

An enjoyable introduction to 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. We also take a trip to the theatre to see one of Shakespeare's plays.

This course also helps you explore your options for further study including the part-time BA degree in English Literature and Community Engagement at Bristol University.  

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

Reading English Literature will run on 15 Wednesday evenings 6pm to 9pm, starting January 2018 with breaks for half-term and Easter. 

No qualifications needed. Open to the public.

Reading English Literature APPLICATION PACK JANUARY 2018 (PDF, 409kB)

 

“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.”

 

Application deadline extended to 27 November 2017

We will consider late applications.

 

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. 

This course will also help you to explore your options for further study at Bristol University including the BA degree in History. 

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

 

Ways Into History will run on 15 Wednesday evenings 6pm to 9pm, starting January 2018 with breaks for half-term and Easter. 

No qualifications needed. Open to the public.

Ways Into History January 2018 application pack (PDF, 779kB)

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

 

Application deadline extended to 27 November 2017

We will consider late applications.

   

Are these courses for me?  Our student community

Our mature 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. Courses take place in Bristol and Bath, during the weekday and in the evenings so they are accessible to a wide range of people (over 18 years).

 

Daytime courses

The Monthly Read  "Souths"

We will read three novels from the fin de siècle set in the southern hemisphere, in South Africa, Oceania, and Australia. 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. 

Olive Schreiner, The Story of an African Farm

Robert Louis Stephenson, The Ebb-Tide

Henry Handel Richardson, The Getting of Wisdom

 

Wednesdays 1.30pm - 4pm

10 January, 7 February and 14 March 2018

University of Bristol, 3/5 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB

Course Fee £105 per term

Book The Monthly Read Spring Term 2018

 

The Monthly Read "Tales of Towers"

We will explore three novels in which towers of various types are significant as settings and symbols.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun

Thomas Hardy, Two on a Tower

Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

 

Wednesdays 1.30pm - 4pm

18 April, 16 May and 13 June 2018

University of Bristol, 3/5 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB

Course Fee £105 per term

To book your place, please email english-lifelong@bristol.ac.uk

 

The Monthly Read Autumn Term Dates 11 October, 8 November and 6 December 2017

 

Literature for Life: Ways of Escape 2 Spring Term 2018

This course explores the big issues of human existence through literature. We discuss our readings of the texts and what they bring to our understanding of life, as well as the power of narrative and literary language to convey our experiences. We continue our exploration of the theme of escape in literature. The political and the personal, the serious and the farcical are interwoven in our texts as the characters seek to escape from poverty, corruption, or difficult domestic situations. 

Effi Briest – Thedor Fontane (1895)

Our Man in Havana – Graham Greene (1958)

The Schooner Flight’ (extracts) – Derek Walcott (1980)

The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai (2006)

 

Thursday afternoons 1.30pm - 3.30pm

11 Jan, 18 Jan and 25 Jan, 22 Feb, 1, 8, 15, and 22 March 2018

Course Fee £120 per term

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

  

Book Literature for Life: Ways of Escape 2  Spring Term - January to March 2018

 

Autumn Term: 16 November, 23 November, 7 December and 14 December 2017

 

Fiction Writing Workshops 

Through writing exercises and examples from literature, students are offered help in developing characters and plots, improving style and working with structure. Each session is divided into a general creative writing session and a feedback workshop during which students will have the opportunity to have their writing appreciated and critiqued on a rota basis. 

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

Autumn Term 2017 -  10, 17 and 24 Nov and 1 December 2017

 

Spring Term 2018

12,19 and 26 Jan, 2, 9 and 23 Feb, 2 and 9 March 2018

Book Fiction Writing Workshop 2 Spring Term - January to March 2018

 

Summer Term 2018

20 and 27 April, 4, 11, 18 and 25 May, 8 and 15 June 2018

Book Fiction Writing Workshop 3 Summer Term - April to June 2018

 

 

Booking guidance

  • Reading English Literature
  • Mastering English Literature
  • Ways Into History
  • Literature for Life
  • The Monthly Read
  • 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)

 

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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