Short courses

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.

Click here to read our booking information and refund policy.  

Summer 2024 Courses

Courses starting May 2024. Currently 'Writing Your World' is the only course running in the summer term. Autumn term courses will be updated soon

Pathway programmes

Literature and Fiction

Creative Writing


Taster Courses

Community courses

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:


Please address any enquiries about the courses to:

Department of English Part-time Courses
School of Humanities
3-5 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB


Register your interest

Register your interest in our short course programme here

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