Short courses

The University offers a range of short courses for members of the public. Whether you'd like to take the first step into returning to education, prepare for further study at the University, or you'd simply like to learn something new, our courses provide learning opportunities for all.

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Pathways into further study

These courses are designed to help participants progress onto a degree at the University, either for undergraduate or master's level study.

Black History: Revisited

About the course:

This course will equip you with the tools to understand contemporary debates surrounding Black History, the transatlantic slave trade and the sociology of race. It is a short course designed primarily to help mature students progress to a degree in the History Department. 

Course fees:

The course fee is £270 (2023/24 fee) - financial assistance is available for those on low incomes or in receipt of benefits.

Reading English Literature

About the course:

Share your ideas and participate in classroom debates on classic and modern literature, explore poetry and prose, gain a greater understanding of Shakespeare and develop your essay writing skills. This course aims to be an enjoyable and confidence-building experience for anyone over 18 returning to study. 

Course fees:

The course fee is £410 (2023/24 fee) - financial assistance is available for those on low incomes or in receipt of benefits.

Mastering English Literature

About the course:

This course offers the chance to discuss ideas on classic and modern literature at an advanced level, allowing participants to explore a range of different texts from poetry to prose and develop essay writing skills. It will also provide support for those interested in applying for a master's degree or further study.

Course fees:

The course fee is £460 (2023/24 fee) - fee payable in instalments.

Preparation for future study

Building Up to Higher Education 

This is a free course that will develop your academic language and literacy skills, providing the ideal preparation for future study. It is open to anyone who has not previously studied at university level, regardless of their background or educational history. We will give priority to people aged 20 and over.

Explore your interests

These courses provide the opportunity to expand your knowledge and delve into a subject you're interested in. 

Genealogy and History courses

We offer several courses that study family history and genealogy and the ethical dilemmas associated with these subjects.

English Literature and Creative Writing

The Department of English runs a series of short courses each year for members of the public who are interested in English and Creative Writing.

Gardening and Horticulture

The Botanic Gardens offer a range of short courses and events and workshops for those interested in horticulture.

Online short courses in medical research

Bristol Medical School offer intensive online short courses in cutting edge research methodologies, analysis and medical statistics. Courses range in duration from one to five days and are designed for researchers and healthcare practitioners.

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