It combines the study of a full range of literature in English from the medieval period to the present day, with a community engagement element. You will run a reading group, or undertake similar work in the community, as part of your degree.
Although this course is primarily aimed at mature students, our students on this course range widely in age (from twenties to over seventy), prior educational experience and background. We encourage applications from those returning to education after a period of time away from studying. Each application will be judged on its own merits.
The Department of English also offers a range of short preparatory courses which may be appropriate for those who wish to progress onto this course.
An English degree at Bristol is distinguished by a strong commitment to literary studies as a serious yet enjoyable academic discipline, and an awareness of how much may be gained through dialogue with other disciplines in the University and beyond.
We cover major texts and authors from all periods of English literature, and also give you the opportunity to develop your own special interests.
Core units in years two and three allow you to study the full historical development of English literature from the medieval period to the present day. Optional special subject units, which are based on the research interests of our teaching staff, allow you to explore particular authors, topics or genres.
We also have a lively postgraduate community and many of our students go on to study our MA courses and research degrees.
You can apply until:
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Plus one of the following:
This course would suit intelligent, imaginative, hard-working students who love to read widely.
Many people take the activity of reading for granted, but it is one of the most difficult and exciting things we do. Reading literature allows us to question our worlds and to realise the limits of our understanding.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Book IELTS
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Minimum required score (Grade B):
The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
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