English Literature and Community Engagement, B.A.

English Literature and Community Engagement, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 72 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
This unique degree - the first of its kind in the country - offers you the chance to gain an undergraduate degree and to share what you are learning in the wider community.


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.

Why study English at Bristol?

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Ways of Reading 1: Forms and Approaches
  • Poetry
  • Author in Focus
  • Introduction to Literature and Community Engagement 1
Second year
  • Ways of Reading 2: Critical Thought and Theory
  • Reading Shakespeare
  • Text in Focus
  • Introduction to Literature and Community Engagement 2
Third year
  • Literature in its time 1: Shakespeare and the Traditions of the English Stage
  • Between Men and Women: Gender in Literature
  • Early English Love Poetry
  • Literature and Community Engagement in Practice 1
Fourth year
  • Literature in its time 2: From Milton to Johnson
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • The Short Story
  • Literature and Community Engagement in Practice 2
Fifth year
  • Literature in its time 3: Romantic and Victorian Poetry
  • Literature in its time 4: Nineteenth-Century Prose
  • Special Author Study
Sixth year
  • Literature in its time 5: Twentieth Century Poetry and Prose
  • American Literature

Plus one of the following:

  • Thinking Through Literature
  • Dissertation
  • Research Project on Literature and Community Engagement.


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.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • 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.

    Schedule IELTS

    StudyPortals Tip: The UK government has confirmed new English-language testing requirements for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more

  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • No previous qualifications required.
  • Access: Pass relevant Access to HE Diploma with at least 39 credits at Merit and/or Distinction or a good pass in the University's own Reading English Literature (REL) 'access' module.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15800 GBP per year and a duration of 72 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 72 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.