With 10 km of golden, sandy beaches, a new surfing reef and oceanarium, Bournemouth is one of the most popular coastal towns in England and is the perfect location in which to study English! The town itself is also very colourful, thanks to its beautiful floral displays that have, in the past, been awarded the European ‘Entente Florale’. The town also has more bars and nightclubs per square kilometre than London, as well as over 200 restaurants, 3 cinema complexes, 2 major concert halls and a fantastic museum and art gallery. Bournemouth is well-known for its water sports, and hosts many events such as national power boat races and windsurfing competitions.
Our school in Bournemouth
Just 15 minutes from the town centre and the beach, our English school in Bournemouth is in the perfect location. It is also just 5 minutes from the main train and bus station, so you will also find it easy to explore the area around Bournemouth, which has many fantastic attractions. The school is housed in a traditional English house and has 10 spacious classrooms, all of which have modern teaching aids. There is also a study room, a computer room, a cafeteria serving hot and cold food and drink and a lovely patio on which the school usually holds barbecues during the summer.
Courses in Bournemouth
Our total immersion courses mean that you will be taught in English from the outset in a group with other students of a similar level to yourself. Our most popular course option tends to be the ‘Intensive’ course of 20 group lessons per week, although if you really are keen to make as much progress as possible during the time that you have available, you could consider one of the ‘Super-Intensive’ courses of 30 or 40 lessons per week.
The group courses will focus on improving your overall level of English. If you need to concentrate on any particular aspect of the language, then you may wish to take some private lessons as these are generally a very flexible option.
We also offer ‘Exam Preparation’ courses which are designed to prepare you for the Cambridge/IELTS exams.
Each English lesson at our school in Bournemouth lasts 45 minutes. Course materials are included in the price.
Most students taking one of our English courses in Bournemouth tend to opt for host family accommodation. This accommodation type really does offer a unique experience for students, as you will be able to experience the local culture, as well as practice speaking English with your hosts on an everyday basis. You will be provided with your breakfast and evening meal, or you can choose the full board option if you want all three of your daily meals to be provided for you. Host families do generally live close to the school. Most of the year, the maximum distance is 20 minutes from the school by public transport, although during the summer the maximum distance may increase to 40 minutes by public transport.
University residence is offered during the summer months on a self-catering basis. The residence is just 10 minutes’ walk from the school and is divided into apartments of 5 or 6 bedrooms. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom. You will then share the kitchen and general living area with the other students in the ‘apartment’.
Please note that if you are aged 16-18 years, you will need to stay with a host family, as the university residence is suitable for students aged 18 years and over.
When you attend an English course at our school in Bournemouth, you will also have the opportunity to take place in the school’s activities programme. Activities are always completely optional and, because of this, may incur a small additional charge payable directly to the school. Normally the school will offer 2-3 activities per week, although in the summer activities will normally be offered on a daily basis. Please note that there will often be a minimum number of participants required in order to run the activity.
The activities programme varies week by week, but some examples of typical activities are: salsa; barbecues; film nights; karaoke; quizzes; football; beach volleyball; and excursions to places such as London, Oxford, Bath, Stonehenge and Salisbury.
How to get there
Bournemouth does have its own airport, although most students tend to fly into one of the London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted or Luton) as these tend to be better served by international flights. You can normally take a coach from any of these airports to Bournemouth and this is usually relatively inexpensive. Alternatively, we can arrange an airport transfer for an additional charge.