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English in Bournemouth, ETC, students aged 16+

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Programme Summary:

  • English courses year round for ages 16+
  • General or intensive English courses
  • Exam preparation (IELTS or Cambridge)
  • Host family or residence
  • Course minimum: 1 week
  • Discounted prices for long stays and full school year
  • International groups



Bournemouth is without a doubt one of the best student towns on England's southern coast. Its charm, quaintness and kilometres of beach coupled with city atmosphere have helped make it an important centre for tourism, education and business. The city boasts a well-organized transportation system complete with an excellent network of buses and trains extending throughout Britain and to many parts of Europe. London is just two hours away by train.

It's never dull in Bournemouth, with powerboat races, vintage car shows, international tennis championships and windsurfing competitions taking place over the course of the year. During the summer, there are weekly firework displays from the pier, laser light shows, the Musicmaker's Festival and the unique Flowers by Candlelight Festival, where the people of the town gather to light 15,000 candles in the Central Gardens. A safe and inviting city for young people, the beaches and pedestrian zones offer adolescents the opportunity to enjoy their holidays in a safe and relaxed environment.

ETC School

We offer general or intensive English courses in Bournemouth for adults or motivated students. We also offer the option of preparing for certain international exams like the Cambridge Exams ( FCE, CAE ) and the IELTS.

ETC (Educational Training Centre), is a family-run institution founded in 1987 by Mr. David Jones. The school is known for the quality of its programs and staff who are both friendly and readily available. Long-stay students can prepare for internationally-recognized Cambridge and IELTS exams. The school is located in the centre of Bournemouth, near to the town’s pedestrian area and the beach, some 500m from "the Square" and right next to the Central Gardens.



Our partner school offers general English lessons of either 20 or 28 lessons per week (45 minutes per lesson). It is possible to start lessons every Monday throughout the year. Students of all levels are accepted, from beginners to advanced students. Lessons take place from Monday to Friday in the mornings or afternoons.

ETC offers the following courses:

  • Standard Programme
    20 lessons per week
    Courses are available for all levels, from beginner to advanced speakers. Ideal for students who wish to work on their English, but also enjoy their vacation.

  • Semi-Intensive Programme
    28 lessons per week
    This programme adds 8 lessons onto the standard programme, focusing on oral expression. Classes take place in the morning and part of the afternoon, from Monday to Friday, and are designed for students who are looking for a more intensive experience. 

  • FCE, CAE, CPE or IELTS Preparation
    20 or 28 exam prep classes per week throughout the year. Please check the tab Prices & Dates for starting dates. Sessions are 12 weeks long.


Host family

For a true immersion experience, we recommend staying with a host family. The majority of our host families have been looking after students for years and are quite accustomed to it. They are regularly inspected by representatives of the school and are almost entirely the reason students leave Bournemouth with fond memories. (If you are a former student and wish to return to a host family you have stayed with in the past, please indicate this on your enrollment form.) 

Half board is provided Monday to Friday. It is up to the student to purchase lunch during the week, which can be done either at the school's cafeteria or at the many local sandwich shops or restaurants. Students receive full board on the weekend.

Host families are generally situated in a residential area roughly a 20 to 30-minute walk from the school or close to a bus stop. Bus journeys are straightforward and simple, and the families will be able to tell the students which buses to take.

Outside of the Easter and summer holidays, you will be able to book a single room without any extra cost. During these holidays, however, demand is much higher and single rooms are therefore much rarer. You can still try to reserve an single room that is at an extra cost and subject to availability.

(Please note that during Summer time, students from 16 and 17 can only be placed in shared rooms)

ETC Residence: not during Summer

For stays of at least four weeks, students can opt for the school's own residence (18+). Situated next door to ETC school itself, 500 meters from the city center and 200 meters from the beach, this residence was renovated in 2011 and can now accommodate 90 students. A member of ETC staff will always be available in the central foyer, 24 hours a day, for any problems you may have.


  • Available for 18 years and up
  • Double rooms with attached bathroom
  • Self-catering, breakfast, or half board options(at the school's cafeteria)
  • Wi-Fi internet connection
  • Deposit of 250€ (refundable)

Available year round except between July and August (see below "Dorchester house" in summer)

Dorchester House: Summer only, from 05/07 to 29/08

This residence is located just next to the Bournemouth train station and 15 minutes from the school by bus.

Open to residents ages 18 and over, it offers several apartments each containing 6 - 8 single rooms with a bathroom. Each apartment has a living room and kitchen that is shared between all flatmates.

Facilities include: laundry room, double bed, WiFi, desk, sofa, bike storage, shelves and wardrobe, fully fitted kitchen (no meals included).

Deposit to be paid on arrival: £200.


Group Travel

During July and August as well as during the Belgian Easter holidays, we organise a weekly accompanied journey from Brussels, Mons, Lille and Paris to Bournemouth. More information here.

More information about the accompanied travel to Bournemouth.

Individual travel organised by us

We can arrange an unaccompanied journey by plane to England outside of the dates aforementioned. This can be booked from Brussels and Paris to Southampton airport.

Travel organised by yourself and transfers

Students can also organise their own travel to England. In some cases, a transfer from the stations and airports in Bournemouth, Southampton and London can be arranged for an additional fee (see price table).

Prices & Dates 2015

Dates 2015

Lessons begin every Monday.

Stays take place from Sunday to Saturday, except if you choose to book the accompanied coach travel with Easy Languages.

Exam preparation sessions:

  • FCE, CAE or IELTS preparation (12 week session):
    • 5th January to 27th March 2015
    • 30th March to 19th June 2015
    • 22nd June to 11th September 2015
    • 14th September to 4th December 2015

The school is closed on the following dates: 3 & 6 April, 4 & 25 May, 31 August 2015 and during the Christmas holidays, from 20 December 2015 to 4 January 2016. No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not be refunded.

Programme prices -

Including lessons, accommodation, meals as described, all taxes and enrolment fees

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Lessons & accommodation with host family, single room, half-board
1 week340 £360 £
2 weeks605 £645 £
3 weeks865 £925 £
4 weeks1,130 £1,210 £
6 weeks1,660 £1,780 £
8 weeks2,190 £2,350 £
12 weeks3,250 £3,490 £
16 weeks4,310 £4,630 £
18 weeks4,790 £5,075 £
20 weeks5,370 £5,770 £
24 weeks6,240 £6,720 £
32 weeks8,240 £8,870 £
36 weeks9,180 £9,900 £
Additional week260 £280 £
Lessons and accommodation in residence, shared room, no meals
1 week325 £345 £
2 weeks575 £615 £
3 weeks820 £880 £
4 weeks1,070 £1,150 £
6 weeks1,585 £1,705 £
8 weeks2,090 £2,245 £
12 weeks3,070 £3,310 £
16 weeks4,070 £4,390 £
18 weeks4,570 £4,930 £
20 weeks5,070 £5,470 £
24 weeks5,830 £6,310 £
32 weeks7,750 £8,390 £
36 weeks8,710 £9,430 £
Additional week245 £260 £
ETC residence options (per week)
Half-board in residence65 £
Additional night65 £
Summer extra (June-August, shared room)20 £
Summer extra (June-August, single room)30 £
Dorchester House residence, single room, no meals - summer only (05/07-29/08/2015)
Supplement for this accommodation55 £
Host family supplement (per week)
Special diet (vegetarian, halal...)20 £
Single room in summer40 £
Additional night40 £
Summer extra (June, July and August)30 £
Exam preparation, accommodation (single room) and half-board included
12 week session20 lessons28 lessons
FCE, CAE, IELTS3,250 £3,490 £
Airport/station transfer to accommodation (per journey)
Bournemouth50 £
Southampton90 £
Heathrow160 £
Luton210 £
Stansted220 £
Central London/St Pancras210 £
Lessons without accommodation - Enrolment fees: 100GBP
Duration20 lessons28 lessons
1 week150 £170 £
2 weeks300 £340 £
3 weeks450 £510 £
4 weeks590 £670 £
6 weeks885 £1,005 £
8 weeks1,180 £1,340 £
12 weeks1,740 £1,980 £
16 weeks2,320 £2,640 £
18 weeks2,610 £2,970 £
20 weeks2,900 £3,300 £
24 weeks3,240 £3,720 £
32 weeks4,320 £4,960 £
36 weeks4,860 £5,580 £
Additional week135 £155 £
Accompanied travel - Easter and Summer -

All taxes included

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Accompanied travel to Bournemouth (Easter and Summer) - Transfer on arrival included
One way (arrival or departure) travel from Brussels, Mons or Lille145 €
Return travel from Brussels, Mons or Lille250 €
One way travel (arrival or departure) from Paris225 €
Return travel from Paris395 €

Prices include:

  • Chosen programme
  • Course materials for stays of less than four weeks.
  • Accommodation with host family in single room (not during summer) or in a residence (shared room)
  • With a host family, full-board on the weekend and half-board during the week
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to and around Bournemouth
  • Lunchtime meals
  • Local transport
  • Course books for stays of 4 weeks or more. Allow around £45/level for 20 lesson programmes and £65/level for intensive programmes. Course books are to be paid for on arrival.

Practical Info

Visa Information

Do you need a Visa for this programme? For more information please consult our page Visa Information.

Do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email if you require any further information.

Promotion 2015 Outside of summer

For this stay, the Easy Languages prices in Euros are equivalent to those of other schools/organisations offered in pounds, that is around a 35% saving on the majority of equivalent stays in England. These reduced prices allow you to book an effective language stay in England and pay a stable amount in Euros, in spite of the growing pound. They are valid for all stays taking place before the 31st December 2015, except between the 13th June and 31st August 2015.

Prices include lessons as well as accommodation with a host family in a single room with half-board or (optional) in a residence on the school campus in a shared room with a bathroom, no meals, but half-board is possible on site. No additional enrolment fees.

To claim this offer, just mention the code PROMO ETC ADULTS in your booking form. This offer is not valid with other promotions.

Programme prices -

Including lessons, accommodation, meals as described, all taxes and enrolment fees.

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Lessons & accommodation with host family, single room, half-board or residence, double room, no meals
1 week445 €495 €
2 weeks795 €895 €
3 weeks1,145 €1,295 €
4 weeks1,495 €1,595 €
6 weeks2,245 €2,395 €
8 weeks2,995 €3,195 €
12 weeks4,295 €4,595 €
16 weeks5,595 €5,995 €
18 weeks6,195 €6,595 €
20 weeks6,875 €7,295 €
24 weeks7,995 €8,495 €
32 weeks10,395 €10,995 €
36 weeks11,665 €12,295 €
Additional week345 €385 €

Extras are based on the local currency.

Programme prices -

Including lessons, accommodation, meals as described, all taxes and enrolment fees

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ETC Residence options (per week)
Half-board in residence90 €
Additional night90 €
Host family extras (per week)
Special diet (vegetarian, hallal etc)30 €
Additional night55 €
Airport/station transfers (per journey)
Bournemouth70 €
Southampton125 €
Heathrow215 €
Gatwick230 €
Luton285 €
Stansted295 €
Central London/St Pancras285 €