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English in Bournemouth - ETC, students aged 16+

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Programme Summary:

  • Age 16+
  • From 1 week
  • University town and famous seaside resort
  • General English courses
  • Exam preparation (IELTS or Cambridge)
  • Homestay or residence accommodation
  • Discount prices for long stays


Language programme in Bournemouth

Bournemouth is undoubtedly one of the best student towns on the southern coast of England. Its quaintness, charm and miles of sandy beach alongside the bustling atmosphere of the city have created a centre for tourism, education and business. Complete with an exceedingly well organised public transport system with links all over Britain and Europe, Bournemouth is a hub of activity. Even getting to London is as simple as hopping on a two hour train ride.

It's safe to say that there is a never a dull moment in this seaside town. Witness powerboat races, vintage car shows, international tennis championships and windsurfing competitions throughout the whole year. During the summer months there are weekly firework displays from the pier, along with laser light shows and the Musicmaker's festival. Bournemouth even has a unique 'Flowers by Candlelight' festival, where the towns's inhabitants 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 renowned for the quality of its programmes and staff who are both friendly and ready to lend a hand. Long-stay students can prepare for internationally-recognised 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.

Activities / Recreation during your stay

The school organizes sports and cultural activities in the afternoon and evening which you are free to participate in if you wish. These activities can be free or require a fee. The variety of these activities varies depending on the time of year. Possible activities: - Guided tour through Bournemouth - Welcome activity, barbecue, Movie night - Museum visits - Going to a restaurant / bar / pubs - Excursions to London, New Forest, Durdle Door, Corfe Castle, Oxford, Portsmouth, Swanage, Bath, Christchurch, Salisbury and Stonehenge (between £25 - £30) - Bowling (approx. £7) - Pool (approx. £8) - Laser Game (approx. £8) - Surfing Lesson (approx. £ 15/session) - 12 km of sandy beach


English language course : the basics

  • Lesson length 45 minutes
  • Class size: maximum 14 students (18 during peak season)
  • Schedule : morning and/or afternoon lessons
  • Placement test: on first day
  • Attendance certificate
  • Monitoring of progress

Courses on offer

  • Standard English: 20 lessons per week 4 lessons a day will give you a practical understanding of the English language and take you all the way to fluency. See your confidence improve in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing Language levels: beginners to advanced

  • Semi-intensive English: 24 lessons per week In addition to the standard programme, you will have 4 extra lessons from Monday to Friday from 1:15 pm to 2:00 pm, focusing on speaking and listening

    Language levels: beginners to advanced

  • Intensive English: 28 lessons per week
    In addition to the standard programme, you will have 4 extra lessons from Monday to Friday from 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm, focusing on speaking and listening

    Language levels: beginners to advanced

  • Super intensive English: 40 general English lessons per week You will follow a dual schedule of 8:45 to 12:45 and from 14h to 18h. Proposed levels: beginner to advanced

  • Exam preparation courses: FCE, CAE or IELTS: 20 or 24 exam preparation classes per week between 08:45 - 10:15 and 10:35 - 12:05 Mon-Fri/

    Length of minimum stay: 12 weeks
    Please check the tab Prices & Dates for starting dates.

    Language entry level: intermediate

  • Specialised courses : 30 English classes per week - 20 lessons of general English + 10 lessons of the chosen subject (à partir de 18 ans)

    Options : Medical English, English for Aviation, English for IT, Legal English

    Minimal language level : intermediate

Students 16 to 17 years can study at ETC school only if they are in possession of a signed parental consent.


Homestay (16+)

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.

  • Single room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Half board during the week
  • Full board the weekend
  • Distance from school: 20 - 30 minutes on foot OR close to a bus route (max. 50 minutes by bus)


  • Summer programme: the rooms are shared by default with a student of another nationality
  • Single rooms are uncommon during the summer but can be reserved for a fee and in relation to availability (students must be 18+)

Practical info

  • Bedding and towels provided
  • Chance to use the washing machine once a week (the family will let you know when you are able to)
  • Lunch and dinner can be bought at the school cafeteria or at one of the numerous cafes, sandwich shops and restaurants close to the school

ETC Residence: (not available during the summer months: September to June - Age 18+)

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.


  • Shared room (Double or large triple rooms available on request and vary depending on availability)
  • Bathroom and toilet in each room
  • Bedding, wardrobe, radiator and chest of drawers
  • No meals included
  • Distance from school : 1 minute (on-site residence)
  • Capacity: 90 students
  • Self-catering, breakfast, or half board options(at the school's cafeteria)
  • Deposit to be payed upon arrival (refundable by the school at the end of your stay if there is no evidence of damage to your room)
  • Laundry (pay - 7GBP)
  • Internet access via Wi-Fi throughout the building


  • Laundry facilities (for a fee)
  • Study Rooms with quiet offices
  • Bedding provided (but not bath towels)
  • Internet connection via WiFi throughout the residence
  • Guarded access
  • Reception available 24/24
  • The cleaning of the residence and room is made once a week. The rooms are nevertheless inspected daily. The rest of the time, as in any roommate, cleaning is the responsibility of everyone.

Extras (for a fee):

  • Half board (at the school cafeteria)
  • Mini fridge to rent, available at reception
  • Towels for rent, available at reception

Dorchester House: Summer only (from 08/07 to 19/08/2018 - Age 18+)


  • Apartments each with 6-8 single rooms, a kitchen and a lounge.
  • Room with large bed, desk and leather chair
  • Toilet and bathroom in each room
  • No meals included
  • Travel time to the school: 12 minutes by bike, 15 minutes by bus, 30 minutes walk
  • Location: right next to Bournemouth railway station and a hypermarket
  • Deposit to be paid on site (see price table), reimbursed by the school at end of the stay if no evidence of damage has been found

Facilities / Services available:

  • Shared kitchen, modern and equipped (microwave, cooker and hob, fridge)
  • Launderette (paid)
  • Linens and towels provided
  • Internet access via Wi-Fi throughout the building
  • Bike garage
  • The cleaning of the residence and the rooms is done once per week. The rooms are nevertheless inspected daily. The rest of the time, as in any roommate, cleaning is the responsibility of everyone.

Prices & Dates 2018

Dates 2018

Lessons begin every Monday unless mentioned otherwise (see below). When the Monday falls on a bank holiday, lessons start on the Tuesday)

Session start dates

Complete beginners MUST start on the following dates : 08/01, 03/04, 25/06

Holidays and national days: 30/03, 02/04, 07/05, 28/05, 27/08, 22/12/18 - 06/01/19

Cambridge exam sessions : please contact us

Pries 2018

Programme prices -

Includes courses, accommodation, meals as described, all taxes and enrolment fees

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Classes & homestay, single room (not during summer), 1/2 board
Duration20L24L28L40LSpecialised 30L
1 week415 £435 £455 £565 £565 £
2 weeks685 £725 £765 £985 £985 £
3 weeks950 £1,010 £1,070 £1,400 £1,400 £
4 weeks1,220 £1,300 £1,380 £1,820 £1,820 £
6 weeks1,760 £1,880 £2,000 £2,660 £2,660 £
8 weeks2,300 £2,460 £2,620 £3,500 £3,500 £
12 weeks3,380 £3,620 £3,860 £5,180 £5,180 £
16 weeks4,460 £4,780 £5,100 £6,860 £-
18 weeks4,945 £5,075 £5,665 £7,645 £-
20 weeks5,540 £5,940 £6,340 £8,540 £-
24 weeks6,425 £6,910 £7,385 £10,025 £-
32 weeks8,460 £9,100 £9,740 £13,260 £-
36 weeks9,425 £10,145 £10,865 £14,825 £-
Extra week265 £285 £305 £380 £-
Classes & residence accommodation, shared room, no meals included
Duration20L24L28L40LSpecialised 30L
1 week405 £425 £445 £555 £555 £
2 weeks665 £705 £745 £965 £965 £
3 weeks920 £980 £1,040 £1,370 £1,370 £
4 weeks1,180 £1,260 £1,340 £1,780 £1,780 £
6 weeks1,715 £1,835 £1,955 £2,615 £2,615 £
8 weeks2,235 £2,395 £2,555 £3,435 £3,435 £
12 weeks3,260 £3,500 £3,740 £5,060 £5,060 £
16 weeks4,300 £4,620 £4,940 £6,700 £-
18 weeks4,820 £5,180 £5,540 £7,520 £-
20 weeks5,340 £5,740 £6,140 £8,340 £-
24 weeks6,140 £6,620 £7,100 £9,740 £-
32 weeks8,140 £8,780 £9,420 £12,940 £-
36 weeks9,140 £9,860 £10,580 £14,540 £-
Extra week255 £270 £290 £365 £-
ETC residence extras (per week)
Half board 50 £
Extra night40 £
Summer extra (June - August if shared room)20 £
Summer extra (June - August if single room) 30 £
Dorchester house accommodation, single room, no meals, summer period only (08/07-18/08/2018)
Extra for this accommodation65 £
Homestay extras (per week)
Special diet (végétarien, hallal...)20 £
In summer: single room40 £
Extra night30 £
Summer extra (June, July, August)30 £
Exam prep courses, homestay, half board
12 week session20L24L
FCE, CAE, IELTS3,250 £3,490 £
Airport/station - accommodation transfer (one-way)
Bournemouth50 £
Southampton85 £
Heathrow155 £
Gatwick185 £
Luton205 £
Stansted255 £
Central London/ St Pancras225 £
Classes without accommodation - Registration fee: 100 GBP
1 week150 £170 £190 £
2 weeks300 £340 £380 £
3 weeks450 £510 £570 £
4 weeks590 £670 £750 £
6 weeks885 £1,005 £1,125 £
8 weeks1,180 £1,340 £1,500 £
12 weeks1,740 £1,980 £2,220 £
16 weeks2,320 £2,640 £2,960 £
18 weeks2,610 £2,970 £3,330 £
20 weeks2,900 £3,300 £3,700 £
24 weeks3,240 £3,720 £4,200 £
32 weeks4,320 £4,960 £5,600 £
36 weeks4,860 £5,580 £6,300 £
Extra week135 £155 £245 £
Extras to pay on arrival
Deposit for residence accommodation200 £
Course materials (Standard course)50 £
Course material (Intensive course)70 £
Accompanied travel - Easter and Summer -

All taxes included

Accompanied travel to Bournemouth - summer holidays (fixed price in EUROS) - coach
Departure cityReturn tripOne way
Bruxelles - Lille* - Mons* (coach)215 €135 €
Paris (train** Paris-Lille + coach)375 €215 €

*Easter: Brussels only - please contact us if needs be **Paris: journey from Paris-Lille is unaccompanied

The rates above include:

  • The formula of courses and selected housing
  • Accommodation in single rooms (excluding summer) family or shared room in residence
  • Family: full board weekends and half board on course days
  • All taxes and school administrative costs

The rates above do not include:

  • The trip to and from Bournemouth (unless you opt for our guided journey)
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Supplements
  • Family: lunch Monday through Friday
  • In residence: meals
  • Local transportation
  • The course books for stays from 1 to 3 weeks. This equipment can be borrowed on site at low prices.
  • The course books for stays from 4 weeks. Provide £ 50 / level to purchase them for the program of 20 lessons and 70 £ / level for intensive programs (payable locally).
  • The deposit if required (payable locally by credit card)
  • The examination fee if applicable (about 145GBP Cambridge, IELTS about 175GBP, etc.)
  • Visa fees
  • The optional insurance

Practical Info

Arrival day: Sunday (from 16.00 in Residence) Departure day: Saturday (before 12.00 in Residence)

Arrival airports and stations & travel time to Bournemouth

Bournemouth Airport-Bournemouth: 15 minutes (taxi) Southampton Airport-Bournemouth: 30 minutes (taxi), 38 minutes (train) London Heathrow-Bournemouth: 1hr 30 mins (taxi) à 2hrs 24 mins (express bus) London Gatwick-Bournemouth: 2hrs (taxi), 3hrs 30 minutes (express bus) London Stansted-Bournemouth: 2hrs 30 minutes (taxi), 4hrs (express bus)

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see price list)

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

Organised group Travel

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

Travel includes:

  • Accompanied round trip transport
  • The extra night in case of Sunday return
  • Arrival transfer to Homestay or Residence

More information about the group travel to Bournemouth.


Accompanied travel Paris/Lille or Lille/Paris: An LV/Easy Languages escort is present upon each train departure from Paris and each arrival in Lille where all participants gather and meet the group arriving from Brussels.

Visa Information

You might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.