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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 English School

ETC (Educational Training Centre), is a family-run institution founded in 1989 by Mr. David Jones. 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.

School facilities include:

  • 44 bright, spacious classrooms in several buildings
  • IT room
  • Library
  • Cafeteria (fresh, healthy, cold and hot meals are cooked from 8 am to 3 pm)
  • Terrace

Accreditations: British Council and English UK

Activities and events during your stay

The school organises sports and cultural activities during the afternoons and evenings. You are more than welcome to participate in these activities, though they are not mandatory. These activities may be free or may require a fee. The variety and availability of the activities changes depending on the time of year.

Some of the many activities include:

  • 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 courses: the basics

  • Lesson length 45 minutes
  • Class size: maximum 14 students (18 during peak season)
  • Schedule: morning lessons in most cases (lessons can be held in the afternoon during peak season)
  • Placement test: first day of classes
  • Certificate of participation at the end of your stay
  • CELTA-qualified native English teachers
  • Monitoring of progress (4 week stays or more)

Courses on offer

  • Standard English: 20 general English 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. Classes are held every morning, Monday to Friday from 8:45 to 10:15 and from 10:35 to 12:05.

    Language levels: beginner to advanced

  • Intensive English: 28 lessons per week

    In addition to the standard programme, you will have 8 extra lessons, held from Monday to Thursday from 13:15 to 14:45, focusing on oral expression.

    Language levels: beginner to advanced

  • Super intensive English: 40 lessons per week

    You will follow a dual schedule of 8:45 to 12:45 and from 14:00 to 18:00.

    Language levels: beginner to advanced

  • Cambridge (FCE, CAE) or IELTS exam preparation courses:

    Minimum 12 week stay (see start dates in Dates & Prices tab)

    Exam preparation classes are held throughout the whole year. You will have 20 to 24 lessons per week, Monday to Friday, from 8:45 to 10:15 and from 10:35 to 12:05.

    Language level required: intermediate


Homestay (16+)

Single room, shared bathroom, half board during the week, full board at the weekend.

Distance from school: families usually live in a residential area between 20 - 30 minutes away from the school, or close to a direct bus line (maximum 50 minutes).

Optional extras:

  • 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 information:

  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Laundry facilities available (the family will usually let you use their washing machine once a week).
  • 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: (unavailable from the 07/07 to the 17/08 - Age 18+)


  • Shared room (Double or large triple rooms available on request and vary depending on availability)
  • Bathroom and toilet in each room
  • Bed, wardrobe, radiator and chest of drawers
  • No meals included
  • Distance from school: 1 minute (on-site residence)
  • Location: 500m from the city centre and minutes away from the beach
  • Capacity: 90 students
  • Deposit to be paid upon arrival (refundable by the school at the end of your stay if there is no evidence of damage to your room)

Facilities and services available:

  • Laundry facilities (for a fee)
  • Study rooms with quiet offices
  • Bed linen provided (but not bath towels)
  • Internet connection via WiFi throughout the residence
  • Guarded access
  • Reception available 24/7
  • 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 apartment-sharing, 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 Residence: Summer only (from 07/07 to 17/08 - 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 on foot
  • 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 and services available:

  • Shared kitchen, modern and equipped (microwave, cooker and hob, fridge)
  • Laundry facilities (for a fee)
  • Bed 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 apartment-sharing, cleaning is the responsibility of everyone.

Prices & Dates 2019

Dates 2019

Course start dates: Most courses start every Monday year-round (exceptions are outlined below.) On Bank Holiday Mondays, lessons start on Tuesdays.

Complete beginners MUST start on the following dates: 07/01, 01/04, 24/06

Bank holidays and holidays: from 01/01 to 04/01 ; 19/04 ; 22/04 ; 06/05 ; 27/05 ; 26/08

Cambridge exam sessions: please contact us

Prices 2019

This programme contains classes Accommodation included Meal included 24h support

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course and accommodation
  • Homestay accommodation in a single room (excluding summer) or shared room in residence
  • Homestay: full board at the weekends and half board on class days
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel, transfers and local transportation
  • Homestay: lunch from Monday to Friday
  • Residence deposit (to pay on site, credit cards accepted)
  • Optional exam or insurance fees

Practical Information

Arrivals: Sunday (from 16.00 in residence)

Departures: Saturday (before 12.00 in residence)

Arrival airports/railway stations (with approx. travel time to Bournemouth):

Bournemouth International Airport offers daily and weekly flights to and from numerous British and European destinations. Poole also offers daily ferry cruises to and from France.

  • Bournemouth Airport-Bournemouth: 15 minutes (taxi)
  • Southampton Airport-Bournemouth: 30 minutes (taxi), 38 minutes (train)
  • London Heathrow-Bournemouth: 1h30 (taxi), 2h25 (express bus)
  • London Gatwick-Bournemouth: 2h (taxi), 3h30 minutes (express bus)
  • London Stansted-Bournemouth: 2h30 minutes (taxi), 4h (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 (about 4 days after deposit payment).

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.


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