View low-graphics version

English in Bournemouth, Westbourne Academy, ages 16+

Go to: Home​ → Adults & Professionals​ → English​ → Great Britain

Programme Summary:

  • Ages 16+
  • From 1 week
  • Residential area close to the city centre
  • General, intensive or Cambridge exam preparation
  • Homestay accommodation
  • International classes



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

Bournemouth is also a very lively city with many sporting events throughout the year (regattas, car races, tennis tournaments, surfing competitions...). The pedestrianised shopping area and the large parks are right next to each other. The warm climate year round and sandy beaches make for the perfect destination any time of year, both for younger and older students.

Westbourne Academy

Westbourne Academy is situated in an ideal location, just 1 mile away from the sandy beaches of Bournemouth and only half-mile from the diverse and stylish shopping centre of Westbourne. In this suburban neighbourhood, students find all the conveniences of banks, a post office, international restaurants, classic English pubs and a variety of retail outlets to satisfy every taste. Downtown Bournemouth is 1 mile to the east and Poole 2 miles to the west. These towns are famous for their international resorts and sailing centres, yet students retain a serious attitude towards their studies at Bournemouth University, Bournemouth College or Poole College.

Westbourne Academy is a recognized Cambridge Exam preparation centre, a member of "English in Britain" (Association of Recognized Language Schools) and accredited by the British Council.

Activities / Recreation during your stay

The school organizes sports and cultural activities in the afternoon and evening which you are free to participate or not. These activities can be free or at cost and frequencies varies depending on the time of year. The schedule of activities is available at the beginning of each week to the valves of the cafeteria. Simply book and pay for activities at the reception.

Example of possible activities: - Guided Tour - Welcoming activity - Visit museums - Visit restaurants / bars / pubs / disco party (3 to 10GBP) - Karaoke - Boat Cruises - Cinema (about £7) - Day trips to London, Bath and Stonehenge, Oxford, Salisbury and Winchester, or on the side of Dorset (about £ 30)

  • Various sports: football, tennis, beach volleyball, badminton Tennis, rugby fields or hockey, bowling, communal pool, a golf course and a squash court are available nearby. It is also possible to go windsurfing and sailing.

The school also offers special programs for English + horse riding or English + golf.


English Language Course : the basics

  • Lesson length : 40 minutes
  • class size: maximum 12 students (16 during peak season)
  • Schedule: morning and/or afternoon classes
  • Placement test: on first day
  • Attendance Certificate
  • Regular progress reports (stays over 4 weeks)

Courses on offer

  • Standard Course: 20 lessons per week

Minimum length : 1 week (summer only); 4 weeks (year-round)

Courses take place from 9:30 to 12:30 or 13:30 to 16:30 from Monday to Friday. Designed for students who want to combine their studies with leisure. You will improve your level in the 4 core skills : reading, listening, speaking and writing.

Language levels: from beginners to advanced

  • During the Easter and summer holidays, we suggest signing up for the activity programme. Please click here for more information.

  • Semi-Intensive Course: 28 lessons per week

Minimum length : 1 week (summer only); 4 weeks (year-round)

In addition to the standard course, you have 2 extra lessons per day from Monday to Thursday, focusing on spoken English practice.

Language Entry level: intermediate (B1 to B2)

  • Intensive Course: 40 lessons per week (from 1 to 4 weeks)

Courses take place in the morning and afternoon, Monday to Friday.

Designed for students who want to make fast progress. The programme focuses on the 4 language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

Language Entry level: intermediate (B1 to B2)

  • Cambridge Exam Preparation: 28 lessons per week (12 - 16 weeks)

    20 general English lessons + 8 lessons exclusively focusing on exam preparation.

    This programme is designed for students who want to prepare for one of the Cambridge exams (FCE & CAE).

    IELTS exam preparation is also available at Westbourne Academy - please contact us for further details including dates and availability.

  • Private Lessons for Professionals (from 1 to 4 weeks): 15 or 25* one-to-one lessons per week + lunch with your teacher.

    This course guarantees significant progress in a short period of time.

    *15 lessons for the upper intermediate level B2 ; 25 lessons for levels A and intermediate B1.


Homestay (ages 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. (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 enrolment 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.

The families are generally situated in a residential area roughly 20-30 minutes 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, students are able to book a single room without any extra cost. During these holidays, however, demand is much higher and individual rooms are therefore much rarer. Students can still try to reserve an individual room that is at an extra cost and subject to availability.

Please note that families will not take care of washing the student's clothes.

Residence (ages 18+): summer period only

single room, shared bahthroom and kitchen, self-catering

Distance from school: located in Poole town centre, the residence is a 20-25 minute bus ride from Westbourne Academy. The bus line is direct and the service is every 8 minutes.

Pracical information:

  • Bike shed
  • Desk in each room
  • Bedding provided
  • Lounge with television
  • WiFi access
  • Laundry facilities

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)

Length of stay: 1 week minimum (Easter holidays and Summer) ; 4 weeks (year-round)

  • The school is closed during holidays (no classes will be made up at a later date and will not be reimbursed): 01.01, 23.02*, 30.03, 02.04, 20.04*, 07.05, 15.06*, 24.08*, 27.08, 19.10*, 14.12* and from 17.12.18 - 06.01.1

*These dates do not include private lessons or summer programmes

  • Beginners starting dates: 02.01, 29.01, 26.02, 26.03, 23.04, 21.05, 18.06, 30.05, 28.08, 24.09, 22.10, 29.11. Arrivals are on the Saturday or Sunday before these dates.

  • Dates for the Easter course: 02.4 - 15.04.18.

  • Dates for the summer course: 18.06 - 25.08.18 (classes held until the 24.08)

  • FCE & CAE preparation:

    • 26.02 - 15.06 (16 weeks)
    • 26.03 - 15.06 (12 weeks)
    • 28.08 - 14.12 (16 weeks)
    • 24.09 - 14.12 (12 weeks)
  • Please Note: One week stays are only possible during Easter and Summer. Outside of these periods, the minimum duration is 4 weeks, with the exceptions of programmes including 40 lessons and individual lessons, for which the minimum duration is 2 weeks.

Prices 2017

Programme Prices -

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

Book Now
Course & homestay/summer residence accommodation - single room (shared in summer), half board
Duration20 lessons28 lessons & IELTS40 lessons
1 week345 £395 £465 £
2 weeks595 £665 £825 £
3 weeks875 £975 £1,175 £
4 weeks1,030 £1,175 £1,495 £
6 weeks1,465 £1,675 £-
8 weeks1,945 £2,210 £-
12 weeks2,895 £3,095 £-
16 weeks3,795 £4,195 £-
18 weeks4,095 £4,495 £-
20 weeks4,595 £5,025 £-
24 weeks5,395 £5,995 £-
32 weeks7,095 £7,895 £-
36 weeks7,695 £8,695 £-
Extra week215 £240 £-
Extra charge for summer programmes (18/06 - 20/08/2018)
Per week30 £30 £30 £
Cambridge preparation courses & homestay accommodation - single room (shared in summer), half board
Duration28 lessons
12 weeks3,195 £
16 weeks3,995 £
Private lessons & accommodation with a host family/summer residence
Duration15 hours25 hours
1 week795 £1,045 £
2 weeks1,295 £1,995 £
3 weeks1,795 £2,895 £
4 weeks2,295 £3,795 £
Accommodation extra charges (per week)
Christmas (15/12/2018 - 05/01/2019)30 £
Host family: single room during the summer (from 18/06 - 20/08/2018)30 £
Special diet (halal, diabetic, gluten intolerant..)15 £
Extra night 45 £
Transfers from airport/station to accommodation (price per journey)
Bournemouth45 £
Southampton85 £
Heathrow150 £
Luton155 £
Gatwick140 £
Stansted/Central London 195 £
St Pancras200 £
Extra charge if team is kept waiting more than an hour at the airport 30 £
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

Prices Include:

  • Chosen course
  • Homestay accommodation, shared room (summer) and single room (rest of the year)
  • Full board on weekends and half board during the week
  • School books and materials
  • All school taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to and from Bournemouth
  • Lunches Monday to Friday
  • Local transport
  • Exam fees if any (Cambridge preparation, IELTS, etc.)
  • Visa fees (if any)
  • Optional insurances

Practical information


Arrival day: Sunday

Departure day: Saturday

Arrival/departure airports or stations (with the approximate transport duration) : 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 (by taxi)
  • Southampton Airport - Bournemouth : 30 minutes (by taxi) to 38 minutes (by train)
  • London Heathrow - Bournemouth : 1h30 (by taxi) à 2h24 (by express coach)
  • London Gatwick - Bournemouth : 2h (by taxi) to 3h30 minutes (by express cach)
  • London Stansted - Bournemouth : 2h30 (by taxi) to 4h (by express coach)

Possible transfert on request (at extra cost, see « Dates & prices 2017 tab »)

Important Note : please do not book any transport tickets until we have confirmed your booking (about 4 days after your payment).

Group Travel

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

Travel includes:

  • Accompanied roundtrip transport
  • One extra night in case of return on Sunday
  • Arrival transfer to place of accommodation.

More information about the accompanied travel to Bournemouth.

Important Note :

Accompanied transport from Paris to Lille or from Lille to Paris: an Easy Languages escort is always present upon train departure in Paris to train arrival in Lille, where participants meet up with the rest of the group arriving from Brussels.

Travel and transfers organised by yourself

Students can also make their own travel arrangements. In some cases, transfers from airports or stations in Bournemouth, Southampton and London can be arranged at additional cost, [see price table]

Visa Information

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

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


Discover Westbourne Academy in Bournemouth