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English in Bournemouth, Westbourne Academy, ages 16+

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Programme Summary:

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



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 is situated in an ideal location, just 1 kilometre from the sandy beaches of Bournemouth and only 500 meters 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 1.5 kilometres to the east and Poole 3 kilometres 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 (10, 11 or 15 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 for intermediate - advance levels, CAE for advanced levels and CPE for high advanced levels).

  • 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.



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.


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.

More information about the accompanied travel to Bournemouth.

Individual travel organised by Easy Languages

We can organise individual travel (un-accompanied) by plane to England, not on the dates mentioned above. Flights can be booked from Brussels and Paris to Southampton airport. The prices indicated are guide prices and are subject to availability.

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 for an additional fee, see price table.

Prices & Dates 2016-2017

Dates 2017

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 (Belgian Easter holidays and Summer) ; 4 weeks (year-round)

  • The school is closed during holidays: 12/18 until 01/03/2017, 04/14, 04/7, 05/01, 05/29, 08/28, 12/17/17 until 01/02. No lessons take place on these dates.

  • Beginners starting dates: 01/03, 01/30, 02/27, 03/27, 04/24, 05/22, 06/19, 07/31, 08/29, 09/25, 10/23, 11/20/2017. Arrivals are on the Saturday or Sunday before these dates.

  • Dates for the Easter course: 04/02 - 04/15 2017

  • Dates for the summer course: 06/20 - 08/21 2017 (course until 25th of August)

  • FCE, CAE, CPE preparation:

    • From January 3 to March 12, 2017 (10 weeks - only for FCE)
    • From February 27 to June 10, 2017 (15 weeks)
    • From March 27 to June 9, 2017 (11 weeks)
    • From August 29 to December 9, 2017 (15 weeks)
    • From September 25 to December 9, 2017 (11 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.

Escorted Trip - Easter and Summer Programme -

All taxes included

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Escorted travel to Bournemouth - Easter and Summer Programme (Prices in EUROS)
Places of departure / returnRoundtripOne way trip
Brussels - Mons* - Lille*215 €135 €
Paris at Easter415 €-
Paris in summer345 €195 €

Prices Include:

  • Chosen course
  • Accommodation with a host family, double room (summer) and single room (not during Summer)
  • Full board on the weekends and half-board during the week
  • School books and materials
  • All taxes and enrollment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to and from Bournemouth
  • Midday meals with host families
  • Local transport
  • Cambridge exam, if exam preparation programme is selected

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


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