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English in Bournemouth - Westbourne Academy, students ages 16+

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Programme Summary:

  • Age 16+
  • From 1 week
  • Residential area close to the city centre
  • General English courses
  • Cambridge exam preparation
  • Homestay accommodation
  • International classes


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.

Westbourne Academy

Westbourne Academy is a family-run institution that offers a traditional English atmosphere. Located in the Westbourne residential area, the school is 10 minutes away by bus from Bournemouth and Poole city centre. 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.

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.

School facilities include:

  • 15 spacious classrooms (including 2 with interactive boards)
  • Recreation room
  • Patio with table tennis
  • IT room
  • WiFi in the buildings and garden
  • Language labs: practise your listening and speaking skills, watch movies or TV outside class hours
  • Bookshop
  • Cafeteria (dishes served on site)
  • Coin laundry (approx. £4)

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
  • Welcoming activity
  • Visit museums
  • Visit restaurants / bars / pubs / disco party (£3 to £10)
  • 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 courts, rugby or hockey fields, bowling, communal pool, a golf course and a squash court are available nearby. It is also possible to go windsurfing and sailing.


English language courses: the basics

  • Lesson length : 40 minutes
  • Class size: 12 students on average (16 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 Course: 20 general English lessons per week

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

    Lessons take place from 9:30 to 12:30 or 13:30 to 16:30 from Monday to Friday. You will learn the four fundamental skills required to learn any language: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

    Language level: beginner to advanced

  • 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 (12:25 - 13:50) focusing on oral expression.

    Language level: beginner to advanced

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

    Length: 1 to 4 weeks

    Designed for students who want to make fast progress. The programme focuses on the 4 language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Classes are held Monday to Friday, from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 16:30

    Language level: beginner to advanced

  • Cambridge Exam Preparation (FCE, CAE): 20 general English + 8 specific lessons per week

    Length: 10 or 15 weeks

    Exam preparation sessions are available year round: this programme is designed for students who want to prepare for one of the Cambridge exams (FCE for upper intermediate level & CAE for advanced level).

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

  • Private Lessons for Professionals: 15 or 25* general English lessons per week

    Length: 1 to 4 weeks

    This course is tailored for professionals who need to make significant progress in a short period of time. Includes 15 or 25 one-to-one lessons per week + lunch with your teacher.

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


Homestay (ages 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 - 45 minutes away from the school, or close to a direct bus line).

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 provided (towels are not)
  • Laundry facilities available (the family will usually let you use their washing machine once a week. Laundry is also available at school for £4).
  • Families are regularly inspected and are used to host foreign students (4 students per family maximum).

Residence (ages 18+): summer period only

Single room, shared bathroom 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
  • Bed linen provided
  • Lounge with television
  • WiFi access
  • Laundry facilities

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.

Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not be rescheduled or refunded): 1/03*, 19/04, 22/04, 26/04*, 6/05, 27/05, 21/06*, 26/08, 30/08*, 25/10* and 20/12*

*Except for private lessons

Christmas holidays: from 20/12/2019 to 03/01/2020

Course start dates for complete beginners: 7/01, 4/03, 29/04, 24/06, 2/09 and 28/10

Exam Preparation course start dates:


  • January 7 (10 weeks)
  • March 4 (15 weeks)
  • September 2 (15 semaines)

Prices 2019

Booking prices -

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

Duration20 lessons28 lessons 40 lessons
1 week375395465
2 weeks595665825
3 weeks8759751175
4 weeks109511751495
6 weeks15451675-
8 weeks19452210-
12 weeks28953095-
16 weeks37954195-
18 weeks41954595-
20 weeks46955195-
24 weeks54956095-
32 weeks72958095-
36 weeks78958595-
Extra week215240-
*residence accommodation only available in summer
Cambridge exam preparation & accommodation in a host family - single room (shared in summer), half board
Duration28 lessons
10 weeks2295
15 weeks3995
Private lessons & accommodation in a host family/residence*
Duration15 hours25 hours
1 weeks7951045
2 weeks12951995
3 weeks17952895
4 weeks22953795
*residence accommodation only available in summer
Accommodation extras (per week)
Host family - single room in summer (from 16/06 to 25/08/2019)30
Christmas period (15/12/2019 - 05/01/2020) 30
Special diet (vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free)30
Extra night45
Airport/railway station transfer (per journey)
Stansted/Central London 200
St Pancras200
Extra fee if waiting time at the airport exceeds 1 hour30

Prices Include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Course materials
  • Homestay or residence (summer only) accommodation, single room
  • Full board on weekends and half board during the week
  • All school taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to/from Bournemouth
  • Transfers
  • Homestay: Lunches Monday to Friday
  • Residence: all meals
  • Local transport
  • Exam fees if any (Cambridge)

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) à 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

Info Brexit

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the British Government announced that European citizens can travel in the UK with only a valid ID-card until the 31/12/2020.

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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