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Specialised English for Adults in Bournemouth (BBSI)

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Programme Summary:

  • For ages 18 and up
  • Minimum 1 week
  • Seaside university town
  • Quality school located in the city centre
  • General English and Exam Prep courses
  • Business and Specialist English
  • Accommodation options
  • Something for everyone


Language stays in Bournemouth, England

Bournemouth is without a doubt one of the best university towns and seaside resorts 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. And the large student population, thanks to its two universities, give it a friendly, cosmopolitan feel.

It's never dull in Bournemouth, thanks to its wide variety of cultural activities, sports and recreational programmes - with powerboat races, vintage car shows, international tennis championships and windsurfing competitions taking place throughout the year. With over thirty night clubs that include the two largest discos in the south of England, Bournemouth enjoys a dynamic night life. Students from all over the world flock to the energy and vibrancy of Bournemouth's city centre. There are also some 180 restaurants and cafés offering every type of international cuisine. During the summer, there are weekly firework displays from the pier, laser light shows, the Musicmaker's Festival and the unique Flowers by Candlelight Festival, where the people of the town gather to 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.

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. It's just a hop, skip and a jump away from Portsmouth, and London is just two hours away by train. Bournemouth International Airport has regular scheduled and chartered flights from the UK and abroad.

BBSI (Bournemouth Business School International)

BBSI (Bournemouth Business School International) is a high-level English language and business school. Its emphasis on teaching quality and welcoming, social atmosphere, as well as the professionalism of its language instructors, are the hallmark of BBSI.

The school is situated in the heart of Bournemouth, just a few minutes from the Central Gardens and the beach as well as the main shopping thoroughfare, with a bus stop immediately outside the school.

Founded in 1992, BBSI is sited within two Victorian buildings. Its main aim is to offer a wide range of high-quality study programmes to international students, providing the best support possible for their study experience in the UK. The school can accommodate up to 300 students.

BBSI has received many honours and awards. The school is recognized by the British Council , English UK and the International Association of Language Centres. It has also received the ISO 9001 quality certification. BBSI is an authorized Cambridge Exam test center as well as a recognized center for many professional certification programmes, including the Chartered Management Institute and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply.

BBSI facilities include:

  • 23 classrooms equipped with either interactive Smartboards® or DVD/VCR/CD facilities
  • 2 IT Centres providing 28 PCs (Computer Zones 1 and 2)
  • Wi-Fi access throughout the School
  • Learning Resource Centre (LRC). An area for independent study, group work and research. The facilities include 4 PCs, Wi-Fi, projector, TV, DVD, all students' disposal. The LRC also has a good collection of books, exam practice materials, DVDs and graded readers.
  • Student Common Room, with satellite television, 6 Pcs and hot and cold drinks
  • Garden and patio area for relaxation
  • Parking areas for cycles


BBSI offers a range of activities in the afternoon, evening and weekend. Some are free, for others there may be a small charge payable on-site, and schedules vary depending on the time of year.

Each month, the organizers put together a varied programme of events, taking into account students' cultural and religious background. The programme is updated at the start of each month - just check out BBSI's Facebook page or look for the programme at reception.

Activities include welcome parties, weekend trips to London or Bath, bowling, visits to museums, pub nights, conversation club, rollerblading and other sports (football and volleyball), student nights
and many more...


General information

  • Lessons last 45 minutes
  • Maximum 14 students per class
  • Schedule: intensive classes take place in the morning and partly in the afternoon
  • English tests take place on the first day of classes (an online English test will take place prior to enrolling in specialised courses)
  • A completion certificate will be awarded to you at the end of your stay
  • Regular progress assessments (minimum 4 weeks' stay)
  • Interactive online platform (access to classes, extra materials, advice and updates)
  • Teachers are certified to teach English as a Foreign Language


Specialised English - Lessons take place all year round

  • English for business (30 lessons/week)

    Minimum level required: intermediate/upper intermediate (B2) Sessions from 1 to 16 weeks. Or minimum level lower intermediate (B1): Sessions from 1 to 32 weeks.

    Content: 20 business English lessons combined with 10 general English lessons.

    Subjects: management, recruitment, finance, international trade, marketing and business Methods: meeting simulations, telephone conversations, negotiations and presentations.

    • Communication & Business Skills (34 lessons/week)

    Minimum level required: intermediate
    Sessions from 4 to 8 weeks

    Content: 20 lessons dedicated to communication and business + 10 general English lessons + four lessons on professional skills.
    More information on themes covered: Détail du programme Communication & Business Skills (PDF, 96.4k)

  • Management and Business Administration (34 lessons/week)

    Minimum level required: intermediate
    Sessions from 4 to 48 weeks

    Content: Personal development in a managerial position, staff management as individuals and as a team, management and information communications, recruitment and selection process, team performance, management of needs and expectations of stakeholders, planning etc.

    • Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations (34 lessons/week)

    Minimum level required: intermediate
    Sessions from 4 to 48 weeks

    Content: origins of marketing, global marketing environment, consumer behaviour, IT systems and market research, segmentation, target and positioning, promotional tools, product and brand management, management of marketing departments, price strategy, distribution, planning etc.

    • Finance & Financial Services (34 lessons/week)

    Minimum level required: intermediate Sessions from 4 to 48 weeks

    Themes covered: nature and role of accountant, direct and indirect costs, company finance, balance sheets, financial ratios, finance and equity, types of business structures, property investments, interim securities and rights, payable and receivable accounts, budget, central banks, cash and investments, company strategy, profit analysis, pricing decisions etc.

    • Hospitality Management and Tourism (34 lessons/week)

    Minimum level required: intermediate
    Sessions from 4 to 12 weeks

    Content: customer service, housing services, destination management, hotel front office, structure of tourism and hospitality industry, staff management, tour operators, tourism management, tourism geography.

    • Legal Studies (34 lessons/week)

    Minimum level required: upper intermediate
    Sessions from 4 to 48 weeks

    Content: English legal system, commercial law, European law, company law, criminal law, consumer protection, human rights, damage and liability, news and law, international law, international trade

    • Science, Mathematics & IT (34 lessons/week)

    Minimum level required: upper intermediate
    Sessions from 4 to 48 weeks

    Content: maths, science, IT.
    More information on themes covered: Détail du programme Science, Mathematics & IT (PDF, 172.3k)

    Specialised English - Lessons take place in summer (29/06 - 21/08/15)

These courses start every Monday throughout summer and last from 2 to 8 weeks. You are able to take 20 or 30 lessons per week. The option of 30 lessons is made up of 20 specialised chosen lessons and 10 "business skills" lessons.

Speciality areas are the following:

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Legal Studies

Degrees, certificates and university preparatory lessons

These long duration intensive English lessons (30 lessons per week, from 24 to 50 weeks) enable students to leave with a certificate attesting to their level in English in a specific professional domain: - Management & Business Administration - Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations - Finance & Financial Services - Hospitality Management & Tourism - Legal Studies, International & Commercial Law - Science, Mathematics & IT

These courses result respectively in a certificate, a higher certificate or a diploma. Pre-Bachelor courses cover 3 terms (24 weeks) and pre-Master's courses cover 1-5 terms (8, 16, 24, 28 or 50 weeks.) During your training, you will receive support and assistance from the teaching team to enrol in universities in the UK.

Sessions start on fixed dates in September, January, March and June


BBSI teachers are native speakers who are experienced and appropriately qualified to teach the courses on offer. BBSI provides its teachers with a constant programme of Continuous Professional Development, focussed on supporting the needs of each individual, but in relation to student feedback, classroom technology and methodological innovation.


All homestays are inspected regularly to ensure that high standards of comfort, cleanliness, safety and catering are met and maintained. BBSI acts as an intermediary between the residence and students; students will be held to the terms and conditions set by the residence.

Homestay: Ages 18+

Single bedroom, shared bathroom, self-catering.

Travel time to BBSI: host families are generally situated in residential areas within 15-20 minutes' walk from the school, or near a direct bus route.


  • Half-board during the week, full-board at weekends
  • Executive Homestay: a more luxurious standard of bedroom with en-suite or private bathroom facilities and Internet connection. Available on a self-catering or half-board basis.

Practical information:

  • Bedlinen and towels provided
  • Washing machine available (your host family will let you know their laundry day or let you use the machine)
  • Most host families have an Internet connection

The Outlook Residence: Ages 18+

Single bedroom, private bathroom, self-catering.

  • Single rooms
  • Private toilet and bathroom in each room
  • Self-catering
  • Single rooms have a refrigerator, crockery and cutlery
  • Single rooms have a bed, desk, chair and wardrobe
  • Located 200 metres from the city centre and a few minutes' walk from the beach
  • Deposit to be paid on arrival (see price list), refundable by the school at the end of your stay if your room is in a clean and tidy state with no damage)

Equipment and Services

  • Shared kitchen, to be cleaned after each use
  • Student lounge with flat-screen TV
  • Coin laundromat situated next to the residence
  • Bedlinen supplied and changed once per week
  • Wi-Fi connection throughout the building
  • Access control
  • 24hr reception
  • Rooms and common areas are cleaned once a week; residents are responsible for cleaning the rest of the time.


Electricity is not included. A card must be purchased at reception to top-up and use the electricity.

Practical information:

  • Remember to bring your own towels
  • For bookings in December and January, an extra charge will be applied for the two-week holiday period, whether or not you reside in the residence during that time.

The Babbacombe Lodge Residence: Ages 18+, available year-round (maximum 12-week stay via BBSI)

Single bedroom, shared bathroom, self-catering.

  • Twin, single or double rooms
  • Private toilet and bathroom in each room
  • Self-catering
  • Twin, double or single bedrooms have a bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, and TV/DVD player
  • Electricity, gas and water are included in the tariff.
  • 10-15 minutes' from BBSI
  • Located 700 metres from the city centre and a few minutes' walk from the beach
  • Laundry, drying and ironing facilities are available in the residence. Internet is available (Wi-Fi or by cable connection).

Equipment and Services

  • Spacious shared kitchen, to be cleaned after each use
  • Student lounge
  • Laundromat with dryer and ironing boards (chargeable)
  • Bedlinen supplied and changed once per week
  • Wi-Fi or cable connection throughout the building
  • Access control
  • 24hr reception
  • Rooms and common areas are cleaned once a week; residents are responsible for cleaning the rest of the time.

Practical information:

  • Remember to bring your own towels


BBSI can recommend several other small, friendly guest houses and hotels close to the School that would suit all budgets. You can choose a room with or without a private bathroom, and breakfast is included. Dinner can also be provided on request.

Prices & Dates 2015-2016

Dates 2016

Course start days Most courses start on Mondays throughout the year, except in the cases outlined below. On Bank Holiday Mondays, courses will start on Tuesdays.

  • Business English Courses and Communication & Business Skills : year-round

    • Summer courses: every week, from 27/06/2015 to 19/08/2016
    • Specialized courses and diploma/certificate courses begin on the following dates:

    • Term 1: From 01/09 to 23/10/2015

    • Term 2: From 26/10 to 18/15/2015
    • Term 3: From 04/01 to 26/02/2016
    • Term 4: From 03/05 to 24/06/2016
    • Term 5: From 27/06 to 19/08/2016
    • Term 6: From 30/08 to 21/10/2016
    • Term 7: From 24/10 to 16/12/2016

It is possible to take part in multiple sessions for longer stays and book outside of these dates if they do not suit you.

Holidays (school is closed and classes are not made up): 01/01, 25/03, 28/03, 02/05, 30/05, 29/08, 26/12, 28/12/2016, in addition to 20/12/2015-02/01/2016.

Prices apply from September 2015 to September 2016.

Prices include:

  • The English programme of choice
  • Accommodation in a private room in a host family (self-catering)
  • All taxes and enrolment fees
  • Introductory booklet on the School and local facilities
  • Placement test on arrival
  • Regular assessments
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Student card
  • 24hr emergency hotline
  • End-of-course certificate of completion
  • Conversation club every week
  • Access to the activities programme (fees apply for certain activities)
  • Access to the Learning Resource Centre and book and CD/DVD rental (deposit to be paid up-front).

Prices do not include:

  • Transport to and from Bournemouth
  • Meals (except if you select the breakfast or half-board option)
  • Add-ons
  • On site transportation
  • Academic materials and books (£70/term)
  • Deposit, where applicable
  • Exam fees, where applicable (Cambridge/IELTS)
  • Visa fees


Arrivals: Sundays (from 2pm to 8pm if residence option) Departures: Saturdays (before 12 noon if residence option)

Travelling to Bournemouth from nearby airports and railway stations

  • Bournemouth Airport-Bournemouth: 15 minutes (taxi)
  • Southampton Airport-Bournemouth: 30 minutes (taxi), 38 minutes (train)
  • London Heathrow-Bournemouth: 1hr30 (taxi), 2hr24 (express coach)
  • London Gatwick-Bournemouth: 2hrs (taxi), 3hr30 (express coach)
  • London Stansted-Bournemouth: 2hr30 (taxi), 4hrs (express coach)

A transfer service is available on request (fees apply, see price list.)

Please note: do not book your tickets until you receive confirmation of your enrolment (approximately 4 working days after your deposit is paid.)

Group Travel

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

This includes:

  • Escorted travel, round trip
  • An extra night in case the group leaves on Sunday instead of Saturday, after the course ends
  • Transfer to your accommodation on arrival

More information here

Please note:

  • Escorted travel from Lille to Paris or Paris to Lille: A Langues Vivantes monitor is always present when the train departs from Paris and when it arrives in Lille, where the Brussels group joins the trip.

Visa Information

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

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